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The countdown to Cheltenham 2021 continues and day three of the Festival features the third instalment of this season’s blockbuster battle between Paisley Park and Thyme Hill.
Last November’s Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury saw Thyme Hill get the better of his rival by a length and a half before 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park got revenge at Ascot three weeks later.
The two horses are set to face off in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle – the feature race on a jam-packed St Patrick’s Day schedule. It’s the leading long-distance hurdle event in the National Hunt calendar, with 12 hurdles over a daunting distance of about 3 miles on the New Course lying in wait. It promises to be one hell of a race.
Paisley Park was the odds-on favourite to win last year’s renewal but he failed to fire as 50-1 shot Lisnagar Oscar claimed a shock victory. The reigning champ is among a host of potential runners including last year’s Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle winner Sire Du Berlais.
A total of 51 entries were submitted for the 2021 Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, but the field will be trimmed before race day. Thanks to our non-runner money back offer, there’s no risk of losing out if your pick pulls out!
PADDY POWER STAYERS’ HURDLE ANTEPOST TIPS
Andrew Cunneen: “SIRE DU BERLAIS is a decent-priced shot for the Stayers’ Hurdle and while Flooring Porter clearly had his number in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him reverse that form as he was probably raced too prominently”
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Ruby Walsh: “Paisley Park’s struggle in last year’s race was probably a one-off but I think THYME HILL is the most likely winner”
Frank Hickey: “I’ve got a feeling THYME HILL will run a career best in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle”
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WHEN IS THE PADDY POWER STAYERS’ HURDLE?
The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle takes place on Thursday March 18, on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival 2021. It’s scheduled to start at 15.05.
PADDY POWER STAYERS’ HURDLE WINNERS AT THE LAST FIVE FESTIVALS
2020 – Lisnagar Oscar (Horse), Adam Wedge (Jockey), Rebecca Curtis (Trainer)
2019 – Paisley Park, Aidan Coleman, Emma Lavelle
2018 – Penhill, Paul Townend, Willie Mullins
2017 – Nichols Canyon, Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES
March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips
March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips
March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips
March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips
March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips
March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY THREE SCHEDULE
13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 168y
13.55 – Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y
14.30 – Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y
15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y
15.40 – Paddy Power Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y
16.15 – Daylesford Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y
16.50 – Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup 3m 2f
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