Cheltenham Festival Day 4 2019 (Gold Cup Day)

  • Cheltenham Festival

    It’s the final day and by now we’re into the home stretch. There should have been some good profit made and we can let our hair down a bit and enjoy the spectacle of the festival that is the Gold Cup. My thoughts and fancies are below.
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    Cheltenham Day 4 also known as Gold Cup Day is the final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Today’s action includes the biggest race of The Festival with the Cheltenham Gold Cup - 15:30, but let’s take a look at the full rundown for the day: The JCB Triumph Hurdle - 13:30, The Randox Health County Hurdle - 14:10, The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle - 14:50, The Gold Cup - 15:30, The Foxhunters Steeplechase - 16:10, The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle - 16:50 and The Grand Annual Steeplechase - 17:30. As always, our selections are at the top of each race above the reloads and on each specific race page.

Cheltenham Festival 2019 Day 4 Races
Day
Date
Race Details
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4

15/03/2019 13:30:00

Triumph Hurdle

Grade 1 | 2m1f | 4yo | 8 hurdles
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4

15/03/2019 14:10:00

County Handicap Hurdle

Grade 3 | 2m1f | 5yo+ | 8 hurdles
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4

15/03/2019 14:50:00

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

Grade 1 | 3m | 4yo+ | 12 hurdles
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4

15/03/2019 15:30:00

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Grade 1 | 3m2½f | 5yo+ | 22 fences
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4

15/03/2019 16:10:00

Foxhunter Chase

Open | 3m2½f | 5yo+ | 22 fences
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4

15/03/2019 16:50:00

Grand Annual

Handicap | 2m½f | 5yo+ | 14 fences
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4

15/03/2019 17:30:00

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle

Handicap | 2m4½f | 0-145, 4yo+ | 10 hurdles
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Triumph Hurdle 15/03/2019 13:30:00 
  • Sir Erec is the even money favourite for this race and will most likely be odds on to win this on the day. I have liked this horse for a while now, but I now think he’s too short to get any value from now. I had an antepost bet on him at 3-1 and probably won’t be adding any more. It would be well worth taking him for high 5 and Coral Free Bet for lengths. But for Skybet money back if loses and any 2nd to SP offers I’ll be taking Gardens Of Babylon at 16-1. He finished 6 lengths behind Sir Erec last time out and I think he could certainly do that again if not go one better. He’s a good value EW bet and one I will most likely be getting involved with.
     
    Pic dOrhy is another interesting prospect. He’s done all his racing in France, but is now at Nichols yard and will go in this without a run in the UK. Word is there have been some big bets placed on him from well connected people, so if you fancy a gamble he could be the one to go for at around 10-1.
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County Handicap Hurdle 15/03/2019 14:10:00 
  • This race is wide open and given that the last 2 winners were priced at 33-1 and 20-1, literally anything could win it. I’ll leave it at that.

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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 15/03/2019 14:50:00 
  • This is another race that you want to looking to take a big priced horse EW if you are punting it. Derrinross at 16-1 is one that holds appeal if the ground is soft. He’s a stayer and has plenty of races under his belt. Dinons is another that has been around the block and having won at The Festival Previously. At 20-1 he’s worth a shot EW as well.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup 15/03/2019 15:30:00 
  • This is the big one and the most exciting Gold Cup I can think of since the Denman Kauto Star days. There are some big players this year, so let’s take look at some of them. Presenting Percy has headed the market at 4-1 for a few months now. He’s only had one prep run and that was over hurdles, but trainer Patrick Kelly doesn’t seem concerned at all. I could see him going 5-1 on the day and so he would qualify for the 3-1 and 4-1 offers from Betfair and Bet365. He’s got form at The Festival and will be a big danger. 

    Clan Des Obeaux is joint favourite and is a big hopeful for Paul Nichols, who seems to be flying at the moment. Clan Des Obeaux won the King George and The Denman Chase and he has a solid chance. I’d be concerned that he jumps out to his right, which isn’t ideal for Cheltenham and he seems to idle when he gets out in front, but he’s done nothing wrong this season and he has to have a strong chance at 4-1. 

    Last year’s winner Native River is a really plucky thing. He likes to lead from the front and he likes heavy ground. He will push many of these horses out of their comfort zone and it will be interesting to see how they cope. He would only be for me at 6-1 if the ground is heavy though. 

    Kemboy is one of the main hopes for Mullens along with Belshill. I just think that they may both come up short this year. 

    One that I may opt for EW is Anibale Fly. He was 3rd last year in this race and at 25-1, may nick a place.

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Foxhunter Chase 15/03/2019 16:10:00 
  • This is the last televised race of The Festival and history shows that it will likely be a close affair. It seems that either the favourite wins it, or a 10-1+ shot romps home. Ucello Conte, a battle hardened 11 year old, holds some appeal at around 5-1. Caid Du Berlais looks like he’ll go well and at 10-1, he’d get the nod from me.

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Grand Annual 15/03/2019 16:50:00 
  • Another race that’s wide open. I backed Le Prezien last year and he won, so I’ve backed him again at 22-1. He’s currently 16-1, but again it’s another race where anything can happen. Ballywood would be another one that I fancy to go well at 20-1. He was 2nd only 3 lengths off Dynamite Dollars last time out and has to be worth Chancing EW at that price.

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle 15/03/2019 17:30:00 
  • The Martin Pipe is yet another race where you want to be backing big priced horses. Only 1 favourite has won this race in the last 10 years. It’s one I’ll probably have a guess at whilst having a beer watching the race in the pub, knowing it’s all over for another year. 

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2017 Winners & Stats
Year
Race
Winner
SP Fav
Distance
Offers Hit
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2018
Farclas
(10.00)
Apple's Shakira
(2.20)
1 3/4
4/1 | 3/1 | Fallers 1
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2018
Mohaayed
(34.00)
Flying Tiger
(7.00)
2 3/4
4/1 | 3/1 | Fallers 1
Racing Post
2018
Kilbricken Storm
(34.00)
Santini
(3.75)
3
4/1 | 3/1
Racing Post
2018
Native River
(6.00)
Might Bite
(5.00)
4 1/2
4/1 | 3/1 | Fallers 2
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2018
Pacha Du Polder
(26.00)
Burning Ambition
(51.50)
nk
4/1 | 3/1 | Fallers 2
Racing Post
2018
Blow By Blow
(12.00)
Flawless Escape
(7.50)
5
4/1 | 3/1 | HIGH5
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2018
Le Prezien
(8.50)
North Hill Harvey
(8.00)
4 1/2
4/1 | 3/1 | Fallers 5
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