Cheltenham Festival 2021 LIVE RESULTS: Day 3 betting tips, Thursday race card, stream FREE, TV channel – latest updates

THE Cheltenham Festival has reached the midway point as we head into what should prove an exciting Ladies Day.

We'll be bringing you ALL of the latest news, tips and results from Prestbury Park and even without the sound of the famous ROAR this year, there's plenty to enjoy!

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  • Craig Mahood

    MARKET MOVERS

    Paddy Power have given us an insight into where the early money is headed this morning.

    Here are today's best backed horses so far:

    1.20 Envoi Allen into 4/9 from 4/7

    1.55 Milliner 8/1 from 16/1

    3.05 The Storyteller 15/2 from 10/1

    3.40 The Shunter 15/4 from 9/2

    4.15 Telmesomethinggirl 6/1 from 20/1

  • Craig Mahood

    HENRY HOPEFUL

    Henry de Bromhead took Envoi Allen in from Gordon Elliott's yard following his suspension.

    And having won the two features in the opening two days, he's hopeful that the Cheveley Park Stud runner can get the yard off to another good start.

    He is gorgeous and came down looking amazing. He is in great form. We will change as little as possible and kept him ticking over. We all use similar stuff (food, hay) and he seems really well. It’s not ideal but we are hopeful.

    Henry de BromheadITV

  • Craig Mahood

    THE GOING

    Clerk of the course, Simon Claisse has advised the going remains good to soft as it was late yesterday afternoon.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ROCK SOLID

    King George-winning jockey Bryony Frost looks ahead to today's 15:05.

    MY little Rocky will be well up for the fight in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

    Lil Rockerfeller (3.05) is a real hardy warrior who has been around longer than I have.

    He was second in this race four years ago, this will be his fifth visit to the Festival and he is just a brilliant horse to partner.

    Rockerfeller is so much fun to go out on track with and I’d like the going to be coming as good as possible for him because he likes to jump off the top of the ground.

    I know we have a big mountain to climb but he will always give you everything.

    And he runs slightly on the lazy side, which means he has a bit left in the tank for the kick up the hill.

    He gave a great battle at Market Rasen on soft ground, which he really doesn’t like, so we know he’s in good form.

    I sat on him on Saturday and his coat is gleaming right now, so we will keep kicking and see how we go.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MATT CHAPMAN ON THE STAYERS’

    With Thyme Hill out, this really is a great opportunity for PAISLEY PARK to regain his crown for Aidan Coleman – on board Put the Kettle on – and Emma Lavelle.

    The former hero was right back to his best last time, when not getting the run of the race but still coming home strongly to score at Ascot.

    This is not a strong division, and I really struggle to look beyond him although last year’s surprise winner Lisnagar Oscar is not a bad eachway shout if you don’t want to go in short.

    Our man Matt Chapman has offered his tips
  • Etienne Fermie

    GLAM DAY IN

    Forget sitting round in trackies on the sofa, women have been showcasing their best dresses and hats as they “virtually” attend Cheltenham Races today.

    The famous racing event is being showcased online due to the coronavirus outbreak  – and fans are getting glammed up at home to celebrate.

    Proving that it takes more than a lockdown to get in the way of fashion, women have used their kitchens, lounges and bedroom as backdrops as they pose for the camera. 

    While many of us have spent the last few months in comfy clothes at home, these stylish fans look sensational in eye-catching dresses and sky-high heels.

    Stylish fans have still been getting dressed up for Cheltenham
  • Etienne Fermie

    CHEL HELL

    ITV have been blasted for their 'horrendous' coronavirus segment that featured on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

    Just moments after Appreciate It had romped home to justify favouritism in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, an eight-minute feature on last year's meet going ahead took centre stage.

    Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan slammed the British Horse Racing Authority for allowing it to go ahead at the start of the pandemic.

    He said: “When they said it was a pandemic at that point the leadership should have got together and said we are cancelling the rest of the festival regardless of what the government says – all bets are off. 

    “There was a lack of understanding of the gravity of the situation and I believe it was motivated by financial imperative and not public health imperative.

    "Nobody needed to be told at that stage not to continue. As a governing body you cannot hide behind the government.”

    Owner John Dance called it an 'own goal' on social media, while Rich and Susanna Ricci's racing manager Joe Chambers called it 'horrendous and unnecesasary'.

