Empire Of Dirt set to continue Gordon Elliott's dominance at the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival Day Three - Preview and odds

by Abi Moses on Thursday 16th March, 2017


Horse Racing odds Horse Racing tips Cheltenham Festival betting Cheltenham tips Free Bets Bet365 Bet Free Bets JLT Novices' Chase Pertemps Final Hurdle Ryanair Chase Stayers Hurdle Festival Plate Mares Novices' Hurdle Kim Muir Challenge Cup
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We are now half way through the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and so far Gordon Elliott has been in dominant form. The Irish trainer took his tally for the week up to five wins after Cause Of Causes and Fayonagh followed up wins on Tuesday for Labaik, Apple's Jade and Tiger Roll. 
 
The big races on Day Three will be the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle. The Ryanair gives Gordon Elliott a great opportunity to add to his five wins with Empire Of Dirt in with a great chance. 
 

1:30 – JLT Novices' Chase 

The opening race on Day Three, run over 2m 4f always attracts a high class field as an alternative to the 2m Arkle or 3m RSA Chase. Despite enduring a tough time so far at this year's festival, Willie Mullins' Yorkhill should go off as favourite. Last year's Neptune winner looked a class act when finishing ahead of Yanworth. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Yorkhill - 6/4 
Top Notch - 7/2 
Disko - 11/2 
Politologue - 7/1 
Flying Angel - 14/1 
Kilcrea Vale - 28/1 
 

2:10 – Pertemps Final Hurdle 

A race that has a tendency to provide a shock. Since 2000 only one favourite has won the race, with the winner coming in at an average price of 20/1. A great race for each-way bettors and excellent value if you pick the winner from a tough looking race.  
 
Current Race Odds 
Jury Duty - 8/1 
Impulsive Star - 9/1 
For Good Measure - 9/1 
Presenting Percy - 10/1 
Tobefair - 11/1 
Isleofhopendreams - 14/1 
El Bandit - 14/1 
 

2:50 – Ryanair Chase 

Nine from the twelve winners of the Ryanair Chase have come from the top three in the betting, so unlike the Pertemps before it, you may want to focus at the head of the betting when looking for a winner. Willie Mullins won the race last year with Vautour and has another huge chance this year with ante-post favourite, Un De Sceaux. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Un De Sceaux - 9/4 
Empire Of Dirt - 3/1 
Uxizandre - 9/2 
Sub Lieutenant - 15/2 
Josses Hill - 10/1 
Vaniteux - 22/1 
 

3:30 – Stayers Hurdle 

Unowhatimeanharry is the hot favourite to make it back-to-back festival wins and follow in the footsteps of last year's Stayers Hurdle winner, Thistlecrack. Winner of the Albert Bartlett over course and distance last year, Harry Fry's stable star followed up with wins at Ascot in the Long Walk Hurdle and Cleeve Hurdle back at Cheltenham in January.  
 
Current Race Odds 
Unowhatimeanharry - 6/4 
Cole Harden - 8/1 
Jezki - 8/1 
Nichols Canyon - 12/1 
Ballyoptic - 14/1 
Snow Falcon - 16/1 
Shaneshill - 16/1 
 

4:10 – Festival Plate 

Another race for each-way backers. Only one horse has justified favouritism in the last sixteen years. With last year's winner, Empire Of Dirt romping home at 16/1. Diamond King from the in-form Gordon Elliott stable currently leads the betting. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Diamond King - 6/1 
Starchitect - 7/1 
Thomas Crapper - 8/1 
Baron Alco - 14/1 
Bouvreuil - 14/1 
Sizing Codelco - 14/1 
Village Vic - 16/1 
Henryville - 18/1 
 

4:50 – Mares Novices' Hurdle 

The Mares Novices' Hurdle was run at the festival for the first time ever last year. Let's Dance will be a strong favourite. After chasing home subsequent festival winner, Apple's Jade at Punchestown last April, Mullins' five-year-old has been unbeaten since, winning four from four. With concerns over her drop in trip and the relatively poor form of trainer Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh at the festival, punters may find it easy to oppose the favourite.  
 
Current Race Odds 
Let's Dance - 6/4 
Airlie Beach - 9/2 
La Bague Au Roi - 9/1 
Forge Meadow - 10/1 
Toe The Line - 14/1 
Asthuria - 14/1 
 

5:30 – Kim Muir Challenge Cup 

Although there have been four winning favourites in the Kim Muir since 2002, there has also been some big-priced winners over the years. An unpredictable race over 3m 2f, bettors will need to pick a horse able to stay the distance. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Squouateur - 11/2 
Mall Dini - 7/1 
Southfield Royale - 8/1 
Whats Happening - 12/1 
Pendra - 12/1 
Another Hero - 14/1 
Premier Bond - 14/1 
Doctor Harper - 14/1 
Potters Legend - 16/1 
Hadrian's Approach - 16/1 
 
Bet Free Bets' Tips 
1:30: Yorkhill - 6/4 
2:10: Rocklander - 14/1 
2:50: Empire Of Dirt - 3/1 
3:30: Unowhatimeanharry - 6/4 
4:10: Village Vic - 16/1 
4:50: La Bague Au Roi - 9/1 
5:30: Potters Legend - 16/1 

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