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Last updated: 16 Mar 2022
Jon Vine 16 Mar 2022
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  • Get our NAP of the day on Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival
  • The Stayers' Hurdle headlines the card on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 17th March
  • Dinoblue is our NAP of the day in the Mares' Novices' Chase
  • Back Dinoblue at 5/2 with William Hill and get £60 in free bets
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The Stayers' Hurdle tops the billing on St Patrick's Day at the Cheltenham Festival. Day three's attendee will also enjoy two further Grade Ones in the Turners and the Ryanair, before sinking their teeth into three strong handicaps.

The only Grade Two on the card is the Mares' Novices' Hurdle, and it's to that race where I'm look for my NAP Of The Day. Here's how you can back my NAP with William Hill and get your hands on £60 in free bets!

Cheltenham Day 3 Tips - NAP Of The Day

Prior to last year, Willie Mullins had won every renewal of this race. Incredibly, none of Willies' runners even hit the frame 12 months ago, so Mullins will be itching to get his hands back on the trophy.

DINOBLUE would be the least experienced of Willies' entrants, having run just once under rules. Mark Walsh's mount faced two more experienced stablemates on her sole start at Clonmel, but was backed off the boards in the build-up and went on to hand La Prima Donna and Mi Lighthouse - who were both entered in this Grade Two - a sound thrashing.

You wouldn't have thought Dinoblue was a debutante that day. Mullins' five-year-old looked calm before the race and set off smoothly with the rest of the field. Walsh's mount travelled powerfully throughout and jumped neatly. Between the final two flights, Dinoblue only needed a few taps on the shoulder to put daylight between herself and the runner-up, cantering over the line a 15-length winner.

When some horses win on heavy ground, you can tell it was the going that brought out the best in them. Rarely does a horse, especially a five-year-old with such little experience, travel so fluently on heavy going and the time Dinoblue set was by far the quickest on the day. 

There's no easy race at the Cheltenham Festival and Dinoblue faces plenty of credible opponents. You can pick faults in most of them, though. 

Brandy Love jumped violently out to her left last time out and looks a fairly complicated ride. Party Central had to dip into handicap company to prove she was worthy of a place in the field and Impervious hasn't been seen since the end of November.

Mullins' gave a very short answer when asked about Dinoblue during his stable tour. He simply stated that they had given her one piece of serious work since Clonmel, she was very good and she'd run on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

Dinoblue is proven on soft ground and she'll have no trouble seeing out this slightly longer trip. She could be an absolute superstar and, if Willie Mullins isn't worried about Dinoblue's lack of experience, why should I?

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Dinoblue is our NAP Of The Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

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