Day three of Cheltenham is of course the headline act on Thursday but there is decent racing elsewhere, with cards from Hexham, Doncaster and Chelmsford.

The Cheltenham Festival continues with seven more races from Prestbury Park between 13:20 and 16:50 and the going is Good to Soft.

Betfred are offering their Extra Place promotion on six of the races but we’ll focus on the two Championship contests, the Ryanair Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle.

The Ryanair is off at 14:30 and sees last year’s winner Min and fellow Willie Mullins inmate Allaho go head-to-head with them 9/2 and 11/2, respectively.

Min was pulled up last time out at Leopardstown after being reported to be jumping poorly but that is sure to have been worked out.

Meanwhile, Allaho was a decent Thurles winner in January and has something to prove having been 34-lengths down on his stablemate when the pair met at Punchestown in December.

Then at 15:05, Paisley Park looks to reproduce his heroics from 2019 when he won the Stayers’ and he and Aidan Coleman will be aiming to deliver after only being seventh last year.

The nine-year-old leads the market at 2/1 and a repeat performance of his narrow win in December’s Long Walk Hurdle will be welcomed by Emma Lavelle.

First up though they go at Hexham, with the turf in Northumberland Heavy, Soft in places and they hold seven contests from 12:40 to 16:05.

Of the two races carrying the Extra Place offer, the 14:20, a Handicap Chase, catches the eye with Buddha Scheme, displaying form of 32232 from his last five starts, leading the betting at 5/2 for Lucinda Russell.

The gelding’s biggest threat is expected to come from 3/1 Dontdelay, while 10/3 Love The Leader also deserves respect, having won on his last two starts at Fontwell and Fakenham.

Doncaster also hosts seven races between 13:35 and 17:05 over Good ground, before, finally, the evening action comes from Chelmsford’s polytrack where they go for eight races between 16:40 to 20:25.

The going is Standard and the action in Essex carries three Extra Place offers, the 17:55, the 18:55 and 19:25. The middle of those, a Classified Stakes, piques the interest due to Oisin Murphy’s presence aboard Noble Queen.

Ed Walker’s mare has been a runner-up on her two most recent starts at Wolverhampton but her last win came here at Chelmsford in October.

The five-year-old is 3/1 in the betting, trailing Simon Dow’s 2/1 Headley George, himself aiming to put three straight seconds behind him.

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