Cheltenham Festival 2018 Day 3 Tips & Race Times

Where is the value on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival? Our racing editor Stephen Harris guides you through each race of Cheltenham Day 3, with race analysis, the latest news and info and of course, each of his Cheltenham Day 3 tips.

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Cheltenham Festival 2018 Thursday Tips & Schedules

Cheltenham 2018, Thursday 15th March, Day 3 Tips and Schedule

TimeRaceCheltenham 2018 Tips
1:30 The JLT Novices’ Chase Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3
2:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3
2:50 The Ryanair Chase Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3
3:30 The Stayers Hurdle Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3
4:10 The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3
4:50 The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3
5:30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145) Read Cheltenham 2018 Tips - Day 3

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Cheltenham Odds - Tips For Day 3

Cheltenham odds for day 3 are not yet available. We will post live Cheltenham odds for day 3 as soon as they become available.

JLT Novices’ Chase 2018

Race 1, Thursday 15th March 1:30

Yorkhill landed a wholesale gamble when winning this impressively in 2017 under a sublime ride from Ruby Walsh, but this years renewal has a much more open look to it with the bookmakers currently offering 8/1 the field. Read our JLT Novices’ Chase preview to get our best bet.

Pertemps Final 2018

Race 2, Thursday 15th March 2:10

The Pertemps Network Final always attracts an extremely competitive field of horses who have had to qualify for this by running in qualifiers earlier in the season. Like most major handicaps at the festival, finding the winner can be extremely tough. Having an edge over the handicapper is key and Irish trainers have a terrific record in the even (2017 winner Presenting Percy a recent example). The 2015 trifecta would have paid a whopping £5,352.01 and the bookmakers usually fancy getting a "result" away from the front of the market (with luck in running in a maximum field always a big factor). Be sure to check out the Bettingexpert Pertemps preview with some excellent bets on offer.

Ryanair Chase 2018

Race 3, Thursday 15th March 2:50

The top class Un des Sceaux simply burnt off his rivals in the 2017 Ryanair chase, always travelling well and easing clear on the bridle up the hill to win easily from toiling rivals. That didn’t look the strongest of Ryanair’s but neither does this year’s, and the winner could easily be sent of favourite to retain his crown. Take a look at our Ryanair Chase Preview & Tips to get the Bettingexpert value on Day Three.

Stayers Hurdle 2018

Race 4, Thursday 15th March 3:30

The loss of 2017 winner Nichols Canyan gives this division a wide open look, with Uknowhatimeanharry not fulfilling his potential and no outstanding candidate. The progressive Sam Spinner seems sure to make a bold bid from the front, and is the one runner coming here on the up. Read the Bettingexpert World Hurdle tips and thoughts.

Brown Advisory Plate 2018

Race 5, Thursday 15th March 4:10

Raced over 2m 5f, the Brown Plate is a Grade 3 handicap chase which features a bumper field every year, and is wide open again this season (so if you like your each-way bets, this could be the race for you, with the layers paying ¼ the odds a place 1,2,3,4 and the terms in the backers favour).

Kim Muir Challenge Cup 2018

Race 6, Thursday 15th March 4:50

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is an amateur rider’s event over 3m 2f over fences. Like the Brown Plate, it attracts a huge field each season and this year is no different. Some of the best pointers in fields such as these are thos with previous form at the Festival, with an ability to handle the hurly-burly of these big fields a plus. Spotting the best amateur riders is a simple, but effective way of identifying the most fancied prospects. Check out the Bettingexpert Kim Muir Challenge Cup odds and preview to help you find those great each-way bets.

Mares Novice Hurdle 2018

Race 7, Thursday 15th March 5:30

The Mares Novice Hurdle has been dominated by Willie Mullins in the past decade, with the top class Limini landing hefty market support in 2016 and Lets Dance hosing up in 2017. The 2018 renewal looks much more open at this stage, with the bookmakers currently offering 6/1 the field and no standout contender emerging.

Cheltenham 2018 St Patricks Thursday Races

Thursday has a very Irish feel to it as Cheltenham celebrates St. Patrick’s day, albeit a few days early. The day kicks off with the JLT Novices’ Chase, which often produces a top class performer to follow over the next few years in the highest class. The Ryanair Chase is always an interesting contest, one of the more recent additions to the festival programme, it sits very much as a back up to the championship races. For all that it can often be seen as one of the weaker Grade Ones, it boasts some strong alumni including Imperial Commander, Dynaste and Cue Card. Don Cossack couldn’t justify favouritism in 2015, giving way to what turned out to be AP McCoy’s final Cheltenham Festival winner, Uxizandre. Ryanair Chase winners need speed and fluency, losing just a length at any fence can have a devastating consequences.

The showpiece on the third day at the Cheltenham Festival is the World Hurdle. Some top class stayers have dominated this division in the past i.e Barracuda and Thistlecrack, but 2018 looks far harder to call. Take a look at the Bettingexpert World Hurdle tips & preview for a different angle into the race and some tempting value.

Day Three certainly makes things a little trickier for punters with three big field handicaps to digest. The Pertemps Network Final was won by Nicky Henderson in 2015 with Call The Cops off a mark of 133 with the handicap spread from a high of 152 to a low of 135. The betting opened 15/2 the field and with a similar story likely this season, there will be plenty of each-way value on offer for punters. It’s the same story in the Brown Plate & Kim Muir Challenge Cup with maximum field sizes of 24 runners in each race respectively in 2016. The latter has thrown up winning SPs of 9/1, 12/1 and 16/1 reflect the tricky proposition this race poses for punters. Make sure you check out the Bettingexpert Kim Muir preview & tips to stay ahead this Cheltenham Festival. Things are rounded off in the Mares Novice Hurdle with the Mullins team sure to be trying hard to continue their fantastic winning streak in this race.

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