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Cheltenham Festival 2019 – Day 4 Tips

The Gold Cup is the feature race on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, where the ground has dried out overnight to good to soft

Cheltenham Gold Cup     ITV

Indeed, Clerk of the Course, Simon Claisse, even thinks it could turn good in places this afternoon with a drying wind predicted. That should help our main fancy for the big race, CLAN DES OBEAUX.

We tipped this horse for this race before he ran in the Betfair at Haydock at the start of the season, and he has done us proud since, so we can’t desert him here and he looks the best up and coming chaser about. His trainer knows how to win this race and his preparation has apparently gone very smoothly.

It would be no surprise to see him being chased home by a Willie Mullins runner as the top Irish handler has four decent chances in the race and slight preference for us is AL BOUM PHOTO, as he has the most potential improvement in him now stepped up in trip. However, Kemboy and Belshill are both also respected.

Given how hard it is to win more than one of these, Native River looks plenty short enough in the market and is readily opposed, so the other one to back is his stablemate and strong stayer ELEGANT ESCAPE, whose recent effort behind Frodon in the Cotswold Chase was proven to be a top class effort by that rival’s win in the Ryanair here yesterday.

Most bookmakers are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Clan Des Obeaux (ew)3.30 Cheltenham5/1Ladbrokes
Al Boum Photo (ew)3.30 Cheltenham16/1Ladbrokes
Elegant Escape (ew)3.30 Cheltenham18/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

JCB Triumph Hurdle     ITV

The day starts with the Triumph Hurdle and one of the bankers of the meeting, SIR EREC. He looks impossible to oppose here and the ground should suit this classy flat recruit too.

His biggest danger is probably one of his neighbours, GARDENS OF BABYLON, who chased him home at Leopardstown last time out and can do so again here.

Pic D’Orhy is the one for the tricast.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Sir Erec (win)1.30 Cheltenham10/11Bet365
Gardens of Babylon (ew)1.30 Cheltenham11/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

County Hurdle     ITV

The County Hurdle is always one of the toughest puzzles to solve at the Festival and this year’s renewal looks no exception.

Willie Mullins has a good record in the race and of his challengers here the one we like the most is CUT THE MUSTARD, who was the only one to try to give Laurina a race at last season’s Festival. She is a strong travelling sort who could be suited by the end to end gallop and big field here.

The same is true of LEONCAVALLO, who is proven in this type of race. All of his best form is on better ground and he looks to have been laid out for this. His third in the Galway Hurdle is some of the best from on offer.

Pick of the outsiders could be THISTLE DO NICELY for Jamie Snowden, who knows how to train a Festival winner. He is a decent, unexposed novice who has the right sort of profile for a race like this.

PINGSHOU is a another long shot to consider with the first time headgear on. He is a much better horse than his recent form would suggest and is tumbling down the weights.

Unibet and Ladbrokes are both offering 6 places for each-way bets on this race.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Cut The Mustard (ew)2.10 Cheltenham16/1Unibet
Leoncavallo (ew)2.10 Cheltenham20/1Unibet
Thistle Do Nicely (ew)2.10 Cheltenham40/1 Ladbrokes
Pingshou (ew)2.10 Cheltenham33/1Unibet

All odds quoted are subject to change

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle     ITV

It’s the Albert Bartlett next, where Birchdale has been the talking horse in the ante post market for some time. We have doubts as to whether he is battle hardened enough for this and with the ground coming in his favour we are going to take him on with DINNONS, who was so impressive when winning here in November. He’s been freshened up for this.

RHINESTONE is another Irish raider to consider as the longer trip should play to his strengths, whilst AYE AYE CHARLIE looks overpriced and can improve for a recent wind operation. He was a decent, staying on, sixth in the Cleeve behind Paisley Park last time out.

Lisnagar Oscar and Derrinross are others to consider

Coral are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this race.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Dinnons (ew)2.50 Cheltenham12/1Coral
Rhinestone (ew)2.50 Cheltenham12/1Coral
Aye Aye Charlie (ew)2.50 Cheltenham40/1Coral

All odds quoted are subject to change

Foxhunter Chase     ITV

It looks a classy renewal of the Foxhunters at 4.10pm, but the drying ground can hopefully help last year’s fifth, CAIDE DU BERLAIS, improve on that position, whilst HAZEL HILL just keeps winning. Being by Presenting, he should relish the conditions if the ground does turn good.

Pick of the outsiders could be the unexposed TIMEWAITSFORNOONE, whilst the classy Shantou Flyer, who simply loves Cheltenham, is feared if the ground stays soft.

Bet365 are offering 4 places for each-way bets on this race.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Caide Du Berlais (ew)4.10 Cheltenham8/1Bet365
Hazel Hill (ew)4.10 Cheltenham6/1Bet365
Timewaitsfornoone (ew)4.10 Cheltenham40/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Our tips in the later races are as follows:

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Bun Doran (ew)4.50 Cheltenham14/1BetVictor*
Marracudja (ew)4.50 Cheltenham16 /1BetVictor*
Not Another Muddle (ew)4.50 Cheltenham6/1Paddy Power*
Early Doors (ew)5.30 Cheltenham 9/2Paddy Power*
Coolanly (ew)5.30 Cheltenham33/1Bet365
Doctor Dex (ew)5.30 Cheltenham40/1Paddy Power*

* 5 places

All odds quoted are subject to change