Cheltenham 2019’s Thursday will be no different to that of its predecessors, expect plenty of craic, Guinness and of course, Irish riders and trainers pushing harder than ever to win. Yes, it’s St. Patricks Thursday from Cheltenham!

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JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase (1:30 PM)

Cheltenham 2019’s Thursday racecard is out of the fence sharpish at 1.30pm with this exciting race, so you’ll want to make certain you’re ready for this great opening race.

This 2 mile 4 furlong outing is run by horses of at least five years old. With seventeen fences to be jumped over the distance it is the ideal race to kick off Cheltenham day 3. Why? Because not only will it be a race to keep you on the edge of your seat and test your betting, but also because the runners will need to get a rub of the green to run to victory in the first race of the day!

Race Winners in 2018

Last year’s winner was the impressive Irish runner Shattered Love who was able to close the gap two out, then managed to capitalise and kick on to beat Terrefort who had been leading from the off by a comfortable seven lengths. It provided Irish trainer Gordon Elliot with a great start to this day at Cheltenham renowned for its celebration of all things Irish.

JLT Novices’ Steeple Chase Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 13:30
Race Type Chase
Distance 2 Miles and 4 Furlongs
2018 Race's Winner Horse: Shattered Love Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Trainer: Gordon Elliott

The Pertemps Network Final (2:10 PM)

If the first race of Cheltenham’s race card on Thursday wasn’t enough to whet your appetite on this very Irish occasion, then the Pertemps Final is up next at 2.10pm.

This grade 3 race is run by horses of five years old and over in this rather lengthy 3 mile encounter. This Handicap race has been an ever present at the Festival since it was introduced in 1974. With 12 fences for the field of runners to navigate their way over, there is definitely plenty of scope for mishaps along the way!

Race Winners in 2018

There were no mishaps in this one for Gordon Elliot though who secured two winners from the opening two races. Delta Work was able to just about pip stable mate, and starting price favourite, Gelnoe to the win by a nose. In a race that was so close, owner of the winner, Michael O’leary even came out and admitted that he thought his horse may have “lost it on the bob of heads”.

Interestingly, to those looking to do their betting on Cheltenham day 3, this double of winners in the opening two races for Gordon Elliot was available at a whopping 34/1 prior to the Cheltenham Thursday races commencing. Make sure you look out for similar specials which are offered!

The Pertemps Network Final Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 14:10
Race Type Handicap Hurdle
Distance 3 Miles
2018 Race's Winner

Horse: Delta Work

Jockey: Davy Russell

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Ryanair Chase (2:50 PM)

The third race of the third day from Cheltenham is a relatively new one. Introduced in 2005 when the fourth day was added onto the Festival extravaganza, this is a grade 1 chase open to horses aged five and older is run at 2.50pm and is run over a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs with a huge 17 fences to be cleared.

Two of the last three winners here have been jockeyed by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins, so if you’re looking for a duo with a solid record here in recent years, you may want to cast your eyes over any declared runners with this duo involved.

Race Winners in 2018

It may be two out of three for that duo, but, last year it was Balko des Flos who won this race against the 2017 winner Un De Sceaux! That wasn’t the only drama in this one though, as midway through the race we saw the much fancied Cue Card pull up leaving the aforementioned two to battle it out for victory. Consecutive wins here weren’t meant to be, and it was Balko des Flos who was able to pull away down the stretch and won by four and a half lengths.

The Pertemps Network Final Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 14:50
Race Type Chase
Distance 2 Miles 5 Furlongs
2018 Race's Winner

Horse: Balko des Flos

Jockey: Davy Russell

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead

Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (3:30 PM)

The next outing comes at 3.30 with this grade 1 outing which is the standout long distance event of the National Hunt calendar. Not only that, but, it is also the standout race of the day here at Cheltenham. This outing is run over the distance of 3 miles with 12 tough fences to be jumped by those aged four and over.

Race Winners in 2018

It was a dramatic return to action for Penhill who had been out for the small matter of 323 days, but, was able to run to victory in the day’s major race. There was a few in the running when coming up the hill, but, it was Penhill who was able to hold on and break away from the pack to win by two lengths over Supasundae.

