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Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips - Our Best Bets For Every Race On Friday Including The Cheltenham Gold Cup

Thursday 14th March 2019
Al Boum Photo has a superb chance in a wide open Cheltenham Gold Cup
Al Boum Photo has a superb chance in a wide open Cheltenham Gold Cup

A sensational seven-race card will take place on day four of the Cheltenham Festival and the showpiece race of the day is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes centre stage at 3:30pm and it will see a stellar field of runners do battle in what should be a stunning highlight of the entire meeting.  Native River will attempt to emulate the mighty Best Mate by winning back-to-back Gold Cup crowns, but the Colin Tizzard-trained star will face some lively opposition including last year's RSA Chase hero Presenting Percy and King George VI Chase champion Clan Des Obeaux, who heads into the race in the form of his life.

We take an in-depth look at all seven races on Friday afternoon and pick out our best bets for what should be a stunning afternoon of top-class equine sport at Prestbury Park.

Triumph Hurdle

Joseph O'Brien has already bagged a notable four-year-old prize at this year's Cheltenham Festival as Band Of Outlaws stormed to victory in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle on Wednesday, but the former Derby-winning jockey can dominate the juvenile division once again on Friday as Sir Erec should get favourite backers off to a flying start.  Heavily supported in the ante-post market in the lead-up to the festival, the JP McManus-owned star stormed to a six-length win in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown, and he could prove to be a hurdling star of the future for the fledgling trainer.  The likes of Quel Destin and Tiger Tap Tap are exciting young talents, but Sir Erec can prove to be a cut above and land the Friday curtain-raiser in style.

County Hurdle

One of the toughest betting heats on the entire National Hunt calendar, the County Hurdle is another competitive affair, but it could pay to keep it simple when trying to work out the handicap prize, which is second on the card.  Whiskey Sour put up a bold bid for glory in this race 12 months, but could only finish third to Moohayed, but now only off a 3lb higher mark in what looks a weaker renewal on paper the Willie Mullins-trained can land victory.  Not seen on the racecourse since running in the Flat in November, Whiskey Sour has been put away for this test and he is entitled to be the race favourite and can land the prize.

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

Well fancied in last season's Champion Bumper, Rhinestone failed to land a significant blow, but the Joseph O'Brien-trained star has progressed with every single run over hurdles this term and can put up a career best in this Grade 1 and land the prize.  Beaten half-a-length by Commander Of Fleet in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last month, the son of Montjeu can reverse the form with that fancied contender here and at double figured odds makes huge appeal in what is a competitive renewal on Friday afternoon.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

A superb renewal of the showpiece race of the week, the Cheltenham Gold Cup will be a fiercely-contested event with Native River, Presenting Percy and Clan Des Obeaux all likely to run big races at the head of the market.  However, a potential improver in the field is the Willie Mullins-trained Al Boum Photo, who was a fine winner of a Listed event at Tramore last time out and has shaped like he would relish the Gold Cup test.  A Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser, Al Boum Photo will need a career best to feature here, but he could be a horse that enjoys the step up in trip and he can duly hand the Mullins team their first victory in this spectacular race.

Foxhunters' Chase

A very smart hurdler in his younger days, Stand Up And Fight is now under the stewardship of master trainer Enda Bolger and the JP McManus-owned star can deliver the goods in the Foxhunters' Chase and hand the green and gold silks of McManus more festival success.  He suffered a shock defeat last time out, but he will have the qualities of Derek O'Connor in the saddle and he can outclass his rivals on Friday afternoon.

Grand Annual

Rachael Blackmore has already tasted victory at this year's festival and she can storm to more success in the Grand Annual as Mind's Eye can bag victory in the penultimate race of the festival.  Henry de Bromhead's charge struggled in Grade 1 company earlier in the season, but this is a lot easier and he could be thrown in off a mark of 142 and if he can get his jumping into a rhythm then he can storm to victory.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

Gordon Elliott's Dallas Des Pictons is short enough for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, which concludes the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, but the manner in which the Irish raider won his first handicap race last time out suggested that he could be a Graded horse in the future.  Elliott has elected to wait for his next outing and a 10lb rise could prove to be too little to stop him from landing the finale.  While there are some eye-catching improvers in the field, Dallas Des Pictons will be too good and can land the 28th race of the meeting for favourite backers.

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
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1/5
4
1/5
4
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2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Presenting Percy D N Russell / P G Kelly
4
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4
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
2. Clan Des Obeaux Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls
5
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5
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
3. Native River R Johnson / C L Tizzard
13/2
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13/2
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
4. Kemboy D J Mullins / W P Mullins
9
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9
9
17/2
8
8
8
8
8
8
5. Bellshill R Walsh / W P Mullins
12
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12
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
6. Thistlecrack T Scudamore / C L Tizzard
14
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14
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
7. Al Boum Photo P Townend / W P Mullins
14
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14
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
8. Might Bite Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson
16
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16
16
16
16
16
16
14
14
14
9. Elegant Escape T J O'Brien / C L Tizzard
18
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18
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
10. Bristol De Mai D A Jacob / N A Twiston-Davies
22
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22
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
11. Anibale Fly B J Geraghty / A J Martin
22
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22
22
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
12. Shattered Love J W Kennedy / G Elliott
33
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33
33
28
28
28
28
28
28
28
13. Invitation Only Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins
40
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40
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
14. Definitly Red Danny Cook / B Ellison
66
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66
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
15. Yala Enki Charlie Deutsch / Miss V Williams
125
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125
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
16. Double Shuffle J J Burke / T R George
125
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125
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:19 . Odds are subject to change.
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