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RESULT 5.30 Cheltenham – Kim Muir Handicap Chase
1st ANY SECOND NOW (6/1)
2nd Kilfilum Cross (7/1)
3rd The Young Master (22/1)
4th Crievehill (40/1)
1700: *shocked face*
Good Lord. Willie Mullins saddles the one-two in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the forecast pays... wait for it... £1,875.08.
50/1 shot Eglantine Du Seuil, ridden by Noel Fehily, swoops late to beat Concertista, who was our Matt Brocklebank's each-way tip in today's tips feature. Quite remarkable.
RESULT 4.50 Cheltenham – Tattersalls Mares' Novices' Hurdle
1st Eglantine Du Seuil (50/1)
2nd Concertista (66/1)
3rd Tintangle (40/1)
1635: Name of the game
Reflecting on Siruh Du Lac's victory in the Plate, trainer Nick Williams said on ITV: "It was a brilliant round of jumping. It helped that he could dictate the pace, which was important.
"It’s not gone according to plan all this week, so it’s great to get this one and get back on track. It’s been a really good effort from everyone involved to get this win."
RESULT 4.10 Cheltenham – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate
1st SIRUH DU LAC (9/2)
2nd Janika (3/1 favourite)
3rd Spiritofthegames (6/1)
4th Eamon An Cnoic (10/1)
5th Didero Vallis (16/1)
1600: Home domination
It's 3-1 to Britain on the day and Ireland only have Valseur Lido and Polidam on their side in the upcoming Festival Plate, due off at 4.10.
The gamble on Janika shows no sign of stopping and he's now 11/4 - check out Sky Bet's live odds here (paying FIVE places).
1549: Champion sentiment
AP McCoy is loving the action at Cheltenham today - the kind of day he'd have lapped up during his time in the saddle.
'The Champ' said on ITV Racing: "This is brilliant day of racing. A very special day is happening here at Cheltenham. So many great stories are coming from these fantastic races. We are seeing amazing winners and incredible rides. The level is superb and we are being treated."
Owner Andrew Gemmell said on ITV Racing: "I had high hopes for him and stayed confident throughout the race, through all the twists and turns. Even when behind I kept belief in him.
"I knew he had it in him. I can't believe I’ve had a winner here and it is unbelievable. Hopefully it is the first of many now."
1545: Feel-good factor
If Frodon winning the Ryanair Chase under Bryony Frost wasn't enough for you, how about the gallant Paisley Park, whose owner has been blind since birth. Just a wonderful moment and a wonderful afternoon for British racing.
Lavelle, who has had two Festival winner before but not in a feature race, told Racing TV: "He came from a long way back but Aidan knows him so well and he was fantastic.
"He's done everything right this season and it's brilliant for everyone, for Andrew (owner, Gemmill) and everyone involved. I'd like to thank my husband who has really helped prepare this horse for today."
RESULT 3.30 Cheltenham – Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle
1st PAISLEY PARK (11/8 fav)
2nd Sam Spinner (33/1)
3rd Faugheen (4/1)
1525: Stayers' Hurdle time!
One fantastic story, would it be too much to ask for another with Paisley Park providing Emma Lavelle with a first Grade One Festival winner?
Paul Nicholls, what a brilliant man. Anyone else suspect that victory for Frodon didn't quite mean as much to the owners as it did the trainer? Either way, just a phenomenal story.
1518: Carrots aplenty
Frost - for whom Frodon was also a maiden Festival winner - added: "My god, he jumps and just at that minute when he got overtaken, most horses would quit, but he grabbed me by the hands and said, 'don't you dare give up, don't you dare not send me into the last - I want this more than you, now come on, where are you'.
"Just look at what he's done there - deny that he just loves racing. He's unbelievable.
"He just made the dream come true, it's just incredible. He will deserve every single high five, pat and carrot."
1508: Lose yourself
Frodon - he does that to people...
Thankfully, our David Ord was a little more professional when reflecting on the victory.
1502: Brilliant Bryony
An absolutely buzzing Bryony Frost told ITV Racing: "He’s got his day, the day he deserves. He is Pegasus. He is such a battler and he is such a jumper.
"He got overtaken and he just grabbed me by my hands and said 'don’t you let me go, don’t you dare not let me have my chance, let me race'. He loves racing and he wanted it so much. He was superb, I love him.
"He has made my dream come true to win here, he is incredible. I'm so thankful to him. He deserves all the treats coming his way. It is so special for me, my family and this amazing horse. I love you mate, I love you."
Nicholls added: "We worked hard to get him really, really fit. We’ve worked him hard over the last few weeks and it has paid off. He is a brilliant, brilliant horse. They are a great team and worked so well to battle out that win.
1500: Emotions running high
A delighted Paul Nicholls said on Racing TV: "That was awesome and I've lost my voice. Last week me and Clifford felt he was a gallop short so we took him to Wincanton last week.
