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When is Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival 2023?

Cheltenham Day 3 TipsDay three of the Cheltenham Festival, St Patrick’s Thursday, or St Paddy’s, as it’s also known is on Thursday 16th March 2023

Racing gets underway at 1.30pm with the Marsh Novices Chase.  The feature race of the day is the Ryanair Chase at 2.50pm though there will also be a lot of excitement for the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle at 3.30pm.  We finish day 4 off with the usual Kim Muir Challenge Cup at 5.30pm.

Cheltenham Festival Thursday is a typically Irish affair with the Guinness Village being a star attraction, as well as live music around the course throughout the day.  We're looking forward to an excellent day of horse racing at Cheltenham Festival.

Our Cheltenham Day 3 tips…

Here are our selections for Day 3 of Cheltenham Festival 2022:


GALOPIN DES CHAMPS 1.30 Cheltenham 10/11 – With just four runners, this essentially boils down to a match between GALOPIN DES CHAMPS and Bob Olinger. It’s one of the biggest clashes of the week and is sure to be a great spectacle watching these two top-class chasing prospects lock horns. Henry de Bromhead's Ballymore winner has the better hurdling form but Willie Mullins' Martin Pipe scorer has looked something special since being sent over fences and his fine jumping is likely to prove the deciding factor.
BALLYANDY 2.10 Cheltenham 12/1 each way – He’s arriving here in fantastic form, landing wins at Fakenham and Chepstow last month. He has been put up another 5 lb for his success, but he's not to be taken lightly in his current mood seeking the hattrick.
ALLAHO 2.50 Cheltenham 8/13 – At last year’s festival ALLAHO put on a performance out that left a host of top-class chasers trailing in his wake when landing this race under Rachael Blackmore. He has not quite reached those heights since, but he sets a high standard to aim at and is very much the one to beat again.
THYME HILL 3.30 Cheltenham 4/1 – She put on an impressive display landing a Group 1 at Aintree in April, although hasn’t wowed in her more recent outings. She has maintained a good record over hurdles however, winning five and placing twice from nine races, and has bested former Stayer’s Hurdle winner Paisley Park back in 2020. There’s no doubting her ability to run well.
THE GLANCING QUEEN 4.10 Cheltenham 10/3 – She must have a massive chance here following her impressive second to L’Homme Presse in the Paddy Power Novices’ Chase here on NYD. To add to that, she Oscar Elite (Ultima Handicap 3rd) well behind her that day as well. She’s been dropped down 1lb since and, considering she won two Listed mares’ novice chases on her past two starts, I think it’s fair to say she is well-handicapped and a big contender here.
DINOBLUE 4:50 Cheltenham 9/4 – Probably my bet of the meeting and although she’s already seen plenty of money, I still think that there’s a tiny bit of value left in her price. There’s not a lot to say about this filly as she’s only raced once, but the style of her win and the ridiculous time she recorded when doing so, rates her as a potentially top-class hurdler. She was very well backed for that Clonmel maiden and the way she obliterated her rivals from just a little encouragement from the saddle suggested to me that, if she can do that here, then she will be very hard to beat.
MR FOGPATCHES 5:30 Cheltenham 7/1 each way – ‘Mister Fogpatches’ is a model of consistency who hardly ever runs a bad race, and he seems to be getter better with the better-quality races that he runs in. He ran a huge race I thought at Gowran Park last time which was his biggest test to date, finishing a never-nearer 3rd and looking like a bigger test was required. He should get that bigger test today and so long as he keeps the iffy jumping to a minimum then he should at least be able to run into a place, if not go on to win.
ENVOI ALLEN 13:20 Cheltenham 4/9 – The unbeaten ENVOI ALLEN has been aimed at this all season and has frightened any serious opposition.
DANDY MAG 13:55 Cheltenham 20/1 – Won well at Leopardstown in December and not given a hard time when well beaten there subsequently. Has winning form on going that is the good side of soft and a big run is expected. The favourite IMPERIAL ALCAZAR looks thrown in and if we had had rain would have been nailed on.
MIN 14:30 Cheltenham 9/2 – Now on his fifth Cheltenham Festival and after finishing behind ALTIOR in the first three he finally got home in front in this race last year. With a similar preparation to last year he won this third John Durkan Chase at Punchestown in December before a bad mistake scuppered his chances at Leopardstown. With doubts about ALLAHO being good enough to land a Grade 1 it could be FAKIR D'OUDARIES who follows him home.
PAISLEY PARK 15:05 Cheltenham 2/1 – With THYME HILL injured serious contenders in this race are now thin on the ground. Won this in 2019 and reportedly lost 2 shoes when disappointing last year, back at his best at Ascot when nailing THYME HILL on the line, it is a shame we wont get to see a rematch today.
SMARTY WILD 15:40 Cheltenham 50/1 each way – Very consistent this season and there are no concerns about the drying ground. Expected to be staying on past tired horses in the closing stages. A massive each way chance off big odds.
HOOK UP 16:15 Cheltenham 7/1 each way – Now in its sixth year Willie Mullins has won all 5 renewals of this race. He has a strong hand again today and HOOK UP is marginally preferred. Of the non-Mullins contenders ROYAL KAHALA and ROSEYS HOLLOW have to be respected.
HOLD THE NOTE 16:50 Cheltenham 8/1 each way – A tricky finale to day 3. HOLD THE NOTE ran well at last years festival off 5lb higher. All of is best chase form is on good to soft or good including a close second at Newbury on latest run.

