Cheltenham day 3 tips: Royal Kahala can be crowned Stayers champion
We’re past the halfway stage of the Cheltenham Festival and it is time to work our way through the Cheltenham betting once again as we pick out Cheltenham day 3 tips for every race on St Patrick’s Day.
The highlight of the third day is the Stayers’ Hurdle, but before that Allaho bids for back-to-back Cheltenham Festival victories in the co-feature, the Ryanair Chase.
However, we’ll begin our look at the action with the opening novice chase, which could be one of the races of the week.
This has the potential to be an all-time classic as Bob Olinger and Galopin des Champs put their unbeaten fences records on the line in this Grade One contest.
We are siding with Willie Mullins’ six-year-old, who is 11/10 for this four-runner contest that may be short of numbers, but not quality.
A handicap blot at the Festival 12 months ago, he went on to scoop Grade One honours at the Punchestown Festival, but it is fences that has seen him excel this season.
He devours his fences and his attacking style could have Bob Olinger on the back foot from the off. That will help Galopin Des Champs negate Bob Olinger’s turbo-charged engine and our selection’s jumping could propel him to success here.
Gordon Elliott has won this three times in the last four years while the Irish have won it six years in a row.
Therefore, it would be wis to side with a raider from the Emerald Isle and we’re going for two-time winner Sire du Berlais to bring up the hat-trick at 6/1 as one of our Cheltenham day 3 tips.
His Cheltenham Festival record reads 4-1-1-2 and although 4lb higher than when last winning this race in 2020, he will have crack amateur Rob James removing 7lb with his claim and knows how to get from A to B at Prestbury Park.
Allaho produced a blistering display to brush his rivals aside 12 months ago and it is hard to see where the challengers to the next of our Cheltenham day 3 tips come from.
The eight-year-old could turn this into a procession and he is one of the bankers of the week at 8/13.
Ladbrokes ambassador Paul Townend will be taking over from Rachael Blackmore in the saddle this time around and will be hoping to make up for picking Min over the strapping son of No Risk At All last year.
In a wide-open contest, it may be wise to side with the hat-trick-seeking Royal Kahala to land a telling blow for Peter Fahey and provide the handler with his biggest victory to date.
Fahey guided Belfast Banter to a Cheltenham/Aintree double in the spring of 2021, but this would eclipse that achievement if he was to get his hands on one of the big four prizes at the Cheltenham Festival.
The seven-year-old mare struggled in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at this meeting last year, but time has proven that two-mile trip was less than ideal for the strong-staying female, who has excelled since stretching out this term.
She accounted for the best of her own sex when scoring at Leopardstown at Christmas and then relished the move up to three miles when beating a select cast in the Grade Two Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran.
She could have much more to come at the distance and could prove a tasty each-way proposition at 7/1 in our Cheltenham day 3 tips.
Alan King ended his seven-year wait for a Cheltenham Festival winner on day one, but like London buses, he might not have to wait too long for a second if The Glancing Queen can oblige in this competitive handicap at Cheltenham odds of 11/2.
Our Cheltenham day 3 tips selection won her first two outings over the larger obstacles, both at Listed level, and lost little in defeat when chasing home the talented L’homme Presse in the Dipper over course and distance on New Year’s Day.
The course winner has a fair Festival record and could make a mark of 141 count in a handicap that appears lacking any potential superstars.
Telmesomethinggirl finished third in the Paddy Mullins Handicap Hurdle before scoring in this race last season and we’re looking to that race for a guide once again as we side with this year’s winner Party Central as the next of our Cheltenham day 3 tips.
That was the six-year-old’s second win on the bounce and she appears primed to take her form to the next level in the hands of Davy Russell.
She has won five of her eight career starts and the 11/2 shot can make her experience count at the business end where it matters most.
The second race of the week that is restricted to amateur riders could go the way of the favourite Frontal Assault, who appears to have the perfect profile for the contest.
Trained by Cullentra House maestro Elliott, it is James who is set for his second high-profile ride of the day aboard the seven-year-old and the trainer and jockey combined to take this race in 2020 with Milan Native.
Second in a hot Fairyhouse event last time, the son of Presenting is crying out for a return to three miles and this trip should be right up the 9/2 favourite’s street.