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Cheltenham Festival 2020 - Day 3 12th March 2020

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Cheltenham Festival 2020 Day Three Preview



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Two fantastic days down, two even more fantastic days to come!

We hope you’re backing the winners but most of all enjoying the wonderful racing from Prestbury Park!

Welcome to the third day, St Patrick’s Thursday!

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Today’s card is dominated by two cracking feature races and plenty of household names!

The awesome Paisley Park hopes to defend his crown in The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle whilst Bryony Frost will hope to drive Frodon to the winning line once more in The Ryanair Chase.

And if that’s not enough, Faugheen The Machine will make yet another Cheltenham appearance in The March Novices Chase!

What a schedule..

RACES SCHEDULE

1.30pm MARSH Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 166y £150,000 (ITV)

2.10pm Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y £100,000 (ITV)

2.50pm Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y £350,000 (ITV)

3.30pm The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y £325,000 (ITV)

4.10pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y £110,000 (ITV)

4.50pm Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y £90,000

5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase 3m 2f £70,000

GUIDE TO TODAY’S TELEVISED RACES

1.30pm The MARSH Novices' Chase

Matt Chapman of ITV Racing will be on maximum overdrive with his enthusiasm for his beloved Faugheen (6/1 Betfair) who won at Leopardstown last time out but could be vulnerable to some rising youngsters.

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One of those could be Mister Fisher (5/1 Bet365, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Betfred) who has been consistent all season and with Nicky Henderson in great form this week, he could be good value at 5/1 with Bet365 who offer a free bet with winners over 4/1 on ITV races!

TIP: Mister Fisher (win) 5/1 Bet 365, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Betfred

2.10pm The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle

Massively competitive handicap hurdle.

The Storyteller (11/2 Bet365, Bet Victor, Coral, Betfred) and Relegate (13/2 Bet Victor, Coral) are both vying for favouritism.

Skandiburg (11/1 Unibet) for trainer Olly Murphy is one of those horses who tends to win his races from the last fence so has to be seriously considered in this type of contest.

TIP: Skandiburg each way 11/1 Unibet

2.50pm THE RYANAIR CHASE

The wonderful partnership that is Bryony Frost and Frodon (5/1 William Hill, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Betfred) is reunited once more in the Grade One Ryanair Chase.

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Whether they can repeat last year’s antics is another thing altogether, although his last run at Kempton demonstrated those battling qualities that were lacking earlier in the season.

However, A Plus Tard (7/4 Bet Victor, Paddy Power) has come on leaps and bounds for trainer Henry De Bromhead and will take some beating.

TIP: A Plus Tard to win 7/4 Bet Victor, Paddy Power

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3.30pm THE PADDY POWER STAYERS HURDLE

It’s Paisley Park (8/13 William Hill, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Coral, Betfred) time!

Very hard to see beyond this current champion. He’s got everything. He has bags of pace, he stays and jumps beautifully.

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The Cheltenham Festival 2020 banker of the week for most people. Former Supreme Novice winner Summerville Boy (9/1, Bet365, William Hill, Coral) to mop up the each way money.

TIP: Paisley Park 8/13 William Hill, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Coral, Betfred

4.10pm The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate

Another hugely competitive mid distance handicap chase featuring a lot of the players from the Cheltenham November handicaps.

Simply The Betts (4/1 Coral) is a very short priced favourite considering the number of runners so the value hunting takes us to Spiritofthegames (18/1 Betfred) who has had a consistent season and was especially unlucky not to land the course and distance win in The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup last December.

TIP: Spiritofthegames each way at 18/1 with Betfred

RECAP

1.30pm The MARSH Novices' Chase
TIP: Mister Fisher (win) 5/1 Bet365, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Betfred

2.10pm Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle
TIP: Skandiburg each way 11/1 Unibet

2.50pm THE RYANAIR CHASE
TIP: A Plus Tard to win 7/4 Bet Victor, Paddy Power

3.30pm THE PADDY POWER STAYERS HURDLE
TIP: Paisley Park 8/13 William Hill, Betfair, Bet Victor, Paddy Power, Coral, Betfred

4.10pm The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
TIP: Spiritofthegames each way at 18/1 with Betfred

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Matt is Howtobet4free's resident Horse Racing expert, writer, tipster and a huge Cheltenham Festival fan. He occasionally dabbles in Golf, Football and anything else you can gamble on!

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