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Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips - Our Best Bets For Every Race On Thursday Including The Stayers' Hurdle

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Terrefort is a huge price in a competitive Ryanair Chase
Terrefort is a huge price in a competitive Ryanair Chase

A spectacular seven-race card will take place on day three of the Cheltenham Festival and the feature race of the day is the Stayers' Hurdle, which is off at 3:30pm and it will see recent Cleeve Hurdle hero Paisley Park look to cement his place as the premier staying hurdler in training.

We take an in-depth look at all seven races on Thursday and pick out our best bets for what should be a fabulous day's racing at Prestbury Park.

JLT Novices' Chase

A wide open JLT Novices' Chase kicks off proceedings on Thursday afternoon and it will see Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation clash for the third time this season.  With one win apiece that pair are sure to finish close to each other again, but both may just come unstuck in their toughest assignment to date and could be worth taking on at the prices.  Willie Mullins will saddle a trio of runners in this Grade 1 event and Ruby Walsh has elected to partner Voix Du Reve, who was a faller last time out.  An impressive seven-length winner over Arkle flop Hardline at Punchestown in November is top class form, and if he can bounce back from a fall last time out then he can kick off the day with a win.

Pertemps Final

A devilishly difficult betting conundrum, but the Joseph O'Brien-trained Thermistocles has been in superb form of late and having relished the step up to three miles he could run a huge race at decent odds.  Just beaten by Cuneo and Walk To Freedom (who carries top weight here) in December, Thermistocles should be able to reverse the form with the latter.  Providing Cheltenham isn't hit by too much rain in the lead-up to the race then this Irish raider can finish in the places and is a superb each-way selection.

Ryanair Chase

One of the races of the Festival, the Ryanair Chase has a plethora of Irish contenders at the top of the betting and Monalee, Un De Sceaux, Footpad and Road To Respect all have top notch form in the book.  Un De Sceaux makes the most appeal of that quartet, but there could be a springer lower down the betting and it's Nicky Henderson's Terrefort that can run a massive race at big odds.  No match for Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Clan Des Obeaux in the Denman Chase, Terrefort has some decent festival form having finished second to Shattered Love in the JLT Novices' Chase last year, and if he can emulate that run then he could go close in a wide open event.

Stayers' Hurdle

Paisley Park has launched to top of the staying hurdle division and the Emma Lavelle-trained star can cap off a sensational season by storming to victory in the Stayers' Hurdle at 3:30pm.  A runaway winner of the Cleeve Hurdle in January, Paisley Park can cruise through this contest in style and duly quicken clear of the likes of Faugheen and Supasundae to land the biggest victory of his career.

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase

Third in this race two years ago, Bouvreuil will run off a 3lb lower mark in the 2019 renewal and while the Paul Nicholls-trained raider heads into the contest on the back of a disappointing run, if he can recapture his best form then he stands a superb chance.  Brought down in the Grand Annual last season, the Ditcheat inmate has had wind surgery since his decent effort last time out, but if the wind operation can work wonders then he is a lively outsider.

Mares' Novices' Hurdle

Nicky Henderson has a glint in his eye when talking about exciting youngster Epatante, who is a warm favourite for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle, which is the penultimate race on day three of the festival.  An easy winner at Exeter a few weeks ago, the four-year-old will benefit from a weight pull from some of her older rivals and she can storm to victory in this event and become the next superstar off the Henderson production line.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Jonjo O'Neill's Sky Pirate was travelling well when brought down in a decent race at Cheltenham in November, and if he can emulate that sort of performance then he is attractively handicapped to claim victory in the Kim Muir.  He put in a clear round when fourth at Exeter last time out, but he remains are an eye-catching mark of 134 for this event, and if O'Neill can have him firing on all cylinders then he can go close in the finale.

2019 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

Paisley Park Aidan Coleman / Miss E C Lavelle 11/8 5/4 11/8 11/8 11/10 11/8 6/5 11/8 11/8
Faugheen R Walsh / W P Mullins 7/2 4 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2
Supasundae R M Power / Mrs J Harrington 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 9 10
Black Op N D Fehily / T R George 11 10 12 12 12 12 11 11 12
Top Notch D A Jacob / N J Henderson 14 12 14 14 14 12 12 12 14
Kilbricken Storm Harry Cobden / C L Tizzard 14 14 14 16 12 14 14 11 16
Bacardys Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 14 20 20 25 16 20 20 18 25
Bapaume P Townend / W P Mullins 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 16 20
Yanworth B J Geraghty / A King 33 25 33 33 33 33 33 28 33
Petit Mouchoir Rachael Blackmore / H de Bromhead 33 33 33 33 33 28 33 33 33
Wholestone Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies 33 33 33 40 33 33 33 28 40
Sam Spinner Joe Colliver / Jedd O'Keeffe 40 40 40 33 40 33 33 40 33
West Approach T Scudamore / C L Tizzard 33 40 40 50 50 40 40 40 50
The Mighty Don L P Aspell / N J Gifford 100 100 100 100 66 100 100 100 100
Coquin Mans D J Mullins / W P Mullins 80 100 100 125 125 100 100 100 125
Keeper Hill R Johnson / W Greatrex 100 125 125 150 150 125 125 125 150
Nautical Nitwit Thomas Dowson / P A Kirby 150 200 250 300 300 250 250 200 300
Man Of Plenty J J Burke / Mrs S Leech 200 250 300 300 300 300 300 250 300
Each Way Terms 3
1/5
3
1/5
- 4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
3
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5

2019 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

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11/8
11/8
11/8
11/8
11/8
5/4
6/5
11/10
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9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
4
7/2
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10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
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12
12
12
12
12
11
11
11
10
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14
14
14
14
14
12
12
12
12
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16
16
14
14
14
14
14
12
11
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25
25
20
20
20
20
18
16
14
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20
20
20
20
20
20
20
18
16
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33
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
25
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33
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
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40
40
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
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40
40
40
40
40
33
33
33
33
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50
50
50
40
40
40
40
40
33
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100
100
100
100
100
100
100
66
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125
125
125
100
100
100
100
80
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150
150
150
125
125
125
125
100
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300
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Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:16 . Odds are subject to change.
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