CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 3 TIPS

Find out who our experts are tipping for day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2021

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13:20 Marsh Novices' Chase

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Chantry House

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There is proper substance to the sky-high reputation of Envoi Allen, already a dual Festival hero, and you can't help but love the way he goes about his business. He could be the next big thing, but it's debatable whether his odds should be quite so prohibitive given the quality of opposition. Shan Blue is one super-slick jumper who could take some reeling in if finding his rhythm and Chatham Street Lad's handicap performance here in December brings him into the equation, but CHANTRY HOUSE appeals most. He ran well at the meeting last year in a hot renewal of the Supreme and, being a horse who does his best work late on in his races, he might see this out the strongest off what looks sure to be a helter-skelter gallop.

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Shan Blue

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Envoi Allen

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Chatham Street Lad

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Chatham Street Lad

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Shan Blue

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13:55 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

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Storm Goddess

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The Irish have dominated this race in recent years and they have at least three strong candidates this time round in Milliner (a reserve), Dandy Mag and The Bosses Oscar, who are preferred in that order. Imperial Alcazar and Brinkley impressed when winning their qualifiers and should have more to offer, although moving away from soft and heavy ground would ask a fresh question. Storm Arising and Southfield Harvest are live contenders for Paul Nicholls and there is an eyecatching candidate near the foot of the weights in STORM GODDESS (nap). Charlie Longsdon's mare appeared to be crying out for further in two 2m5f races this season and she made an encouraging first play at 3m in November. She gets the vote ahead of Milliner and Imperial Alcazar.

Paul Kealy

Storm Goddess

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Storm Goddess

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The Bosses Oscar

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Come On Teddy

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David Jennings

Imperial Alcazar

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14:30 Ryanair Chase

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Fakir D'oudairies

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A fiercely competitive and wide-open renewal of the Ryanair. The suggestion is FAKIR D'OUDAIRIES, given that he's so unexposed at 2m4f. The return to this trip is well worth a shot and it may enable him to go one better than at the 2020 Festival, when an excellent runner-up in the Arkle. Melon has Festival seconditis but by the same token he's solid here and may well bag another silver medal. Imperial Aura is a highly respected third choice, ahead of Allaho and Mister Fisher. It is impossible to rule out Saint Calvados, Samcro and last year's winner Min, though the last named is slightly less convincing judged on this season's form.

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Melon

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Paul Kealy

Mister Fisher

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Mister Fisher

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Melon

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Gavin Lynch

Min

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15:05 Stayers' Hurdle

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Paisley Park

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2019 winner PAISLEY PARK has bounced back from last year's disappointment (when found to have a fibrillating heart) with two fine performances this season and is the one to beat now he's back on song. Flooring Porter has been a revelation this term, making all with something to spare in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last time, and he's feared most. Leopardstown third Sire Du Berlais tends to peak at the Festival, having won the last two Pertemps Finals, while stablemate Fury Road's best form last season also came at this meeting. Last year's 50-1 winner Lisnagar Oscar may not be far away, especially if the emphasis is on stamina, while classy chaser Vinndication has to prove he is just as effective over hurdles. The most interesting contender at big odds is Younevercall, with the forecast drying ground in his favour.

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If The Cap Fits

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Tom Segal

The Storyteller

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The Storyteller

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Tom Segal

Flooring Porter

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Gavin Lynch

Sire Du Berlais

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David Jennings

Sire Du Berlais

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15:40 Paddy Power Plate

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Farclas

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£100,000 bonus-chaser The Shunter holds every chance provided he's not feeling the effects of a hard race in the Morebattle just 12 days ago. However, he is second choice behind 2018 Triumph Hurdle winner FARCLAS who has been building up to something big this season and should peak today. Fils D'oudairies and A Wave Of The Sea, both interesting contenders for Joseph O'Brien, are third and fourth on the list. The Irish clearly hold a strong hand but some of the British runners look capable of going well, notably Caribean Boy, Mister Whitaker, Dead Right and Sully D'Oc AA.

