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Cheltenham Festival: Thursday races, runners and riders

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Everything you need for the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. View all of Thursday's racecards and get the latest going reports for the day's action. Get ahead of the field by tuning in to Racing Post Live or head on over to our dedicated Cheltenham site for the best Cheltenham day three tips from our experts.

Cheltenham Festival races on Thursday

The penultimate day of the Cheltenham Festival takes place on Thursday, March 18, 2021. The Ryanair Chase is the feature race over fences on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. It is a Grade 1 contest over 2m5f and is the championship contest for chasers whose optimum trip falls between the Champion Chase and Gold Cup. It has been won by stars such as Un De Sceaux, Vautour and Cue Card in recent seasons. Min, who claimed victory in this race last year, is among the leading contenders again along with stablemate Allaho. Click below for the Cheltenham racecards to see the runners and riders.

1.20 Marsh Novices' Chase (Grade 1), 2m3f168y

1.55 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, 2m7f213y

2.30 Ryanair Chase (Grade 1), 2m4f127y

3.05 Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1), 2m7f213y

3.40 Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase, 2m4f127y

4.15 Daylesford Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2), 2m0f179y

4.50 Kim Muir Handicap Chase, 3m2f0y


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Cheltenham Festival: Thursday going report

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


Watch the Cheltenham Festival live with Racing Post

Join Dave Orton, Keith Melrose, Graeme Rodway and Barry Orr on Racing Post Live from 9am as they talk through all the Cheltenham races on Thursday. The show will be live on our YouTube channel and on our dedicated Cheltenham site.


Where can I find the best tips for day three of the Cheltenham Festival?

Head over to our dedicated Cheltenham Festival site for the latest tips and odds for every race at the festival. Our leading tipsters share their Cheltenham day three tips and predictions and it’s completely free!


Where can I find the best free bets for day three of the Cheltenham Festival?

Check out the Cheltenham free bets page for exclusive sign-up offers and the best free bets on offer for new and existing customers, all in one place.


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Get clued up with the latest Cheltenham Festival tips and odds with our free microsite. The best Cheltenham betting advice and exclusive free betting offers all in one place.


 

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