St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham is set to be a good one, with the stayers hurdle the feature race on the third day of the Cheltenham festival.
All eyes will be on Paisley park as Aiden Coleman aims to ride it to its fifth consecutive victory in the 3:30.
Bryony Frost is on Frodon in the Ryanair chase before the Stayers’ as Cheltenham prepares for another days racing at Prestbury Park.
It’ll be a big day for the Irish both on and off the course, as they look to assert their dominance to try to retain the Prestbury Cup.
Below are a summary of all the races taking place on Day 3
1:30 JLT Novices Chase
A lot of people are behind Defi De Seuil in the first of seven on the card for st Patrick’s Thursday.
The 2017 Triumph hurdle winner finished second behind Lostintranslation at Cheltenham in January, and should play a big part in the JLT. The aforementioned Lostintranslation is also highly sort after, it sits at 7/2 at the moment for trainer Colin Tizzard he’ll be looking to get off to a flyer to start off day 3.
2:10 Pertemps Network Final Handciap Hurdle
Sire De Burlais looks like the one to beat in the second race on the card, it’s been backed into favourites position by the punters, trainer Gordon Elliot has already had success this festival and will be looking to continue that form.
Walk to freedom and first assignment are others with a chance for Mrs J Harrington and Ian Williams Respectively.
2:50 Ryanair Chase
Some big names take to the jumps in the Ryanair chase, Footpad is the current market favourite, Ruby Walsh and Willy Mullins hoping to win together once again. Bryony Frost will be hoping to rain on their parade on Frodon, Whilst Un De Sceaux, Balko de Flos and Road to Respect aren’t to be ruled out completely.
3:30 Stayers Hurdle
Thursday’s feature race has one of the most exciting runners of the day, favourite Paisley Park with Aiden Coleman on board has been incredible so far this season. He beat most of his opponents in this race in the Cleeve Hurdle earlier this year. Others to look out for include Faugheen, Kilbricken storm and Black Op with Noel Fehily on board.
4:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase
French horse Siruh Du Lac is the has won 5 of 7 over fences so is hard to ignore, it’s been jumping really well in recent races no more so when he beat Janika at Cheltenham over the same distance in January.
Spiritofthegames is also in with a shout and shouldn’t be disregarded.
4:50 National Hunt Breeders Supported By Tattersalls Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
Willie Mullins has previously dominated in this race, winning three times since it was added to the calendar in 2016. He has 7 hopeful runners this year, but none of his picks are amongst the favourites for this one, with 22 runners.
The pick of the bunch at the moment is the Nicky Henderson trained horse Epatante, who’s won 4 of it’s last 5 starts, and comes over from France looking promising.
5:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
J.P McManus has previously dominated this race, withy No Comment the pick of the bunch for the Irish trainer. Measureofmydreams and Anysecondnow are also in with a chance in a big field to round off the day, 24 run in this one.