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2016 Cheltenham Festival Day Three LIVE!

| 17.03.2016

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | March 17, 2016

17:47 Close of play. That’s all for today. Be sure to visit Coral news tomorrow for the final day blog of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival!

17:45 Festival Day Three headlines

  • Mullins trio Black Hercules, Vautour, Limini win JLT, Ryanair Chase, Dawn Run Mares’
  • Favourite Thistlecrack romps to World Hurdle win
  • Jockey Ruby Walsh surpasses 50 Festival winners
  • Six Irish winners on St Patrick’s Day
  • Bookies take another bashing

17:42 Irish eyes are smiling on St Patrick’s Day! If you bet €/£20 on the JLT that opened Day Three of the Festival, then you’ll be getting €/£30 in free bets going into your account by 12:00 GMT tomorrow following the six Irish winners on St Patrick’s Day!

17:38 Cause of Causes wins the Kim Muir!

Full result
1 Cause of Causes 9/2
2 A Good Skin 14/1
3 Silvergrove 16/1
4 Knock House 16/1
22 ran

17:31 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Kim Muir!

17:15 St Patrick’s Day carnage for bookies… Our very own Nicola McGeady reflects on how you’ve all won today!

“It has definitely been a punters festival and today was the final nail in the coffin for bookmakers,” she says.

“Thistlecrack, Vautour and Limini inflicted the most damage and, although ther’’s one more day to go, it looks like it will be an impossible task to get back in front.”

17:05 Kim Muir Challenge coming up… And finally at the Festival today, the Kim Muir Challenge Cup! See what our experts think in the race preview!

16:57 Limini wins the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle!

Full result:
1 Limini 8/11F
2 Dusky Legend 50/1
3 Bloody Mary 7/1
16 ran

16:52 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Dawn Run Mares’ Movices’ Hurdle!

16:43 Limini to land more Mullins magic? Long-time Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle leader Limini will be in a few accas I daresay today!

16:33 How do they bet in the Dawn Run? See the market below for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and have a Cheltenham bet with us!

16:27 Dawn Run Mares prepare to race… A tasty looking Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle in the offing as our penultimate contest on Day Three. Peruse the Dawn Run preview.

16:20 Empire Of Dirt wins the Brown Advisory Plate!

Full result:
1 Empire Of Dirt 16/1
2 Tango De Juilley 33/1
3 Kings Palace 11/1
4 Full Shift 7/1
5 Ballycasey 10/1
22 ran

16:14 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Brown Advisory Plate!

15:55 Step up to the Plate… Up next is the Brown Advisory Plate, so check out our experts’ thoughts in the race preview. Here’s the current betting below:

15:44 Scudamore success:

15:38 Thistlecrack wins the World Hurdle!

Full result:
1 Thistlecrack evsf
2 Alpha Des Obeaux 8/2
3 Bobs Worth 33/1
12 ran

15:33 AND THEY’RE OFF in the World Hurdle…

15:21 Ten minute warning…

15:13 Promo plug, last chance! New customers get enhanced 12/1 odds on Thistlecrack winning the World Hurdle, but don’t hang about! This offer ends at 15:20!

15:10 World Hurdle betting and preview. Here’s the market and what our tipsters think of today’s Festival feature race, the World Hurdle:

15:06 A reminder of fallers insurance…

15:02 Free bets on St Patrick’s Day! We said you’d get a €/£5 free bet for every Irish trained winner on Day Three if you wagered €/£20 on the JLT, and it’s already €/£15 to be credited to you tomorrow!

14:58 Vautour wins the Ryanair!
Full result:
1 Vautour evsf
2 Valseur Lido 11/1
3 Road To Riches 7/1
15 ran

14:51 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Ryanair Chase!

14:48 Vautour to score? Can favourite Vautour bring more magic for trainer Willie Mullins? Not long before we find out…

14:33 Preview plug. See what our experts think of the Ryanair Chase!

