Cheltenham Results: Paisley Park dominant as Fehily says festival farewell

Day three is in the books after Paisley Park powered past all comers, but it was an emotional win for Noel Fehily that stole the show...

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JLT Novices Chase – 1.30pm

A cracking opener to day three lived up to expectations as Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation battled to the line, the latter leading almost the entirety of the race only to be pipped by favourite Defi Du Seuil.

That’s Barry Geraghty’s 37th winner at Prestbury Park – I bet he wishes the festival would never end. I know we do.

Result

1st – Defi Du Seuil @ 3/1

2nd – Lostintranslation @ 4/1

3rd – Mengli Khan @ 9/1

 

Handicap Hurdle – 2.10pm

And just like that, along came number 38 in the next race, as another favourite under Barry’s control was made to fight for a win in the second event on the card.

Tobefair and Not Many Left pushed Sire Du Berlais all the way but came up just short of upsetting the form, giving another winner to Gordon Elliot after Tiger Roll and Envoi Allen on Wednesday.

Result

1st – Sire Du Berlais @ 4/1

2nd – Tobefair @ 40/1

3rd – Not Many Left @ 16/1

4th – Cuneo @ 12/1

5th – A Toi Phil @ 20/1

6th – Theclockisticking @ 25/1

Ryanair Chase – 2.50pm

Frodon looked beaten two out with other challengers lurking, but, given a ride by Bryony Scott grittier than a gravel quarry, he went stride-for-stride with 33/1 shot Aso to the last fence and found the burst on landing to break away from the outsider and a stalking Road to Respect in third to win.

Polo mints all-round the Nicholls yard after that gutsy run.

Result

1st – Frodon @ 9/2

2nd – Aso @ 33/1

3rd – Road to Respect @ 9/2

 

Stayers Hurdle – 3.30pm

The day’s feature race saw another favourite come through and in spectacular style, as Paisley Park delivered on his promise with surging run from sixth to first before the last fence.

Despite taking a clatter off that final flight, Aidan Coleman kept the Emma Lavelle-trained 11/8 runner upright to take first from Sam Spinner and Faugheen and make a lot of punters happy.

Result

1st – Paisley Park @ 11/8

2nd – Sam Spinner @ 33/1

3rd – Faugheen @ 4/1

Stable Plate Handicap Chase – 4.10pm

Lizzie Kelly tipped herself and Siruh Du Lac in our cheat sheet for today and delivered on that promise by taking to the front early and never letting up.

Favourite Janika fought through the pack behind to mount a challenge in the closing stages, but it wasn’t enough and the Nick Williams-trained six-year-old took it by a length.

Result

1st – Siruh Du Lac @ 9/2

2nd – Janika @ 3/1

3rd – Spiritofthegame @ 6/1

4th – Eamon An Cnoic @10/1

5th – Didero Vallis @ 16/1

Mares’ Novice Hurdle – 4.50pm

A result for each-way back in the second-to-last race of the day, with Willie Mullins’ Eglantine Du Seuil, 50/1 at the starter’s flag, edging out 66/1 Concertista at the finish after storming through the leading pack in the home straight.

Anyone barmy enough to pick this reverse forecast would be entitled to every penny.

And then winning jockey Noel Fehily signalled his intention to retire in the coming weeks after the race, announcing in an emotion-filled interview that this would be his last festival.

What a ride to go out on.

Result

1st – Eglantine Du Seuil @ 50/1

2nd – Concertista @ 66/1

3rd – Tintangle @ 40/1

4th – Black Tears @ 25/1

Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase – 5.30pm

And Ruby’s dad had reason to cheer – and maybe utter a few joyous expletives – in the final race of the day as Any Second Now timed a winning streak perfectly to pull clear of Kilfilum Cross and win at 6/1.

Fair play Ted.

Result

1st – Any Second Now @ 6/1

2nd – Kilfilum Cross @ 7/1

3rd – The Young Master @ 22/1

4th – Crievehill @ 40/1

5th – No Comment @ 12/1

Find the betting for Day Four over at paddypower.com

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