Onto Day 3 of the Festival and we're here with all the latest from the Betfair markets, tips and insight from our experts and ambassadors and race results...
Welcome to Day 3 of the live Cheltenham blog for all the race results as they happen and tips & insight to help you place your Festival bets.
Three down, one more to go...
What a day it has been. Kevin Blake landed a very tasty looking double, Alan Dudman tipped up Mount Ida, whilst Paul Dean made the wise decision to cash in on his accumulator for £250,000, only for Envoi Allen to fall Marsh Novices' Chase and confirm he made the right decision.
We'll be back for Gold Cup day tomorrow to do it all over again.
Anything Paul can do, Kevin Blake can do...
Ok, so maybe it wasn't the same level as Paul's incredible acca, but Kevin Blake stole the show today with all three of his tips coming in for ITV.
He has a double tomorrow, which you can see here.
My phone is melting, so I just want to say a huge thanks to all that have got in touch. It's a massive to buzz to hear from so many people that did the treble. I'm doing this long enough to know how very rare days like this are, so please forgive the trumpet! @itvracing pic.twitter.com/OTfEEcpGUb? Kevin Blake (@kevinblake2011) March 18, 2021
A word from Paul Dean, the £250,000 winner, on Envoi Allen
Paul Dean talking about Envoi Allen and his 5 horse accumulator said after the race: "I was anxious when I saw Envoi Allen was in behind other horse at the start as I know he likes to see his fences when jumping. When he fell I wasn't worried about the money, I was worried about the horse and Jack Kennedy but they were both ok and that's all that matters to me."
"The partial cash out with Betfair was a great deal and, even though I would have got another £50,000 if he had won, I'm delighted with the £250,000 and that Jack and Envoi are fine."
Top man, Paul, enjoy your winnings.
Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Winner: Mount Ida
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 4.216/5 3/1
Antepost High of Winner: 2322/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Mount Ida 1000 Shantou Flyer 3.185/40 Go Another One 2.42 Cloudy Glen 2.14
Mount Ida makes an incredible comeback after being matched at 1000.0 for £102, it looked almost certain to be pulled up by Jack Kennedy at the top of the hill first time around however was coaxed into the race by Jack. The favourite responded willingly and travelled best into the business end of the race to win going away.
David Cleary on day three with a County Hurdle selection
The Irish domination of the Festival continued on day three, with the Prestbury Cup wrapped up with Flooring Porter's victory in the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle.
Flooring Porter had started his season back in July with a narrow win at Gowran off a mark of just 122, but the switch to front running on his two most recent starts had seen his form improve at least a stone. However, he seemed likely to find pulling off similar tactics today a much tougher ask, but not a bit of it.
Racing with plenty of zest and jumping for fun, Flooring Porter was still looking full of running turning for home. Paisley Park briefly looked a threat and Sire du Berlais, running so well at the Festival again, stuck to his task gallantly, but none could land a blow. Flooring Porter is only a six-year-old, but he's had a lot of racing this season and it might be tough for him to come back and repeat such feats next winter.
It had been a similar story in the Ryanair where Allaho was totally dominant, galloping his rivals into submission. Only Min was able to live with the pace he set and that one was beaten off by four out, Allaho continuing to power along in the straight.
No fewer than six of the 11 runners were pulled up, five of them among those sent off at 8/1 or shorter. Given the general strength of this race, those ridden in such forcing fashion have a fine record in the last few years, Frodon, Un de Sceaux and Uxizandre all ridden to make every post a winning one.
Allaho looks to be very well suited by an intermediate trip and the Melling Chase at Aintree, over a similar distance, seems the obvious next step, though it may be a longer break, to Punchestown, and a return to three miles will be the route taken.
The early departure of hot favourite Envoi Allen, bidding for a third Festival victory, left the Marsh Chase to be fought out by two runners from Nicky Henderson's yard.
Chantry House got the better of Fusil Raffles from the second last, becoming the third winner of the week that ran in last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle. The form wouldn't be on a par with Shishkin's Arkle form, but Chantry House is clearly a promising young chaser, still at a formative stage of his career.
For the fifth time in the last six years, the Pertemps Final went to one who contested the Leopardstown qualifier, though it wasn't the hot favourite The Bosses Oscar, but Mrs Milner who ran out a decisive winner.
Edwardstone in the County Hurdle remains a firm fancy, the race looking sure to be run to suit.
Mares Novice Hurdle
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 8.02 5/1
Antepost High of Winner: 38
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Telmesomethinggirl 9.08/1 Rosies Hollow 3.9 Mighty Blue 2.526/4
Another winner for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore as Telmesomethinggirl leads home a 1-2 for the Waterford-based trainer. Making light work of the famous Cheltenham hill, this mare stayed on powerfully to record a fifth victory of the week for history making Rachael Blackmore.
De Bromhead horse continues to be backed
Henry De Bromhead's Telmesomethinggirl has been one of the most backed horses of the day, and with Rachel Blackmore on board, will be a popular winner.
Telmesomethinggirl heads the market at 9/2 for the Mares Hurdle up next.