14:28 Ryanair Chase betting… How do they bet on the Ryanair Chase? See below:

14:18 Mall Dini wins the Pertemps! Class run, almost as good his namesake…

Full result:
1 Mall Dini 14/1
2 Arpege D’alene 14/1
3 If In Doubt 10/1
4 Taglietelle 14/1
5 Our Kaempfer 8/1
24 ran

14:11 AND THEY’RE OFF in the Pertemps!

13:52 How do they bet in the Pertemps? Fancy a flutter? Then here’s the Pertemps Network Final market:

13:45 Pertemps up next… The Pertemps Network Final is race two of Day Three, so read our preview.

13:38 Black Hercules wins the JLT! A 50th Festival triumph for Ruby Walsh!
Full result:
1 Black Hercules 4/1jf
2 Bristol De Mai 4/1jf
3 L’ami Serge 8/1
9 ran

13:32 AND THEY’RE OFF in the JLT Novices’ Chase!

13:20 Ten-minute warning…

13:05 A last look at the JLT betting…

12:45 Another peek at JLT preview. Have another gander at our the JLT Novices’ Chase preview.

12:27 JLT betting latest. Just an hour or so to go until the JLT Novices’ Chase, and here’s how they bet:

12:15 Market mover. Our Kaempfer cut in the Pertemps Network Final.

12:00 St Patrick’s Day pays off! A reminder of our bet €/£20 on the JLT, get €/£5 free bets for every Irish trained winner on Day Three of the Festival with 90 minutes until the off!

11:50 JLT preview. Here’s what our experts think about today’s opener, the JLT Novices’ Chase.

11:30 Offer plug. Thistlecrack is an enhanced 12/1 to win the World Hurdle for new customers. If that whets your whistle, take it with €/£60 winnings paid in free bets!

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11:25 Pertemps places payout. We’re paying out on the first five past the post in the Pertemps Network Final at 14:10. Worth an each-way wager then? Bet now!

11:20 What’s the StableTalk? Top trainer Dan Skelton has his say on his Day Three horses and Festival fancies in his latest exclusive Coral blog! Well worth a look.

11:10 Betting for dummies… Insightful stuff from The Couch and our very own John Hill there. If you’re new to betting, then don’t be scared as we’ve prepared a how to gamble guide that takes you through the process step by step.

10:52 What can you see on the Periscope? Well, erm, this… Coral v The Couch part three!

10:47 Get off the Couch! Mark Winstanley is back with more Festival tips for punters:

10:40 Right on Vine! Make sure you’re in the know with our handy St Patrick’s Day Thursday Cheltenham Festival factfile, courtesy of Vine.

10:35 Early JLT betting. Even better than a BLT is the JLT Novices’ Chase that kicks off World Hurdle day. Here’s how they bet, and if you fancy a wager then visit our sister site:

10:30 Scudamore says… Speaking of Thistlecrack, Coral ambassador Tom Scudamore is on board the World Hurdle favourite. Here’s his views on that horse below, and you can also read his latest blog all about Day Three of the Festival:

10:25 Who do the bookies fear today? In a nutshell, it’s Bristol De Mai in the JLT, red-hot World Hurdle favourite Thistlecrack and Limini in the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

10:20 Fallers insurance… If you had Balthazar King as a Cross Country Chase bet yesterday, then you should have your money back because it fell! Nice one, Coral.

10:10 St Patrick’s Day special! To celebrate the Irish patron saint, Coral are offering €/£5 free bets for every winner trained in the Emerald Isle when you bet €/£20 on the JLT Novices’ Chase which opens proceedings at 13:30.

10:00 Good morning! Welcome to Coral’s 2016 Cheltenham Festival Day Three live blog! It’s World Hurdle day and here’s the scheduled races:


Check out more Cheltenham Festival tips, previews and blogs at Coral’s dedicated page.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.