CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2021; DAY 3 TIPS AND SCHEDULES

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2021; DAY 3 TIPS AND SCHEDULES

TimeRaceOur TipPlace Bet
13.50 Marsh Novice Chase Bet now
13.55 Pertemps Final Bet now
14.30 Ryanair Chase Bet now
15.05 Stayers' Hurdle Bet now
15.40 Paddy Power Plate Bet now
16.15 Mares Novice Hurdle Bet now
16.50 Kim Muir Chase Bet now

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival features some top quality action over hurdles and fences.

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
13:20 Marsh Noice Chase Envoi Allen Place Bet
13:55 Pertemps final Come On Teddy Place Bet
14:30 Ryanair Chase Imperial Aura Place Bet
15:05 Stayers Hurdle Sire Du Berlais Place Bet
15:40 Paddy Power Plate Sully D’oc AA Place Bet
16:15 Mares Novice Hurdle The Glancing Queen Place Bet
16:50 Kim Muir Chase Cloudy Glen Place Bet

The Stayers’ Hurdle sees 2019 winner Paisley Park bid to recapture his crown but he faces a tough rival in Thyme Hill. The Ryanair Chase could see Min and Saint Calvados renew rivalry after being separated by only a head last year. We give our expert analysis on both races and provide free Cheltenham offers throughout the card.

Cheltenham Day 3 Races Schedule

All Thursday’s Races:

TIME RACE DISTANCE TYPE
1:20 Marsh Novice Chase 2m 5f Chase
1:55 Pertemps Final 3m Hurdle Hurdle
2:30 Ryanair Chase 2m 5f Chase
3:05 Stayers’ Hurdle 3m Hurdle
3:40 Paddy Power Plate Tips 2m 5f Chase
4:15 Mares’ Novice Hurdle Tips 2m 2f Hurdle
4:50 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips 3m 1 1/2f Chase

Cheltenham Festival Thursday Feature Races

There are two Grade 1 events on Thursday’s action-packed Cheltenham card. The Ryanair Chase at 2.50 is followed by the Stayers’ Hurdle at 3.30 on Thursday. Min was popular among Cheltenham day 3 tips last year in the Ryanair but punters were stunned by the 50-1 victory of Lisnagar Oscar in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

2.50 Ryanair Steeplechase

The Grade 1 Ryanair Chase is the target for horses who specialise at two and a half miles. It was introduced in 2005 for horses who fall between two stalls, the Champion Chase over 2 miles and the Cheltenham Gold Cup over three and a quarter miles. Albertas Run (2010, 2011) is the only horse to win the race twice.

Imperial Commander won here in 2009 and won the Gold Cup the following year. Other notable winners include Cue Card (2013) and Frodon (2019). Willie Mullins has been the trainer to follow in recent years, scoring with Vautour (2016), Un De Sceaux (2017) and Min (2020).

Min

Ten-year-old Min gained a well-deserved Cheltenham Festival victory when beating Saint Calvados by a neck in the 2020 Ryanair Chase. He had chased home Altior in the Supreme in 2016 and again in the Champion Chase in 2018. He returned to action with a victory at a fogbound Punchestown in December.

Imperial Aura

Kim Bailey’s Imperial Aura was second to Simply The Betts in the Timeform Novices’ Chase last year before winning a similar contest at the festival. He has stepped up in class successfully this season with victory in the Grade 2 1965 Chase at Ascot. He unseated his rider at the second fence at Kempton in the New Year and is likely to go straight to Cheltenham.

Saint Calvados

Harry Whittington gave Saint Calvados a tough task for his seasonal debut in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. He put up a bold bid, going in pursuit of eventual winner Frodon before weakening into fourth place on the run-in. That looked an excellent trial for Ryanair over his optimum trip and he must be respected in the Cheltenham free bets and Cheltenham day 3 tips.

Melon

Melon has a remarkable record at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing runner-up for four consecutive seasons. His best run was arguably when beaten a neck by Buveur D’Air in the 2018 Champion Hurdle. He was beaten only a nose by Samcro last season and put up an eye-catching run when third to A Plus Tard in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December.

Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently finished a staying-on second in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day for Ruth Jefferson. That was only his second run at three miles but Jefferson quickly ruled out a Gold Cup bid. He has also been entered for the Queen Mother Champion Chase but this looks his best chance of a festival victory.

3.30 Stayers Hurdle 

The Stayers’ Hurdle, previously known as the World Hurdle, is a Grade 1 race over three miles. Big Buck’s famously won this race for trainer Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh for four consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2012. Other multiple winners include Baracouda (2002, 2003) and Inglis Drever (2005, 2007, 2008).