Tom Segal

Caribean Boy

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Paul Kealy

Happy Diva

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Farclas

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Mister Whitaker

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16:15 Mares' Novices' Hurdle

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Perfect Myth

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Willie Mullins has won all five editions of this race and today's riding arrangements suggest Gauloise is his main hope this year. She needs to be taken very seriously but PERFECT MYTH seems to have been underestimated and might be worth chancing. Neil King's 7yo can easily be excused her defeat on heavy ground at Taunton in December and the form she showed on quicker surfaces in the autumn puts her right in the mix. Smart Flat-racer Mighty Blue was behind three of today's rivals when fourth in the Fairyhouse Grade 3 won by Roseys Hollow last month but drying ground will be in her favour and she is second choice.

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Glens Of Antrim

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Hook Up

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Royal Kahala

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16:50 Kim Muir Handicap Chase

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Sizing At Midnight

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Heavy ground would not have suited SIZING AT MIDNIGHT at Wincanton last month, following a break, and he firmly enters calculations on his progressive form last August-November. Second choice is Milanford, who made his rules debut in only November and has shown considerable promise. A return to form is needed from Kilfilum Cross but he has been second in the last two runnings and has a lower mark to work with today. He's next on the list, ahead of Shantou Flyer who also has strong Festival form. Mount Ida, Deise Aba and Hold The Note are others who could go well.

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Mount Ida

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Plan Of Attack

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Milanford

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Shantou Flyer

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David Jennings

Deise Aba

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15:20

Cheltenham Festival Thursday Preview

18/06 15:20

Marsh Novices' Chase

18/03 13:20

This race celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2021 and it only took three years until it was handed Grade 1 status after plenty of quality novices have won the race before making an impact at jump racing’s top level. Sir Des Champs and Vautour went on to thrive at three-mile distances while 2019 hero Defi Du Seuil made an impact as a two-mile chaser. Finding the winner of the Marsh has been typically one of the easier races to predict with eight winners priced at 4-1 or shorter. That includes three winning favourites, Vautour (2015), Yorkhill (2017) and Defi Du Seuil (2019), and one co-favourite Black Hercules (2016). Irish trainers have a particularly strong record with eight of the ten winners - three of which for Willie Mullins. This race revolves around Envoi Allen looking to complete a Cheltenham Festival hat-trick with Grade 1 wins in a bumper, over hurdles and fences and he looks one of the bankers of this year’s meeting. He has thrived at this distance, looks an outstanding jumper while his form at Cheltenham is impossible to knock. Shan Blue is among Envoi Allen’s main challengers on the form of his highly impressive Kauto Star Novices’ Chase success over three miles - and this step back in distance will prove no problem. Elsewhere Hitman has shown a high-level of form over fences this year and could run for the Paul Nicholls team. The race is a rare omission of Grade 1 chases missing from the 11-time Champion Trainer’s CV. Allart looks one of Nicky Henderson’s leading novice chasers this season and he could also feature.

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

18/03 13:55

The Pertemps Final is a complex handicap as it can often be won by either proven three-mile hurdlers or future top-class chasing types, who have excelled in the race in previous years. 2017 winning Presenting Percy enjoyed a festival follow-up next season in the RSA while Delta Work went on to enjoy multiple wins at Grade 1 level over fences. Although, on paper, it looks a hugely muddling handicap, results have favoured those near the top of the betting. The two 11-2 joint-favourites - The Storyteller and Relegate - enjoyed top five finishes last season, while in 2018 the first two in the betting filled the top spots with 6-1 chance Delta Work beating 9-2 favourite Glenloe. Both of those runners were trained by Gordon Elliott, who has won the race in three successive years knowing another win would make him joint winningmost trainer in the race with Jonjo O’Neill. Elliott has the current favourite with the bookies in the form of The Bosses Oscar who has won once and finished second twice this season.

