Cheltenham Festival: Day 3 preview

March 17, 2021

Day three of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival, the highlight of the British jumps season, takes place on Thursday. Here’s a rundown of the seven races carded. So far there’s been a mixture of favourites and rank outsiders who have won.

3.20pm: Novices’ Chase (4000m)

Finding the winner of has been typically one of the easier races to predict with eight winners priced at 4-1 or shorter. That includes three winning favourites. This race revolves around Envoi Allen looking to complete a Cheltenham Festival hat-trick.

Betting guide: 8-13 Envoi Allen, 15-2 Chantry House, Shan Blue, 12-1 Chatham Street Lad, 18-1 Fusil Reffles, 25-1 upwards others

Our selection: Envoi Allen, Chantry House, Chatham Street Lad

3.55pm: Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (4900m)

Results have favoured those near the top of the betting. There are 26 horses in the field though.

Betting guide: 5-1 Imperial Alcazar, 11-2 The Bosses Oscar, 13-2 Champagne Platinum, 10-1 Come On Teddy, 14-1 Brinkley, Mrs Milner, Southfield Harvest, 16-1 Milliner, 20-1 Bushypark, Dandy Mag, Spiritofthegames, 22-1 Storm Arising, 25-1 upwards others

Our selection: Champagne Platinum, Southfield Harvest, Come On Teddy

4.30pm: Ryanair Chase (4200m)

Favourites have a good record in the race with 4 winners in the last 10 years while a further three were priced at 9-2 or shorter.

Betting guide: 5-1 Allaho, Min, 7-1 Imperial Aura, 15-2 Melon, 8-1 Fakir D’Oudairies, Mister Fisher, 11-1 Saint Calvados, 12-1 Samcro, 18-1 Dashel Drasher, 25-1 upwards others

Our selection: Min, Saint Calvados, Allaho

5.05pm: Stayers Hurdle (4900m)

The race has produced a few surprise results in recent years but 4 short-price favourites have won in the past 10 years.

Betting guide: 9-4 Paisley Park, 5-1 Sire Du Berlais, 15-2 Flooring Porter, 9-1 Vinndication, 10-1 Fury Road, 11-1 Lisnagar Oscar, The Storyteller, 20-1 Beacon Edge, 22-1 If The Cap Fits, 25-1 upwards others

Our selection: Lisnagar Oscar, Paisley Park, The Storyteller

5.40pm: Festival Plate (4200m)

It has been a good race for the market leaders with the last 3 winners all short prices. But there have been some tougher winners to pick out with 50-1, 33-1 and 16-1 winners in the past 10 years.

Betting guide: 4-1 The Shunter, 6-1 Farclas, 8-1 A Wave Of The Sea, 9-1 Fils D’Oudaires, 10-1 Caribean Boy, 14-1 Mister Whitaker, Sully D’Oc AA, 22-1 Assemble, Top Notch,  Oldgranewood, 25-1 upwards others

Our selection: Caribean Boy, A Wave Of The Sea, Mister Whitaker

6.15pm: Mares Novices Hurdle (3400m)

This race was first introduced to the Cheltenham in 2016 and every year it has been won by Irish trainer Willie Mullins and he will look to make it a perfect six in 2021. Not only has he won each race and some by huge margins, he has had second-place finishes in addition in two of the other years. Mullins has 4 horses in the field – Gauloise, Slens Of Antrim, Hook Up and Pont Aval

Betting guide: 9-2 Royal Kahala, 11-2 Roseys Hollow, 6-1 Hook Up, 13-2 Gauloise, 8-1 Glens Of Antrim, 10-1 The Glancing Queen, 12-1 Skyace, 14-1 Tellmesomethinggirl, 20-1 Mighty Blue, 25-1 Pont Aval, 28-1 upwards others

Our selection: Glens Of Antrim, Royal Kahala, Gauloise

6.50pm: Handicap Chase (5200m)

Five of the last 6 winners have been well fancied in the betting, with only horse (40-1) winning at double-figure odds. There are 19 big fences to jump for the 24-horse field.

Betting guide: 13-2 Hold The Note, 7-1 Deise Aba, 8-1 Mount Ida, 10-1 Shantou Flyer, Plan Of Attack, 12-1 Musical Slave, 14-1 Bob Mahler, Morning Vicar, 16-1 Kilfilum Cross, 18-1 Storm Control, 20-1 Milanford, 22-1 Double Shuffle, 33-1 upwards others

Our selection: Morning Vicar, Mount Ida, Deise Aba

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