Welcome to our Cheltenham Day Three Tips for 2017

The Thursday of Cheltenham Festival promises to be another thrillingly competitive day of racing, with the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle both set to be extremely tight affairs. Read on for all our Day Three previews below and discover all our Cheltenham tips.

Cheltenham Day 3 Win Acca

The Cheltenham Festival hasn’t been too kind to Willie Mullins so far but it seems inconceivable that he will go through Thursday without a winner too. We fancy him to have a fantastic day and this Acca looks rock solid, fingers crossed for a big day.

JLT Novices' Chase - 1.30pm

Last year’s winner: Black Hercules 4/1j
Distance: 2m 3f 198y

2017 Preview: Despite also holding an entry for the Arkle Chase, Yorkhill remains a strong favourite for this race having won his two chasing starts so far. His jumping has been shaky but he’ll improve for going left handed and is the one to beat. Nicky Henderson trains the main challenger in Top Notch, impressive winner of the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase last month. Whisper, who won the 2014 Coral Cup, has won twice over course and distance this season already and holds chances again here if he takes his entry.

Our tip: Yorkhill at 6/4

Read our full JLT Novices’ Chase tips and preview here.

Pertemps Final - 2.10pm

Last year’s winner: Mall Dini 14/1
Distance: 2m 7f 213y

2017 Preview: As always, the Pertemps Final looks extremely competitive, with eight of the last ten winners being priced 14/1 or bigger. Tobefair comes here having won seven starts in a row, but will need to continue to improve to overcome his 9lb handicap rise. Isleofhopendreams looks primed for good run though For Good Measure looks well weighted for a big run after two seconds over C&D in the winter.

Our tip: For Good Measure

Read our full Pertemps Hurdle tips and preview here.

Ryanair Chase - 2.50pm

Last year’s winner: Vautour Evs f
Distance: 2m 4f 166y

2017 Preview: Possibly the most controversial race of Cheltenham last year following Rich Ricci’s comments regarding Vautour’s Festival plans. Un De Sceaux looks set to go off as favourite following his Clarence House Chase win in January, and with previous wins over hurdles at around this trip he has proven his stamina already. Uxizandre, who was a five length second here in January to the WIllie Mullins’ nine-year-old, won this race in 2015 and should improve for his run last time out having been off the track for nearly 2 years with injury problems. Josses Hill was found out over three miles at Kempton and weakened up the hill in this contest last year but comes here in good form and should run well.

Our tip: Un De Sceaux at 9/2

Read our full Ryanair Chase tips and preview here.

Stayers' Hurdle - 3.10pm

Last year’s winner: Thistlecrack Evs f
Distance: 2m 7f 213y

2017 Preview: Thistlecrack was strongly touted for last year’s renewal having improving markedly as the season progressed, and this year’s solid favourite Unowhatimeanharry sports a similar profile. Winner of last year’s Albert Bartlett, he has won all three of his starts this season – including the Cleeve Hurdle here in January – and is the one for the rest of the field to beat. Ballyoptic was nine lengths behind the last time the two met but looks a spring horse and should improve for the expected better ground. Jezki and Cole Harden have both proved themselves at this trip and deserve their places in the field.

Our tips: Ballyoptic at 14/1 Each Way

Read our full Stayers’ Hurdle tips and preview here.

Festival Plate - 4.10pm

Last year’s winner: Empire Of Dirt 16/1
Distance: 2m 4f 166y

2017 Preview:  Another wide open renewal is in prospect, with last year’s Coral Cup winner Diamond King set to go off near the head of the market. He has been competing in better company and, with a chase mark 5lb lower than his hurdling mark, should run well now facing easier company. Village Vic is a brave front runner who gives it his all for trainer Philip Hobbs and will put up another valiant display off a mark he’s capable of winning off. Starchitect and Bouvreuil will both hope to make the starting field with weights of just under 11 stone and both would be competitive.

Our tips: Village Vic at 16/1 Each Way

Read our full Festival Plate tips and preview here.

Mares' Novices' Hurdle - 4.50pm

Last year’s winner: Limini 8/11f
Distance: 2m 179y

2017 Preview: Willie Mullins won this race comfortably last year with Limini – who is now the favourite for the 2017 Mares’ Hurdle – and he holds the keys to this race with both Let’s Dance and Airlie Beach fancied strongly in the market. Both have won two Graded races and a Listed race, and with two different owners they look set to go head to head. Warren Greatrex saddles La Bague Au Roi, a Listed bumper winner who is unbeaten in three starts hurdling, and she looks the main challenger to the Irish raiders.

Our tips: Let’s Dance at 13/8

Read our full Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle tip and preview here.


Kim Muir Handicap Chase - 5.30pm

Last year’s winner: Cause Of Causes 9/2
Distance: 3m 2f

2017 Preview: Mall Dini won the Pertemps Final last year and looks set to be strong in the market for what is essentially the chase equivalent this year. He has finished second or third on all five starts since winning that race without winning, and will need to improve to win this off his mark of 141. What’s Happening returned with a very pleasing run last time out and looks a dangerous commodity with Squouateur very well treated on his hurdling form.

