Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips – Thursday 18th March 2021

Day 3 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival features the Stayer’s Hurdle and one of the bankers of the Festival for many – Paisley Park. The first race on day 3 is at 1.30pm on Thursday 16th March and you can see all our Cheltenham day 3 tips below.


Cheltenham Tips Day 3


Cheltenham Day 3 Races

  • 1.30pm – Marsh Novices’ Chase
  • 2.10pm – Pertemps Network Final
  • 2.50pm – Ryanair Chase
  • 3.30pm – Stayers Hurdle
  • 4.10pm – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
  • 4.50pm – Mares’ Novices Hurdle
  • 5.30pm – Kim Muir Handicap


2021 Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Preview

Things get underway with the Novices’ Chase and then the Pertemps final on day 3 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. From there, things get really exciting with the Ryanair Chase and then the Championship race on day 3, the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Following the previous day’s results, it will be either punters or bookies ahead and with Paisley Park running on the Thursday, it could be make or break for both sides of the betting fence. If the bookies are ahead you can expect to see some juicy prices for the staying superstar at 3.30pm, but if the favorites have been winning in the first two days of racing, the bookies might look to keep Paisley Park onside and offer less generous odds.

The atmosphere is always electric on St Patrick’s Day at the Cheltenham Festival, with the Guinness tent filled to the brim with Irish punters who make the pilgrimage to Cheltenham every year. You can be sure the bookies will be running for cover if a few of the Irish trained horses win on day 3.


Cheltenham Day 3 Tips

The Marsh Novices’ Chase kicks-off St Patrick’s Day at the Cheltenham Festival 2020 and it is always a big day for the Irish punters. The first race on the card looks wide open but we could well see one of the biggest Irish horses of them all in this race – Faugheen. The superstar took the roof of Lepordstown with his victory at the Dublin Racing Festival a few weeks ago and could now follow the Irish punters over to Prestbury Park. It’s not yet decided which race he will run in though.

The second race on the card is the Pertemps Final and this is always a very tough betting heat for punters. Our expert Cheltenham day 3 tips will give you some guidance in what to bet on in this race but with the favourite normally around 7 or 8/1, it is never easy to pick the winner.

Next up is one of the best races of the week, the Ryanair Chase. This race has been won by some wonderful horses in recent seasons including Cue Card, the late Vautour and Alberta’s Run. The likes of Frodon, Min and A Plus Tard could all line-up in the 2020 renewal of the Ryanair Chase so be sure to keep an eye out for our Ryanair Chase tips when they become available.

Next up it’s the big Championship race of the day, the Stayer’s Hurdle. Big Bucks dominated this race for years and now Paisley Park could become a legendary stayer too. He won the race last year and has been fantastic in his pre-races for the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Last time out he beat Summerville Boy comfortably at Cheltenham and goes to the Festival as many people’s banker of the week.

Watch Paisley Park win the 2019 Stayer’s Hurdle below:

Following the Stayer’s Hurdle, the Brown Advisory Plate comes and it’s another tough betting test for Cheltenham punters. This is another wide open handicap but last year Siruh du Lac was ridden to victory by Lizzie Kelly. After the Ryanair and the Stayer’s, this is normally a quieter betting race unless there is a big gamble taking place.

The penultimate race on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is the Mares’ Novices Hurdle. This is another quiet race and one that some horse racing pundits have called for to be scrapped after just three years. It is hard to predict which horses will line-up for this race so it isn’t a big ante-post betting market but once the declarations are in, expect to see some gambles on horses trained by the likes of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliot.

The final race and the last of our Cheltenham day 3 tips will come from the Kim Muir, another tough handicap race that will see punters trying to work out a big field and find the winner. Only amateur rides are allowed to participate in this race and we often get some fallers in what is always a messy 3m 2f trip. One betting tip for punters here is to look out for the amateur riders who have the most experience, especially around Cheltenham racecourse. This will prove invaluable for the inevitable grandstand finish up the Cheltenham hill.


Cheltenham Day 3 Tips from Pundits and Newspapers

As we get nearer to the start of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, horse racing pundits such as Matt Chapman, Hugh Taylor and Dave Nevison will start giving out their Cheltenham day 3 top tips. We will add them into this page for you and on the morning of the Thursday at Cheltenham, we will also add all of the Cheltenham newspaper NAPS to this page for you to consider betting on.

Newspaper tips are always a big part of people’s research for looking at what to bet on at Cheltenham and the experts usually get things pretty close.

Pricewise is always a good starting point for ante-post Cheltenham Festival tips though and you will need to get into the Racing Post to see what he is tipping up for day 3.

The bookies also have selections and you will be able to get the Paddy Power Cheltenham tips for day 3 from some of their experts including former jockey Ruby Walsh and ITV racing pundit Matt Chapman.


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