By Thomas Branston
St. Patricks Day at the Cheltenham Festival did not disappoint as jockey Rugby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins stroke their lucky charm to claim four wins including Nichols Canyon in the Stayers’ Hurdle.
Walsh had a day to remember as he rode the unfavored Nichols Canyon to victory beating odds-on favourite Unowhatimeanharry to win the big race of the day.
He now boasts a record 56 Cheltenham Festival wins.
Both Walsh and Mullins were without a win to their names until Yorkhill won the JLT Novices in the first race of the day.
Six of the seven winners on day three were Irish horses as the ‘Luck of the Irish’ well and truly stunned the Cheltenham crowds.
It was an improved day for the punters too as three of the priced favourites ran out as winners with Yorkhill, Un De Sceaux and Let’s Dance all claiming victories.
Day Three’s Winners:
1.30pm GMT – JLT Novices – Yorkhill at 6/4 (Fav)
2.10pm GMT – Pertemps Final – Presenting Percy at 11/1
2.50pm GMT – Ryanair Chase – Un De Sceaux at 7/4 (Fav)
3.30pm GMT – Stayers’ Hurdle – Nichols Canyon at 11/1
4.10pm GMT – Festival Plate – Road To Respect at 14/1
4.50pm GMT – Mares’ Novice’ Hurdle – Let’s Dance at 11/8 (Fav)
5.30pm GMT – Kim Muir Chellenge Cup – Domesday Book at 40/1
Day Four: ‘Gold Cup’ Day:
Plenty on offer in tomorrows penultimate day of the Cheltenham Festival with the markets leading favourites; Defi De Seuil 9/4 in the JCB Triumph Hurdle, Mick Jazz 7/1 in the County Handicap Hurdle, Death Duty 2/1 in the Albert Bartlett Novies’ Hurdle, Djakadam 10/3 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, On The Fringe in the Hunters’ Chase, No Comment 6/1 in the Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle and Le Prezien in the Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.