Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips
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It’s Gold Cup Day! One of the best sporting days in the calendar and it looks set to be a fascinating renewal. We have some strong selections for you this afternoon and we’re hopeful of plenty of winners so let’s end the week on a high.
We’ll include key information like how we think the race will be run and who we see emerging as the main danger (or dangers)
Triumph Hurdle – Grade 1 2m1f
County Handicap Hurdle – Grade 3 2m1f
Albert Bartlett – Grade 1 3m
Cheltenham Gold Cup – Grade 1 3m2f
St Jame’s Place Foxhunter – 3m2f
Grand Annual – Grade 3 2mf
Martin Pipe – 2m4f
JCB Triumph Hurdle 1.30
A cracking race to start with a strong looking renewal of the Triumph! Our strongest bet of the day goes here in the shape of SOLO for Paul Nicholls. I was at Kempton when he won the Adonis and I was so impressed with him. He hurdled like a Champion hurdler and it didn’t shock me at all to see him head the betting for this race following that performance. With the likes of Goshen and Allmankind this is likely to be run at a really strong gallop and that should suit our selection. I just expect Harry Cobden to track the pace through before launching a late challenge up the hill. He looks so talented and he could be a horse that goes right to the top. Given how popular those at the head of the market are I think there’s decent value in backing one each way too so I’ve put forward stablemate SIR PSYCHO to run well too. I just think 12/1 is too big and he’ll be my saver in the race. He thrashed a fair field at Haydock in the Victor Ludorum and like the main selection is improving all the time. If I had to put a main danger forward it would probably be Allmankind as I think that’s the one they’re going to have to peg back in the closing stages. Goshen just doesn’t jump well enough for me and I’m not convinced by the Irish Challenge of Aspire Tower and A Wave Of The Sea.
Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle 2.10
A fiercely competitive renewal of the County, won last year by Dan and Harry Skelton with Ch’Tibello. The yard have Mohaayed as their main hope this year. He won it back in 2018 and definitely has a squeak following a wind op. I’ve fired three darts at the race with my main hope being CIEL DE NEIGE for Willie Mullins and Mark Walsh. He has only raced a handful of times but finished a cracking third on stable debut in the Fred Winter last year and was last seen running a huge race beaten less than a length by Pic D’Orhy in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. He is up 4lb but looks sure to go close with this sort of test looking ideal. It won’t surprise me if he turns into a bit of a gamble in the race. My second play is STOLEN SILVER for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He is a tough sort who has been steadily progressive. He finished second to Chantry House (third in the Supreme) before beating Edwardstone at Haydock, flying late. He was last seen finishing eighth in the Betfair Hurdle (behind Ciel De Neige) and a stiff two miles looks ideal so I think he’ll be staying on strongly at the death. He looks a cracking each way price at 16/1! My final play in the race and our Longshot of the day is ELDORADO ALLEN for Colin Tizzard. He was back from a 13-month absence to finish second to Mill Green at Sandown, looking the most likely winner before getting headed late. He didn’t exactly back that up last time but he is a likeable sort who could easily bounce back and 20/1 is too big to pass up. I’m confident of him going close! Obviously in a race like this there are plenty of dangers. Aramon probably heads them on handicap debut. Others to note include Adjali and Buildmeupbuttercup.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 2.50
I’ve been with THYME HILL since he beat Fiddlerontheroof in the Persian War and he has done nothing wrong winning convincingly here at the November meeting before making it a perfect 3-3 over hurdles in the Challow at Newbury in December. He is clearly quite a tricky sort but has plenty of ability and looks a dour stayer. Philip Hobbs has made no mistake what he thinks of him and he has to have a leading chance. There looks to be plenty of pace on so he should get a good toe into it and I don’t think anything will be finishing better. I’ve also had a saver on HARRY SENIOR for Colin Tizzard. I was really impressed with how he won here last time, fending off a smart horse in King Roland and the step up in trip looks sure to play to his strengths so with further improvement likely he looks a decent price to hit the frame under Robbie Power. Latest Exhibition is probably the one I fear most as he has looked progressive over hurdles and made it 3 from 4 when seeing off Cobbler’s Way in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown. That sort of form should see him involved if the longer trip proves within reach. I have to give Ramses De Teillee a mention too as the old boy is a very likeable sort and he kept finding gamely to win again at Haydock. Whether he quite has the class to win this is another question but you couldn’t rule him out.
Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3.30
We stick with last year’s winner AL BOUM PHOTO in the hope he can repeat the trick. He arrives having had the same prep as last year winning at Thurles on New Year’s Day and bids to become the first horse since Best Mate in 2003 to win back-to-back Gold Cups. I admit this does look a deeper renewal but he is still just an 8yo and might have a bigger performance in him. He won impressively the last day and unlike many of these has had an ideal prep. I had LOSTINTRANSLATION in mind for this race before suffering a setback in the King George where he was pulled up. It was reported he had a breathing problem so he’s had a wind op and he will be my saver in the race. He is a big old fashioned chaser who looks tailor-made for this test so I can’t let him go unbacked even though my confident is in the favourite to come out on top. Dangers are a plenty and Santini, who was second in last year’s RSA, made it 2-2 this term staying on strongly to win a Grade 2 here in January. I can see him involved but I’ll be surprised if he wins it as he just looks to lack that gear change that might be needed to win such a good renewal. Delta Work is probably the one in the market at a short price that I’m most against as I just don’t think he jumps well enough. Clan Des Obeuax is expected to be ridden differently this time around and could be a danger but again I’m not convinced as he doesn’t really seem to stay this trip at this track. Kemboy could go well at a price as he ran a cracker at Leopardstown over Christmas and possesses plenty of ability. I can’t wait!
St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase 4.10
We were on Hazel Hill last year when he ran out an impressive winner. His winning run came to an end at Wetherby last time though, beaten by Minella Rocco, and I think he has a bit to do if he is to repeat the dose this year. I’m happy to take him on at the odds and BILLAWAY looks to be progressing nicely. He is relatively unexposed and forged clear to win at Naas last time. I can’t see how he doesn’t go close and 6/1 is a very good price in my book – he must go off shorter. CAID DU BERLAIS is my second play in the race. He’s not getting any younger but won the Punchestown Champion Hunter impressively and has shaped well in this race before so could have a big run in him at a double-figure price. Minella Rocco is obviously a danger to all but isn’t the most consistent and has been well found in the market. Shantou Flyer runs for David Maxwell and must have a good shout as Bob And Co was expected to line-up but instead misses this for Aintree. Staker Wallace lines up for a shrewd stable so could be the dark horse in the race. This is always competitive and not a race to go mad in for me but I’m happy with my two each way selections in the race.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase 4.50
Croci Bay won this last year at 66/1! I’ve taken three this time around and although he is a very short price in the context of this race it’s hard not to like the claims of GREANETEEN for Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden. He is unbeaten over fences winning at Ascot before following up impressively at Musselburgh and then putting in a foot-perfect round at Fakenham. His jockey made no secret of how good he thought he could be and if he gets into a rhythm and avoids trouble how does he not go close? He is an exciting horse and as long as this sort of test doesn’t come too soon in his career he will run very well. My second play in the race is LISP for Alan King. The yard really fancy a big run and he confirmed the promise of his chase debut behind Torpillo to win easily at Plumpton in December. He then lost little in defeat behind Mister Fisher at Doncaster and comes into this with a lot of boxes ticked on handicap bow. My final play in the race is ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU for Gordon Elliott. He ran well in the County Hurdle last year and has continued his progress over fences this season, returning to winning ways to beat Paloma Blue on handicap debut in this sphere at Leopardstown. 10/1 looks a big each way play and I think he’ll be involved. Dangers include Chosen Mate and Great Field in a typically competitive renewal. Best of luck and fingers crossed we can end the 2020 Cheltenham Festival with a winner!
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 5.30
Our Value Tip is exclusive to the Oddschecker app so click the blue link below and download the app (for free) to see who we’re backing in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. We landed a 2/1 winner on Monday and had a 33/1 shot Lamanver Pippin place on Tuesday so it’s been profitable to follow this week.
Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day 4 Selections ADD OUR DAY 4 DAILY DOUBLE STRAIGHT TO YOUR BET365 BET SLIP
Triumph Hurdle 1.30 Solo NAP and Sir Psycho
County 2.10 Ciel De Neige, Stolen Silver and Eldorado Allen LONGSHOT
Albert Bartlett 2.50 Thyme Hill and Harry Senior
Cheltenham Gold Cup 3.30 Al Boum Photo NB and Lostintranslation
St. James’s Place Fochunter Challenge Cup 4.10 Billaway and Caid Du Berlais
Grand Annual 4.50 Greanteen, Lisp and Eclair De Beaufeu
Martin Pipe 5.30 Value Tip (on Oddschecker)