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Cheltenham Festival 2017: what’s happening on day three?

St Patrick’s Thursday brings with it seven races, including the Stayers Hurdle at 3:30pm. The first race of the afternoon is at 1:30pm, and we’ll bring you live coverage throughout the day on our Cheltenham Festival live blog. Races will also be shown on ITV, although coverage on ITV1 finishes at 4:30pm.

The going

The track has been watered overnight in places because racing has moved from the old course to the new course. The going is good, good to soft in places and conditions are expected to stay the same over the next 48 hours.

What should we expect?

Our reporter Patrick Baines is at the course:

Day three of The Festival and another action packed day ahead.

The feature race on the card is the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle where Unowhatimeanharry is a warm favourite to give jockey Noel Fehily another winner after his success in the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase.

Unbelievably, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh are yet to have a winner so far – their best chance today looks like Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair. The 2015 Arkle Winner was a beaten favourite in last year’s Champion Chase but with the overnight watering of the course conditions will be in his favour.

Walsh and Mullins also team up in the first with last year’s Neptune winner Yorkhill who is a warm 11/8 favourite.

What times are the races and who are the favourites?

1:30pm: JLT Novices Chase

Current favourite: Yorkhill, 11/8

2:10pm: Pertemps Final

Current favourite: Jury Duty, 15/2

2:50pm: Ryanair Chase

Current favourite: Un De Sceaux, 9/4

3:30pm: Stayers Hurdle

Current favourite: Unowhatimeanharry, 11/8

4:10pm: Brown Advisory Plate

Current favourite: Diamond King, 5/1

4:50pm: Mares Novices Hurdle

Current favourite: Let’s Dance, 13/8

5:30pm: Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Current favourite: Squouateur, 11/8

Odds via SkyBet.

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