St. Patrick’s Day Free Bets

St Patricks Day at Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival 2017  |  Champion Day  |  Ladies Day  |  Gold Cup Day  |

St Patrick’s Day Thursday free bets, beer, horses and top class racing action – what more could a man want?

The Irish will be there anyway and anyone with even a trace of an Irish bloodline will combine to ooze and exude Green energy at Cheltenham on Day 3 of the festival on what promises to be a superb day for National Hunt Racing fans.

The World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase are the feature contests and as usual look set to be intriguing and classy renewals of those two Grade 1 races. Make sure you are on the look-out for St Patrick’s Day free bet opportunities in the big races and big name horses to get the very best value from your day of punting!

In terms of contenders for the Ryanair Chase and Ryanair World Hurdle, it remains to be seen what contenders sidestep the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup in favour of the Thursday Features. Vautour seems likely to be geared towards the Gold Cup, as does the World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack.

Vroum Vroum Mag and Nichols Canyon are names well worth keeping in mind for the 3m hurdle, while in the Ryanair Chase, Un De Sceaux and Black Hercules could suit for Willie Mullins. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Bristol De Mai also has further scope for improvement and the 2m5f trip suits him well.

St Patrick’s Day Thursday is always a celebration of Irishness and top class horse racing in beautiful tandem at the world’s most famous jumps track, be sure to tune in and enjoy the show!

time
13.30
race
The JLT Novices’ Chase
distance
2m abt 4f
type
Chase
time
14.10
race
The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race)
distance
Abt 3m
type
Hurdle
time
14.50
race
The Ryanair Steeple Chase
distance
2m abt 5f
type
Chase
time
15.30
race
The Ryanair World Hurdle
distance
abt 3m
type
Hurdle
time
16.10
race
The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase)
distance
2m abt 5f
type
Chase
time
16.50
race
The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle
distance
2m abt 1f
type
Hurdle
time
17.30
race
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)
distance
3m abt 2f
type
Chase

St Patrick’s Day Races

The JLT Chase is now a legitimate springboard for up and coming 2m4f-3m chasers and in 2017, we’ll be looking to the like of Nicky Henderson’s Buveir D’Air and Willie Mullins’ Yorkhill to be toward the head of the betting come March. Min is another name to throw in the mix, while Yanworth and Le Prezien are also dark horses for Alan King and Paul Nicholls.

St Patrick’s Day Thursday free bet and value seekers will be looking to the Pertemps Final at 2.10pm in search of the best each-way place terms in what promises to be the usual helter-skelter handicap hurdle where any number of horses can win.

The Ryanair Chase is up at 2.50pm and the picture of this race is yet to fully form in terms of where the like of Vautour, Road To Riches, Valseur Lido and Vroum Vroum Mag are going to race. Often thought of as the poor relation to the Gold Cup, the Ryanair Chase invariably does develop into a proper Grade 1 contest in its own right. As things stand, Willie Mullins holds a big hand in the market for the Ryanair Chase, but it’s all guesswork as to how this race will shape up at this stage.

The Ryanair Hurdle last season went to the brilliant Thistlecrack. In 2017, a lot will depend on whether or not Annie Power defends her Champion Hurdle crown, or reverts to three miles. If she does, then she is sure to be a very hard horse to beat on the day. She has unfinished business with this race, having finished 2nd to More Of That in 2014.

Two excellent handicap chases are the bread of the remaining three races on the card, with the meat in the sandwich the all-new festival race, the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices Hurdle. It will be interesting to see how this one goes! St Patrick’s Day Thursday is a top quality day of racing for all to enjoy and of course, the celebration of all things Irish only adds to the atmosphere surrounding the occasion.

Traditionally day three is a tough day for punters, so advice would be to be cautious and look to seek out some value without giving too much back to the bookmakers from the first two days!

St Patrick’s Day Race Schedule

13:30 – The JLT Novices’ Chase – 2m4f

14.10 – The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) – 3m

14.50 – The Ryanair Steeple Chase – 2m5f

15.30 – The World Hurdle – 3m

16.10 – The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) – 2m5f

16.50 – The Trull House Stud Mares Novices’ Hurdle – 2m1f

17.30 – The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase – 3m2f

We will bring you the latest results as the races progress – stay tuned!