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Cheltenham Festival 2018 – Day 4 Tips

The Gold Cup is the feature of the final day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival and the race looks wide open.

Cheltenham Gold Cup     ITV

Might Bite is undoubtedly the form horse, but there are major concerns over the ground and the trip, so he looks opposable at a relatively short price.

Market rival, OUR DUKE, looks to have much more solid credentials especially after Presenting Percy sluiced up in the RSA Chase here on Wednesday. Our Duke beat that rival over an unsuitable two and a half miles last time out and, having won last year’s Irish National, he’ll be much better suited by this stamina test. He has a good chance of claiming back to back wins in the race for Jessie Harrington and Robbie Power after they lifted the sport’s biggest prize with Sizing John last season.

Given the current standings in the Betbright Cup it is easy to think all of the thoroughbred firepower currently lies across the Irish Sea and that impression looks set to be reinforced here as the biggest dangers to Our Duke are KILLULTAGH VIC and ROAD TO RESPECT.

Killutagh Vic is the dark horse of the race, but we’ve always thought him capable of winning a Gold Cup and this could be his year if he can overcome his inexperience He looked like he was coming to win the Irish Gold Cup last time out when falling at the final flight.

Road To Respect has been our long term ante-post fancy for the race, but the ground isn’t ideal. He went into our notebooks when running out an impressive winner of a handicap at last year’s Festival when still a novice.

Best of the home contingent looks likely to be Native River.

William HillLadbrokes and Paddy Power are offering 4 places each-way.

Our Duke (ew)3.30 Cheltenham11/2William Hill
Killultagh Vic (ew)3.30 Cheltenham10/1Ladbrokes
Road To Respect (ew)3.30 Cheltenham12/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

JCB Triumph Hurdle     ITV

As ever, day four kicks off with the Triumph and we think another Nicky Henderson trained favourite, Apple’s Shakira, can get turned over here too. Yes, she’s been impressive in registering three course and distance wins through the winter so far, but this is by far the best field she has encountered.

The key race could to be the Grade 1 that was run at Leopardstown’s big February meeting where Mr Adjudicator just got the better of FARCLAS. With the first time tongue tie on today, we think Farclas can reverse that form and judging by yesterday’s results Gordon Elliott’s string couldn’t be in better nick.

The same is true of the Willie Mullins yard and STORMY IRELAND looks the main threat as, like Apple’s Shakira, she gets a handy 7lbs mares’ allowance.

Farclas (ew)1.30 Cheltenham15/2William Hill
Stormy Ireland (ew)1.30 Cheltenham13/2Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change

County Hurdle     ITV

The County Hurdle is next and is the first of a number of massive fields, which makes this arguably the hardest day of all for punters.

The safest option may be to stick with Mullins again, and both MERI DEVIE and BLEU ET ROUGE look ideal types as they are still improving and on an upward curve. They have big field, handicap experience and Bleu Et Rouge was second in a key trial for this race, the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Kalashnikov franked that form here on Tuesday.

SPIRITOFTHEGAMES was third in that race and will be suited by the greater emphasis on stamina here, whilst MOON RACER is an interesting outsider as he is well treated if back to anything like his best. He won the Champion Bumper in 2015 and so clearly likes the track.

Meri Devie (ew)2.10 Cheltenham14/1Ladbrokes
Bleu Et Rouge (ew)2.10 Cheltenham8/1Bet365
Spiritofthegames (ew)2.10 Cheltenham16/1 Bet365
Moon Racer (ew)2.10 Cheltenham22/1Paddy Power 

All odds quoted are subject to change

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle     ITV

The Albert Bartlett will be a tough test for these young horses in the ground.

Of the market leaders, we like CHEF DES OBEAUX who seems to relish a slog in the mud, whilst a shock could be on the cards so two to back at bigger prices are BEYOND THE LAW (Mouse Morris’s runners here always have to be respected) and TOWER BRIDGE.

Betfair and Coral are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

Chef Des Obeaux (ew)2.50 Cheltenham6/1Betfair
Beyond The Law (ew)2.50 Cheltenham50/1Coral
Tower Bridge (ew)2.50 Cheltenham25/1Coral

All odds quoted are subject to change

Foxhunter Chase     ITV

The Gold Cup for amateur riders – the Foxhunters – follows the main event at 4.10pm and the race probably represents Paul Nicholls’s best chance of a Festival winner. UNIONISTE is a strong stayer who’ll love the ground, whilst WONDERFUL CHARM has been laid out for this having been a fast finishing second last year.

The young Irish hunter, BURNING AMBITION, is the dark horse and should at least be backed to win to cover your bets on the Nicholls pair.

Ladbrokes and William Hill are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

Unioniste (ew)4.10 Cheltenham18/1William Hill
Wonderful Charm (ew)4.10 Cheltenham7/1Ladbrokes
Burning Ambition (win)4.10 Cheltenham7/2Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change

Our tips in the later races are as follows:

Early Doors (ew)4.50 Cheltenham10/1Bet365
Sire Du Berlais  (ew)4.50 Cheltenham 9/1Bet365
Carter Mckay (ew)4.50 Cheltenham16/1Paddy Power
Foxtail Hill (ew)5.30 Cheltenham 25/1Paddy Power
Born Survivor (ew)5.30 Cheltenham28/1Paddy Power
Doitforthevillage (ew)5.30 Cheltenham 33/1Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change