Cheltenham Day 3 Results

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There is often a strange atmosphere about day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and so it proved this year. All the anticipation has burned off, while the day also proves to be simply the forerunner to what is to come 24 hours later – Gold Cup day!

That being said, there were some sparkling displays of human and equine brilliance. We have full results here for all seven races of day 2 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Day Three – Thursday 18th March

The ground was still good to soft as we moved onto the New Course for day three, yet there were plenty of absentees. Blaming a change in the ground since declaration time, seven were pulled out on account of the going.

All of the big-hitters remained, however, and with the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle taking centre-stage, we got the day underway with the Marsh Novices’ Hurdle.

Cheltenham Day 3 Results

1:20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Chantry House 9/1
2nd Fusil Raffles 14/1
3rd Asterion Forlonge 14/1
4th Chatham Street Lad 14/1
5th Shan Blue 10/1
6th Blackbow 40/1
7th Darver Star 33/1
Fell Envoi Allen 4/9F

A strange opening race over the two-and-a-half-mile trip. As you can see, despite this being a small event all of those who finished were between 9/1 and 40/1 in the market. This is entirely because of the presence of hot favourite Envoi Allen who was many people’s banker of the meeting.

The jolly, however, ridden by Jack Kennedy, fell at the fourth which left the race wide open. Nicky Henderson took full advantage, training a 1-2 in the contest with Chantry House leading home Fusil Raffles.

1:55 – Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Mrs Milner 12/1
2nd The Bosses Oscar 10/3F
3rd Come On Teddy 10/1
4th Milliner 7/1
5th Champagne Platinum 17/2
6th Ask Dillon 28/1
7th Dandy Mag 20/1
8th Spiritofthegames 18/1
9th Everglow 40/1
10th Potters Hedger 125/1
11th Anything Will Do 22/1
12th Brinkley 16/1
13th Unowhatimeanharry 50/1
14th Storm Arising 20/1
15th Copperhead 40/1
16th Imperial Alcazar 11/2
17th Perfect Man 125/1
18th Keeper Hill 40/1
19th No Comment 50/1
Pulled-Up Redford Road 40/1
Unseated Kansas City Chief 28/1
Unseated Storm Goddess 18/1

The Pertemps Final was always going to be a difficult race for the punters to solve. To be fair, many were on Mrs Milner who was well backed throughout the day.

Paul Nolan’s runner was eased beautifully into the race. Having hit the front just at the last flight, Mrs Milner streaked away to record a cosy five-length success.

While this was a big win for Paul Nolan, the big-hitters weren’t far away. Denise Foster, Henry De Bromhead and Nicky Henderson all trained horses in the top five and continued to flex their muscles. To learn more about the horses of the race, check all the information about the Cheltenham runners.

2:30 – Ryanair Chase Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Allaho 3/1F
2nd Fakir D’oudairies 11/2
3rd Tornado Flyer 25/1
4th Kalashnikov 25/1
5th Fanion D’Estruval 66/1
Pulled-Up Min 4/1
Pulled-Up Melon 8/1
Pulled-Up Chris’s Dream 28/1
Pulled-Up Samcro 15/2
Pulled-Up Imperial Aura 8/1

Despite the fair racing ground, 2½ miles on the New Course was proving to be very difficult indeed. Half of this Ryanair Chase field pulled up in the end as the winner proved to be top class.

In the days leading up to the race, this market was extremely tight. Allaho pulling away to be 3/1 clear favourite only happened on the day of the event, so it was a huge pat on the back to the punters who clearly got this one right.

Willie Mullins’ runner really took this race by the scruff of the neck. He led at a quick gallop from the third onwards and the others simply couldn’t cope.

His pace is what got everything off the bridle, forced five of them to pull up, and he eventually kept on for a 12-length win which was mightily impressive all around. He may be the absolute star of the chasing scene next season alongside Shishkin.

Allaho’s fine victory was also the fourth of the week for an increasingly dominant Rachael Blackmore.

3:05 – Stayers’ Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Flooring Porter 12/1
2nd Sire Du Berlais 5/1
3rd Paisley Park 9/4F
4th Beacon Edge 10/1
5th The Storyteller 11/1
6th Vinndication 16/1
7th Bacardys 50/1
8th Younevercall 100/1
9th If The Cao Fits 25/1
Fell Lisnagar Oscar 11/1
Pulled-Up Lil Rockerfeller 66/1
Pulled-Up Main Fact 150/1
Pulled-Up Sam Spinner 66/1
Pulled-Up Fury Road 4/1
Pulled-Up Reserve Tank 50/1

This was a fascinating championship race. All the talk in advance of the Festival had been about the battle between Thyme Hill and Paisley Park. The former however was forced to pull out, waiting instead for Aintree.

Former champ Paisley Park went off the favourite, but it was Irish raider Flooring Porter who got the job done and in fine style too.

Gavin Cromwell’s six-year-old, who has plenty more to give, romped home here by 3¼ lengths. Having won in the same grade at Leopardstown back in December, this was no freak and he’ll be back to defend his crown next year.

2020 winner Lisnagar Oscar was an unfortunate faller.

