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2019 Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Preview - Friday Selections Including The Cheltenham Gold Cup

Friday 8th March 2019
Presenting Percy is the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Presenting Percy is the favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Whether you’re up, down, overjoyed or disheartened, Friday at Cheltenham is a special day. In some sporting events, you could be forgiven for losing interest or leaving early. But, Friday at Cheltenham is a huge exception. The Triumph Hurdle, The Foxhunters' Chase and the main event – the Cheltenham Gold Cup!

Let’s walk through the races on the final day to see if there is any value to be extracted.

JCB Triumph Hurdle

This grade 1 hurdle event is for 4 year olds that have stood out at the beginning of their careers. Nobody has stood out more than Sir Erec this season. Since stepping up from flat racing, Sir Erec has thrived under Mark Walsh, seeing off Gardens of Babylon and Tiger Tap Tap who also feature in this race. They look held on form and the market reflects that with Sir Erec currently around Evens. He’s difficult to go against, but Joseph O'Brien announced earlier this week that the juvenile has picked up a worrying stone bruise, so has drifted slightly in the betting.

For punters looking for more value, Fakir D'oudairies joined Joseph O’Brien from France and has looked unstoppable and holds Nicky Henderson’s Adjali on recent form, but is likely to be Supreme bound. The other horse that cannot be ignored when taking on Sir Erec is Quel Destin. His form also includes a win over Adjali, and he is unbeaten since moving to Paul Nicholls at the start of the season.

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle

A wide open field for this grade 3 with the market leaning towards Wonder Laish as the favourite. He looks hard to back after making no impression when held up for most of the race last time out. He was beaten that day by Uradel and Jezki. Without either of these likely to run in the County Hurdle, Grancy Sancy and Call Me Lord offer good value for what really is a minefield of a race.

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

Unbeaten Battleoverdoyen is the current favourite but looks likely to go for the Ballymore. Relegate was poor last time out and has never looked like convincingly beating rivals. Dinons has been devastating in lacklustre fields and was unlucky when hampered last time out. With little to go on in this race, he gets the tentative nod at 14/1.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

I’ve covered the Gold Cup in full already but include a few notable comments. Presenting Percy remains a hard favourite to back. Black Corton did nothing to enhance claims out last weekend and unlikely to run. Yala Enki holds other entries and needs further at the level. Clan Des Obeaux arrives in the undisputable best form. Thistlecrack and Bristol De Mai represent great each-way value.

Foxhunters Chase

Ucello Conti looks the star of this field. Since switching to hunter chasing, he’s looked a revelation sweeping round horses to win easy. It will take a great performance for market principle Stand Up And Fight to dismiss the challenge of Ucello Conti. Wonderful Charm also arrives in good form and can place. Pacha Du Polder can never be written off in this contest having won it two years in a row.

Grand Annual Challenge Cup

This grade 3 handicap is another tough one to predict. Le Prezien has run and won in better company. The same can be said for Blazer and Mengli Khan but none of these have performed for a while. Hardline and Magic Saint represent good value on recent performances.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

It would be advised to choose an outsider in this puzzle. Thomas Darby and Big Time Dancer are not without chances. Apple’s Shakira and Pym are interesting entries if seen running here too. Dallas des Pictons cannot be overlooked either and a significant market shift is one to follow.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

Presenting Percy D N Russell / P G Kelly 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 4 7/2 7/2 7/2
Clan Des Obeaux Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 5 9/2 9/2 9/2
Native River R Johnson / C L Tizzard 6 6 6 6 6 13/2 6 6 6
Kemboy D J Mullins / W P Mullins 8 9 8 8 8 17/2 9 8 8
Bellshill R Walsh / W P Mullins 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11
Thistlecrack T Scudamore / C L Tizzard 12 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 12
Al Boum Photo P Townend / W P Mullins 12 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 12
Might Bite Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 16 14 16 16 16 16 14 14 16
Elegant Escape T J O'Brien / C L Tizzard 16 16 16 16 16 18 16 16 16
Bristol De Mai D A Jacob / N A Twiston-Davies 20 20 20 20 20 22 20 20 20
Anibale Fly B J Geraghty / A J Martin 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 20 20
Shattered Love J W Kennedy / G Elliott 28 28 33 28 28 33 28 28 28
Invitation Only Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 33 33 33 33 33 40 33 33 33
Definitly Red Danny Cook / B Ellison 50 50 50 50 50 66 50 50 50
Yala Enki Charlie Deutsch / Miss V Williams 100 100 100 100 100 125 100 100 100
Double Shuffle J J Burke / T R George 100 100 100 100 100 125 100 100 100
Each Way Terms 4
1/5
4
1/5
- 4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

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4
7/2
7/2
7/2
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5
9/2
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9/2
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13/2
6
6
6
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6
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6
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9
9
17/2
8
8
8
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12
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11
11
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14
12
12
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14
12
12
12
12
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12
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12
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16
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16
16
14
14
14
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18
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16
16
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22
20
20
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20
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22
22
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
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33
33
28
28
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28
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40
33
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33
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66
50
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Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:19 . Odds are subject to change.
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