Cheltenham Day Four Preview

Cheltenham Day Four Preview

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Cheltenham Day Four Tips

Cheltenham horses over jumps

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Triumph Hurdle

We like the chances of APPLES SHAKHIRA in this one. The Nicky Henderson filly has been incredibly impressive since her move to the yard. Winning 3 out of 3 by a combined 28.5 lengths. She has all the credentials to win a race like this and owner McManus is no stranger to acquiring future stars, and this could be his next! All three wins have come at Cheltenham too so she has proven course form.

We also fancy STORMY IRELAND, who absolutely bolted up in her first outing for Willie Mullins winning by 58 lengths at Fairyhouse. The time she recorded was impressive and she has a lot of room for improvement. A good jumper who has good speed can definitely run a huge race here and 15/2 looks a decent price.

County Hurdle

Ben Pauling seems to have a very live chance in this race with A HARE BREATH 16/1 . This is an incredibly tough race but A Hare Breath is a course winner having won a Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham previously and absolutely proven on the track, which is a big plus. Since he won a decent race on his last outing at Sandown on the 9th December, he has been put away and it seems evident that this race has been the plan for this horse. 16/1 with bookies paying first four places make it look a very decent each way bet. 

Another owned by McManus, IVANOVIC GORBATOV is a particularly interesting horse as it’s trained by a primarily flat racing trainer Joseph O’Brien. Young in the game he has already shown great training skills leading Edwulf to Irish Gold Cup glory. The horse also has course form having beat the well hyped Apple’s Jade back in 2016. 20/1 Each way looks a decent bet. 

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle

The Nicky Henderson trained gelding SANTINI has been popular in the betting for this race for some time now. Winning both his starts so far, he has displayed great ability having already beaten the second favourite Chef Des Obeaux. He also has a Cheltenham win under his belt fending off a very decent horse in Black Op. He should go very close this time.

Another big priced fancy on what looks like a tough card. CALLET MAD is no stranger to Cheltenham having won a Novices Hurdle there back in October. He looks a good each way play in an open race. Nigel Twiston-Davies, a well respected trainer when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival has strongly suggested that this will be the race for Calett Mad and its not hard to see why. He will have an advantage being a second-season hurdler rather than a first. A high percentage of the winners of the Albert Bartlett in recent years have been novices in their second season. Again owned by shrewd owners Munir & Souede, this has a very live each way chance!

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jessica Harrington trained the winner of the big race last year and we see know reason why she cannot do it again this year with Our Duke. Bursting onto the scene with a mightily impressive Irish Grand National win in 2017, it has not all been plain-sailing for the horse since then. However, it looks like OUR DUKE has managed to put his injury problems behind him. If you watch his run in the Irish Gold Cup he jumped very well until he made a slight blunder coming to home, this cost him the race but he recovered from it and stayed on very well to claim fourth. Since then he impressively beat RSA Chase favourite Presenting Percy in a tightly run race at Gowran Park, showing what a game horse he is. If he can jump like we know he can then 9/1 could look very big come the end of the Festival. He definitely has the ability to win the Gold Cup, and looks a cracking each way bet in an open race.

A special mention must go to TOTAL RECALL who is trained by Willie Mullins. A winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy, he beat last years RSA Chase runner up in a well run race. We know that he stays which is a huge bonus at Cheltenham and he could well out run his 16/1 price.

Foxhunter Chase

BURNING AMBITION has been subject to big market support having been backed into as short as 11/4 in some places to win the Foxhunter Chase. A prolific Irish point to pointer, he made a winning start to his Hunter Chase career winning at Limerick and followed up with a decent second to highly rated Gilgamboa at Punchestown by only 2.75 lengths. The Irish will fancy their chances in this race this looks like a gamble that could be landed. The booking of Jamie Codd is also a massive bonus as he will likely be the most experienced and best jockey in the race. Something which is key in a Foxhunter Chase. We make him a decent bet at 7/2!

YOUNG HURRICANE 50/1. A small mention must go for this horse that seems slightly overpriced. He has won his last two races, one by 20 lengths. He certainly has ability, and as history shows, the Foxhunters can spring a surprise so why can’t this be it!

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

FLAWLESS ESCAPE 8/1. This lightly raced horse looks a great each way bet for this handicap hurdle. He has been impressive in all 3 runs this season, the last being a decent 3rd being beaten by Gold Cup hopeful Total Recall. Before this, Flawless Escape won a very good Maiden Hurdle race at Leopardstown. The future form of this race has turned out to be very good indeed. The 7th has since come out and won in a field of 24. The 5th has come out and won his maiden by 10 lengths and the 4th that day – Tower Bridge – has since come out and won a Grade 1. That’s some impressive form. Its a hard race but 8/1 is a very good each way bet.

MR BIG SHOT 25/1. The David Pipe trained gelding has actually won all his races in his national hunt career. He has barely put a foot wrong winning by 8, 8 and 17 lengths. It is a big step up but you never know at Cheltenham and he fits the progressive type and is worth a bet at 25/1 each way.

The Grand Annual

THEINVAL 11/1. This race will mean a lot to Nicky Henderson the fact that he is only running one horse in the race has to be taken seriously. The race is named after his father and he will be seeking to have Theinval primed to win this race. We can ignore his last run as it was on ground he hated. No stone will be left unturned in his preparation and we expect a big run.

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