Cheltenham Festival Results On Thursday 16th March 2023: Sire Du Berlais Stayers’ Shocker

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Tekao Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Odds Cheltenham Horse Racing

The Cheltenham Festival results on Thursday 16th March 2023 saw one of the shocks of the Festival so far as the Gordon Elliott-trained Sire Du Berlais landed the Stayers’ Hurdle at the grand old age of 11. He became the oldest winner of the race since 1986.

Cheltenham Festival Results on Thursday: Sire Du Berlais Surprises in Stayers

Day three was certainly a day for the bookies with Mighty Potter and Shishkin losing while the Stayers’ Hurdle saw the biggest shock of the Festival so far with the 11 year-old Sire Du Berlais defying his age to win his third time at the meeting.

See below the full list of Cheltenham results on day three.

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Cheltenham Festival Results on Thursday March 16th 2023

1.30: Turners Novices’ Chase ITV1

1st: Stage Star (15/2)
2nd: Notlongtillmay (40/1)
3rd: Mighty Potter (4/6 fav)

Winning jockey: Harry Cobden
Winning trainer: Paul Nicholls

Well, that result ruined a few day three accas and placepots! Mighty Potter finished out of the frame, with just the 7 runners, which resulted in a shock result as the third favourite Stage Star wins. This Paul Nicholls-trained 7 year-old was always up with the pace and being the only CD winner in the field seemed to pay off. This win was his 4th over fences, from only 5 runs. The odds-on favourite was always just over-racing a tad and failed to pick up enough for Davy Russell despite staying on up the hill. This was trainer Paul Nicholls’ first win in the day three opener.

2.10: Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle ITV1

1st: Good Time Jonny (9/1)
2nd: Salvador Ziggy (10/1)
3rd: Mill Green (22/1)
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Winning jockey: Liam McKenna
Winning trainer: AJ Martin

A super-competitive race as always saw any number of horses in with a shout turning for home and that same statement applied even jumping the last. However, the horse that stayed on the best after jumping the final hurdle was the Tony Martin-trained Good Time Jonny and with a popular name like that, we can expect plenty of Festival racegoers have been on at 9/1.

2.50: Ryanair Chase ITV1

1st: Envoi Allen (13/2)
2nd: Shishkin (Evs fav)
3rd: Hitman (22/1)

Winning jockey: Rachael Blackmore
Winning trainer: Henry De Bromhead

Jumping won the day here in the Ryanair Chase and it was the Henry De Bromhead-trained Envoi Allen than leapt the best. This 9 year-old was by far the most fluent in the race and in the end that won the day. The favourite Shishkin had a troubled race – making several mistakes and his backers knew their fate a long way out. That said, Henderson’s charge did well to recover and stay on up the hill to take second. The win gave De Bromhead his second success in the Ryanair after winning it in 2018, while it was the third Festival win for Envoi Allen, He’d previously won the bumper in 2019 and Ballymore in 2020.

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3.30: Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle ITV1

1st: Sire Du Berlais (33/1)
2nd: Teahupoo (9/4 fav)
3rd: Dashel Drasher (40/1)

Winning jockey: Mark Walsh
Winning trainer: Gordon Elliott

Sire Du Berlais produced the shock of the Festival so far as this Gordon Elliott runner turned back the clock to win his third race at the meeting over the years. He landed the Pertemps Network Final Hurdle twice before and was runner-up in the Stayers’ in 2021. However, he went one better this year to win at a massive 33/1 and at the age of 11 has become the oldest Stayers’ Hurdle winner since 1986. Another big-priced runner Dashel Drasher was second, with the favourite Teahupoo plugging on for third.However, these places were reversed after a stewards’ enquiry. The win provided Gordon Elliott with his first win the Stayers’ Hurdle.

4.10: Plate Handicap Chase ITV1

1st: Seddon (20/1)
2nd: Fugitif (11/1)
3rd: Shakem Up Harry (16/1)
4th: Gevrey (125/1)

Winning jockey: Ben Harvey
Winning trainer: John C McConnell

The ‘bookies having it off’ theme of the day continued here as we saw another big-priced winner. Seddon returned at 20/1 and after travelling well into the race outgunned the rest after jumping the last to give jockey Ben Harvey a memorable afternoon.

4.50: Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle RTV

1st: You Wear It Well (16/1)
2nd: Magical Zoe (15/2)
3rd: Halka Du Tabert

Winning jockey: Gavin Sheehan
Winning trainer: Jamie Snowden

It was the battle of the girls here and the one that was meant to have the most ‘Girl Power’ was Luccia. The unbeaten Nicky Henderson horse was sent off as the clear favourite but didn’t live up to the billing. It was left for the Sir Chips Keswick-owned You Wear It Well to lead home the next generation of female hurdling talent. Trained by Jamie Snowden, the horse was gusty from the front and managed to hold off the challenge of Magical Zoe.

5.30: Kim Muir Challenge Cup RTV

1st: Angels Dawn (10/1)
2nd: Stumptown (7/2 fav)
3rd: Mr Incredible (4/1)

Winning jockey: PA King
Winning trainer: S Curling

A great finish to the final race on day three as the amateur riders didn’t disappoint. Many chances turning in, but the runners eventually thinned out with a few to jump with Angels Dawn and one of the market leaders – Stumptown – left to battle it out. In a ding-dong tussle to the line, both horses were leading at some stage, but at the line it was Angels Dawn that got it’s head down where it mattered. A late charge from the Mullins runner Mr Incredible gave his backers a glimmer of hope, but he fluffed the last.

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