Paddy Power Plate
Winner: The Shunter
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 3.8514/5 9/4
Antepost High of Winner: 23.022/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: The Shunter 3.55/2 Farclas 1.9210/11 Oldgrangewood 2.3411/8
The Shunter, the best backed horse of the day, wins well under 7lb claimer Jordan Gainford, who rode him prominently. Farclas momentarily looked to be coming with a challenge on the run in but The Shunter pulled away again to run out an easy winner and claimed a £100k bonus after winning recently at Kelso.
Winner: Flooring Porter
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 15.014/1 12/1
Antepost High of Winner: 26.025/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Flooring Porter 14.5 Paisley Park 1.584/7 Beacon Edge 3.39/4
Flooring Porter makes every yard for Danny Mullins to win the Stayers Hurdle with a scintillating performance from start to finish. Dual festival winner Sire Du Berlais finished strongly but couldn't peg back the winner, who was foot perfect throughout.
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 4.47/2 3/1
Antepost High of Winner: 4039/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Allaho 4.216/5 Min 3.613/5 Fakir D'Oudairies 3.3512/5
Allaho was away smartly and won the battle for the early lead under Rachael Blackmore who set a testing gallop, making all to win handsomely. A flawless round of jumping saw Allaho to best effect over this trip and made it four winners on the week for Rachael.
Fakir a 'best chance' for Joseph
Next up is an ultra competitive Ryanair and our ambassador Joseph O'Brien is quietly confident. Read his full thoughts here.
Ryanair Chase? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 18, 2021
@JosephOBrien2 says that Fakir D'Oudairies is his best chance of landing a Grade 1 this week.#CheltenhamWithBetfair pic.twitter.com/17E1IE9wLd
Winner: Mrs Milner
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 24.023/1 12/1
Antepost High of Winner: 42.041/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Mrs Milner 22.5 The Bosses Oscar 2.3211/8 Milliner 2.1211/10
Mrs Milner Leads home an Irish 1-2-3 ahead of well backed favourite the Bosses Oscar. Given an assured ride under Brian Cooper the mare hit the front after jumping the second last and helped by a loose horse for company stayed on to win going away.
Here's what Kevin had to say...
"The return to this longer trip will very much suit, as will the sounder surface. It wouldn't be at all surprising to see her run a big race."
Marsh Novice Chase
Winner: Chantry House
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 15.014/1 v 9/1
Antepost High of Winner: 100.099/1
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Chantry House 24.023/1 Shan Blue 2.526/4 Fusil Raffles 1.68/13 Asterion Forlonge 1.625/8
Drama in the Marsh Novice Chase as 'banker' of the week Envoi Allen took a crashing fall on the opening circuit. Shan Blue then took up the running for the Skelton Brothers and entered the home straight with a six-length advantage but he was quickly swallowed up by the remainder of the field and Chantry House stayed on best for Nicky Henderson to take the spoils.
A good choice to Cash Out then Paul...
Drama in the Marsh novice chase as banker of the week Envoi Allen took a crashing fall on the opening circuit and Chantry House wins it.? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 18, 2021
Winner returns a BSP of 15.0 and hit 24.0 in-running. #CheltenhamWithBetfairpic.twitter.com/tOCcA2BGh3
Best of the rest?
Not long until the off, with all eyes on Envoi Allen of course, but with the jolly being so short there are some decent looking prices in the W/O Favourite market on the Exchange.
£250,000 partial cash out!
An incredible bet came to light last night, which I'm sure the vast majority of you have seen by now. If you haven't, you're in for a great read.
Paul has left some money on hot favourite Envoi Allen, who kicks off proceedings today in the Marsh Novices' Chase.
Read the latest on the story here.
Dudman at the double
Al Dudman has lined up a tasty looking double, featuring The Storyteller in the 15:05 Stayers' Hurdle.
Find out his reasoning and who else completes the double here.
The boys are back for day three
The Racing...Only Bettor Day 3 podcast continues as we head into day three of the Festival, where Kevin Blake, Dan Barber and Tony Calvin discuss their best bets. Listen here.
Three-pronged attack on the Pertemps
In a jam-packed field, racing expert Rhys Williams has picked out three horses at big prices he fancies to cause an upset in the Pertemps Final.
Read about his selections here.
Your Day 3 Cheat Sheet
A fascinating day of racing awaits but where is the value? We've put all of our experts' tips and ambassador insight into one handy Day 3 Cheat Sheet for you...
Sit back and relax
Only one place to start today and that's with the incredible accumulator that Betfair customer Paul Dean has running, where he needed an Envoi Allen win today to bring home the fivefold and a win of over £500,000.
Having agonised overnight on what to do, Paul has decided to accept our partial Cash Out offer of £250,000. He explains why in our news story here...
Congratulations to Paul who has taken our partial cash out offer on his stunning £5 acca.? Betfair (@Betfair) March 18, 2021
He'll be cheering on Envoi Allen at 1:20pm hoping he can add another £50k to his £250k winnings!#CheltenhamWithBetfair https://t.co/v0Ew7IvcEM pic.twitter.com/6tvTeI8bvv
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