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We’re back again with our Cheltenham Day 4 Racing Tips as we look over the main contenders to land the festival’s biggest prize – the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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Al Boum Photo is one race away from the record books… can he slot in alongside Best Mate by becoming a three-time winner of the Gold Cup?
Cheltenham Day 4 Racecard
1.20pm – Triumph Hurdle
1:55pm – County Hurdle
2.30pm – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
3.05pm – Cheltenham Gold Cup
3:40pm – St James’s Place Festival Hunters’ Chase
4.15pm – Mares’ Chase
4.50pm – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Triumph Hurdle (1:20pm)
The traditional Grade 1 opener on the final day of the festival has a small but select field, with Zanahiyr looking to get day four off to a flyer for favourite backers.
The four-year-old has swerved the Supreme for this one as he looks to build on a hat-trick of autumn/winter wins over the Irish Sea.
Quilixios‘ chances can’t be discounted either. He sent out a warning shot for this race on his last outing at Leopardstown, a 5 1/2 L win in the Tattersalls Ireland Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
Alan King could have a final day winner in waiting if Tritonic can turn on the style in the Triumph.
He warmed up strongly for his potential Cheltenham bow with a commanding run at Ascot at the end of January and franked that form at Kempton with a 10L win in his build up to this one.
County Hurdle (1:55pm)
You Raised Me Up could be on song in possibly the most open race of the final day with the conditions likely to be in his favour at Prestbury Park. He was a non-runner in last year’s race but has been flawless in his two runs across the Irish Sea since that no show. He could go well having shaken off any signs of ring rust at Naas in February.
Jack Kennedy has enjoyed a fine week at Cheltenham to date, and he could add the County to his trophy cabinet if Eclair De Beaufeu finds his sweet spot on Friday. Middling form since last March suggests improvement will be needed, but he went well here in last year’s Grand Annual when second behind Chosen Mate.
In the each-way stakes, you might not want to take your eyes off Strong Glance. While this represents a major step up in class today, he’s posted some fine form in jumpers’ bumpers of late to suggest he could force himself into the mix for the places.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2:30pm)
Bobs Worth, Penhill and Minella Indo are just some of the illustrious names to have landed this Grade 1 race since its introduction in 2005… will another future star be born in the Albert Bartlett this year?
This renewal looks one of the harder to call on day four, with Stattler disputing favouritism after posting some fine form in Ireland this winter.
The six-year-old looked smart enough when a gallant third on his outing at the Dublin Racing Festival and would be one of the big stories of the final day, given his owner is none other than Ronnie Bartlett – the chairman of the race sponsors.
Adrimel looks hard to argue against if he can bring his A-game to the biggest stage of them all. Tom Lacey’s livewire made it a hat-trick of wins from his last three starts at Warwick in January and could be primed for a show-stopping run here as he bids to make amends for a disappointing outing in last year’s Champion Bumper.
With many UK racing fans wistfully dreaming of a beach holiday right now, it could be up to Barbados Buck’s to add some sunshine into proceedings on day four.
Paul Nicholls’ six-year-old has been in sizzling form this winter, adding to his back-to-back wins at Southwell with a 4L victory at Kempton in January.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips (03:05pm)
Cheltenham is a course where legends are born and made, and they wouldn’t come much bigger than Al Boum Photo if he can pull off that rarest of things: a third straight Gold Cup win.
Willie Mullins’ two-time champion was a surprise winner in 2019 at 12/1 and proved that run was no fluke last year as he squeezed out Santini by a neck.
The Irish trainer has been keeping his star turn under wraps since that win, but Al eased to a 19L victory on his seasonal reappearance at Tramore on New Year’s Day. Mullins is confident his unconventional stayer has one last big Gold Cup run left in him given only one nine-year-old – Don Cossack in 2016 – has won this race since 2012.
A Plus Tard could be well positioned to thwart Al Boum Photo in his hat-trick bid.
He was a handy third here in last year’s Ryanair Chase but it was his post-Christmas showing at Leopardstown that has got plenty of punters excited about his Gold Cup prospects.
The seven-year-old expertly navigated a stellar field containing the likes of Kemboy, Melon, Minella Indo, Presenting Percy and Delta Work to scoop the Savills Chase and propel himself towards the top of the Gold Cup betting.
That run proved he’s equipped for a 3m trip; now his connections will be hoping he’s a natural over the gruelling Gold Cup mark.
Looking for a longer shot?
The front-running Frodon once again looks to be sneaking under the radar and looks one for the shortlist given his previous exploits in upsetting the odds.
Paul Nicholls’ gutsy nine-year-old was a surprise winner of the King George on Boxing Day and has impeccable credentials at this course as a previous winner of the Cotswold and Ryanair Chases.
Given his tendency to lead from the front, he looks one of the more likely each-way candidates – and longstanding partner-in-crime Bryony Frost will have the perfect game plan in mind to steal a shock win if the opportunity presents itself.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips
St James’s Place Festival Hunter Chase (3:40pm)
It could be second time lucky for Billaway in this contest after some brisk wins at Naas and Down Royal in recent months.
He started as favourite in last year’s race but ceded top billing in 2020 to It Came To Pass. The latter was a shock 10L winner as a 66/1 shot and is back to defend his crown despite being only lightly raced since that career best performance.
If he’s forced to ‘pass’ the torch, Latenightpass could be an interesting longer-odds contender. He’s two from two in hunter chases, cleaning up on his only other outing at Cheltenham when winning over C&D in May 2019.
Mare’s Chase (4:15pm)
Everything being in her favour, this one looks a lock-in for Elimay.
She warmed up for this one in resounding style with a 5 1/2L win at Naas back in February and kept on terms with classy stablemate Allaho at Thurles back in January before fading late on. That form was franked with Allaho’s 12L triumph in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase.
Second on that Naas trip was the somewhat erratic Shattered Love. She’s got form here with a festival win in 2018 and despite misgivings about her consistency, could still have one big race left in her.
Cut the Mustard could add some kick to this contest after her listed success at Naas last year and this wily veteran could provide the value when it comes to the places.
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (4.50pm)
After four epic days of racing, the 2021 Cheltenham Festival concludes with a lively renewal of the Martin Pipe.
Langer Dan could be one to linger dangerously for Dan Skelton after posting a career-best in the Imperial Cup at Sandown last week, and he wasn’t disgraced when sixth in last year’s Boodles.
Gavin Cromwell could have a strong chance with the consistent Gabynako. He’s rarely put in a bad run since his debut across the Irish Sea and can perhaps be forgiven for a costly early mistake in his handicap debut at Leopardstown back in February.