He may have had elements of race rust, but the 12-1 winner produced a run worth the almost year long wait.

Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 15:30
Race Type Hurdle
Distance 3 Miles
2018 Race's Winner

Horse: Penhill

Jockey: P. Townend

Trainer: W. P. Mullins

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (4:10 PM)

The next race brings us into our fourth hour of racing, with this cracking 4.10pm run. Not only that, but, it also brought about the second consecutive day of treble winners for trainer Gordon Elliot, not a bad feat by any stretch of the imagination.

This grade 3 race is run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs with 17 hurdles to be successfully navigated by the five years old and up runners.

If you’re looking for an inkling when getting your money on this outing, then you would be wise to keep an eye out for who Bryan Cooper is riding. With victories in both 2016 and 2017 he has had some great runs in this event on Cheltenham Thursdays.

Race Winners in 2018

It was that man again who Gordon Elliot again who saw his horse run to victory. This time it was The Storyteller who was the 5/1 starting price favourite who ran to victory. He may well have ended up winning by a length and three quarters, but, the race was kept exciting until it’s conclusion with second placed Splash of Ginge keeping pace with the eventual winner up until just before the line.

Stable Plate Final Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 16:10
Race Type Handicap Chase
Distance 2 Miles and 5 Furlongs
2018 Race's Winner

Horse: The Storyteller

Jockey: Davy Russel

Trainer: Gordon Elliot

Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle (4:50 PM)

Also known as, the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, next race of the hour is this 4.50pm encounter which is run by both fillies and mares aged four and older. It is one of the shorter races of the day, over a distance of 2 miles 1 furlong, with just the eight fences to be hurdled. If you’re looking for a race with not much of a record to go on, then this could be the one for you! With just three years under its belt at Cheltenham, there isn’t much in the way of history in this event.

Race Winners in 2018

That said, Ruby Walsh has run two winners, while Willie Mullins has trained ALL three winners of this event. Not a bad record to have, despite the event only having been run for three years. It was an absolute master class from Laurina who won by a staggering 18 lengths in this Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race. Will we see another whopper of a winner this year, or will it be a more competitive outing?

Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 16:50
Race Type Hurdle
Distance 2 Miles 1 Furlong
2018 Race's Winner

Horse: Laurina

Jockey: P. Townend

Trainer: W. P. Mullins

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (5:30 PM)

This race is open to amateur riders and is run over the distance of 3 miles and 1 ½ furlongs with a huge 19 fences to be run. What a way to end the Cheltenham Thursday at 5.30pm.

Race Winners in 2018

It was oh so close for an all Irish affair on St. Patricks Thursday at Cheltenham last year, but, Warren Greatrex trained Missed Approach’s half a length win meant that it was indeed a missed opportunity for the Irish to claim the day as their own.

The 8/1 option was able to leap over the last with great conviction and powered up the hill to victory by a small margin, with a great end for not only this race, but, also the day as a whole!

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Summary

Time & Date 14th March, 2019 at 17:30
Race Type Handicap Steeple Chase
Distance 3 Miles 1 ½ Furlongs
2018 Race's Winner

Horse: Missed Approach

Jockey: Mr N. McParlan

Trainer: Warren Greatrex

Betting on The Cheltenham Day 3

When betting on Cheltenham day 3, you simply have to do the basics to make sure you give yourself any chance of making any profit.

For starters, you have to make sure to check the Cheltenham runners on Thursday, to make sure you know which horses have been declared and for what races. There’s no point leaving this until the last minute – as this can lead to last minute decisions if your selection isn’t declared!

This is the ideal day to get your money on as the whole place will be a buzz of Irish celebration; so, what better time to also benefit from some luck of the Irish yourself?

Bottom Line

It is never different on the third day, and Cheltenham 2019’s Thursday racecards will no doubt live up to their predecessors. It is a true spectacle of a day at Cheltenham, and, with so much to take in away from the races too – this is a great day of racing and celebrations. So, make sure you’re celebrating through some winning bets!