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.

Cheltenham Festival

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.

2023 Cheltenham Festival Tips:

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips:

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.

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Turners Novices Chase

Last year’s Martin Pipe scorer Banbridge has taken well to chasing and Joseph O’Brien’s runner holds a massive chance here.

The Ronny Bartlett owned grey finished second in the Irish Arkle and he is also undefeated at Cheltenham which counts for a lot.

Willie Mullins steps Appreciate It up to two-miles-and-five-furlongs for the first time and the nine-year-old has plenty of back class to be a player in this contest.

2023 Turners Novices Chase tip: Banbridge @ 4/1 (WIN)

Pertemps Network Final

In a wide open Pertemps, I just give the nod to the Gavin Cromwell trained Perceval Legallois who appears to have been plotted out for this final.

He finished fourth at Leopardstown over Christmas to qualify, before returning to the course to romp home at the Dublin Racing Festival. Priced up now at 13/2 he should give another good account of himself.

Of the others, Green Book looks overpriced at 20’s in our online horse racing betting, while Hector Javilex is an interesting course and distance longshot.

2023 Pertemps Network Final tip: Perceval Legallois @ 13/2 (E/W)

Ryanair Chase

Nicky Henderson has done unbelievably well to get the nine-year-old Shishkin back to his best and his performance at Ascot last month was simply exhilarating. 

Pulled up in the Champion Chase 12 months ago, it later emerged he was suffering from a bone condition.

After being beat in the Tingle Creek he underwent wind surgery and now he’s back to being the Shishkin of old and will take some stopping here.

Take Conflated and Fury Road to take the forecast and tricast spots.

2023 Ryanair Chase tip: Shishkin @ 4/5 (WIN)

Stayers Hurdle

Teahupoo comes into this race holding several aces. An excellent victory in the Hattons Grace at Fairyhouse was followed up by a procession in the Galmoy Hurdle and he just shades favouritism in the betting.

Flooring Porter will need to be better than ever to complete his hat-trick but I just have some niggling doubts about how long it’s taken to get him right and back on a racecourse.

Dour stayer Home By The Lee would be a fairytale winner in this amazing season he’s having and will carry my each-way money when I bet on Cheltenham.

2023 Stayers Hurdle tip: Home By The Lee @ 6/1 (E/W)

Cheltenham Plate

The Dan Skelton-trained Midnight River has a fantastic chance of taking home the silverware in the Plate.

He won here on New Year’s Day and deservedly so after his great run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November. Skelton says he’d love it to be good to soft, soft in places for the Plate and if it is then 10/1 is a very tempting price.

Just like Midnight River, Fugitif is owned by another friend of mine and the eight-year-old has shown his liking for Cheltenham before. Sean Bowen is a wonderful jockey booking and 12/1 looks a gift.

2023 Cheltenham Plate tip: Midnight River @ 10/1 (E/W)

Mares Novices Hurdle

Nicky Henderson’s Luccia has been marked down by several pundits as their banker of the meeting and she is certainly going to have plenty of followers in this race now that Hendo has knocked the Supreme Novices Hurdle idea on the head.

From witnessing her first two victories this term you can see she has a massive engine and she really looks like being too powerful for her comtempories in this.

Jamie Snowden’s You Wear It Well is a class mare too as she showed when romping home in the Jane Seymour and she can figure in the frame.

2023 Mares Novices Hurdle tip: Luccia @ 13/8 (WIN)

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Coming back from a long layoff, Royal Thief made the perfect return to action when beating Fakiera at Punchestown.

The Gigginstown owned gelding may have gone up in the handicap but he should be fit enough and good for it. He looks sure to build upon that race again and will be a big player here with his amateur jockey on board.

Colin Parker Memorial scorer Beauport is a classy individual too and can figure prominently under Zak Baker.

2023 Kim Muir tip: Royal Thief @ 12/1 (E/W)

Cheltenham Day 3 Results:

  • Turners Novices Chase: 

  • Pertemps Network Final: 

  • Ryanair Chase: 

  • Stayers Hurdle: 

  • Paddy Power Plate: 

  • Mares Novices Hurdle: 

  • Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase: 

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

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



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