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Cheltenham Day 3 Tips & Offers - St Patrick’s Day Tips

Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as ‘St Patrick’s Day Thursday’. The Irish fans will be out in full force, and the Guinness consumption will increase as the racing becomes even more competitive, including the Ryanair Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle.

We’ve got all the action covered with our Cheltenham Day 3 tips, offers and free bets here!

Cheltenham Day 3 Betting Tips

The Cheltenham betting frenzy continues into Day 3, with St. Patrick’s Day Thursday with the Stayers’ Hurdle the afternoon’s feature race, supported by some top-quality action, including the Ryanair Chase and Pertemps Network Final.

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Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Schedule & Racecards

Check out the full schedule for the third day of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

TimeCheltenham Day 3 Races
1:30pmTurners Novices’ Chase
2:10pmPertemps Network Final
2:50pmRyanair Chase
3:30pmStayers’ Hurdle
4:10pmFestival Plate
4:50pmMares’ Novices’ Hurdle
5:30pmKim Muir Chase

Turners Novices’ Chase Betting

The intermediate novice chase is one that has grown in quality since its inception and typically sees a high-class field. Willie Mullins has trained the winner of the race on four occasions, but you have to go back to 2017 for his last success. This year’s race looks like an ultra-competitive renewal with strong contenders from both sides of the Irish Sea, including Grey Dawning and Facile Vega.

Check out our Turners Novices’ Chase tips.

Pertemps Network Final Betting

A competitive handicap hurdle, and one that requires horses to qualify in specific races beforehand. This adds a further element to the puzzle for punters - do you go with qualifying winners or those who made the cut but finished down the field and may improve? As is typical, it’s a huge field for the Pertemps with several horses on potentially lenient handicap marks.

Check out our Pertemps Network Final tips.

Ryanair Chase Betting

The Gold Cup for those who don’t quite stay the Gold Cup distance. Growing in stature yearly, the Ryanair is seen as the unofficial fifth feature race of the Cheltenham Festival and has been won by some high-class horses, including Cue Card, Vautour, and Allaho. Envoi Allen won the race in 2023 and he’s back to defend his crown but faces a stern test against rivals including Stage Star, Banbridge, and Protektorat.

Check out our Ryanair Chase tips.

Stayers’ Hurdle Betting

A three-mile contest for hurdlers and the original feature race of the third day. This year’s renewal looks to be wide open, with plenty of runners that will feel they have the ability to get involved in the finish. This year’s Stayers’ is packed with old rivals such as Flooring Porter, Sire Du Berlais, and Dashel Drasher, while a win for fan-favourite Paisley Park would bring the house down.

Check out our Stayers’ Hurdle tips.

Festival Plate Betting

The second of three wide-open handicaps on the third day and another tough puzzle for punters to solve. Expect a big field, and you’ll need plenty of luck in running, and a quality horse if you want to land the winner. Many punters expect the JP McManus-owned Crebilly to take all the beating in this year’s race.

Check out our Festival Plate tips.

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Betting

A relatively new race that has been introduced to aid the mares program. This novice race for mares’ often sets up horses for the mares’ hurdle in the future, and while it may not be a race that delivers top-class runners, it can still be a very informative contest. This year’s race sees four horses putting their unbeaten record on the line, including Brighterdaysahead for trainer Gordon Elliott and Dysart Enos for local trainer Fergal O’Brien.

Check out our Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle tips

Kim Muir Chase Betting

The final race on day three, and the last of three tough handicaps to solve. This is a chase race, confined to amateur and conditional riders only, adding another factor for punters to consider, and jockey bookings can often be tips in themselves. The Gavin Cromwell-trained Inothewayurthinkin heads the betting market currently, with top amateur Derek O’Connor taking the ride.

Check out our Kim Muir Chase tips.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Overview

With the addition of the Ryanair Chase to day three of the Cheltenham Festival, we have two races that share the title of being the feature race on the card.

The Ryanair Chase is referred to as the Gold Cup for those who don’t quite stay the distance, but it is a great race in its own right and has seen improved quality year after year.

The second feature is the Stayers Hurdle, the race which has headlined this day for many years and is still an integral part of Cheltenham 2024.

Elsewhere on the card, the Turners Novices’ Chase opens proceedings and is often a place where you will find staying chasers of the future.

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Cheltenham Day 3 FAQs

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When is Cheltenham Day 3?

The third day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival is known as ‘St. Patrick’s Day Thursday’ and takes places on Thursday, March 14th, 2024.

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Who is the most iconic winner of the Turners Novices’ Chase?

The Turners Novices’ Chase was first established in 2011, as a new race at the Festival. Perhaps two of the most memorable winners in recent years were Vautour in 2015, and Samcro in 2020.

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What is the Turners Novices’ Chase?

The Turner Novices’ Chase opens proceedings on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival at 1:30pm. This is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase for novice horses aged five years or older and is run on Cheltenham’s New Course over a distance of two miles and four furlongs with 17 fences jumped.

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What is the Stayers' Hurdle?

The Stayers' Hurdle is one of two feature races on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, a stamina test over three miles for hurdlers.

Scott McGlynn

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