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How did we do?

A Paddy's Day to forget, with losses and falls all over our tips, only Allaho did the business for us, but the odds were so short.
GALOPIN DES CHAMPS 1.30 Cheltenham 10/11 – Fell 🙁
BALLYANDY 2.10 Cheltenham 12/1 each way – Lost
ALLAHO 2.50 Cheltenham 8/13 – Won!
THYME HILL 3.30 Cheltenham 4/1 – Came in 2nd
THE GLANCING QUEEN 4.10 Cheltenham 10/3 – Lost
DINOBLUE 4:50 Cheltenham 2/1 – Lost
MR FOGPATCHES 5:30 Cheltenham 8/1 each way – Lost

Well we spoke too soon, both Day 1 and Day 2 were really good for us, today the wheel fell off.  We go again on Gold Cup Day.

1.20pm – ENVOI ALLEN – chased leaders, fell 4th 🙁

1.55pm – DANDY MAG – held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders before last, never going pace to reach leaders, no extra towards finish, 7th place.

2.30pm – MIN – led until 2nd, chased winner until after 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out

3.05pm – PAISLEY PARK –  held up towards rear, headway out wide before 2 out, ridden chasing leaders between last 2, outpaced before last, kept on well run-in, went 3rd towards finish.

3.40pm – SMARTY WILD – non-runner – unofficial replacement PADDYS POEM finished 17th.

4.15pm – HOOK UP – held up and always towards rear, never on terms – 12th place

4.50pm – HOLD THE NOTE – chased leaders, outpaced when mistake 3 out, rallied 2 out, weakened flat finishing in 4th place for a bit of each way value.

Keith's tips on Paddy's Day began badly when ITCHY FEET unseated at the 6th in the Marsh Novices Chase.

The day quickly got better when at 10/1 SIRE DU BERLAIS stayed on strongly to take the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle.

FRODON led the Ryanair Chase until the 6th fence but once headed was well held and finished fourth.

The Stayers Hurdle saw another odds on favourite turned over when PAISLEY PARK was unable to produce his trademark late run, it was reported he had lost two shoes during the race.

Our runner in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate BEN DUNDEE was making good headway when hampered by fallers 2 fences out and fifth was the best he could manage.

MINELLA MELODY went form traveling well to being eased right down after being headed before the last in the Mares Novices Hurdle.

LE BRIEUL never made any impression in the Kim Muir and finished well down the field.

Cheltenham Festival Finishes

Chelteham Festival Day 3 Results

Marsh Novices’ Chase – Results

1stBob Olinger6/5
3rdEl Barra



Pertemps Network Final  – Results

1stThird Wind25/1
2ndAlaphilippe11/2 (JF)
3rdMill Green33/1
4thWinter Fog11/2 (JF)



Ryanair Chase – Results

1stAllaho4/7 (F)
3rdEldorado Allen14/1



Stayers’ Hurdle – Results

1stFlooring Porter 4/1
2ndThyme Hill11/2
3rdPaisley Park17/2



Plate Handicap Chase – Results

1stCoole Cody22/1
2ndImperial Alacazar7/2 (F)
4thStolen Silver18/1



Mares’ Novice Hurdle – Results

1stLove Envoi 15/2



Kim Muir Handicap Chase – Results

2ndMister Coffey5/1 (JF)
3rdDidero Vallis66/1
4thFakir D’alene33/1


Marsh Novices’ Chase

1st Chantry House 9/1
2nd Fusil Raffles14/1
3rd Asterion Forlonge14/1

Pertemps Network Final

1st Mrs Milner 12/1
2nd The Bosses Oscar10/3f
3rd Come On Teddy10/1
4th Milliner7/1

Ryanair Chase

1st Allaho3/1f
2nd Fakir D’Oudairies11/2
3rd Tornado Flyer25/1

Stayers’ Hurdle

1st Flooring Porter12/1
2nd Sire Du Berlais5/1
3rd Paisley Park9/4f

Paddy Power Plate

1st The Shunter9/4f
2nd Farclas5/1
3rd Top Notch50/1
4th Coole Cody22/1

Mares’ Novice Hurdle

1st Telmesomethinggirl5/1
2nd Magic Daze22/1
3rd Mighty Blue12/1

Kim Muir Handicap Chase

1st Mount Ida3/1f
2nd Cloudy Glen33/1
3rd Shantou Flyer11/2
4th Hold The Note9/1

Cheltenham Festival Thursday

Race Schedule

13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
14:10The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)Abt 3mHurdle
14:50The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
2m abt 5fChase
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
16:10The Craft Irish Whiskey Co Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fChase
16:50The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

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