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.
Cheltenham Festival 2018 Thursday Tips & Schedules
Cheltenham 2018, Thursday 16th March, Day 3 Tips and Schedule
Cheltenham Odds - Tips For Day 3
JLT Novices’ Chase 2018
Yorkhill heads the JLT Novices’ Chase betting following an excellent performance on his recent chasing debut in Eire. Connections are under no illusions that it’s going to take more than that to win this novices’ Grade One. He is exuberant at his fences and has the ability to quicken which will undoubtedly play into his strengths in this contest, but he could be vulnerable against one or two of these. Read our JLT Novices’ Chase preview to get our best bet.
Pertemps Final 2018
The Pertemps Network Final always attracts an extremely competitive field with 2016’s renewal attracting the maximum 24 runners. Like most major handicaps at the festival, finding the winner can be extremely tough. Having an edge over the handicapper is key and as such, judging a horse may be based on not so much what it can achieve, but all that it has achieved to date. The 2015 trifecta would have paid a whopping £5,352.60 reflecting the mouth-watering prices on offer, and 2016 was won by Eire raider Mall Dini at 14/1. Be sure to check out the Bettingexpert Pertemps preview with some excellent bets on offer.
Ryanair Chase 2018
The top class Vautour simply burnt off his rivals in the 2016 Ryanair chase, always travelling well and easing clear on the bridle up the hill to win by a ready six lengths from toiling rivals. That didn’t look the strongest of Ryanair’s but neither does this year’s. Take a look at our Ryanair Chase Preview & Tips to get the Bettingexpert value on Day Three.
Stayers Hurdle 2018
Thistlecrack completed the perfect season to win this staying prize impressively in 2016 (sent off a heavily backed Evensf), but he is now developing into a top notch chaser so the way is left open for a new star stayer to emerge this time around. Read the Bettingexpert World Hurdle tips and thoughts.
Brown Advisory Plate 2018
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
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 the jockey bookings. 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
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. 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, a race that has been dealt a blow with following the injury of Killultagh Vic. Last year, we were treated to a phenomenal performance from Vautour in this very race, displaying some of the best jumping seen at the Gloucestershire track. It’s unlikely any of the main protagonists will be able to repeat that this year, but there’s still plenty of value to be had in an interesting betting heat. Check out our JLT Novices’ Chase tips below.
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 favouritismin 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 each fence can have devastating consequences.
The showpiece on the third day at the Cheltenham Festival is the World Hurdle. Colin Tizzard’s Thistlecrack won this hard on the bridle in 2016 at a short price, 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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