Cheltenham Day 4 Tips – Cheltenham Gold Cup Picks & Full Betting Preview
After an action-packed week of racing, it’s the one we’ve all been waiting for on Friday as the Cheltenham Gold Cup lights up the final day.
Last year’s race saw Al Boum Photo snatch a surprise win at the expense of pre-race favourites Native River, Clan Des Obeaux and Presenting Percy – could we see another surprise winner on Friday?
Cheltenham Gold Cup (15:30)
The festival’s feature race looks set to serve up a cracker a Friday with one of the most competitive-looking fields in years. Santini (18/5) has fallen just short on two of his festival outings to date, but a statement win in the Cotswold Chase in January suggests he has strong claims to be the star turn here.
Don’t rule out Al Boum Photo (16/5) becoming the first back-to-back winner since Best Mate in 2004 after a successful return to winning ways at Tramore on New Year’s Day, while Delta Work (9/2) could be primed to deliver for Gordon Elliott after back-to-back wins at Leopardstown this winter.
Kemboy (8/1) was a faller at the first in last year’s Gold Cup but could be the ultimate comeback kid if he can find the form that saw him beat Al Boum Photo by two lengths at Punchestown last May.
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips – Full Betting Preview
JCB Triumph Hurdle (13:30)
Could Goshen (12/5) deliver a win for Sussex-trainer Gary Moore in the day’s opener? The four-year-old has impeccable credentials after six wins on the spin. He’s only been tested once over this distance but even on that day he blew the opposition away in a 23-length victory at Fontwell last November.
Joseph Patrick O’Brien’s Cerberus (16/1) could also have strong claims as one of the most consistent performers in this field this season, finishing no lower than third in six outings since last autumn.
Looking for each-way value? A fall at Leopardstown in February aside, Aspire Tower (13/2) could hit the heights after two wins from three since November.
Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle Race (14:10)
The stars could be aligning for Aramon (7/1) to make a name for himself at Cheltenham after a courageous run to finish fifth in the Irish Champion Hurdle, and he’s already had a taster of this course after a credible sixth place in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Thatsy (12/1) could do nicely if softer conditions prevail on Friday, with Davy Russell back at the reins after guiding the six-year-old to a breakthrough hurdle win at Navan last November, while You Raised Me Up (20/1) could be on song in the places after a fine third at Leopardstown in February.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race (14:50)
Colin Tizzard’s Monkfish (6/1) looks tasty in the Albert Bartlett after justifying his hype with a relentless 20-length win at Thurles back in January. He’s shown he should live with the challenge of 3m when staying on well in a winning run over a furlong less at Fairyhouse in December, although this will be a much sterner test.
An aggressive run from Fury Road (13/2) could seal Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown yet another Cheltenham winner as the six-year-old teams up with Davy Russell as the pair vie for a fourth win in five outings.
Experienced campaigner Ramses De Teillee (11/1) could be worth an each-way look after a bright start to 2020 with back-to-back wins at Doncaster and Haydock.
St. James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (16:10)
Minella Rocco (5/1) looks capable of finding his best form in the Foxhunter, with his chances likely enhanced by Derek O’Connor taking the ride. He pulled up in last year’s Ultima Handicap and experienced a disappointing 2019 campaign, but looks to have rallied in recent months after wins at Wetherby and Warwick.
While his best years look behind him, there could still be some life left yet in former RSA Chase winner Don Poli (20/1), after some lively point-to-points wins in recent months. Don could be worth an each-way dabble. Rose Laxton will be hoping Shantou Flyer (13/2) can shine after an unbeaten start to the year, including a 23-length win at Fakenham.
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (16:50)
Victory would be sweet for Gordon Elliott and Eclair De Beaufeu (7/1) in the festival’s penultimate race. A 2 ½ length win at Leopardstown in the Matheson Handicap Chase suggests he has interesting claims in this one, and he was going strong in last year’s County Hurdle before ultimately unseating his rider at the last.
Fans of Watford and Newcastle will surely have a keen eye on Jan Maat (18/1) who could have outside chance of landing Rachael Blackmore a final-day win after a stylish run in the Buck House Novice Chase last October.
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (17:30)
Softer ground could see The Bosses Oscar (10/1) put in award-winning performance after proving his worth over this distance with a win at Leopardstown towards the end of last year.
However, don’t rule out Great White Shark (28/1) snapping at his heels to deliver some late cheers for Willie Mullins. The six-year-old looks more suited to this distance after struggling at 3m and posted an impressive win at Galway last July. Others have more leading claims, but a big run may not beyond him here.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.