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Cheltenham Day 3 Tips - St Patrick’s Day Overview

Cheltenham Day 3 – Thursday 17th March 2022

Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as ‘St Patrick’s Day Thursday’. If crowds are allowed, the Irish fans will be out in full force and the Guinness consumption will increase as the racing becomes even more competitive.

St Patrick’s Schedule & Racecards

TimeSt. Patrick’s Day Races – Cheltenham Day 3 Thursday 17th March 2022TypeWinner 2021
13.30Marsh Novices’ ChaseChaseChantry House 9/1
14.10Pertemps Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)HurdleMrs Milner 12/1
14.50Ryanair Steeple ChaseChaseAllaho 3/1 Fav
15.30Stayers’ HurdleHurdleFlooring Porter 12/1
16.10Festival Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)ChaseThe Shunter 9/4 Fav
16.50Mares Novices’ HurdleHurdleTelmesomethinggirl 5/1
17.30Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple ChaseChaseMount Ida 3/1 Fav

Cheltenham 2022 Ryanair Chase

Cheltenham Day 3 Best Bets

The Cheltenham betting frenzy continues into Day 3 with St. Patrick’s Day Thursday providing not one but two championship races – the Ryanair Chase over 2.5 miles and the Stayers Hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs. As ever, the Freebets horse racing experts will be on hand to deliver their final selections for these and other Cheltenham Day 3 races.

Latest Cheltenham Day 3 Offers & Enhanced Odds

With the addition of the Ryanair Chase to day three of the Cheltenham Festival, we have two races that share the title as 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 is a great race in its own right, and has seen improved quality year on year.

Last year’s winner Allaho was exceptional, stringing out the field and not stopping for the Willie Mullins Team.

The second feature is the Stayers Hurdle, the race which has headlined this day for many years. The staying division looks wide open at the moment, and last year saw Flooring Porter come to the fore and take this race.

Elsewhere on the card, the Marsh Chase opens proceedings, and is often a place where you will find staying chasers of the future, with last year’s winner Chantry House potentially being the next one of those we see.


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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’ which this year actually falls on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Thursday 17th March 2022.
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Who is the most iconic winner of The Marsh Novices’ Chase?

The Marsh 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 Marsh Novices’ Chase?

The Marsh Novices’ Chase opens proceedings on Day 3 of the Festival (St Patrick’s Day Thursday) at 1.20pm. 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.