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

Tips for Cheltenham Thursday March 16th 2023

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.

Cheltenham Day 3 Betting Tips

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, check them out below!

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Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Schedule & Racecards

TimeSt. Patrick’s Day Races – Cheltenham Day 3 Thursday 16th March 2023
13.30Turners Novices’ Chase
14.10Pertemps Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
14.50Ryanair Steeple Chase
15.30Stayers’ Hurdle
16.10Festival Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)
16.50Mares Novices’ Hurdle
17.30Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

Turner Novice Chase Betting

The intermediate novice chase, but one that has grown in quality since its inception. This year, the Irish look to have a strong hold on things, with Mighty Potter leading the way in what could be a high class renewal. Check out our Turners Novices’ Chase Tips.

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle 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. Check out our Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Tips.

Ryanair Chase Betting

The Gold Cup for those who don’t quite stay the Gold Cup distance. Growing in stature every year, this year’s renewal looks a cracker, with Shishkin heading the market as he looks to win over further and add to his Champion Chase victory at the Festival. Check out our Ryanair Steeple Chase tips

Stayers Hurdle Betting

A three mile contest for hurdlers, the original main 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. 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, you’ll need plenty of luck in running, and a quality horse, if you want to be on the winner here. Check out our Festival Stable Plate tips.

Mares Novice 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 absolute top class runners for the future, it can still be very informative. Check out our Mares Novice Hurdle tips

Kim Muir 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 in for punters to consider, and jockey bookings can often be tips in themselves. Check out our Kim Muir betting odds and tips.

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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.

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 2023.

Elsewhere on the card, the Marsh 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’ which this year actually falls on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Thursday 16th March 2023.

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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 1.30pm. 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.

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Who won Cheltenham day 3 2022?

There are two feature races on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and both saw the same horse win in 2022 as we witnessed in 2021. This started with Allaho winning the Ryanair Chase again, and he was followed up by Flooring Porter landing back to back Stayers Hurdle's.

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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.

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