    Piers Morgan didn't hold back on the staging of last year's FestivalCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    DAY THREE CARD

    Here’s how things look ahead of Day Three…

    • 13:20 Golden Miller Novices’ Chase (ITV 1)
    • 13:55 Pertemps Final (ITV 1)
    • 14:30 Ryanair Chase (ITV 1)
    • 15:05 Stayers’ Hurdle (ITV 1)
    • 15:40 Festival Plate (ITV 1)
    • 16:15 Dawn Run Novices’ Hurdle (ITV 1)
    • 16:50 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir (Racing TV/ Paddy Power)

    GOOD MORNING RACING FANS

    Irish horses dominated on St Patrick's day and will hope their run continues on Day Three.

    Tiger Roll roared back to top form as the Emerald Isle provided six winners from seven races.

    As we enter the second half of the festival, PAISLEY PARK leads a star-studded field in the Stayers' Hurdle.

    Emma Lavelle’s star won the race in 2019 and impressively beat rival Thyme Hill in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

    He doesn’t have that competition this time around and the rest of the field face an uphill struggle.

    In the first, ENVOI ALLEN starts as a huge favourite in the opening Marsh Novices Chase.

    Jack Kennedy will hope to get off to a winning start on the first of his five mounts for the day.

    The New Course will see plenty of tightly contested fields so come back for our top tips and all the results on another bumper day of action.

    • Jamie Gordon

      JOHN TO A WINNER

      Gold Cup hero Richard Johnston has a look at tomorrow's action.

      THE Irish had a good time of it on St Patrick’s Day, we’ll have to try to bounce back today on the New Course.

      You tend to get a little bit more time on this track and over hurdles it’s more of a stamina test as there’s less jumping in the last three-quarters of a mile.

      As I always say, though, it’s all about the horse you ride rather than the course.

      My first ride of the day is NO COMMENT (1.55), who didn’t have the ideal preparation when falling at Wetherby last month. He has been fine at home since and he’s definitely good enough to feature in this. He goes there with an each-way chance.

      It’s wide-open and I also wouldn’t discount Philip Hobbs’ other runner Everglow. He’s wearing blinkers for the first time and I still think he’s at the right end of the handicap.

      SMARTY WILD (3.40) has been in good form all season and hopefully he can run a decent race. He was gutsy at Kempton two starts back and ran nicely at Warwick last time where things didn’t quite suit him.

      A fast run 2m4f on a stiff track should be perfect and he is another with an each-way chance. He is still improving but it’s fiercely competitive.

      My final ride is DEISE ABA (4.50). He comes here on the back of a good win at Sandown and he ran a decent race in this last year. He’s a bit of a character so having no crowd might be a benefit.

      I wouldn’t discount Musical Slave, who is open to improvement. It wasn’t easy to decide which to ride.

      One of the bankers for many will be Envoi Allen (1.20). He has done nothing wrong and won at the last two Festivals so I can’t see how you can oppose him.

      Dashel Drasher (2.30) can run well at a big price. He’s very tough and improving.

    • Jim Sheridan

      DAY THREE CARD

      Here's how things look ahead of Day Three…

      • 13:20 Golden Miller Novices’ Chase (ITV 1)
      • 13:55 Pertemps Final (ITV 1)
      • 14:30 Ryanair Chase (ITV 1)
      • 15:05 Stayers’ Hurdle (ITV 1)
      • 15:40 Festival Plate (ITV 1)
      • 16:15 Dawn Run Novices’ Hurdle (ITV 1)
      • 16:50 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir (Racing TV/ Paddy Power)

      FULL STEAM AHEAD

      Put The Kettle On came to the boil at the perfect moment in a dramatic Champion Chase as she sunk hot-favourite Chacun Pour Soi.

      After jumping the last, Henry De Bromhead's gutsy mare cut down the Willie Mullins hotshot and hung on from the fast-finishing Nube Negra.

      Henry De Bromhead's stellar week continued at full steam as his mare followed up Honeysuckle's Champion Hurdle heroics from the previous afternoon.

      Chacun Pour Soi was always well-placed to strike, but the famous Cheltenham hill proved his undoing as Mullins' agonising wait for his maiden Champion Chase goes on. He might be human after all.

      The drama started before the race as defending champion Politologue was pulled out just minutes before the off.

      Trainer Paul Nicholls took no chances with his star bleeding from the nose pre-race.

      THROUGH THE CARD TIPS

      Our man Templegate's full card of tips are now on site.

      Head over to the Sun Racing page to see what he has to say on another action-packed day of action tomorrow.

      Or click here 👉 TEMPLEGATE'S DAY THREE TIPS

      TOMORROW'S LINE-UP

      The Day Three schedule at Cheltenham as Envoi Allen and Paisley Park join the party.

