It was a dramatic day at Cheltenham on Wednesday with some superb performances and surprise results and we're swiftly on to Day 3, with a number of big names in action. We're across it all in the live blog...
17:52 - Winner number six for Elliott
Kim Muir Handicap Chase
Winner: Milan Native
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 11.5 BSP 9/110.0 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 35/136.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Milan Native 24/125.0 Champagne Platinum 7/42.76 Kilfilum Cross 1/12.02
Comments: A typically hard-fought Cheltenham handicap to close day three, the winner gradually creeping into the race under Robert James before finding plenty to power away from Kilfilum Cross, in the process handing Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott win number six for the week.
You can read Gordon's thoughts on his Gold Cup day runners here.
17:09 - Music to Mullins' ears
Mares' Novices' Hurdle
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 6.41 BSP 9/25.5 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 59/160.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Concertista 15/116.0 Dolcita 11/102.1
Comments: The Mullins team are always to be feared in this race and so it proved as Concertista bolted up, 12 lengths clear of stable mate Dolcita, making up for her near miss in the same race last year.
Yet another win in the Mares Novice Hurdle for Willie Mullins? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 12, 2020
Concertista runs away with the Grade 2 prize
Betfair Starting Price (BSP) of 6.41
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16:28 - Betts lands the bets
Brown Advisory Plate
Winner: Simply The Betts
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 5.04 BSP 100/304.3 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 14/115.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Simply The Betts 16.5 Death Duty 7/42.76 Happy Diva 2/51.39
Comments: A kinder result for punters than the previous one that's for sure, the well-backed Harry Whittington runner staying on stoutly for a clear cut victory from Happy Diva, as chaos ensued behind them.
Simply The Betts lands the Brown Advisory Handicap Chase? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 12, 2020
Betfair Starting Price (BSP) of 5.04
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15:51 - Oscar-winning performance as Lisnagar springs huge shock
Winner: Lisnagar Oscar
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 119/1120.0 BSP 51 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 439/1440.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Lisnagar Oscar 449/1450.0, Paisley Park 5/81.62, Summerville Boy 10/111.9, Ronald Pump 5/71.71 Bacardys 8/151.55
Comments: Upset of the week as Lisnagar Oscar puts Rebecca Curtis back in the big time, delivered late by Adam Wedge after a scorching early pace was set be Apples Jade. Unbeaten hot favourite Paisley Park found the going tough as they rounded the home turn and wasn't even able to make the frame.
How about that for a result?? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 12, 2020
Lisnagar Oscar lands the Stayers Hurdle in great style
A huge Betfair Starting Price of 120. Industry SP of 50/1
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15:17 - The verdict on the Stayers'
Not long until today's Championship race, with Paisley Park the odds-on favourite to retain the Stayers' Hurdle. Let's check in with the Racing Post and Betfair Exchange Live show...
15:10 - Min gets his day in the sun
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 11/53.15 BSP 2/1 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 19/120.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Min 3/14.0 A Plus Tard 11/102.1 Saint Calvados 4/71.56
Comments: Min finally gets his day in the sun at Cheltenham. Willie Mullins' runner dictated the pace and then showed tremendous guts to hold off A Plus Tard and Saint Calvados on the run to the line.
A horse that really deserved a win at the Cheltenham Festival.? Betfair Racing (@BetfairRacing) March 12, 2020
Min lands the Ryanair Chase
Betfair Starting Price (BSP) of 3.15
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14:25 - Sire Du Berlais stands out over The Storyteller
Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
Winner: Sire Du Berlais
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 14.5 BSP 11 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 18/119.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Sire Du Berlais 64/165.0 The Storyteller 1/81.12
Comments: The week just gets better and better for Gordon and JP after an amazing weight-carrying performance from Sire Du Berlais, who found enough up the hill for Barry Geraghty to repel a determined challenge from the sweet-travelling The Storyteller.
14:05 - Confidence well placed
Let's have a look at what Gordon said about Samcro in his Betfair preview...
Our man has the favourite in the next in the form of The Storyteller. Check out his thoughts.
13:52 - Samcro denies Melon in a classic
Marsh Novices' Chase
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: BSP 5.72 ISP 4/15.0
Antepost High of Winner: 29/130.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Samcro 14/115.0 Melon 1/181.06 Faugheen 7/52.4
Comments: Samcro delivers on his trainer's unwavering confidence, touching off Melon in a thrilling finish that was decided on a photo. The first two were prominent throughout while favourite Faugheen running on to take an honourable third.
13:29 - Big moment for Olly Murphy
Olly saddles Itchy Feet here and sounds a positive note in the blog: "I thought at the start of the week that he was my best chance on paper at Cheltenham and I wouldn't swap him for anything else in the race."
13:05 - Watch Barry Orr and Kevin Blake in our mini preview
Get the views of our duo here. Kevin keen on a couple today!
12:45 - Exchange Live returns!
Don't forget you can get expert views and analysis throughout the day on our dedicated show which goes live at 13:15.
12:16 - A story to tell after the Pertemps?
The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at 13:30 looks an excellent betting heat with 24 runners going to post for the three mile contest.
It may be wide open, but at least two of our experts are going for the Gordon Elliott-trained The Storyteller, who was an eyecatching sixth in a qualifier for this race at Leopardstown in December.
Tony Calvin says, "Simply put, everything points to his winning chance here and I wouldn't be in mad rush to lay him at 6/1 myself." TC hasn't laid him, in fact he's backed him, and at 6/17.0 on the Exchange so can you.
Alan Dudman - part of our Bets of the Day team - also fancies The Storyteller, saying, "he can still exploit his rating of 149 in this sphere, which still could be a bit of a gift considering he was a Grade 1 winner over fences at the Punchestown Festival."
11:12 - Day three offer is live!
11:07 - Searching for a bet in the opener?
Day three of the Cheltenham Festival begins with a potential cracker with Faugheen, Samcro and Itchy Feet heading up the betting for the Marsh Novices' Chase. Our Bets of the Day team are split here with Alan Thompson fancying Willie Mullins' 12-year-old and Nick Shiambouros plumping for Olly Murphy's charge, half the age of the current favourite. It looks an explosive start to the day.
10:00 - The expert verdict on today's action
We're still getting our breath back from Barry Geraghty's ride on Champ yesterday, but the Festival waits for no-one and we're into Thursday's action. First up, let's check out the on-course verdict from the Betfair Podcast team, as regulars Kieran O'Connor, Kevin Blake and Barry Orr are joined by TV presenter and jockeys' agent Kevin O'Ryan.
After picking the winner of the Coral Cup, Tony Calvin returns with a bumper Day 3 preview, with no fewer than eight selections across the card.
Paul Nicholls landed the Champion Chase yesterday with Politologue and has a further three chances this afternoon, including the mighty Frodon who is after a Festival double. Our man's exclusive column is here.
Gordon Elliott has a big team out today as he looks to build on his three winners in the first two days, with big names including Samcro, Apple's Jade and Death Duty all in action. Here's his take on their chances.
Itchy Feet represents Olly Murphy's best chance of the whole Festival, according to our man. Find out why here...