Our tips: What’s Happening at 20/1 Each Way

Read our full Kim Muir Handicap Chase tip and preview here.

Cheltenham Festival 2016 Day Three

Day three of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival kicked off with the wide open JLT Novices’ Chase, with three horses joint favourite for the opener. The drama started literally as the flag was dropped, with Davy Russell’s mount Zabana sideways when the tapes drew back, snapping around and unseating a furious Russell. At the last, both Black Hercules and Bristol De Mai rose and landed together, but it was the former in Black Hercules who stayed on much the strongest to win for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Another very tricky contest followed in the form of the Pertemps Final, with it being 11/2 the field. That favourite, Leave At Dawn, disappointed massively when unable to get into contention and the race was won by Patrick Kelly’s Mall Dini, ridden brilliantly by Davy Russell who gained compensation for what happened in the JLT.

The Ryanair Chase however had little drama and wasn’t at all open, with the great Vautour setting off the evens favourite and the price was proved to be very generous. He easily dispatched of his rivals, with Valseur Lido in second and Road To Riches snatching third from Al Ferof, who made a mistake at the last which cost him the position. You could almost feel the bookmakers nerves as they set off for the World Hurdle, with well backed favourite Thistlecrack being sent off at Evens for Colin Tizzard and Tom Scudamore. He duly delivered in impressive style, pushed out to a seven length victory, beating Alpha Des Obeaux and Bobs Worth who filled out the placings. The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate went the way of Ireland as Gigginstowns’ Empire Of Dirt took a comfortable victory at a price of 16/1, with 33/1 shot Tango De Juilley taking second. The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle was taken by the well backed Willie Mullins trained Limini, who went off the 8/11 favourite and easily dispatched of her rivals with the 50/1 Dusky Legend back in second for Alan King. The finale of day three was the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, where Cause Of Causes rallied gamely to take a victory no one would have believed was possible at halfway and beyond.

Cheltenham Festival 2015 Day Three

Day Three of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival was a profitable one for the bookmakers with just the one winning favourite as Vautour landed the odds in the opening JLT Novices’ Chase landing some sizeable bets in the process including one of £8000 to win in cash, and with ease as well in a very fast time. With the bookies licking their wounds Call The Cops was the next winner for the Nicky Henderson/Andrew Tinkler combination in the Pertemps Final and would have been a fairly neutral result at 9/1, even if he was second favourite with so many other bets on the rest of the twenty-three strong field, but Uxizandre at 16/1 soon saw them in profit.

Trained by Alan King and ridden by A P McCoy in a first time visor, he wasn’t completely unfancied but some decent sized bets were lost on runner up Ma Filleule for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty at 5/1 (including one of £10,000 to win), but not as many as on Don Cossack who was third! Trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott, it looked as if the Irish punters were doubling up after Vautour as they smashed in to the eight year old chaser as if defeat was not an option, with over £30,000 in cash on course alone sending him off at 5/2 under Brian Cooper but to no avail after he was hampered two out, though that is no consolation to all his losing supporters.

When it came to the World Hurdle, it looked as if the bigger better known yards had it between them as Paul Nicholls was responsible for favourite Saphir Du Rheu (5/1) and second favourite Zarkandar (6/1), with Lieutenant Colonel (7/1), Whisper (8/1), and Un Temps Pour Tout (9/1) next in the betting. To the bookies delight, it was 14/1 shot Cole Harden who took the title by just over three lengths with no sizeable on course bets recorded – certainly the best race so far for the layers at least.

Kim Bailey was responsible for the winner of the Brown Advisory Plate at 4.00pm though not with the well-backed 6/1 shot Un Ace, ridden by A P McCoy, who could only manage a well-beaten thirteenth at the line.  David Bass was on board Darna, an unbacked 33/1 shot who pulled off a bit of a shock even by Cheltenham standards, staying on strongly to the sound of the bookmaker cheers. With favourite Monetaire in second each way bets were landed but overall, it was another race that went the way of the enemy here. Finally, the lucky last was probably honours even as 9/1 third favourite The Package duly obliged for the David Pipe yard, landing one recorded bet of £1200 to win, as well as one of a flat £1000. With a total of twenty four runners we doubt those bets were enough to cause the layers much concern, but at least some lived to fight another day and come back on Friday afternoon.

How should I back the Cheltenham tips?

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  • Singles – The easiest way to back our Cheltenham tips, this simply means backing one of our selections to win or place in the top three or four. If you put a £10 single on to win at 8/1, you will be returned £90 (10 times 8 plus your stake). If you put the single on as £5 Each Way, you are betting £5 on the win part of the bet and £5 on the place part of your bet. This means you can win money even if the selection fails to win the race, for a comprehensive guide to each way betting, we have an article ready to view on site.
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Cheltenham continues to roll on and with the brilliant profit we have made so far this year, our Cheltenham tips are not to be missed! They’re all researched by a team of experts who have seen many a Cheltenham Festival and know a Festival winner when they see one! Some of our Cheltenham Tips for Day’s Three and Four can be viewed now, with previews for every race available to read as we type.