Cheltenham Festival – Day 4 – Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips
A thrilling week of racing ends at Cheltenham this Friday, with one of the biggest prizes in horse racing up for grabs – the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Here are our Cheltenham Festival betting tips for the final day of racing, with all eyes on the Gold Cup at 15:30.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips
In the feature race of the festival (15:30), Native River will be looking to join the all-time greats by becoming the first Gold Cup winner to retain his title since Best Mate.
The fact that last successful defence happened all the way back in 2004 shows the difficulty of maintaining standards in this race, and the fact he couldn’t get the better of Clan Des Obeaux and Thistlecrack in the King George on Boxing Day could give cause for concern.
Form points to Clan being the class act in the field for the festival’s signature race and an easy win in the Denman Chase at Ascot in February further backs up his credentials.
Presenting Percy could plant his name in the history books by topping his RSA Chase win last year with Gold Cup victory in 2019 and warmed up for this one well with a hassle-free victory at Gowran Park in January.
While it looks to be a clash of the titans between those three at the front of the field, last year’s runner-up Might Bite could yet sink his teeth into the opposition despite a lacklustre return so far for his 2019 efforts, and don’t rule out experienced campaigner Bristol De Mai forcing his way into the final reckoning to better his seventh-place finish here in 2017.
Cheltenham Festival Betting Tips –
Day 4 Racecard
JCB Triumph Hurdle (13:30)
In the day’s opener, Sir Erec looks all set to shine in the Triumph Hurdle (13:30) after back-to-back wins at Leopardstown in December and February. Could he hand Joseph Patrick O’Brien an early victory in the first race of Gold Cup Day?
His closest competition could come from Quel Destin, whose chances can’t be discounted after an impressive win here at the end of last year. The Paul Nicholls-trained contender has won five of his last outings on good or soft ground – will conditions this week at Cheltenham play into his hands?
Could Tiger Tap Tap tiptoe his way to victory? Willie Mullins’ charge was a clear second to Sir Erec in Leopardstown in December but looks an intriguing each-way pick if the latter fails to deliver.
Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (14:10)
The County Hurdle has the potential to be one of the most open races of the whole week at 14:10. Willie Mullins has won this race four times and the drinks could be on Whiskey Sour if his six-year-old can give him a fifth. After finishing third in last year’s race, can he go two better this time and secure a maiden Cheltenham victory?
Mr Adjudicator could judge the conditions wisely on Friday with a strong record over the soft in recent runs. A runner-up to Farclas in last year’s Triumph Hurdle, he could be Mullins’ fallback if things turn sour for his more fancied stablemate.
If either those two fail to fire, will another runner be able to Cut The Mustard? Two recent second-place finishes under Ruby Walsh at Leopardstown could point to a strong run here.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (14:50)
Trainer Rebecca Curtis will be hoping Lisnagar Oscar serves up a Hollywood ending in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle (14:50) after impressing at Haydock and Chepstow on his two 2019 outings to date.
Expect Commander of Fleet to show military precision in staying in contention in this one after wins at Punchestown and Leopardstown in recent months, albeit this will be the biggest stamina test to data for Gordon Elliott’s chance.
Derrinross could be decidedly underrated in this race after wins over the same distance at Limerick and Naas back in December.
St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup (16:10)
Back Stand Up and Fight to go out on the offensive in the Foxhunter Chase (16:10) after a dazzling display at Down Royal in December. At only seven years old, experience could count against him in this one, and that may open the door for Road to Rome to reign supreme, with J J O’Shea’s charge taking four wins from four so far in 2019.
Ucello Conti will look to break his Cheltenham duck after a hat-trick of wins this year and could finally land the signature victory his career deserves after several false dawns in the Grand National.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup (16:50)
In the penultimate race of the day, Magic Saint will be looking to cast his spell in the Grand Annual (16:50) after a commanding performance at Wincanton in February to take the Heed Your Hunch Handicap Chase.
Punters will be hoping the answer is ‘nothing’ when Whatswrongwithyou takes to the Prestbury Park turf. Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old has thrived on the majority of his outings over soft ground and looks a good fit for this distance.
Caid du Lin could be the wildcard choice after two strong showings at Ascot towards the end of last year.
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (17:30)
Dallas des Pictons will be hoping to deliver a grandstand finish as the festival ends with the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at 17:30.
Recent wins at Leopardstown and Punchestown make the Gordon Elliott-trained runner a force to be reckoned with in the day’s final race, but he won’t find it easy with Early Doors likely to be breathing down his neck. He finished a respectable third in last year’s race but lacked the stamina to keep pace with eventual winner Blow By Blow. Will it be second time lucky for the six-year-old?
Finally, in a Cheltenham Festival full of plenty of surprises, could Defi Bleu deliver one final twist to take the Martin Pipe? He fits the profile of previous winners of this race, and won at Navan over a similar distance at the end of last year.
Who will you be backing on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival?
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