The final day of Cheltenham Festival and our Day Four tips will be posted in full on Thursday evening.
The opening race is the Triumph Hurdle for the leading four year old hurdlers. This year’s favourite is likely to be Apple’s Shakira, trained by Nicky Henderson. Four wins (one in France, three in the UK – all at Cheltenham) plus her mares allowance sees her best treated at the weights, but this race always features numerous unexposed types who are improving quickly.
Day Four’s second race is the County Hurdle; a handicap run over two miles, only one runner has single figure odds which shows just how competitive this race is. Our tips will attempt to pick out a winner, knowing even a place (with many bookies paying five or even six places this year) will provide a healthy return on investment.
The Albert Bartlett is an attritional three mile hurdle race for novices, which has also seen many big price winners. The shortest price winner in the last four years was Unowhatimeanharry at 11/1 in 2016, and just two favourites have won in the last 10 years. This year sees another competitive race, with a number of promising novices currently holding entries.
Our tips for Day Four then move on to the biggest race of the Cheltenham Festival. The Gold Cup has an enormous £355,938 for the winner, and this year’s favourite is Might Bite. Winner of six of his nine chase starts, including the RSA Novices’ Chase by just a nose having wandered on the run in here last year. We prefer the consistent Native River; third in the 2017 Gold Cup, he did little wrong last year and can go one better this year given he is still just eight eyears old.
The final ITV race of the Day Four – and therefore the Festival – is the Foxhunter Challenge Cup for hunter chasers. This year’s lineup is full of names instantly recognisable from previous years; Foxrock, Wonderful Charm, Pacha Du Polder, Virak and On The Fringe to name but a few. Jockey bookings for this race often provide the clues and expect big market moves when they are announced.
To finish day four, we have the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, followed by the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase. The former gives us the opportunity to see some of the most talented jockeys of the future, while the latter is a stampede over two miles which has been won by horses pried 40/1, 28/1 and 20/1 in the last seven years.