3:40 – Stable Plate Handicap Chase Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st The Shunter 9/4F
2nd Farclas 5/1
3rd Top Notch 50/1
4th Coole Cody 22/1
5th Assemble 20/1
6th Huntsman Son 40/1
7th Caribean Boy 12/1
8th Sully D’Oc AA 14/1
9th Kiltealy Briggs 40/1
10th Oldgrangewood 25/1
11th Happy Diva 14/1
12th Eamon An Cnoic 40/1
13th The Unit 66/1
14th Dead Right 28/1
15th A Wave Of The Sea 8/1
16th Two Taffs 80/1
17th Paddy’s Poem 40/1
18th Mister Whitaker 18/1
19th Champagne Court 28/1
Fell Fils D’oudairies 16/1
Pulled-Up Maypole Class 50/1

The Stable Plate was the subject of a huge gamble this year. It was a successful one too. The Shunter, who’d been available at 4/1 and bigger, was backed all the way down to 9/4 before the off.

That looked a very skinny price, but he was a punter’s favourite rather than a bookie’s one and he did not let anybody down.

Having led most of the way, The Shunter basically galloped his rivals into submission. Crossing the line 3 lengths to the good, Emmet Mullins’ runner beat home Farclas in what was another Irish-dominated finish.

4:15 – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Tellmesomethinggirl 5/1
2nd Magic Daze 22/1
3rd Mighty Blue 12/1
4th Skyace 28/1
5th The Glancing Queen 9/1
6th Glens Of Antrim 8/1
7th Roseys Hollow 15/2
8th Martello Sky 33/1
9th Royal Kahala 9/2F
10th Pont Aval 50/1
11th Gauloise 8/1
12th Hook Up 13/2
13th Allavina 40/1
Pulled-Up Perfect Myth 28/1
Pulled-Up Will Victory 150/1

The Rachael Blackmore appreciation was just gaining momentum by the end of day two. During day three, it seemed her luck was out. That is until the Mares’ Hurdle.

Blackmore has Henry De Bromhead’s Tellmesomethinggirl another peach of a ride here. Help up at the back, where not many winners came from this week, she was eased into this race.

Ridden to lead only at the last flight, Tellmesomethinggirl kicked clear on the run-in to score very nicely and land Blackmore her fifth win of what was becoming a brilliant week for the rider.

4:50 – Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Mount Ida 3/1F
2nd Cloudy Glen 33/1
3rd Shantou Flyer 11/2
4th Hold The Note 9/1
5th Storm Control 16/1
6th Go Another One 16/1
7th Amazhar Garde 80/1
8th Morning Vicar 16/1
9th Musical Slave 18/1
10th Kilfilum Cross 20/1
11th Crievehill 33/1
Brought Down Bab Mahler 25/1
Fell Plan Of Attack 7/1
Pulled-Up Beau Boy 80/1
Pulled-Up Another Venture 66/1
Pulled-Up Didero Vallis 33/1
Pulled-Up Cobolobo 33/1
Pulled-Up Sizing At Midnight 33/1
Pulled-Up Deise Aba 12/1
Pulled-Up Milanford 20/1
Unseated Townshend 100/1

The Kim Muir is always a great way to finish the day, and this year’s renewal was excellent. We had another winning favourite here which is always welcome, Denise Foster officially being credited as training Mount Ida who sprinted clear to record a 6½-length win.

By now, results were proving to be very frustrating for British-based trainers. Despite putting up a strong show and coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th, they were outdone once again by a better-handicapped runner.

Leading Jockey

Despite Ireland now beginning to dominate results, no one trainer or jockey got their own way on day three.

Nico de Boinville, Bryan Cooper, Danny Mullins, Jordan Gainford and Jack Kennedy all rode one winner each. Kennedy’s win kept him in touch, but two more for Rachael Blackmore meant she was now a clear leader in the jockey standings for the week, which after day three looked like this:

Jockey Wins
Rachael Blackmore 5
Jack Kennedy 3
Paul Townend 2
Nico de Boinville 2
Ryan Mania 1
Sean Flanagan 1
Richard Condon 1
Aidan Coleman 1
Keith Donoghue 1
Nick Scholfield 1
Bryan Cooper 1
Danny Mullins 1
Jordan Gainford 1

Leading Trainer

Even more competitive on day three were the trainers. All seven races were won by different handlers, with six of the successful horses being trained in Ireland.

Nicky Henderson, Paul Nolan, Willie Mullins, Emmet Mullins, Gavin Cromwell, Henry De Bromhead and Denise Foster were all successful. Willie Mullins’ and Henry De Bromhead’s wins put them clear as the joint-top trainers.

After day three, this is how the trainer’s championship looked:

Trainer Wins
Willie Mullins 4
Henry De Bromhead 4
Denise Foster 3
Nicky Henderson 2
Sue Smith 1
Noel Meade 1
Ian Ferguson 1
Paul Hennessy 1
Jonjo O’Neill 1
Paul Nolan 1
Gavin Cromwell 1
Emmet Mullins 1

Summary of Cheltenham Day Three

Day three arguably lacked some of the quality we’d seen on the track over Tuesday and Wednesday. What it lacked in quality, however, it made up for in successful gambles.

The standout performance, and one of those successful punts, was that of Allaho in the Ryanair Chase. A flat-out performance which ran his rivals ragged was superb to watch, the successful gamble being very satisfying too.

Also extremely well backed was The Shunter. An improving horse, The Shunter gave Emmet Mullins a huge and well-deserved Festival victory.

Having landed another double, Rachael Blackmore was by now stealing all the headlines. To have a female jockey take Cheltenham apart like this was something the sport so badly needed, her performances in the saddle being absolutely top-notch as she rode Allaho and Tellmesomethinggirl to smooth wins.

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