|Tuesday 12 March 2024||15:30||The Champion Hurdle||Constitution Hill||Place Bet|
|Wednesday 13 March 2024||15:30||The Queen Mother Champion Chase||El Fabiolo||Place Bet|
|Thursday 14 March 2024||15:30||The Stayers Hurdle||Marie’s Rock||Place Bet|
|Friday 15 March 2024||15:30||The Cheltenham Gold Cup||Gerri Colombe||Place Bet|
Day 3 is St Patrick’s Day at the Cheltenham Festival. Given the Irish dominance in over the past three years, every day must have felt like a celebration across the Irish Sea. Our table will be updated with our Thursday tips (Day 3) as the 2023 Cheltenham Festival approaches but, for now, enjoy some of our best ante post selections for next year.
Cheltenham Day 3 Races
With another new guise this season, the Turners Novices’ Chase is the first race run on the New Course at Cheltenham. The track only comes into use on Days 3 and 4 after the Old Course is used on Days 1 and 2.
The Pertemps Network Final comes next. A three-mile handicap hurdle, a horse must have finished in the first six in one of a number of specified races during the season to have qualified.
The Ryanair Chase is the first of two open Grade 1’s on the Thursday card. Won last year in brilliant fashion by Allaho (for the second year in a row), but the defending champion has sadly been ruled out of this year’s renewal, meaning we will see a new champion.
The Stayers’ Hurdle will have it’s defending champion bidding for a hat-trick of successive victories. Flooring Porter should be back to contest this three-mile championship that always has the propensity for surprise.
The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate is the first of two handicap chases on the day, both of which come after the championships. The other is the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy, which concludes the card after the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, one of the newest races at the Festival.
Cheltenham Festival Day 3 Betting Tips
Day 3 has often been a day for bookmakers, with things being a lot more unpredictable.
The Turners’ Novices’ Chase may well have a very short-priced favourite this time around, as may the Ryanair Chase, so doubling those up may well be wise.
Beware being too clever with the handicaps, however. While the other days can often provide winners at lengthier odds, the Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate has been won four times in the last five years by horses priced at no bigger than 5/1. Sometimes the answer is staring back at you from the top of the market.
Within the last five years, winners at 4/1 and 10/3 have won each of the Pertemps Final and Kim Muir too, so the victors can be easily found. That being said, the winners of those races in 2022 won at 25/1, 22/1 and 40/1, showing how difficult races they are to call!
Cheltenham Free Bets For Thursday
Bookmakers will have their Cheltenham Festival offers closer to kick off time on Thursday 14th March. In the meantime, they are still offering a plethora of new customer offers, which can be viewed around our site.
There are some superb offers currently available, including BetUK, who are offering new customers £60 in free bets when they bet £20.
Finding The Best Odds On Day 3 Of The Cheltenham Festival
We’re all about making life as easy as possible for you, so we think it’s important to have access to the best odds available when picking your Cheltenham Day 3 tips.
Whilst looking at our Cheltenham Tips on Day three, it would also be good for you to know where to find the best odds. Luckily, we’ve got that all sorted for you!
You will be able to find the best odds on our website, by clicking the odds on our racecards. You’ll then have the option of multiple bookmakers, with the best odds highlighted at the top.
Other Days Of Cheltenham Festival
Three days might be down, but the big one still remains. Day 4 is Gold Cup Day at the Cheltenham Festival with A Plus Tard aiming to retain his crown. He’ll face a huge test from Galopin Des Champs, who has been hugely impressive since falling at the Festival 12 months ago.