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The Festival™

Day Three of The Cheltenham Festival is home to celebrating St Patrick's Day and every year the atmosphere is second to none with a quality seven racecard on offer, with two feature races. The first of the two is The Ryanair Chase, followed by The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle Race.

 

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival is kicked off with the Marsh Novices’ Chase. A Grade 1 novice chase race run over the distance of 2m abt 4f. It's open to horses aged over five years and runs on the New Course with 17 fences jumped. 

 

The race was first introduced to The Festival in 2011 and has celebrated some fantastic chasers including Defi De Seuil and Sir Des Champs. 

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Noble Prince

7

A.P. McCoy

Paul Nolan

2012

Sir Des Champs

6

Davy Russell

Willie Mullins

2013

Benefficient

7

Bryan Cooper

Tony Martin

2014

Taquin du Seuil

7

A.P. McCoy

Jonjo O'Neill

2015

Vautour

6

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2016

Black Hercules

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2017

Yorkhill

7

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2018

Shattered Love

7

Jack Kennedy

Gordon Elliott

2019

Defi du Seuil

6

Barry Geraghty

Philip Hobbs

2020

Samcro

8

Davy Russell

Gordon Elliott

The Pertemps Network Final race is a Grade 3 race for horses aged five and over. It's run on the New Course over a distance of Abt 3m with 12 hurdles jumped. 

 

The race serves as the final for the 21 long-distance qualifying races that are run throughout the Jumps season prior to The Cheltenham Festival. The race has been won by younger horses who go on to greater achievements. Including Presenting Percy, who won in 2017 and has since won the Novices' Chase in 2018.  

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Buena Vista

10

10-08

Conor O'Farrell

David Pipe

2012

Cape Tribulation

8

10–11

Denis O'Regan

Malcolm Jefferson

2013

Holywell

6

11-04

Richie McLernon

Jonjo O'Neill

2014

Fingal Bay

8

11–12

Richard Johnson

Philip Hobbs

2015

Call The Cops

6

10–12

Andrew Tinkler

Nicky Henderson

2016

Mall Dini

6

10–11

Davy Russell

Pat Kelly

2017

Presenting Percy

6

11-11

Davy Russell

Pat Kelly

2018

Delta Work

5

10-10

Davy Russell

Gordon Elliott

2019

Sire Du Berlais

7

11-09

Barry Geraghty

Gordon Elliott

2020

Sire Du Berlais

8

11-12

Barry Geraghty

Gordon Elliott

The  Paddy Power Plate is a Grade 3 chase, run over the distance of 2m abt 5f. It's open to horses aged five and older, with 17 fences jumped. This race is often the beginning point for bigger successes and going on to win a Grade 1 race. 

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Holmwood Legend

10

10-09

Keiran Burke

Patrick Rodford

2012

Salut Flo

7

10–10

Tom Scudamore

David Pipe

2013

Carrickboy

9

10-05

Liam Treadwell

Venetia Williams

2014

Ballynagour

8

10-09

Tom Scudamore

David Pipe

2015

Darna

9

10–11

David Bass

Kim Bailey

2016

Empire of Dirt

9

10–11

Bryan Coope

Colm Murphy

2017

Road to Respect

6

10–13

Bryan Cooper

Noel Meade

2018

Storyteller

7

11–04

Davy Russell

Gordon Elliott

2019

Siruh Du Lac

6

10-08

Lizzie Kelly

Nick Williams

2020

Simply The Betts

7

11-04

Gavin Sheehan

Harry Whittington

 

The Mares Novices’ Hurdle is one of the newest races at The Festival, having been first raced in 2016 and taking the total number of Festival races to 28. To date, it's been won by Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Willie Mullins who has had all five winners. 

 

The race is a Grade 2 hurdle open to fillies and mares aged four and older. It's run on the new course over a distance of 2m 1f with eight hurdles jumped. The race is for novice hurdlers. 

 

Previous winners:

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

2016

Limini

5

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2017

Let's Dance

5

Ruby Walsh

Willie Mullins

2018

Laurina

5

Paul Townend

Willie Mullins

2019

Eglantine Du Seuil

5

Noel Fehily

Willie Mullins

2020

Concertista

6

Daryl Jacob

Willie Mullins

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is run over a distance of 3m abt 2f and run on the New Course with 21 fences to jump. 

 

The race is restricted to amateur jockeys and for horses aged five and older. 

 

Previous winners: 

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Junior

8

11-06

Jamie Codd

David Pipe

2012

Sunnyhillboy

9

11-11

Alan Berry

Jonjo O'Neill

2013

Same Difference

7

11-07

Ryan Hatch

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2014

Spring Heeled

7

11-06

Robbie McNamara

Jim Culloty

2015

The Package

12

11-04

Jamie Codd

David Pipe

2016

Cause of Causes

8

11-09

Jamie Codd

Gordon Elliott

2017

Domesday Book

7

11-04

Gina Andrews

Stuart Edmunds

2018

Missed Approach

8

11-05

Noel McParlan

Warren Greatrex

2019

Any Second Now

7

11-11

Derek O'Connor

Ted Walsh

2020

Milan Native

7

11-08

Rob James

Gordon Elliott

 

View the other days races

Tuesday's Races

Day One of the Cheltenham Festival with seven races, including the Unibet Champion Hurdle. 

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Wednesday's Races

Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival with seven races, including the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. 

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Friday's Races

Gold Cup Day is home to seven races, including the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup & the Triumph Hurdle. 

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