Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Guide

cheltenham festival day 3

Day 3 of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival features another 7 races which include the Ryanair Chase and The Stayers Hurdle which have combined prize money of £675,000.

In this Cheltenham Festival Day 3 guide, we’ll be sharing the details of every race taking place.

See the table below for details on all of the races taking place on day 3 of Cheltenham Festival 2021. Individual race details can be found further down the page.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Race Schedule

Start TimeRace 
13:30The Marsh Novices’ ChaseBetting Offers
14:10The Pertemps Network FinalBetting Offers
14:50The Ryanair ChaseBetting Offers
15:30The Stayers’ HurdleBetting Offers
16:10The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable PlateBetting Offers
16:50Dawn Run Mares' Novices' HurdleBetting Offers
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge CupBetting Offers

The Marsh Novices’ Chase

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 13:30
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £150,000

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The Marsh Novices’ Chase was introduced in 2011 and features 17 fences to be jumped over a distance of approximately 2 miles 3 furlongs.

The race is currently sponsored by Insurance company Marsh but has changed sponsorship a number of times throughout the 9 years it has taken place. Other sponsors include Jewson and insurance brokers JLT.

The winner of the 2019 Novices’ Chase was Defi du Seuil which was ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by Philip Hobbs. Defi du Seuil went off as the 3-1 favourite with Lostintranslation (4-1) being their main rival having met twice already that season. It was Defi du Seuil who displayed more determination up the final hill to win with Lostintranslation 2nd and Mengli Khan (9-1) coming in 3rd.

This year, Itchy Feet can be backed at 8/1 and is our Marsh Novices’ Chase tip.

Previous winners of The Novices’ Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Defi du Seuil 63-1FPhilipHobbsBarry Gerghty
2018Shattered Love74-1Gordon ElliottJack Kennedy
2017Yorkhill76-4FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2016Black Hercules74-1CFWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2015Vautour66-4FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2014Taquin Du Seuil77-1Jonjo O’NeillTony McCoy
2013Benefficient720-1Tony MartinBryan Cooper
2012Sir Des Champs63-1Willie MullinsDavy Russell
2011Noble Prince74-1Paul NolanTony McCoy

Did You Know?

  • 4 out of the last 9 winners have been the SP favourite
  • Only one horse has won The Novices’ Chase at odds greater than 7-1
  • Ruby Walsh won The Novices’ Chase in three consecutive years from 2015-2017

You can watch The Marsh Novices’ Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Pertemps Network Final

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 14:10
  • Distance: 3m
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £100,000

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The Pertemps Network Final is the second race on day 3 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and features twelve hurdles over a distance of approximately 2 miles 7 furlongs.

The race was initially sponsored by betting company Coral when it was introduced in 1974 and has had several sponsors since 1993 when Coral stepped down with the latest being recruitment firm Pertemps.

The 2019 race was won by 7 year old Sire Du Berlais which was ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by Gordon Elliott who also won the 2018 race with his horse Delta Work. 

Sire Du Berlais went off as the 4-1 favourite for the race and put in a strong performance to beat 40-1 outsider Tobefair and win by a neck.

Previous winners of The Pertemps Network Final include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Sire Du Berlais74-1 FGordon ElliottBarry Geraghty 
2018Delta Work56-1Gordon ElliottDavy Russell
2017Presenting Percy611-1Pat KellyDavy Russell
2016Mall Dini614-1Pat KellyDavy Russell
2015Call The Cops69-1Nicky HendersonAndrew Tinkler
2014Fingal Bay89-2FPhilip HobbsRichard Johnson
2013Holywell625-1Jonjo O’NeillRichie McLernon
2012Cape Tribulation814-1Malcolm JeffersonDenis O’Regan
2011Buena Vista1020-1David PipeConor O’Farrell
2010Buena Vista916-1David PipeHadden Frost

Did You Know?

  • 6 of the last 10 winners were priced at 11-1 or greater
  • 5 of the last 10 winners had not won over 3 miles
  • 2 of the last 10 winners were the SP favourite

You can watch The Pertemps Network Final live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Ryanair Chase

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 14:50
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £350,000

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The Ryanair Chase is one of the highlights of day 3 and features 17 fences over a course distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

The race has taken place 15 times since being introduced back in 2005.

The 2019 winner of The Ryanair Chase was Frodon which was ridden by Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls who has had a total of 3 winners in this race. The 2019 victory made Frost the first woman to ride a Grade One winner over the fences.

As for all races taking place at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, we’re providing a free tip for the Ryanair Chase. This year, we’ve tipped A Plus Tard to claim victory at 5/1.

Previous winners of The Ryanair Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Frodon79-2Paul NichollsBryony Frost
2018Balko Des Flos78-1Henry de BromheadDavy Russell
2017Un De Sceaux97-4FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2016Vautour71-1FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2015Uxizandre716-1Alan KingTony McCoy
2014Dynaste83-1FDavid PipeTom Scudamore
2013Cue Card77-2Colin TizzardJoe Tizzard
2012Riverside Theatre87-2FNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2011Albertas Run106-1Jonjo O’NeillTony McCoy
2010Albertas Run914-1Jonjo O’NeillTony McCoy

Did You Know?

  • 5 of the last 10 winners were 7 years old
  • 4 of the last 10 winners were the SP favourite
  • Ruby Walsh has ridden the most winners in The Ryanair Chase with 4 victories.

You can watch The Ryanair Chase live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Stayers’ Hurdle

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 15:30
  • Distance: 3m
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £325,000

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The Stayers’ Hurdle is the feature race on day 3 of The Festival and features 12 hurdles over a course distance of approximately 2 miles 4 furlongs.

