CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 3 TIPS
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Turners Novice Chase
Pertemps Network Final Hurdle
Plate Handicap Chase
Mares’ Novice Hurdle
Kim Muir Chase
Cheltenham Day 3 tips for the Festival include a couple of notable highlights – the Stayers’ Hurdle and Ryanair. It’s Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival, which means the St Patrick’s Day celebrations will be in full swing.
Will Irish winners be romping home on Day 3? Will popular trainer Willie Mullins add to his Festival tally with further successes on Thursday?
There’s a lot to get through in Cheltenham Day 3 tips, and our betting experts will be there all the way, sizing up the form and trends to help punters make their decisions on one of the biggest racing days of the calendar year. The Cheltenham Day 3 tips start with the Turners Novices’ Chase, one of three Grade 1 races.
You can follow all the latest insights, tips and Cheltenham betting offers for each day of the Festival here with our horse racing experts.
Cheltenham Day 3 Races Schedule
|1.30 pm||Turners Novices’ Chase||2m 4f||Chase|
|2.10 pm||Pertemps Network Final||3m||Hurdle|
|2.50 pm||Ryanair Steeplechase||2m 5f||Chase|
|3.30 pm||Stayers’ Hurdle||3m||Hurdle|
|4.10 pm||Plate Handicap Chase||2m 5f||Chase|
|4.50 pm||Mares Novices’ Hurdle||2m 1f||Hurdle|
|5.30 pm||Kim Muir Challenge Cup||3m 2f||Chase|
2024 Cheltenham Day 3 Tips – Thursday’s Feature Race
The headline race for Cheltenham Day 3 tips is the Stayers’ Hurdle, a Grade 1 fixture. However, there is also the big Ryanair Chase which precedes the Stayers Hurdle on Thursday.
The Stayers’ Hurdle has a wonderfully long history, and it is the top long-distance hurdle that there is in British National Hunt racing.
3:30pm – The Stayers’ Hurdle
The history of the Stayers’ Hurdle goes back to 1912 when the first winner, Aftermath, collected a £100 prize. Since then, things have come a very long way, with last year’s winner Flooring Porter taking home £135,048.
The Stayers’ Hurdle is a 3m trip around Cheltenham’s New Course, and there are 12 hurdles in the contest. Punters may commonly refer to this still as the World Hurdle. It’s a beautiful test of stamina and speed, and it’s one for those specialist stayers.
The likes of four-time winner Big Bucks, Inglis Drever and Paisley Park all come to mind as former great winners of this race. Whilst last year’s winner Sire Du Berlais caused an upset, becoming the oldest horse to win the race this century.
Check out our Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle tips for Cheltenham Day 3 betting as part of our complete coverage of the Cheltenham Festival 2024.
2024 Stayers’ Hurdle Prize Money
Last year’s winner Sire Du Berlais took home a big share of a big purse which was over £345k.
The prize money for the 2024 Stayers’ Hurdle is a shade over £350,000.
Stayers’ Hurdle Jockey Overview
Our experts will be looking through things like jockey trends for 2024 Stayers’ Hurdle tips. Interestingly there has only been one active jockey who has won the race more than once in the last 20 editions – and that’s Danny Mullins, who steered Flooring Porter to victory in 2021 + 2022.
Stayers’ Hurdle Trainer Overview
The picture is a little clearer when looking at the Stayers’ Hurdle trainer trends from the last 20 editions of the Grade 1 race. Paul Nicholls has taken the most wins in that period, collecting four of them from 18 entered runners.
Willie Mullins has two winners from 33 entries, so the strike rate of Nicholls is far superior. But, Mullins has delivered two wins in the last six editions with Nichols Canyon and Penhill in 2017 and 2018.
The last time that Nicholls saw one of his cross the line first in the Stayers’ Hurdle was in 2012 when Big Bucks won for the fourth straight year.
The only other trainers to have won more than once in those 20 years are Jonjo O’Neill with More Of That in 2014, and Gavin Cromwell, who has won two renewals with Flooring Porter.
