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Cheltenham Festival Day Three

Perched alongside Royal Ascot and The Grand National on lists of the most prestigious horseracing events in the world is The Cheltenham Festival.

The Festival is a household name across the UK and Ireland, with not only die-hard horseracing fanatics patiently anticipating the event but the heads of the general public start to glance in its direction, too.

Day Three of The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will fall on Thursday the 18th of March, giving it the official name St. Patrick’s Thursday, where the Irish horseracing scene is celebrated intensely at Cheltenham Racecourse.

St. Patrick’s Thursday will host two featured races, sponsored by two well known Irish companies – the 14:50 Ryanair Steeple Chase and the 15:30 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle. These two races will have a combined total purse of £675,000.

The Marsh Novices Chase

Race one of Day Three at The Cheltenham Festival will be The Marsh Novices Chase, commencing at 13:30.

The Marsh Novices Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt for horses aged five years and above. The race length is 2 miles 3 furlongs and 168-yards and consists of 17 fences to be jumped.

The purse for this race last time out in 2020 was £150,000, with £84,405 going to the team of the winning horse.

The Pertemps Network Final

The second race of St. Patrick’s Thursday at The Festival will be The Pertemps Network Final, starting at 14:10.

The Pertemps Network Final is a Grade 3 listed handicap hurdle race that is open to horses aged 5 years or older and is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham. The race is a few yards short of 3 miles in length and contains 12 hurdles to be jumped.

The total prize pool for this race will be £100,000, with £56,270 going to the team of the first horse to pass the finish post.

The Ryanair Steeple Chase

The third race of St. Patrick’s Thursday at The Cheltenham Festival will also be the first of the day’s two featured races, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, which will begin at 14:50.

Horses aged 5 years and older can participate in The Ryanair Chase, a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase run over the ‘new course’ for a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs and 127 yards.

This 17 hurdle featured race will have a total prize pot of £350,000, with a massive £196,945 going to the horse that finishes first.

The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle

Immediately after the first featured race of St. Patrick’s Thursday comes the second, in the form of The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle at 15:30.

Open to horses aged 4 and older, The Stayers Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that is run on the ‘new course’. The course length is 2 miles 7 furlongs and 213-yards and features 12 hurdles to be jumped.

The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle prize pool will look similar to last year’s £325,000, with £182,878 going to the winning contender.

The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

The fifth race of  Day Three at Cheltenham will be The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate which is scheduled to begin at 14:10.

This 2 mile 4 furlong and 127-yard Grade 3 handicap National Hunt race is open to horses over the age of 5 years and consists of 17 hurdles for the competing horses to jump.

The 2020 prize pool was £110,000 and we expect something similar this year, with first-place receiving £61,897, second-place receiving £23,320, third-place receiving £11,671 and the fourth-place finisher taking the remaining £5,830.

The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle

The penultimate race of St. Patrick’s Thursday at The Cheltenham Festival will be The Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle, which will start at 16:50.

Known historically as The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, this race can be entered by fillies and mares aged 4 years or older. The track is just short of 2 miles and 1 furlong and consists of 8 hurdles around the ‘new course’.

The purse for the 2020 Daylesford Mares Novices Hurdle was £90,000, with £50,643 going to the first horse to cross the finish line.

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase

The final race of Day Three at The Cheltenham Festival will be The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase, beginning at 17:30.

This lengthy Steeplechase is open to all horses ages 5 years or above and stretches 3 miles and 2 furlongs of the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham. There is also a total of 21 fences for the competitors to clear.

The final prize pool for St. Patrick’s Thursday will be around £70,000, with the winner taking £41,510 of it.


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If the event is at Cheltenham Racecourse, you know it’s going to a big one. The bookies know this, too, and they make sure all their odds are competitive enough to draw in customers new and old.

Some long-priced competitors have caused many upsets on St. Patrick’s Thursday over the years, including last year when 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar won The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle, and 100/1 Rayna’s World managed a third-place finish in the Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on the same day.

Check back here for all the best odds, promotions and free bets to use on them as the big day approaches.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.