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Cheltenham Day 3 Tips 2019, Thursday 14th March, Day 3 Tips and Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham 2019 Tips|
|13:30||JLT Novices’ Chase||Read Tip|
|14:10||Pertemps Final||Read Tip|
|14:50||Ryanair Chase||Read Tip|
|15:30||Stayers Hurdle||Read Tip|
|16:10||Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate||Read Tip|
|16:50||Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|17:30||Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
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JLT Novices’ Chase 2019
Race 1, Thursday 14th March 1:30
Thursday at the Festival is always extremely difficult for punters and 2019 looks set to be very competitive, with some impossible looking handicaps alongside wide open Graded contests that lack any standout performers on the face of it. The opening JLT is a Grade 1 novice chase over 2m4f, with the bookmakers currently offering “6/1 the field” and the running plans of the principals in the market fluid at this stage.
Irish trainers have won 7 of the 8 runnings of this race since 2011, and last year saw Gordon Elliott’s Shattered Love land some hefty wagers in impressive style under Jack Kennedy. The Gigginstown runners are always worthy of maximum respect at the Festival, and it will be interesting to see which unexposed novices they aim at this prestigious prize.
Pertemps Final 2019
Race 2, Thursday 14th March 2:10
A fiercely competitive final to this popular series, with runners having to have qualified by taking place in the Pertemps qualifiers throughout the winter months. A maximum field of primed handicappers competing over nearly three miles is a terrific spectacle, although the race does have a “bookmaker friendly” feel to it and luck in running always plays a big part.
Davy Russell was seen to brilliant effect in the 2018 renewal on Delta Work, sitting off a fast pace and asserting late up the hill as the leaders predictably dropped away, and it is likely to be a similar story this time around.
Ryanair Chase 2019
Race 3, Thursday 14th March 2:50
A Grade 1 Chase that has grown in popularity year on year since its inauguration in 2015, with the fields becoming more competitive in pursuit of the £197,000 prize over 2m4f. There have been some big names who have chosen this race as their target in recent years, with Cue Card, Vautour and Un de Sceaux all popular winners since 2013.
Last year Balko des Flos ran out a game winner on a stellar day for Davy Russell, and he seems sure to be back in 2019 to defend his title in what looks an extremely open renewal on paper (market headed at the moment by 6/1f Min and 7/1 chance Waiting Patiently).
Stayers Hurdle 2019
Race 4, Thursday 14th March 3:30
The highlight of Day 3 at the Festival is the Grade 1 stayers hurdle over 3m, with a prize of £183,000 and the best three milers competing to be crowned champion stayer in 2019.
Over the years this has thrown up some legendary winners such as four time champion Big Bucks, and the prolific French raider Baracouda (two wins in 2002 and 2003). Last season saw Willie Mullins “second string” Penhill spring a major surprise in a bunched and substandard renewal of the big race, and he is sure to be back this year to defend his title. There will be plenty fancying their chances in a wide open looking renewal, and up-and-coming stayers like Midnight Shadow and Paisley Park are strong contenders for their English trainers.
Brown Advisory Plate 2019
Race 5, Thursday 14th March 4:10
This Grade 3 handicap for 5-y-o’s and upwards over 2m4f is another extremely tricky puzzle to solve for punters, with progressive performers from Britain and Ireland coming together and the various formlines always hard to compare and weigh up. Last season saw the third win in a row for Ireland as Gordon Elliott’s The Storyteller continued an amazing week for the yard, expertly ridden as usual by the veteran jockey Davy Russell.
Currently bookmakers are offering “16/1 the field” for this ultra competitive handicap (running plans still up in the air), but the English will be hopeful of winning with either Rather Be or Hells Kitchen (who both come here on the upgrade with conditions to suit).
Mares Novice Hurdle 2019
Race 6, Thursday 14th March 4:50
A controversial addition to the Festival that has proved uncompetitive (and diluted quality elsewhere in the week) in three runnings so far since 2016. Limini, Lets Dance and Laurina have proved facile winners so far for Willie Mullins, and he seems sure to have a strong contender primed again in 2019 for this Grade 2 over two miles.
Perhaps the English will strike back this time around, with the ex-French Epatante impressing in winning her only start at Kempton for Nicky Henderson and J.P.McManus, and she currently heads the ante-post market as the 6/1 favourite.
Kim Muir Challenge Cup 2019
Race 7, Thursday 14th March 5:30
A cracking finale to Day 3 with this 3m2f handicap chase for amateur riders always providing more than its share of thrills and spills. The skill of the rider is often a key factor in the final outcome, with an overly fast pace usually set and the field often going for home far too soon and having nothing left for the final hill.
In 2018 Warren Greatrex’s Missed Approach prevented a clean sweep for Irish trainers with a terrifically game victory, seeing off numerous challenges as he pulled out more from the last. It is worth following riders with loads of experience in this race, with a jockey like Jamie Codd (won it in 2015 on The Packagae and in 2016 on Cause of Causes) well worth keeping on side of.
Cheltenham 2019 St Patricks Thursday Races
Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival begins with a compelling JLT Novice Chase that in in 2019 saw a hefty gamble landed on the Irish raider Shattered Love, who was backed down from 8/1 in the morning into an SP of 4/1 before powering to a comprehensive victory from the Henderson trained favourite Terrefort.
This is traditionally a very tricky day for punters, with some very competitive action and winner finding usually difficult, and this is typified by the Pertemps Finale that follows, with bookmakers usually offering 8/1 the field and a “surprise” unpredictable result commonplace.
The highlight of Day 3 is undoubtedly the Grade 1 Stayers hurdle which brings together the best three mile hurdlers in the UK and Ireland. Over the years this has seen some prolific winners such as Baracouda and Big Bucks (won the race a record four times between 2009-2012). However more recent years have been far more open, and there is certainly no standout contender in 2019 for the prestigious prize with all of the big names tending to beat each other in the build up.
The day concludes with the fiercely competitive Kim Muir handicap chase which is a very tough “getting out stakes”, with a brutal gallop assured from the tape over 3m1 1/2f and a patient ride usually required to come home in front up the demanding hill (the skill of the amateur rider on board often of huge significance). In recent years UK trainers have enjoyed success, with Warren Greatrex’s Missed Approach proving a terrifically game winner in 2018 and Stuart Edmunds tasting his first Festival success in 2017 with Domesday Book.
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