I said there was no point in getting in behind and use that kick from the back of the last and he was brilliant. Just a brilliant, brilliant team effort.
To win that race you need something that stays three miles and the horse deserves it. He's not very big but he's just awesome. Just a very, very special day."
RESULT 2.50 Cheltenham – Ryanair Chase
1st FRODON (9/2)
2nd Aso (33/1)
3rd Road To Respect (9/2)
1439: Footpad money
Finally, the money has arrived for last year's brilliant Arkle winner Footpad. He's been disappointing this season but still has the potential to produce something spectacular if it all clicks and moving up in distance is presumably expected to suit. He's now clear 3/1 favourite ahead of Monalee.
Footpad's stablemate Un De Sceaux, first and second in the last two editions of the Ryanair, is also strong in the betting at 5/1.
Monalee the Sporting Life team pick.
1435: Quiz time
The Cheltenham Festival waits for now man and we move swiftly on to the Grade One Ryanair Chase.
Paul Nicholls saddled Frodon and here he is answering some tricky questions about his own team...
1432: Well treated
The only conclusion you can draw from that is that Sire Du Berlais must be one seriously well handicapped horse... He looked dead and buried and even got the last all wrong before clawing victory from the jaws of defeat.
Geraghty, recording his 38th Cheltenham Festival winner, said: "I thought I was in trouble three out, I got tight for room but he rallied and rallied, and it was a good performance."
1430: All square
And with that, Barry Geraghty draws level with Ruby Walsh, Mark Walsh, Nico De Boinville and Jamie Codd on two winners for this year's Festival.
1425: A massive run from Cuneo in fourth but after hitting the front on the run to the last, he just emptied late on as Not Many Left challenged before Sire Du Berlais swooped to beat them both.
The winner reportedly traded at 240.0 on the Betfair exchange during the race, with Cuneo matched at a low of 1.34. Tobefair (matched at 1.55) stayed on late to grab second and ran an almighty race under Tom Bellamy at 40/1.
1420: Three for Elliott
Winning trainer Gordon Elliott, a man of few words, said on Racing TV: "I thought we were beat at the top of the hill but I'm delighted. Three winners in two days now."
A master of understatement, Elliott hasn't done the ride on Sire Du Berlais from Barry Geraghty justice. Simply sensational stuff.
RESULT 1.30 Cheltenham – Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle
1st SIRE DU BERLAIS (4/1)
3rd Not Many Left
5th A Toi Phil
1408: The Irish obviously have the raging-hot favourite here but the Brits are very well represented with the next three in the betting, who are all strong.
Samburu Shujaa won the Chepstow qualifier, Champers On Ice was an eye catching fourth in the Haydock trial and First Assignment won the qualifier at this course at the start of the year.
1400: Value sort of race
If you don't like backing 7/2 shots in massive handicap hurdles around three miles at Cheltenham, you're not going to be steaming into massive gamle Sire Du Berlais here.
So it's the kind of race to try and find some value, which is fortunate as our flagship tipster Ben Linfoot has previewed the Pertemps in his latest Value Bet column. Click on the image before for Ben's big-priced fancy...
1350: Ord reacts
Some quick fire reaction from the official following a really good training performance from Philip Hobbs.
Not a great start for the Irish and surprisingly to see Mengli Khan fare best of the raiders in the opener. Real Steel made too many mistakes and so did Voix Du Reve, who eventually got rid of Ruby Walsh when the tempo increased coming down the hill. The mare Pravalaguna was last of the nine finishers.
So that's Great Britain 7-8 Ireland.
1345: Gracious Power
Robbie Power was understandably proud of his mount, saying on Racing TV: "The best horse won and we look forward to running him in three mile chases next season."
Winning jockey Barry Geraghty, who was opening his account for the week, said: "It was tight coming up to the last but he had the power and stamina to kick on when needed. He was a high-class juvenile and just lost his way last year.
"So now we've seen him getting back to where he should be. This is how he should be performing."
1344: Happy Hobbs
Hats off to trainer Philip Hobbs, who just didn't look the same horse last season. The whole year was a complete write off. But he's clearly back to his best this horse.
Hobbs said: "It’s amazing how he got beat in that race (the Dipper) as he went to the front so easily that day.
"We left our options open (JLT and Arkle) right to last minute and to be realistic I think he could have won both anyway.
“I suppose if you’re going to guess then next year it might be the Ryanair for him.”
1338: Defi 2-1 Lostintranslation
Super stuff in the opening JLT as the two familiar foes Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation battle it out up the hill. Connections of Defi learnt a lot when beaten by Colin Tizzard's horse in the Dipper and he got his revenge at Sandown last time.
Delivering him late is clearly the key to Defi Du Seuil and while his round of jumping wasn't quite up to that of the front-running Lostintranslation, there's no denying his class.
