Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview: We look at St Patrick's Thursday at Cheltenham with Day Three having TWO big Championship races!

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OLBG take a closer look at Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival with two massive Championship races held on St Patrick's Thursday

Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview: We look at St Patrick's Thursday at Cheltenham with Day Three having TWO big Championship races!
James Banting Tipster Competition Assistant

James has worked for the jockey club and has 20 years sports betting experience he utilises his skills in our tipster competitions and writes sports betting content.

  • Day Three at Cheltenham is St Patrick's Thursday with two big races held on this day including the Ryanair Steeple Chase
  • The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle is the second Championship race held on Day 3 of Cheltenham
  • We look at the full order for the third day of this year's Cheltenham Festival

Day Three at Cheltenham is St Patrick's Thursday with two big races held on this day including the Ryanair Steeple Chase

St Patrick's Thursday is the third day of the Cheltenham Festival with two massive Championship races held on this day which celebrates the Irish patron saint.

The Ryanair Steeple Chase is the first of the two big races on Day 3 at the Festival and bookies are offering odds over which horse will come out on top in this race.

El Fabiolo is the current favourite with bookmakers to win the 2:50pm Ryanair Steeple Chase with the latest betting odds putting the Willie Mullins horse at the top of the market.

This one also has an entry in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase though on Day Two of Cheltenham and it's likely that he'll run in that race instead.

Paddy Power's latest odds for the Ryanair sees Banbridge and Envoi Allen as second and third favourites at 11/4 and 7/2 respectively.

Ryanair Steeple Chase Winner
OddsProbability
El Fabiolo
6/4
40.0%
Banbridge
11/4
26.7%
Envoi Allen
7/2
22.2%
Stage Star
4/1
20.0%
Fastorslow
9/2
18.2%
What the expert says...

El Fabiolo is the current favourite to win the Ryanair Steeple Chase with the Willie Mullins horse currently also favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Day 2 of the festival with it looking likelier he'll run in the latter.

Jake Ashton - Sports Betting Expert - OLBG.com

The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle is the second Championship race held on Day 3 of Cheltenham

Straight after the Ryanair on Day 3 of Cheltenham is the 3:30pm Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle which looks a highly competitive race as it usually is according to the current market.

Teahupoo is the current favourite at 5/2 with sponsors Paddy Power putting stablemate Irish Point as the second favourite just behind in the betting at 3/1.

Teahupoo has ran once this season beating Impaire Et Passe in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle in December at that form could see him win here.

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Winner
OddsProbability
Teahupoo
5/228.6%
Irish Point
3/125.0%
Crambo
11/215.4%
Noble Yeats
8/111.1%
Sir Gerhard
8/111.1%

We look at the full order for the third day of this year's Cheltenham Festival

The full order for Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival sees some big races with the day kicked off by the Turners Novices' Chase.

OLBG look at the full action for Day Three of Cheltenham, including start times, with distances and type of race taken directly from the Jockey Club's site:

TIMES  

RACE

DISTANCE

TYPE

13:30

The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

2m abt 4f

Chase

14:10

The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed) (Premier Handicap)

Abt 3m

Hurdle

14:50

The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

2m abt 4½f

Chase

15:30

The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

abt 3m

Hurdle

16:10

The TrustATrader Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Premier Handicap)

2m abt 4½f

Chase

16:50

The Ryanair Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

2m abt 1f

Hurdle

17:30

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (Sponsored by The JRL Group) Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)

3m abt 2f

Chase

OLBG's Cheltenham Festival Tipster Competition will once again be taking place

The OLBG Cheltenham Festival tipster competition will take place on OLBG once again this year with a total prize fund of £1500.

This year's top prize is £500 for the winner with £200 for second and £100 for the third, fourth and fifth placed tipsters plus there will be £5 paid for the next 100 places.

Horse Racing Author Information

James Banting

Horse Racing Expert

James is our Horse Racing expert with over 20 years experience in the sports betting and horse racing industry. For any information on Horse Racing, James is your go-to man with full in-depth knowledge of the sport.

- James Banting, Tipster competition assistant

Jake Ashton

News Content Editor

Jake is our News Content Manager. He reviews all content, fact-checks the data, edits the copy and enhances all of the OLBG News content from our expert team ahead of publication.

- Jake Ashton, Senior news editor

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