Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2024

Cheltenham Festival tips: Day Three winners as Noble Yeats goes for Stayers’ Hurdle glory | Racing | Sport

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle horse by horse guide

Grand National hero Noble Yeats is prepped to perfection in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (3.30). Trained by Emmet Mullins, nephew of Prestbury Park’s top trainer Willlie, this Irish raider thrives at big spring festivals.

A shock 50-1 winner of Aintree’s ultimate stamina test, Noble Yeats has built a likeable profile for top hurdling honours. It worked in his favour when Dashel Drasher (fourth) upped the ante a fair way out in the Cleeve over course and distance.

And a similar scenario could unfold here, with 2021 and 2022 winner Flooring Porter one of several handy types. On just his fourth outing over smaller obstacles, running in ex-Cheltenham chairman Robert Waley-Cohen’s silks, Noble Yeats is far from the bottom of the barrel.

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Asterion Forlonge

Quirky grey who has flattered to deceive over fences, with flashes of smart form competing in this discipline. Beaten half-a-length by stablemate Klassical Dream in the Champion Stayers Hurdle, he was ahead of Sire De Berlais and Tehupoo. Boasts a most recent second to Champion Hurdle Irish Point on his CV and could threaten if A1.

Buddy One

Has a liking for Cheltenham based limited evidence from two handicaps. Form tailed off since winning at the November Meeting, so wellbeing has to be taken on trust. Doesn’t look good enough to mount a strong challenge.


Winner of seven out of ten starts, the locally-trained runner stepped forward from handicaps to pip Paisley Park in the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. Reportedly working well in the build up for Fergal O’Brien, a handler seeking his first Festival success. Unexposed at three miles and took Sandown’s 2023 EBF Final. Stiff finish no problem but has never run at this course.

Dashel Drasher

Jeremy Scott’s stable star and last year’s runner-up can be relied upon to put in a shift. Enjoys being up with the pace over three miles, however faces competition in that role from several angles – and it will be a shock if he can reverse placings with several of these, including the big race tip Noble Yeats.

Flooring Porter

Made all when sparking joyous scenes for his ownership syndicate in the 2021 and 2022 renewals. Jockey Danny Mullins expertly controlled the pace and the nine-year-old switches back to hurdles for another crack at a major title. There is a suspicion though he is not the force of old.

Home By The Lee

Blinkers go on Fame And Glory’s son, an in and out performer. Not figured in two previous attempts and might have reached his peak.


Makes a belated return to hurdles, four years since his Albert Bartlett fifth to Monkfish. Now aged ten, was brought over to Kempton to a bronze medal in the Silviniaco Conti Chase over 2m4½f. Has chased home dual Ryanair Chase winner Allaho on three occasions and is an unconfirmed stayer at three miles.

Noble Yeats

Seeking a rare Aintree and Cheltenham double for a trainer who rarely missed the target at National Hunt racing’s main events. Confidence boosted by his Cleeve Hurdle exploits under Harry Cobden, the right rider to finesse the nine-year-old’s talent. Fourth in last year’s Gold Cup, he is just short of top class but can be a major force in this weaker division.

Paisley Park

A firm favourite with National Hunt enthusiasts, whose career could have a fairytale ending if he were to win this again. On top in 2019, the 12-year-old has also finished third twice and retains all his enthusiasm based on narrow defeats by Crambo and Noble Yeats. The forecast strong pace will suit.

Sire Du Berlais

Caused an almighty upset when relishing soggy turf to score at 33-1 from slightly unlucky stablemate Teahupoo, this year’s favourite. Has also captured two runnings of the Pertemps Final for owner JP McManus. Had a quieter prep this time around as a 12-year-old, which looks a negative, as thrived on his racing last term.

Sir Gerhard

Became errant during a short experience over fences, struggling in the jumping department at pace. Has not progressed as his 2022 Festival top level novice success suggested and regained the winning thread in this discipline at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve. Mullins is the trainer to revive his fortunes and the son of Jeremy makes each-way appeal.


A year stronger since last year’s podium place, when he was carried left by Dashel Drasher and had to switch up the final incline. Unbeaten on the back of a lay-off of three months or longer and form stands up to close scrutiny. Ground in his favour for one of Gordon Elliott’s best chances, although the Irishman is yet to join his compatriots on the scoresheet this week. Hard to keep out of the frame.


1 Noble Yeats

2 Sir Gerard

3 Teahupoo

Rest of the day three action

IROKO is expected to inspire a treble for legendary owner JP McManus on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. The exciting novice thundered home to reward his Martin Pipe supporters at this meeting a year ago. Regularly a source of top-class chasers, the hurdle race was won by reigning Gold Cup champion Galopin Des Champs in 2021.

And while Iroko has a long way to go before he is Premier League level, there was lots to like about his Warwick chasing debut. Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero’s mudlover travelled powerfully and fluent jumps propelled him to a cosy victory. The bare form is nothing special, but this French-bred gelding is highly progressive for joint trainers who rarely have their horses out of place.

Iroko has just 6lb to find with Ginny’s Destiny in the Turners Novices’ Chase (1.30), who might have to improve again to see off my selection and reliable Prestbury Park performer Facile Vega.

The latter’s trainer Willie Mullins relies on ICARE ALLEN in the Pertemps Final (2.10), the second fancy running in the green and gold hoops of the meeting’s top owner.

On 74 winners, McManus has taken this twice in recent years with Sire Du Berlais – and his current handicapper trialled over three miles with an eye-catching Aintree effort. Leg three is INOTHEWAYURTHINKIN, assisted by top amateur Derek O’Connor in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (5.30, trb).

Top weight on 12 stone, he is saddled by Gavin Cromwell who has had seven winners at Cheltenham already this season. His talented target trainer gave the six-year-old big field experience at the Dublin Racing Festival and he has a touch of class on his novice form.

ENVOI ALLEN is fancied to keep hold of his Ryanair Chase (2.50) crown for Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead. The pair opened the show with Slade Steel on Tuesday and their next Grade One runner has a Festival treble on his CV. A neck second to Gold Cup hope Gerri Colombe at Down Royal shows he retains his ability as a ten-year-old – and he is fresh to uphold Cheveley Park Stud’s great race record.

LIFE IN THE PARK is among a triad of runners for De Bromhead in the TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase (4.10, Nap). Often won by horses at 12-1 or greater, the 2m4½f contest has a wide open look – and the first choice has placed in Mayo and Midland Nationals on the Irish circuit.

His trainer brings horses to peak here and extra stamina, a first-time tongue tie and Mike O’Connor claiming 3lb are all positives, The Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (4.50, nb) appears to be a straight head-to-head between Brighterdaysahead and JADE DE GRUGY. Both rank highly for the division, but Mullins-trained horses have thrived in previous editions and his top hope could have the most pace at two miles.


1.30 Iroko

2.10 Icare Allen

2.50 Envoi Allen

3.30 Noble Yeats

4.10 Life In The Park

4.50 Jade De Grugy

5.30 Inothewayurthinkin

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