We finally got a couple of winners on the board on Day 3. Paisley Park won in gutsy fashion, staying on dourly in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Advised at 2/1 he returned at 11/8. Eglantine Du Seuil drifted from 25s out to 50s but that didn’t stop her. She was given a peach to win the Mares’ Novice by Noel Fehily. Check out Dave Stevos’ Cheltenham Day 4 tips below…
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)
The Irish Banker of the week, Sir Erec, is the 11/10 favourite for the Triumph. Joseph O’Brien’s ex flat performer was good enough to get to within 3L of Stradivarius on the level. He has taken well to hurdling and scored in good style in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time. He handles soft, he will be ridden by in form Mark Walsh and he will be tough to beat.
One horse that looks a bit overpriced is Hannon for Irish trainer John McConnell. This fella was touched off in a Grade 2 on just his third start last time. David Noonan just failed to get up, and he shaped like a fast run race and an extra furlong would really suit. The more the ground dries out, the better, and at odds of 50/1 Hannon is worth chancing each way for small stakes.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: HANNON E/W @ 50/1
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: County Hurdle (Grade 3)
The County looks a very competitive handicap hurdle and a maximum field of 26 horses will go to post. Whisky Sour is the favourite at around 11/2, but in races like this with extra places usually available, small stakes at big prices is the correct approach to take. A very interesting contender is High Expectations for Gordon Elliott. Denis O’Regan rides and off a mark of 133 he could outrun his odds of 33/1.
He won off 129 three starts back at Sedgefield (17f gd) and then 21f probably proved too far here next time. Dropped back in trip to 16f, he ran probably his best race yet when third to Jetez off 128 at Leopardstown last time out. He hasn’t been seen since and he is likely to have been primed for this contest. At odds of 40/1 with 5 places available, High Expectations is the each way pick.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: HIGH EXPECTATIONS E/W @ 40/1 5 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: Albert Bartlett Hurdle (Grade 1)
This 3 mile Grade 1 is fondly known as the potato race in some quarters. It is probably the least glamorous Grade 1 of the week, but some decent horses will line up in it this year. The unbeaten Birchdale will be in colours of JP McManus and what a week he has had so far. Birchdale looked a fine prospect when winning easily here over 20f last time and if he stays, he could take all the beating. He is by Jeremy though, so he isn’t guaranteed to get the trip.
One horse with no such stamina worries is Derrinross for the Dempseys. This 8yo is very lightly raced for his age and this will be just his sixth start over hurdles. He has improved massively since going up in trip to 3 miles. His won a Grade 3 and a Grade 2 over the distance on his last two starts. The one worry would be quick ground, but with showers forecast there should be enough cut for him. At odds of 12/1 Derrinross is the each way pick.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: DERRINROSS E/W @ 12/1 5 PLACES NB
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1)
This is the one we have all been waiting for. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is racing’s ultimate prize and what a race we have in store this year. Last year’s winner Native River will be a tough champion to dethrone. He would probably prefer it even softer than it is now, but he will ensure that it is a proper stamina test. The form of Presenting Percy’s win in the RSA last year took a big knock in the Ryanair with Monalee finishing well beaten. That, and the fact that he has yet to jump a fence in public this year, are reasons enough to oppose him.
Bellshill has attracted support since it became apparent that Ruby would ride. He was beaten 10L in 3rd in this in 2017 and has had just 5 starts since. It would be foolish to dismiss his chances and he holds each way claims at least. Kemboy arrives here on a roll, having won his last four starts. He beat Bellshill by 9L at Leopardstown in the last of those victories at Leopardstown (24f gd). The 7yo is clearly talented but the fear is that this race may be coming a year too soon.
Two interesting outsiders are Elegant Escape at 16s and Anibale Fly at 25s. The former won the Welsh National earlier this season and his form behind Frodon last time looks decent now. Anibale Fly was a fine 3rd last year and he will be staying on up the hill late in the day. However, Clan Des Obeaux is my idea of the most likely winner. His turn of foot is electrifying, he travels strongly and he should stay. At odds of 11/2 he is our Gold Cup tip.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: CLAN DES OBEAUX WIN @ 11/2 NAP
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: Foxhunter Chase (Class 2)
Not really a race to be betting heavily on. I would love to see Pacha Du Polder complete a hat trick of wins in it, but he is getting on a bit now. A watching brief is advised.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: NO BET
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Two desperately difficult handicaps close the show on the final day at Cheltenham. The first of those is the Grand Annual, a 2 mile chase. The horse I would love to see win is Croco Bay for Ben Case. I have followed the horse for years and he has run really well in this race before. He was a fine fifth two years back off 141 and he is 2lb lower this time. However, he is a 12 year old now and he hasn’t run for a while, so he isn’t really a betting proposition (although I will be having a sentimental wager at huge odds!).
The one to be on here is Bun Doran for Tom George and Paddy Brennan. This 8yo hosed up off 138 here back in November and ran well of his revised mark of 148 here again a month later. He has been put away since then, presumably to protect his mark for this. He won’t mind a little bit of cut in the ground and at odds of 16/1 he is the each way pick.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: BUN DORAN E/W @ 16/1 5 PLACES
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips: Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (Grade 1)
The last race of the festival in 2019 is the Martin Pipe Hurdle for conditional jockeys. A 21f contest, a total of 26 will line up at the start. Gordon Elliott always targets this race and he fires three bullets this year. Dallas Des Pictons is the favourite, but his form was let down by Calie Du Mesnil earlier this week. One horse that could go well at a massive price is Garo De Juilley. Trained by Sophie Leech, this 7yo will be ridden by Sean Houlihan.
He has been in fine form since joining this yard. He won a 20f handicap hurdle off 136 back in October and he followed that with another good run over 19f off 138 at Haydock. Garo De Juilley was only beaten 13L by Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park in the Cleeve at Ascot when finishing a fine 6th over 3 miles. 2 miles was too short last time, and now back at his optimum trip he could go well at odds of 50/1 with 6 places available for each way bets.
CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: GARO DE JUILLEY E/W @ 50/1 6 PLACES