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Cheltenham Day 3 - Thursday 17th March 2022

Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival is known as St Patrick's Day, and features two 'Championship' races in the form of the Grade 1 Stayers' Hurdle and the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase. Punters have a good record in the Stayers' Hurdle in recent years, with several favourites obliging - including Paisley Park in 2019. 

Other races on the third day of Cheltenham include the Grade 1 Marsh Novices' Chase, and two particularly competitive handicaps in the form of the Festival Plate and the Pertemps Final.

We have all the latest betting information on the Cheltenham Festival Day 3 races, along with all the form guides and tips, on our dedicated site.

 

Cheltenham Festival Thursday Racecards

The day kicks off with the Marsh Novices' Chase, a Grade 1 contest over just shy of two miles and a half miles, which has been won by the likes of Vautour (2015) and Yorkhill (2017) in recent years.

Second up is the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, the finale of a series of staying handicap hurdle races, the three-mile contest is one of the most competitive races at the entire Festival.

The first of two 'Championship' races on the day is the Ryanair Chase, which regularly proves to be one of the most exciting races of the entire week.

The Stayers' Hurdle is the feature race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, and the fourth of five 'Championship' races during the week.

Next up is the ultra-competitive Festival Plate, a handicap chase run over slightly further than two and a half miles, and the 2019 winner Siruh Du Lac looks a horse to follow this season.

The newest race at the Festival, the Grade 1 Mares Novices' Hurdle is a contest that has been dominated by Willie Mullins - who has won each of the first four renewals.

The final race on the card on day three is the Kim Muir, a race for amateur riders and is run over a trip of three and a quarter miles.

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