The Other Races on Day 3 Of The Cheltenham Festival
The Stayers’ Hurdle is the top race on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival 2024, but that is just one of seven fixtures on the card. As mentioned, it is just one of three Grade 1 races for Thursday. Visit our dedicated racecards page for all the runners and riders of every race.
We will have tips for each of the 28 races that make up the 4-day Cheltenham Festival betting landscape. With that in mind, here is an overview of the rest of the races on Day 3.
Turners Novices’ Chase
Previously known as the Marsh Chase, this Novices’ event kicks off Cheltenham Day 3 tips. It is a trip on the New Course over a distance of two and a half miles.
This is one of the most recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival, only having had its first edition in 2011. There may not be much history to go on but one trend that stands out is that Willie Mullins has already produced four winners. Paul Nicholls won last year’s renewal with Stage Star.
Pertemps Network Final
The Pertemps Network Final from the Cheltenham Festival is always a fascinating encounter over a 3m trip. This is the culmination of a series of qualifying races hosted during the season and is open to horses five years and above. Good Time Jonny continued the Irish recent dominance of this race, becoming the seventh Irish-trained winner from the last eight renewals.
In 2008 the Ryanair Chase got bumped up to Grade 1 status and it’s now one of the most prestigious races of the 4-day meeting. Not bad for a race only introduced at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival.
The Ryanair is usually an alternative engagement for horses who lack the stamina to go for the Gold Cup. This is a slightly easier assignment at a shorter 2m 5f trip. Envoi Allen won last year’s renewal – his third victory at the Cheltenham Festival after winning the Champion Bumper in 2019 and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in 2020.
Paddy Power Plate Chase
The Paddy Power Plate is a handicap chase on the New Course at Cheltenham over 2m 4 1/2f. There are 17 jumps in this contest which is open to horses five years old and up. 20/1 shot Seddon became the second successive big priced winner, after Coole Cody won at 22/1 in 2022.
Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle betting at the Cheltenham Festival offers something exciting as there have only been eight previous editions of the race, so there has been little time to build trends.
Or so you would think. Trainer Willie Mullins had the winner of each of the first five editions of the Mare’s Novices. However, he’s been beaten in the last three renewals by Henry De Bromhead, Harry Fry and Jamie Snowden, successful with Telmesomethinggirl (2021), Love Envoi (2022) and You Wear It Well (2023) respectively.
The Mares’ Novices is a Grade 2 hurdle open to fillies and mares four years old and up with eight hurdles to get over on the New Course.
Kim Muir Challenge Cup
The final action of Cheltenham Day 3 tips comes from the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, which is a chance for amateur jockeys to have their moment in the spotlight. Chambard won the 2022 edition for trainer Venetia Williams at a huge 40/1, and Domesday Book won at the same odds in 2017, so it is definitely a race to treat with caution. Last year saw another double-figure priced winner, although Angels Dawn was much shorter odds at 10/1.
We Got You Covered For Each Day of The Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham Day 3 tips cover some great racing, and keep an eye out closer to the Festival for even more. Here are the rest of the day’s feature races from the Cheltenham Festival 2024.
- Cheltenham Festival Day 1 – Champions Day kicks-off the Cheltenham Festival featuring the Champion Hurdle and Supreme Novices’
- Cheltenham Festival Day 2 – Ladies Day featuring the Queen Mother Champion Chase
- Cheltenham Festival Day 4 – Friday is the big one with the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Stay up to date as the drama unfolds. Visit our Cheltenham Festival results page for updated results as they come in.
|1:30||Turners Novice Chase||See Result|
|2:10||Pertemps Final Hurdle||See Result|
|2:50||Ryanair Chase||See Result|
|3:30||Stayers’ Hurdle||See Result|
|4:10||Plate Handicap Chase||See Result|
|4:50||Mares Novices’ Hurdle||See Result|
|5:30||Kim Muir Handicap Cup||See Result|