      TEMPLEGATE SNEAK PEAK

      A little look at our man's pick of the day three action.

      He provides his NAP for the day, next best and a treble bet – one to add to the other two for greater returns.

      3.05     Paisley Park (NAP)     

      Better than ever last time and can regain his crown.

      1.20     Envoi Allen (nb)          

      Has won at past two Festivals and can land the hat-trick.

      2.30     Min (treble)     

      Won this last year and will be ready to go again.

      • Craig Mahood

        READY TO GO AGAIN?

        Halfway through the meeting now as we look ahead to day three.

        Punters can get £30 in free bets for day three of the Cheltenham Festival when they bet £10 on the first race of the day.

        To claim the offer simply sign up with Paddy Power and bet £10 on the 1.20pm on Thursday.

        Paddy Power day three bonus
      • Craig Mahood

        DAY TWO AT CHELTENHAM: ROUND UP

        Another fabulous day of racing at Prestbury Park and St Patrick's Day belongs to the Irish.

        Paddy Power had paid out on the Prestbury Cup BEFORE a race even took place today. If they hadn't then, they would be now.

        Favourite backers got off to a flyer yet again when both favourites went in in the first two races.

        BOB OLINGER had drifted in the betting throughout the morning before firming into 6/4 and landing another win for Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead.

        MONKFISH survived a late scare to get home at 1/4 – not the finest performance but they all count!

        Monkfish in the Novices' Chase

        In the big betting race, HEAVEN HELP US was a fairytale winner for Richard Condon and Paul Hennessy. Hennessy only has two horses and to manage a winner under young Richard was an excellent outcome at 33/1.

        Then the big one. All eyes on Chacun Pour Soi for Mullins and favourite backers. The banker of the day just didn't last home as PUT THE KETTLE ON got up ahead of steam and rallied to beat Nube Negra and the fav. A game effort.

        My moment of the day came in the Cross Country and TIGER ROLL was as enthusiastic as we have ever seen to clear right away from favourite Easysland to win rather emphatically. A great moment and a shame we won't see him at the National.

        Tiger Roll in isolation in the Cross Country

        Entoucas finished the Grand Annual with some fire but couldn't get to SKY PIRATE under Nick Schofield. Britain's only winner on the day and an emotional one for Schofield and Jonjo O'Neill.

        And it was Blackmore and Mullins to complete a splendid day for Ireland and another winner for Blackmore. SIR GERHARD was allowed to dictate from the front and managed to hang on in the end from Kilcruit.

         

      • Craig Mahood

        4.50 CHELTENHAM, CHAMPION BUMPER: FULL RESULT

        Elle Est Belle came from absolutely nowhere to grab third for the Skeltons.

        1st – Sir Gerhard 85/40

        2nd – Kilcruit 10/11F

        3rd – Elle Est Belle 16/1

        Sir Gerhard being chased down by stablemate Kilcruit in the Champion Bumper
      • Craig Mahood

        SIR GERHARD WINS THE CHAMPION BUMPER

        Rachael Blackmore and Willie Mullins with another one on the board int he finale!

        A wonderful front-running ride by the Queen of Cheltenham as she kicks from the front at the right time.

        Kilcruit left himelf so much to do in the closing stages and couldn't get there.

        A Mullins 1-2, six on the day for Ireland!

      • Craig Mahood

        4.50 CHAMPION BUMPER

        FINAL FURLONG

        Sir Gerhard needs the line as Kilcruit closes in.

        Only a length between them but SIR GERHARD LASTS HOME!

      • Craig Mahood

        4.50 CHAMPION BUMPER

        2F TO GO

        Sir Gerhard still with a few lengths lead and Raachael Blackmore kicks for home.

        Kilcruit starts to get a move on in behind.

      • Craig Mahood

        4.50 CHAMPION BUMPER

        4F TO GO

        Sir Gerhard left to it up front as Ramillies and Kilcruit come under pressure in behind.

      • Craig Mahood

        4.50 CHAMPION BUMPER

        1 MILE TO GO

        Ramillies a length off Sir Gerhard in the lead.

        Wonderwall and Shearer just behind with Kilcruit tracking them.

      • Craig Mahood

        4.50 CHAMPION BUMPER

        They're off at the first time of asking, phew!

        Sir Gerhard takes them along early.

        Shearer and Ramillies track the leader with Wonderwall alongside.

      • Craig Mahood

        CHAMPION BUMPER

        They're at the post for the finale in the sunshine!

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