Cheltenham Day 3 Results
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, March 18
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.
1:20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase Result
|4th||Chatham Street Lad||14/1|
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
|2nd||The Bosses Oscar||10/3F|
|3rd||Come On Teddy||10/1|
|11th||Anything Will Do||22/1|
|Unseated||Kansas City Chief||28/1|
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.
2:30 – Ryanair Chase Result
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
|2nd||Sire Du Berlais||5/1|
|9th||If The Cao Fits||25/1|
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
|8th||Sully D’Oc AA||14/1|
|12th||Eamon An Cnoic||40/1|
|15th||A Wave Of The Sea||8/1|
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
|5th||The Glancing Queen||9/1|
|6th||Glens Of Antrim||8/1|
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
|4th||Hold The Note||9/1|
|6th||Go Another One||16/1|
|Brought Down||Bab Mahler||25/1|
|Fell||Plan Of Attack||7/1|
|Pulled-Up||Sizing At Midnight||33/1|
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.
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:
|Nico de Boinville||2|
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:
|Henry De Bromhead||4|
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.