Gold Cup day is here and Cheltenham Day 4 tips will focus primarily on the feature race of the day. Horse racing betting odds on National Hunt’s blue riband race can be found well in advance of the Festival.
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Blood Destiny defeated subsequent dual scorer Sir Allen on his Irish debut at Cork before winning by a country mile at Fairyhouse. The third-placed Nusret franked that Fairyhouse form by landing the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle at Kempton so the omens are pretty good for Willie Mullins’ runner, who however will have to brush up on his jumping somewhat.
Stablemate Lossiemouth is of course the obvious danger. After a couple of Graded victories Lossiemouth unfortunately came unstuck in the Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival due to no fault of her own and she could easily make amends here.
Suggested bet: Lossiemouth @ 7/4 WIN
One horse that stands out like a sore thumb to me in this race is the Willie Mullins-trained Sharjah. Surely he’s one of those proverbial graded horses running in a handicap right?
The ten-year-old will be having just his second career start in a handicap hurdle and his first since landing the Galway Hurdle in 2018. Now trading at 8/1 in our Cheltenham races betting odds, I can tell that I’m not the only pundit/punter who has latched onto this “class dropper”.
Also of interest is Milkwood who had a nice little warm up for this at Wetherby last month and wasn’t overly exerted that day. Odds of 25/1 make him an appealing each-way candidate.
Suggested bet: Sharjah @ 8/1 E/W
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
The “potato race” as many people humorously call it has developed into a competitive affair over the years and this time can go the way of the McNeill family-owned Three Card Brag.
If the race turns into a real test of stamina it will certainly suit Three Card Brag who looks an out and out stayer and odds of 7/2 reflect his chances.
Of the others, Henry De Bromhead’s Hiddenvalley Lake won well at Cork and should have the measure of Cool Survivor, Monbeg Park and Letsbeclearaboutit again.
Suggested bet: Three Card Brag @ 7/2 WIN
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Ruth Jefferson’s Sounds Russian has constantly improved this season and his Cotswold Chase form, where he split Ahoy Senor and Noble Yeats, really brings him into the equation. If the eight-year-old wasn’t Northern-trained then he would be a much shorter price than 20/1, but let them all eat cake when the prize goes back up to North Yorkshire.
Also flying the flag for “even further north” is the Lucinda Russell-trained Ahoy Senor. The Scottish trainer has got him totally fine tuned this season and if he has another of his brilliant going days then he has a great shot of winning jumping’s greatest prize.
Suggested bet: Sounds Russian @ 25/1 E/W
In a race that is seeing a gradual decline in actual amateur permit holders entering their horses, it would be great to see Famous Clermont winning this Hunter Chase for his grass roots trainer.
An easy winner of the Walrus Hunters’ Chase at Haydock, that particular race often gives us a few pointers towards the two big Hunter Chases at Cheltenham and Aintree. At 6/1 I’ll certainly be following him in with my horse race bets online.
Of the others, Vaucelet, Winged Leader, Ferns Lock and Billaway look sure to be involved.
Suggested bet: Famous Clermont @ 6/1 E/W
Paddy Power Mares’ Chase
The ultra-consistent Zambella can turn the tables on Jeremys Flame here on a track that will suit her much better than the speedball course she encountered at Huntingdon.
She’s probably ranks as the best mare over fences in Britain at the moment and she prefers to go left-handed which will suit her down to a tee now at Prestbury Park.
Glancing through the others and if the Elimay of old turned up on Friday then her current price of 20/1 could look massive.
Suggested bet: Zambella @ 16/1 E/W
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
I’m always keen on following horses with decent Wetherby form and Iroko has plenty of that having won two nice hurdles there over the winter.
The five-year-old is probably the best hurdler Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero have in their yard at the moment and he can give owner JP McManus a welcome winner in the lucky last.
Others I like are Might I, Benson and Cool Survivor.
Suggested bet: Iroko @ 10/1 E/W
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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle result:
*Credit for the main photo belongs to Mark Humphrey / AP Photo*
*Odds correct at the time of initial publication - subject to change*