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Cheltenham Festival Day 3: Runners, Riders, Tips And More

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We have everything you need for day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Check the latest news, as well as the complete list of the day's races including exclusive tips from racing experts. You will also find the daily Cheltenham Postcast, where our racing pundits talk through the day's racing, and we compile the latest Cheltenham free bets and offers for you to choose from.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Going Report

The going conditions at Cheltenham are subject to change depending on the level of moisture in the ground. The latest going at Cheltenham is soft.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Races

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival centres around the Stayers' Hurdle and Ryanair Chase. Last year's winners, Paisley Park and Frodon, return to defend their titles on a high-class day of racing. Superstars Faugheen and Samcro clash in the Marsh Novices' Chase, which opens the seven-race card, while the Pertemps Final and Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate are two of the most hotly contested handicaps of the week.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Tips

Our experts pick their selections for each race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival to help you find more winners.

March Novices’ Chase (1.30) - ITCHY FEET

  • The remarkable 12-year-old Faugheen is respected but preference is for Itchy Feet, who impressed in a Grade 1 at Sandown last time.

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (2.10) - DREAM BERRY

  • Jonjo O'Neill has won this four times and his Dream Berry could be a lively one at inflated odds. The Storyteller is next best.

Ryanair Chase (2.50) - A PLUS TARD

  • Frodon is sure to put up a bold defence of his crown but A Plus Tard is improving at a rate of knots and looks the one to be with.

Stayers’ Hurdle (3.30) - PAISLEY PARK

  • The likeable Paisley Park can retain his Stayers' Hurdle crown. Summerville Boy may be the one for the forecast.

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (4.10) - BLAZER (nap)

  • This may go to Blazer, who ran very well on only his second start back from a significant layoff last time.

Daylesford Mares' Novices' Hurdle (4.50) - CONCERTISTA

  • Last year's runner-up Concertistsa has a good chance on ratings and is taken to go one better. Minella Melody is feared most.

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (5.30) - MILITARIAN

  • He won by four lengths when 50-1 at Ascot in November and should not be underrated here. Fitzhenry is second choice.

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Preview 

Bruce Millington is joined by Paul Kealy, David Jennings and Tom Segal to preview Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival and give their best bets for each race. Watch here

Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Free Bets and Offers

We gather the best Cheltenham Festival free bets and offers every day so you can compare which is best for you. Remember, these offers are only available for a limited time so sign-up now to take advantage.


Get £20 in free bets when you place a £5 bet

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Bet365 customers can get a risk free bet if they back a Cheltenham Festival winner at 4-1 or more on any televised ITV race.

  • Back a winner at 4-1 or more with bet365 and get a risk free bet on the next live ITV race (up to £/€50) at bet365
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Cheltenham Festival Day 2 Results

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The third day of the Cheltenham Festival centres around the Stayers' Hurdle and Ryanair Chase
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