Ryanair Chase

18/03 14:30

The Ryanair Chase was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005, providing a big seasonal target for chasers that specialise to the two-and-a-half mile distance. This race has been used as a stepping stone for future Gold Cup bids with Imperial Commander winning this in 2009 before landing the big one the next year. This race has produced some memorable highlights, such as Cue Card’s victory in 2013, a demolition from Vautour in 2015 and Frodon’s emotional success three years later. Albertas Run is the only horse to have recorded two wins in the Ryanair which is a feat Willie Mullins, Paul Townend and Min will look to achieve this March. Favourites have a good record in the race with four winners - Riverside Theatre (2012), Dynaste (2014), Vautour (2016) and Un De Sceaux (2017) - in the last ten years while a further three were priced at 9-2 or shorter. This season Min will take on plenty of new challengers including Imperial Aura, winner of the novice handicap chase at the festival last season who has continued his climb into Graded company.

Stayers' Hurdle

18/03 15:05

The Stayers’ Hurdle looks one of the strongest races of the festival with plenty of top-class hurdlers from either side of the Irish sea poised to take on each other. It had previously been the weaker of the four festival races, but the impressive four-timer has drastically raised the profile of the race in which has subsequently seen brilliant performances from Thistlecrack and Paisley Park in recent years. The race has produced a few surprise results in recent years, notably with Cole Harden (2015) and Lisnagar Oscar (2020) but four short price favourites have scored in the past ten years courtesy of Big Buck’s (2011 and 2012), Thistlecrack (2016) and Paisley Park (2019). British-trained runners have enjoyed better fortune in the race in the last ten years with only three winners coming from Ireland - Solwhit (2013), Nichols Canyon (2017) and Penhill (2018).

Paddy Power Plate

18/03 15:40

First introduced in 1951, the Paddy Power Plate has a tradition of being one of the most competitive handicap chases of the season and is the final race in a number of excellent two-and-a-half mile handicap chases run throughout the season at Cheltehnham. It has been a good race for the market leaders with the last three winners - The Storyteller a 5-1 favourite in 2018, 9-2 shot Siruh Du Lac (2019) and last year’s 100-30 favourite Simply The Betts - all short prices. But there have been some tougher winners to pick out with 50-1, 33-1 and 16-1 winners in the past ten years. One more success for Nicky Henderson would make him the winningmost trainer in the race and he has a number of leading chances, with classy novice Chantry House the most interesting.

Mares' Novices' Hurdle

18/03 16:15

This race was first introduced to the Cheltenham in 2016 and every year it has been won by top Irish trainer Willie Mullins runners and he will look to make it a perfect six in 2021. Not only has he won each race and some by huge margins - such as Limini (2016), Laurina (2018) and last year’s winner Concertista - he has had second-place finishes in addition in two of the other years. It is of no surprise that he is responsible for this year’s ante-post favourite in Gauloise. The race is named after Dawn Run, one of the most legendary mares in jump racing history and the only horse in history to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.

Kim Muir Handicap Chase

18/03 16:50

The Kim Muir is one of the oldest races at the festival with the 3m2f handicap dating back to 1946. The race is one of the biggest races exclusive to amateur riders and future trainers Roger Charlton, Michael Dickinson and Ted Walsh have wins in the race on their CV. Recently, the big yards have not dominated as much as other handicap chases at the Cheltenham Festival although Gordon Elliott does have a good record in recent years - scoring with Cause of Causes (2016) and last season’s hero Milan Native. But Willie Mullins or Paul Nicholls have won the Kim Muir while Nicky Henderson’s last success came in 2005. Five of the last six winners have been well found in the betting, with only one horse - 40-1 shot Domesday Book - winning at double-figure odds. Of the amateur jockeys, the man to follow is Jamie Codd who has won the race four times and usually rides one of the main fancies in the race. The Kim Muir is also a race in which British trainers have fared marginally better, with six winners in the decade. Run Wild Fred - for the same connections as last year’s winner - was made favourite following his fine second in the Thyestes Handicap Chase.