RESULT 1.30 Cheltenham – JLT Novices’ Chase
1st DEFI DU SEUIL (3/1)
3rd Mengli Khan
1328: Tempting trio
Lostintranslation's trainer Colin Tizzard is speaking on Racing TV and he's a little wary (isn't he always?) of the Irish challenge in the JLT.
Mengli Khan has is all to prove but Willie Mullins fires three bullets in Real Steel, Voix Du Reve and Pravalaguna. All three have an element of potential about them but for this particular blog scribe it's Ruby Walsh's mount Voix Du Reve who ticks a few boxes.
He's in the colours of Andrea and Graham Wylie who won this race with Black Hercules and Yorkhill in the past three years.
1322: Your fav
Here's the favourite for the opening JLT Novices' Chase, Defi Du Seuil. He's classy, he's a proven Triumph Hurdle winner and he's rediscovered his mojo over fences this season.
1308: Road runners
Avid Road To Cheltenham followers were rewarded in spades with looooong-time RSA fancy Topofthegame delivering yesterday and you're also probably sitting pretty on Footpad at 7/1 for today's Ryanair.
For all of Lydia Hislop's latest thoughts, click on the image below and sink into her preview of today's racing. It's brilliant. But you don't need us to tell you that.
1300: Talking horse?
Epatante has clearly been the talk of the town for a little while and she's clearly expected to bolt up in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle (4.50) this afternoon. She's looked fantastic in her brief career over timber so far but she's also been quite keen and is a buzzy sort of horse.
Definitely one to keep an eye on in the preliminaries but if there are any signs of the occasion getting to her then there's surely a spot of value elsewhere.
Emily Moon looks potentially big at 25/1 for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power. She slammed Debuchet at Naas in a maiden last month and her official mark of 138 brings her into calculations getting weight off some of the proven, classy winners at the top. Any late money for Willie Mullins' duo Allez Dance or Concertista will also be worth keeping and eye open for.
Whatever your view, Sky Bet's live odds and offers can be found right here with a Price Boost surrounding Epatante's winning margin... simple as that? You decide.
Epatante gets a (brief) mention in our Nicky Henderson video...
1245: Go on... our selections!
The crack team of Ben Linfoot, David Ord and Matt Brocklebank highlight their strongest fancies for this afternoon's racing at Prestbury Park. All three are very respectable prices and all three are in impossible-looking handicaps... good luck, gentlemen!
1242: Live from Cheltenham
Oli Bell joins Sky Bet's Michael Shinners and leading jockey Daryl Jacob to take a look at today's card. Darly has some choice rides this afternoon with Kildisart in the JLT and Janika under top weight in the Plate.
Top Notch in the Stayers' Hurdle and Terrefort in the Ryanair completes a quality quartet. Check out his thoughts right here...
WARNING: Ed Chamberlin smug cameo alert.
1232: Haslam on the menu?
Ben Haslam has been banging in the winners through the winter on the all-weather and he's now in charge of a couple of familiar faces from Festivals gone by.
Step forward Bouvreuil and Squouateur. They've been a tad unlucky here in the past but the former - previously trained by Paul Nicholls - is still only an eight-year-old and he made a winning start for Haslam when taking advantage of a good mark at Wetherby at the start of the season. He was disappointing back there afterwards but has since undergone wind surgery and is around 25/1 for this afternoon's Brown Advisory Plate. That price underestimates him on his best form, no doubt.
As for Kim Muir runner Squouateur, he's seemingly fallen out of love with the game under Gordon Elliott this season but lines up now on his debut for Haslam. Given what happened with Bouvreuil, he's possibly not one to completely ignore either in the big handicap chase for amateur riders this afternoon (5.30).
1220: Sceaux good to have him back
Stablemate Un De Sceaux is also 11 and what a servant he's been to connections. There's money around for the 2017 winner who could yet give these connections another day to savour in the Ryanair.
1215: Faugheen out to roll back the years
The big danger to Paisley Park - according to the market at least - is Paisley Park. He wasn't around in the Princeful years but even so is at the veteran stage now - Ruby Walsh is expecting a big run.
He told The Opening Show: "We're delighted with Faugheen. He was travelling very well when falling behind Apple's Jade at Leopardstown. He has recovered from his fall and we're looking forward to it. The team at home are pleased with him and that fall is all in the past. Faugheen is an 11-year-old but doesn't have many miles on the clock due to injury and being well-minded - we're looking forward to running this afternoon."
1210: Coleman hopes Paisley is mustard
Big day for the excellent - and affable - Aidan Coleman with Paisley Park favourite for the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle. He tells Racing TV: "It's another step up in class for him but every-time we've thrown something at him he's coped. He's won around here and the big field won't be a problem. I just hope we get a clear run round and there are no bad-luck stories. You can't change his running style."
