The final day of the Cheltenham Festival will take place on the Friday, and one of the biggest prizes in jumps racing will be taking centre stage, as the Magners Gold Cup will be the featured race. The action will draw to a close following three more Grade 1 races.
When: Friday 13th March
Where: Cheltenham Racecourse
Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
|Al Boum Photo||+350|
|Clan Des Obeaux||+700|
The biggest race of the entire week takes place on the Friday of the festival as the Cheltenham Gold Cup is up for grabs. This honour is the most prestigious in National Hunt racing and has been won by the likes of Best Mate, Arkle and Kauto Star in the past. Last year’s winner was Al Boum Photo, who ensured a first win for Willie Mullins in this race.
Al Boum Photo will have a great chance if it can repeat last season’s form, but Santini will start the race as the favourite. However, there are still big questions surrounding whether Santini is truly a Gold Cup-standard horse, as he has flattered to deceive throughout the season. The preference would be for Lostintranslation, who has already impressed over this distance at the Aintree Festival last year. He has already won from two starts this season, and is one of the most consistent stayers in this race.
|A Wave Of The Sea||+1200|
The opening Grade 1 race of the day has been credited with producing some of the most prolific horses over the past couple of years, with both Zarkandar and Tiger Roll winning this race. The field is open this year, with Solo and Goshen likely to lead the betting into the big race, but the preference would be for Allmankind.
Wind surgery and the switch to the Dan Skelton team has had immediate positive results for Allmankind. On his return he won by 37-lengths from Gaia Vallis at Warwick, before winning at Cheltenham in November from Botox Has. His last win was the one that made punters stand up and pay attention however, as he won a Grade 1 race at Chepstow by nine-lengths from Cerberus. A star could be born in this race.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
|The Big Breakaway||+1000|
The penultimate Grade 1 action of the festival is typically one of the most unpredictable of the entire week. There is a huge field for this race, and almost all of them will have a good chance of claiming the win. There is good each-way value throughout this field. Thyme Hill is certainly the one to beat having won on all three starts this season. However, each-way value could be there for Longhouse Poet, who can be found lower in the betting.
He has been progressive throughout the season for trainer Martin Brassil and has finished at least third in all of his six career starts. This season he has shown that he can run at all distances, and is a proven stayer. He already holds a win this season over Column Of Fire, and could be a good bet off a high price of +1600.
Other Cheltenham Day Four Tips
|County Hurdle||Buildmeupbuttercup-EW (+1400)|
|Foxhunter Steeple Chase||Minella Rocco (+450)|
|Grand Annual Chase||Lisp (+900)|
|Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle||Cracking Smart (+500)|
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