Cheltenham Festival 2023
Day Three - St Patricks Day
Thursday 16th March
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|St Patricks Day - Thursday 16th March
13:30 - Turners Novices ChaseLast year's race had a dramatic conclusion when Galopin Des Champs fell at the last, leaving Bob Olinger to come home clear of the other two runners. Mighty Potter, pulled up in last year's Supreme, impressed when winning the Drinmore and the form has since been boosted by Gaillard Du Mesnil.
14:10 - Pertemps Network Final H'Cap HurdleOne of the trickiest handicaps of the week to solve with plenty of unexposed horses aimed at it. This staying charge had been dominated by Ireland in recent years until Third Wind won for Hughie Morrison last year. Sire Du Berlais and Presenting Percy both lugged big weights to victory, and class counts for plenty.
14:50 - Ryanair ChaseThis race has been dominated by Allaho in recent years, who for many was the banker of the last festival. The first half of his season was curtailed by a setback but connections are hopeful they can get him back for a hat-trick bid.
15:30 - Stayers HurdleThe stayers' division looks wide open this year with the upcoming Home By The Lee downing Flooring Porter, who has won the last two runnings of this, on his last start. Paisley Park's performances this season show that he still retains his spark and the 2019 winner could prove a danger to all.
16:10 - County Plate Handicap ChaseOne of the most evenly split contests over the last ten runnings with British runners leading 6-4 from the Irish. Cheltenham specialist Coole Cody was a popular winner last year at the age of 11, and older winners of this race are not uncommon.
16:50 - Mares Novices' HurdleLove Envoi ended the Irish dominance of this race last year and Luccia could make it back-to-back wins for the British following a dominant display in a Listed contest on her hurdling debut. Willie Mullins won the first five runnings since its inception in 2016 and any runner of his must be respected.
17:30 - Kim Muir Challenge CupTen-year-old Chambard caused a massive upset last year at 40-1, and was an outlier in terms of his age as well with eight of the nine winners before that being aged seven or eight. Indigo Breeze (seven) is unexposed and the form of his second last time out was franked when the winner, The Real Whacker, comfortably landed the Grade 2 Dipper Novices' Chase on his next start.