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Cheltenham Festival: St Patrick’s Thursday – radio & text

Cheltenham Festival: St Patrick’s Thursday – radio & text
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  1. Balko Des Flos goes in Ryanair Chase looking for successive victories
  2. Paisley Park favourite to win Stayers’ Hurdle (15:30 GMT)
  3. Going: Good to soft (soft in places)

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Here’s who our man at the track fancies. Don’t blame the messenger…

  2. Post update

    And stamina is key today. The action switches to the new course at Cheltenham, which is stiffer and
    provides more emphasis on a horse’s staying power.

  3. Lostintranslation’s form faultless – Tizzard

    JLT Novices’ Chase (13:30 GMT)

    Close behind Defi De Seuil in the market is old foe Lostintranslation. And this is the decider.

    Lostintranslation earned victory when they met at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, before Defi Du Seuil levelled when the positions were reversed at Sandown last month.

    Connections of the Colin Tizzard-trained Lostintranslation are hoping a return
    to Cheltenham can swing the race in the seven-year-old’s favour.

    Joe Tizzard, son and assistant trainer, said: “His form has been faultless all
    season. He was beaten by Defi Du Seuil last time, but he goes there in good

    “I’d a hope a return to Cheltenham will help him, while the slower ground will
    help – because we know that stamina is his forte.”


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  4. Defi Du Seuil ‘getting the hang of fences now’

    JLT Novices’ Chase (13:30 GMT)

    Defi Du Seuil will bid to maintain his progression over fences as he seeks a
    second Cheltenham Festival triumph in the JLT Novices’ Chase.

    After landing the 2017 Triumph Hurdle, the Philip Hobbs-trained six-year-old
    will return to the scene of his finest moment in search of a fifth Grade One
    success today.

    “Defi Du Seuil is in great
    form, and Philip Hobbs is very happy with him,” Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said

    “I think the horse is learning and getting the hang of it over fences now, so
    let’s hope he can get another clear round.

    “Barry Geraghty knows the horse well enough, so he will see how the race
    pans out and make a plan. It does look a good race – but we are hoping for a big

    Defi Du Seuil

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  5. Post update

    JLT Novices’ Chase (13:30 GMT)

    Little under 10 minutes until the opening race of the day. Here’s some info to help you decide where to put your hard-earned cash…

  6. Tommo on the track

  7. Thursday’s non-runners

    16:10 (Plate Handicap)

    10 Ballyhill

    20 Romain De Senam

    17.30 (Kim Muir Handicap Chase)

    5 Out Sam

  8. Thursday’s card

    Cheltenham Festival day three

    13:30 – JLT Novices’ Chase 2m 3f 166y

    14:10 – Pertemps Network Final (handicap hurdle) 2m 7f 213y

    14:50 – Ryanair Steeple Chase 2m 4f 127y

    15:30 – Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle 2m 7f 213y

    16:10 – Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (handicap steeple chase) 2m 4f 127y

    16:50 – Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle 2m 179y

    17:30 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2f

  9. Post update

    And here’s what the punters are looking at. Today’s schedule on St Patrick’s Thursday…

    Cheltenham Festival

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    Cheltenham Festival

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    Cheltenham Festival

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  10. Eyes down…

    Is there anything more leisurely – and important – than finding a comfy spot, leafing through the papers and picking your winners?

    Maybe not when you’re struggling to stop your read being blown into the distance…


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  11. Post update

    You’d think winds of 50mph could blow over a pint-sized jockey or two.

  12. ‘Winds will ease to 40-50 mph’

    Today’s weather forecast

    Simon King

    BBC weather presenter and meteorologist

    Another windy day expected at Cheltenham today.

    gusts from the west or northwest will be getting up to 45-55mph this morning
    but as racing starts this afternoon, they will ease a touch to around

    However, these wind speeds are still a tad higher than those
    experienced on Wednesday at the racecourse.

    Heavy rain this morning has given around 3/4mm of rain but
    this will clear and for much of the afternoon it’ll be dry with sunny spells.

  13. Post update

    If you’re going to Cheltenham today then grab on to your hats again…

    Cheltenham Festival

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  14. Turn on, tune in…

    BBC coverage

    Stick with us for every sprint, chase and winner at the Festival, plus plenty of insider gems off the track from our team down there.

    And in those moments where you can’t be glued to your computer or phone, then stick in your earphones and tune in to our radio coverage. Or read and listen at the same time.

    Every one of the races will be on either 5 Live or Sports Extra. The next three days sees coverage run uninterrupted from 13:15 to 17:45 on Sports Extra. On Friday – Gold Cup day, of course – it will be on 5 Live from 13:00.

    Basically, you’ve got no excuse.

  15. Post update

    Hello! And welcome to day three of our Cheltenham Festival coverage.

    We can’t promise to help you beat the bookies, but we can promise plenty of fun over the next six hours on what is known as ‘St Patrick’s Thursday’.

    If you’re not lucky enough to be down at the Cotswold course then grab yourself a glass of the black stuff – or some shamrock sunnies – and it’ll feel like you’re (almost) there…

    Cheltenham Festival

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  16. Post update

    The horse named after funk-pop legend Prince’s home and recording studio – and top-20 hit – is already loved by connections.

    But today Paisley Park could earn a place in YOUR heart.

    Two years ago the horse nearly died after serious illness. Now it is the favourite for day three’s feature race, the Stayers’ Hurdle.

    If Paisley Park does secure victory then connections might decide ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, or share a celebratory ‘Kiss’. And then party like it’s 1999 tonight…

    Paisley Park

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  17. ‘Paisley Park is in your heart’

    Admission is easy, just say youBelieve and come to thisPlace in your heartPaisley Park is in your heart


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