Cheltenham Festival: Day 4 preview

March 18, 2021

Day four of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival, the highlight of the British jumps season, takes place on Friday. Here’s a rundown of the seven races carded. So far there’s been a mixture of favourites and rank outsiders who have won.

3.20pm: Triumph Hurdle (Grade One, 3400m)

13 of the last 16 winners have had a starting price of 10-1 or shorter. Five of the last eight have been trained in Ireland. There are only eight runners in the field.

Betting guide: 11-8 Zanahiyr, 11-4 Tritonic, 9-2 Quilixios 9-1 Adagio, 14-1 Haut En Couleurs, 28-1 Tax For Max, 66-1 Talking About You, 100-1 Historic Heart

Our selection: Tritonic, Zanahiyr, Quixilios

3.55pm: County Hurdle (3400m)

The favourite hasn’t won this race since 2004! Willie Mullins has trained four of the last 10 winners. There are 26 runners in this race.

Betting guide: 13-2 Ganapathi, 15-2 Third Time Lucki, 9-1 You Raised Me Up. 12-1 Eclair De Beaufeu, 14-1 Fifty Ball, Champagne Gold, 16-1 Gowel Road, Drop The Anchor, 18-1 Edwardstone, 20-1 Buildmeupbuttercup, Caydboy, 22-1 Thyme White, 25-1 Ciel De Neige, 28-1 Saint D’Oroux, Milkwood, Darasso, 33-1 upwards others

Our selection: Gowel Road, Ganapathi, Fifty Ball

4.30pm: Novices Hurdle (4800m)

Two of the last three years have been won by runners priced at 33-1 and 50-1, while the last seven favourites have been beaten. Irish stables have produced the winner of five of the last seven runnings. There are 17 runners in the field. 

Betting guide: 4-1 Stattler, 11-2 Fakiera, 6-1 Torygraph, 15-2 Barbados Buck’s, 8-1 Alaphilippe, 12-1 Threeunderthrufive, 14-1 Adrimel, 18-1 N’Golo, Streets Of Doyen, 22-1 The Cob, 25-1 upwards others

Our selection: Alphaphilippe, N’Golo, Streets Of Doyen

5.05pm: Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade One, 5300m)

This is the main race of the four-day Festival. Irish horses have won five of the last seven runnings. Native River won in 2018 and is in this field.

Betting guide: 11-4 Al Boum Photo, 4-1 A Plus Tard, 5-1 Champ, 10-1 Royal Pagaille, 12-1 Minella Indo, Santini, 14-1 Frodon, Kemboy, Native River, 28-1 Lost In Translation, 100-1 Aso, 125-1 Black Op

Our selection: Royal Pagaille, Al Boum Photo, A Plus Tard

5.40pm: Foxhunters Chase (5300m)

A sort of Gold Cup “consolation”, it’s run  over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup. There are 18 runners in this race.

Betting guide: 11-4 Billaway, 9-2 Bob And Co, 8-1 It Came To Pass, 9-1 Red Indian, 11-1 Stalker Wallace, 14-1 Stand Up And Fight, 16-1 Chameron, 18-1 Hazel Hill, 20-1 Latenightpass, 25-1 Mighty Stowaway, Mr Mantilla, Portlock Bay, 33-1 upwards others

Our selection: Bob And Co, Stalker Wallace, Chameron

6.15pm: Mares Chase (4200m)

Although there are no direct trends to go on, past history suggests that Willie Mullins could be the trainer to beat. He has four of the 11 runners in the race – Colreevy, Elimay, Salsaretta and Cabaret Queen.

Betting guide: 11-8 Elimay, 3-1 Colreevy, 11-2 Shattered Love, 14-1 Magic Of Light, 16-1 Salsaretta, 25-1 Zambella, 28-1 Moyhenna, 33-1 upwards others

Our selection: Elimay, Colreevy, Zambella

6.50pm: Handicap Hurdle (4100m)

Sir Des Champs (2011) is the sole successful favourite in its 12-year history and only two other winners have been returned at single-figure odds, with Indefatigable springing a 25-1 surprise last year. The maroon and white colours of Gigginstown Stud have won this four times in ten years. A field of 24 horses go to the start.

Betting guide: 11-2 Gentleman De Mee, 13-2 Langer Dan, 7-1 Galloping Des Champs, 15-2 Gabynako, 11-1 Fire Attack, 16-1 Frontal Assault, 18-1 Floueur, 25-1 Leoncavallo, Dallas Des Pictons, Commanding Presence, First Lord De Cuet, Martinhal, 28-1 Mill Green, 33-1 upwards others

Our selection: Mill Green, Langer Dan, Frontal Assault

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