Cheltenham Festival 2018 Day Three Tips

Day three of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Thursday 15th March. St Patrick’s Thursday is a chance for the large Irish presence to celebrate, with the Stayers Hurdle the feature race of the day. Get tips for all seven races here.

Cheltenham Festival 2018 Day Three Schedule & Tips

Time Race
13:30 JLT Novices’ Chase
14:10 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final
14:50 Ryanair Chase
15:30 Stayers’ Hurdle
16:10 Brown Advisory Plate
16:50 Mares Novices’ Hurdle
17:30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup

JLT Novices Chase

The day three opener is the JLT Novices’ Chase. Run over the intermediate distance of 2m4f, this race is ideal for those who aren’t quick enough for the Arkle but want to avoid the stamina challenge of the RSA. Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins have teamed up to win the last three renewals.

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final

The first handicap of day three, the Pertemps Final is served by eight qualifier races that run throughout the National Hunt season. Always a competitive affair, punters will be hoping to pick out a big priced winner.

Ryanair Chase

The Ryanair Chase, like the JLT, is also run over the intermediate distance. One of the newer festival races, Vautour was a breathtaking winner back in 2016. Last year’s winner Un De Sceaux will be looking to defend his crown this year.

Stayers’ Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle is the feature race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. The best 3-mile hurdlers look to show their stamina and win the prestigious price. Big Buck’s famously won this race four times in-a-row from 2009 to 2012.

Brown Advisory Plate

The second handicap of the day is the Brown Advisory Plate, another very difficult race to pick out the winner. Last year’s winner Road To Respect has developed into a Grade 1 horse, so look out for unexposed types.

Mares Novices’ Hurdle

The Mares Novices’ Hurdle is very new to the festival, having only been introduced in 2016. The first two winners of the race have been from the Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins combination and they’ll be looking to make it three.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup

The final race on St Patrick’s Thursday is the Kim Muir Challenge Cup. The handicap is only open to amateur riders, giving them another shot for festival glory. Leading amateur Jamie Codd has won the race four times since 2009.