Cheltenham Tips Day 3
Cheltenham Tips Day 3 for St Patricks Thursday. The Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival this year will fall on 16/3/2017. Day three of the Cheltenham Festival is always known as St Patricks Thursday, however St Patricks Day 2017 will actually be on the Friday!
If Cheltenham Day 1 was more focused on the sprint races, Cheltenham Day 4 more stayers races, then Cheltenham Day 3 is more for middle distances with three of the races over about 2 and a half miles.
The first race of the day is the middle distance novice chase, the JLT Novices chase for horses not quite fast enough for the Arkle but not slow enough for the RSA. The OLBG horse racing experts are keen to find the horse most suited to this in between distance. Read their thoughts in the full race preview.
The second race of Day 3 is for staying handicap hurdlers. The Pertemps Network Final is the culmination of a series of races through the national hunt calendar and runners need to meet the qualifying conditions to race, but not run so well that they reach too high a handicap mark. It is a difficult race to find the winner of with just one winning favourite in the last decade.
We then revert back to mid distance for the Ryanair Chase. Similar to the first race of day three, this is for horses perhaps not quick enough for the Champion Chase but without the stamina for the much tougher Gold Cup. Ground conditions will influence connections choice of race, perhaps with soft going seeing some drop down from the Gold Cup distance.
The fourth race of Day 3 is the feature race, the World Hurdle for the true staying hurdlers in the sport.
We then drop back again to that middle distance for the 2m5f handicap chase. The Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate is known by its longer term name as the Festival Plate. Winners in recent years have been priced at 33/1, 50/1, 33/1, 66/1 and 25/1! So not an easy race to call but if one of the OLBG tipsters can find us the winner it could make our Cheltenham Festival week! Venetia Williams is a top class national hunt trainer who hasnt had that many festival winners but she has won this race three times in the last ten years.
The sixth race on Cheltenham Thursday is a race for Novice Mares. This Mares Novices Hurdle is likely to see future runners in the OLBG Mares Hurdle on Day 1 of the Festival. Mares Novice hurdle tips
The last race of Cheltenham Day 3 is another handicap chase. This race is restricted to horses rated below 145 and with so many entries, there is often little difference in the weights carried. So here we are looking for a canny trainer who has managed to get a horse in the race who is likely to be running in much higher grade races in the future. Kim Muir Tips
Please come back for Cheltenham Day 4 tips.