The race dates back to 1912 but was dropped from the festival twice between 1928-1929 and 1939-1945.

The 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle was won by Paisley Park which was ridden by Emma Lavelle and trained by Andrew Gennell.

Paisley Park went off as the 11-8 favourite and saw off outsider Sam Spinner (33-1) in 2nd and Faugheen (4-1) in 3rd place.

Previous winners of The Stayers’ Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Paisley Park711-8FAndrew GennellEmma Lavelle
2018Penhill712-1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
2017Nichols Canyon710-1Willie MullinsRuby Walsh
2016Thistlecrack81-1FColin TizzardTom Scudamore
2015Cole Harden614-1Warren GreatrexGavin Sheehan
2014More Of That615-2Jonjo O’NeillBarry Geraghty
2013Solwhit917-2Charles ByrnesPaul Carberry
2012Big Buck’s95-6FPaul NichollsRuby Walsh
2011Big Buck’s810-11FPaul NichollsRuby Walsh
2010Big Buck’s75-6FPaul NichollsRuby Walsh

Did You Know?

  • A five year old has never won The Stayers’ Hurdle
  • 5 of the last 10 winners have been the SP Favourite
  • Big Buck’s ridden by Ruby Walsh won the race in four consecutive seasons from 2009-2014

You can watch The Stayers’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 16:10
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £110,000

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The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate was introduced in 1951 in memory of jockey Anthony Bingham Mildmay (1909-1950) who rode three winners at The Cheltenham Festival during his career.

The race features 17 fences over a course distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 ½ furlongs.

The 2019 winner of The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate was 6 year old Siruh Du Lac which was ridden by Lizzie Kelly and trained by Nick Williams.

Siruh Du Lac went off as second favourite at odds of 9-2, beating favourite Janika (11-4) and Spiritofthegames (6-1) in third.

Previous winners of The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Siruh Du Lac69-2Nick WilliamsLizzie Kelly
2018The Storyteller75-1FGordon ElliottDavy Russell
2017Road To Respect614-1Noel MeadeBryan Cooper
2016Empire Of Dirt916-1Colm MurphyBryan Cooper
2015Darna933-1Kim BaileyDavid Bass
2014Ballynagour812-1David PipeTom Scudamore
2013Carrickboy950-1Venetia WilliamsLiam Treadwell
2012Salut Flo79-2FDavid PipeTom Scudamore
2011Holmwood Legend1025-1Patrick RodfordKeiran Burke
2010Great Endeavour618-1David PipeDanny Cook

Did You Know?

  • 7 of the last 10 winners have been priced at 12-1 or greater
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had won a Class 3 or higher race
  • 12 year old has won only once in the history of the race which was Foyle Fisherman in 1991

You can watch The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares Novices’ Hurdle

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 16:50
  • Distance: 2m 1f
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £90,000

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The National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares Novices’ Hurdle, also known as The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, is the second to last race on day 3 of The Festival.

The race features eight hurdles over a course distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.

The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle has only featured 4 times at The Cheltenham Festival after being introduced in 2016 with all 4 runners being trained by Willie Mullins.

The 2019 winner of The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle was Eglantine Du Seuil which was ridden by Noel Fehily. Eglantine Du Seuil produced a shock win after starting the race as a 50-1 outsider. In fact no runner which finished outside of the top 7 last year went off at odds less than 25/1 pleasing many punters who had big each way bets on.

Previous winners of The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Eglantine Du Seuil550-1Willie MullinsNoel Fehily
2018Laurina54-7FWillie MullinsPaul Townend
2017Let’s Dance511-8FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh
2016Limini58-11FWillie MullinsRuby Walsh

Did You Know?

  • All 4 winners of The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle have been 5 years old
  • All 4 winners of The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle have been trained by Willie Mullins
  • All 3 winners apart from last years winner (50-1) were the SP Favourite. 

You can stream the National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares Novices’ Hurdle Bet365.


The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase

  • Date: Thursday 18th March
  • Start Time: 17:30
  • Distance: 3m 2f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £70,000

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The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase is the final race of the day on day 3 of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival and features 21 fences over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

The 2019 winner of The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase was Any Second Now which was ridden by Derek O’Connor and trained by Ted Walsh.

Any Second Now went off at 6-1 in good form but had never won a race over fences. The 7 year old raced well to get the better of Kilifum Cross (7-1) in 2nd and The Young Master (22-1) finishing 3rd.

Previous winners of The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Any Second Now76-1Ted WalshDerek O’Connor
2018Missed Approach88-1Warren GreatrexNoel McParlan
2017Domesday Book740-1Stuart EdmundsGina Andrews
2016Cause Of Causes89-2Gordon ElliottJamie Codd
2015The Package129-1David PipeJamie Codd
2014Spring Heeled712-1Jim CullotyRobbie McNamara
2013Same Difference716-1Nigel Twiston-DaviesRyan Hatch
2012Sunnyhillboy913-2FJonjo O’NeillAlan Berry
2011Junior8100-30FDavid PipeJamie Codd
2010Ballabriggs99-1Donald McCainRichard Harding

Did You Know?

  • 7 of the last 10 winners have been aged seven or eight
  • Jamie Codd has ridden the most winners in this race, claiming victory in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2016.

You can stream the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on Bet365.

That concludes our round up for day 3 of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Click to view our Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Guide or view the latest 2021 Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers.

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