Plenty of horse racing betting punters will be looking for Cheltenham Day 3 tips come Thursday at the Festival, especially if the bookmakers have had a successful couple of days.

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival sees racing move to the New Course, which tends to bring stamina into play and that contributes to some fantastic racing.

2021 Cheltenham Festival Tips:

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips:

Cheltenham Day 3 Results:

  • Marsh Novices Chase: Chantry House

  • Pertemps Network Final: Mrs Milner

  • Ryanair Chase: Allaho

  • Stayers Hurdle: Flooring Porter

  • Paddy Power Plate: The Shunter

  • Mares Novices Hurdle: Tellmesomethinggirl

  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase: Mount Ida

The Stayers Hurdle is the highlight of Thursday’s racing at the meeting and punters will be looking for Cheltenham Day 3 tips on the feature race of the day.

Join us here at 888sport for full coverage of the Festival and free horse racing tips for Cheltenham Day 3 will be available via our team of experts. Good luck!

Marsh Novices Chase

The Grade 1 Marsh Novice Chase launches day three of the Cheltenham Festival and for many punters it features one of the bankers of the week in Envoi Allen.

The high profile stable switch from Gordon Elliott to Henry De Bromhead in recent weeks should not have any detrimental effect upon his chances, but one must consider the fact that animals thrive on monotony, and he has had quite a momentous change in his surroundings and routine very close to the Festival.

However, he’s head and shoulders above some of these in terms of form and his class alone should bring him through. He currently heads our 888sport online betting market at a top priced 4/6f.

Unbeaten in 12 runs under Rules, the seven-year-old made it three from three over fences when landing the Killiney Novice Chase at Punchestown in January and it will take a monumental effort from one of his rivals to lower his colours here.

Second favourite (5/1) Shan Blue for the Dan Skelton stable looks the pick of the British contenders- and of all the rest, despite being beaten in the Scilly Isles Chase last time out.

2020 Marsh Novices Chase result: Gordon Elliott’s Samcro (4/1) just got the better of Melon in a pulsating finish.

2021 Marsh Novices Chase tip: Envoi Allen (WIN)

Pertemps Network Final

The Grade 3 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle is always a tricky nut to crack with 24 runners going to post and plenty of “plot horses” lurking somewhere in the field.

An obvious contender however has to be the Fergal O’Brien-trained Imperial Alcazar (5/1) who has snow-balled in ante-post popularity since his Warwick success in January.

The seven-year-old has a good a chance as any but O’Brien will have to break his Festival monkey in order for him to take top honours.

Come On Teddy is trainer Tom George’s best chance of a winner at the Cheltenham Festival and the seven-year-old is already a course and distance scorer at the Gloucestershire venue this season.

Things all happened a little too fast for him at Warwick last time and he could quite feasibly reverse the placings with his conqueror that day, Imperial Alacazar, on a track that suits him down to a tee.

2020 Pertemps Network Final result: Sire Du Berlais (10/1) won the race for the second year running.

2021 Pertemps Network Final tip: Come On Teddy (E/W)

Ryanair Chase

On what could potentially turn into a red-letter day for Imperial Racing Partnership, Imperial Aura (6/1) looks like a prime candidate to pick up the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase over 2m 4½f.

Kim Bailey’s eight-year-old won the novices’ handicap chase at last year’s meeting and was impressive on his first two starts at Carlisle and Ascot this term.

An uncharacteristic early slip up at Kempton was most unlike him and he will take all the beating here.

In Allaho, Min and Melon, Willie Mullins fields three of the top four in the antepost market and based upon mathematical probabilities alone, they all look sure to figure.

Allaho has finished third in his last two races at the Festival, while Min is back to defend his Ryanair title after winning it 12 months ago.

A run of four second places at the last four Festivals for Melon could well end in victory this year and he is our 888 prediction out of the Mullins trio.

2020 Ryanair Chase result: Min (2/1) just got the better of Saint Calvados.

2021 Ryanair Chase tip: Imperial Aura (WIN)

Stayers Hurdle

The much anticipated showdown between Paisley Park and Thyme Hill will unfortunately not take place now but we have a great race to look forward to nevertheless.

Emma Lavelle's star performer is now the hot 15/8 favourite to regain his crown in this Grade 1 showpiece, having suffered from a heart condition when bidding to win this race again 12 months ago.

Runner-up this season to Thyme Hill in the Long Distance Hurdle and the winner of the Long Walk, Paisley Park is going to take some stopping in this.

Of the others, Sire Du Berlais has won at the last two festivals over this course and distance while The Storyteller loves it here and should be ignored at your peril.

Lisnagar Oscar may have been a shock winner 12 months ago but spring is his time of year and he returned to form at Haydock last month.

2020 Stayers Hurdle result: Rebecca Curtis’ Lisnagar Oscar sprung a 50/1 surprise with the second biggest SP of the entire 2020 Festival.

2021 Stayers Hurdle tip: The Storyteller (E/W)

Paddy Power Plate

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Fils D’oudairies may well be the horse to side with in this trappy 2m 4f handicap chase.

The six-year-old has run in some esteemed company on his last couple of runs, finishing second to Envoi Allen at Punchestown and fifth behind Monkfish. This is much more his grade.

Course and distance winners Mister Whittaker and Oldgrangewood look like viable each-way alternatives too.

2020 Brown Advisory result: Simply The Betts (100/30 f) got the better of Happy Diva.

2021 Brown Advisory tip: Fils D'oudairies (E/W)

Mares Novices Hurdle

The burning question here is which Willie Mullins horse wins or do you take him on with something else?

Mullins’ best chance appears to be with Hook Up who races back with her own sex after running a great race at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Royal Kahala is proving to be popular in our antepost horse racing betting and Peter Fahey-runner can be backed at 4/1.

2020 Mares Novices Hurdle result: Concertista (9/2) romped home by an easy twelve lengths.

2021 Mares Novices Hurdle prediction: Hook Up (WIN)

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase

The Kim Muir is one of the most popular staying chases of the week and invariably you get a decent price about the winner in what is always a very open heat.

There are no amateurs aboard these stayers this year so jockey bookings aren’t quite the deciding factor they normally are.

Paul Nicholls’ Shantou Flyer is a solid performer in races of this nature and it would come as no surprise to see the eleven-year-old contesting the finish. Harry Cobden takes the ride and at odds of around 10/1, the veteran has to enter calculations.

Musical Slave ran a fair enough race behind Captain Chaos in the Swinley Chase at Ascot and looks the dour type who will be seen staying on late, especially if the ground comes up soft.

The famous silks of Trevor Hemmings have been carried to victory three times since 2000 and punters should give careful consideration to both Deise Aba and Cloudy Glen.

2020 Kim Muir result: Milan Native (9/1) won for the Gordon Elliott team.

2021 Kim Muir tip: Shantou Flyer (E/W)

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Dave Thompson / AP Photo*

*Odds correct at the time of initial publication - subject to change*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 31st January 2021

About the Author
Steve Mullington

Steven is a sports and horseracing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 25 renewals of the Grand National.