Paisley Park was a popular Cheltenham Tip in 2019 when winning as 11-8 favourite. He was expected to follow up last year but could finish only seventh behind 50-1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar. Paisley Park returned to his best when beating Thyme Hill by a neck in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December and the two horses are expected to dominate the Stayers Hurdle betting this year.

Paisley Park

Emma Lavelle’s Paisley Park landed some massive Cheltenham free bets when winning this race in 2019. He arrived here last year with seven consecutive victories under his belt but failed to show his usual turn of foot and finished only seventh. He has been involved in two battles with Thyme Hill this season, overturning a Newbury defeat with a neck victory at Ascot.

Thyme Hill

Philip Hobbs saddles Thyme Hill who locks horns with Paisley Park for the third time this season. He was possibly unlucky to be caught in the final strides at Ascot in heavy ground in December. The seven-year-old has always been highly regarded and must be considered a leading player.

Sire Du Berlais

Gordon Elliott’s Sire Du Berlais has won the Pertemps Network Final for the past two seasons at this meeting. His second victory came off a handicap rating of 152 and he has since added a Grade 2 event at Navan. He was slightly disappointing when only third to Flooring Porter at Leopardstown in December but he is likely to be at his peak in March and be a good pick in the Cheltenham day 3 tips.

Roksana

Nine-year-old mare Roksana enjoyed festival success in 2019 when benefitting from the dramatic final flight fall of Benie Des Dieux in the Mares’ Hurdle. She was a smooth winner at Wetherby in October and ran with great credit to finish third to Paisley Park and Thyme Hill at Ascot next time. She will line up here with excellent place claims for the Dan Skelton stable.

Flooring Porter

Gavin Cromwell’s Flooring Porter led his rivals a merry dance to land the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. His victims included Fury Road and Sire Du Berlais and he earned a 16-1 quote for this race. It will be difficult to make all the running here but his rivals would be advised not to allow him too much rope.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

Day 3 opens with the Marsh Novices’ Chase – which you can read about in our Cheltenham schedule page – and many people’s idea of the banker bet of the meeting in Envoi Allen. The Cheveley Park owned gelding is unbeaten in ten races under rules and has not put a foot wrong in his two races over fences. Despite the gelding’s potential, Gordon Elliott is unlikely to be tempted to run him in the more gruelling RSA Chase.

The Pertemps Network Final has been dominated by Irish-trained horses for the past five seasons, the last three winners trained by Elliott. He has a possible contender in The Bosses Oscar who divided Dandy Mag and Unexpected Depth in a high class qualifier at Leopardstown in December.

Cheltenham Races Day 3 Free Bets

The Cheltenham Festival is a great time to open a new betting account. As well as Cheltenham Free bets, bookmakers will offer enhanced odds on the big race favourites for new customers. Look out for special odds for Paisley Park in the Stayers’ Hurdle and Min in the Ryanair Chase to a limited stake.

Ante-post betting is available on all races at the Cheltenham Festival. Betfred, Betfair and Paddy Power already offer the “non-runner – no bet” concession as the big meeting approaches. With many trainers holding fire on their final running plans until the last possible moment, the “NR-no bet” option is a great safeguard for your Cheltenham bets. Check with your bookmaker before placing your bets.

Cheltenham Day 3 Odds

Bookmakers will be bracing themselves for some heavy investments on Envoi Allen on Cheltenham races day 3. Gordon Elliott’s unbeaten gelding will be the banker bet in many Cheltenham Thursday tips as he goes for the Marsh Novices’ Chase. He is a best-priced Cheltenham tip even money favourite for the opening race of the day.

Min is 6-1 favourite for the Ryanair Chase ahead of Imperial Aura at 7-1 and last year’s runner-up Saint Calvados at 10-1. Perhaps the most interesting runner is Melon (12-1), a stable companion of the favourite and runner-up at the last four Cheltenham Festival meetings.

Paisley Park is also likely to feature in plenty of Cheltenham day 3 tips in the Stayers’ Hurdle. He was an expensive loser last year and his followers can get 3-1 (with a run) about him regaining his crown. Old rival Thyme Hill is next best at 4-1 with Irish raider Sire Du Berlais at 10-1.

Thursday’s Results

TIME RACE OUR TIPS
1:30 JLT Novices See Result
2:10 Pertemps Final See Result
2:50 Ryanair Chase See Result
3:30 Stayers’ Hurdle See Result
4:10 Brown Advisory Plate See Result
4:50 Mares Novices’ Hurdle See Result
5:30 Kim Muir Handicap Cup See Result