1205: A long trip down memory lane
I'm not saying Dave Ord is old but...he's been waxing lyircal about backing Princeful to win the Stayers' Hurdle back in 1998 and it seems the only footage of the historic moment on Youtube was recorded on Betamax.
Rod Farrant in the saddle, or Pigeon to his friends.
1200: Oooh, we're halfway there
It's a tough week for us all and it's hard not to echo the sentiments of Anibale Fly below but it's time to regroup and get going again. 90 mins to kick-off.
1155: WATCH: Cheltenham Day 3 Daily Briefing
Dave Ord, Ben Linfoot and Matt Brocklebank are looking relatively fresh (well, two of the three are) as they talk all things Stayers' Hurdle day in our latest video. Click play below...
1145: Ground update
On the morning of the third day of The Festival, Cheltenham's Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse says: "If you look at the clock, the ground yesterday wasn't as slow as some of the riders were suggesting.
"Yesterday afternoon, before close of play, we changed the going on the New Course, which we are opening up today to Good to Soft, Soft in places.
"We had two millimetres of rain overnight. Our forecast is to have a dry but cloudy afternoon with a bit of wind.
"Day three of The Festival 2019 will start with a light rain as forecast which is meant to peter out by the end of the morning.
"We can look forward to a dry, but blowy afternoon.
"The going on the Chase and Hurdle courses is Good to Soft, Soft in places.
"We expect racing to be as scintillating this afternoon as it was yesterday when two of our favourites, Altior and Tiger Roll, strutted their stuff and coming back to rapturous applause in the winner's enclosure."
1120: St Patrick's Thursday
It's branded as St Patrick's Thursday and the Irish have made this day their own in recent years. In fact, 18 of the last 21 winners on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival have been Irish trained...
Just one error in the below video - Lostintranslation is bidding to become the second British-trained winner of the JLT after Taquin Du Seuil in 2014. He was trained by an Irishman, Jonjo O'Neill, granted, but Jackdaws Castle is in the Cotswolds and we're definitely claiming that one!
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Leg 1 - Voix Du Reve
Leg 2 - Cuneo
Leg 3 - Genius
Leg 4 - Footpad
Leg 5 - Mixchievous
Leg 6 - Kilbricken Storm
Leg 7 - Gardefort
1105: And They're Off!
1100: Beanz Meanz Heinz
Golfer Lee Westwood is celebrating after scooping more than £48,000 on a multiple bet on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.
The 45-year-old staked £240 on seven selections in a Super Heinz on Wednesday, with City Island getting him off to a winning start at odds of 8/1 in the opening Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.
He then picked out Topofthegame (4/1), Altior (4/11), Tiger Roll (5/4), Band Of Outlaws (11/2) and Envoi Allen (9/2), with only Killultagh Vic in the Coral Cup failing to hit the frame.
Westwood posted a screenshot of his winning bet on Instagram, commenting: "Boom! I love Betfair."
The golfer takes plenty of interest in racing and has owned a number of horses via syndicates, including former Festival runner Augusta Kate.
Our Richard Mann's verdict? "He needs to put more time into his putting, not his punting."
1055: Don't get done - get Donn.
Our very own consumer champion Donn McClean continues to fight for the punters every day at the Cheltenham Festival and his day three preview is in now (just click on the image for preview):
1045: Market Movers.
Best Backed Horse Of The Day:
Emphatic Cleeve Hurdle winner PAISLEY PARK is very solid ahead of the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle today and he's been backed into 7/4 from 9/4 at Sky Bet this morning. Interesrting money for Nicky Henderson's RIVER WYLDE in the Plate, also.
All of today's movers are below, just click on the links for the very latest odds and offers.
1030: Today's highlights.
1.30 - JLT. Defi Du Seuil v Lostintranslation III. And others. It could be a barnstormer.
2.10 - Pertemps. Sire Du Berlais could land a Gordon Elliott gamble.
2.50 - Ryanair Chase. Can Footpad do a Vautour? Or - Why don't you come on over, stop making a fool outta me, why won't you come on over Monalee?
3.30 Stayers' Hurdle. Paisley Park. Faugheen. Other heartwarming stories need not apply.
4.10 The Plate. A minefield. Pay your money and take your choice.
4.50 Mares' Novice. Market says it's all about Epatante.
5.30 Kim Muir. The Coddfather. Can he go 3/3 for the week on Measureofmydreams?
It's raining at Cheltenham, fairly heavily. We'll get an update on ground conditions from Simon Claisse later in the morning.
Good morning and welcome to our live blog on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, featuring the Ryanair, Stayers' Hurdle and lots of those lovely impossible-looking handicaps that we just love to have a crack at.
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It's St Patrick's Thursday at Cheltenham today, so grab your Guinness hat, pour yourself a pint of the black stuff and join us for all the thrills and spills.