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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day Tips 2019, Friday 15th March, Day 4 Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham 2019 Tips|
|13:30||JCB Triumph Hurdle||Read Tip|
|14:10||Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle||Read Tip|
|14:50||Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle||Read Tip|
|15:30||Cheltenham Gold Cup||Read Tip|
|16:10||Foxhunter Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|16:50||Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase||Read Tip|
|17:30||Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle||Read Tip|
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Triumph Hurdle Odds & Tips
Race 1, Friday 15th March 1:30
The final day of the Festival kicks off with this Grade 1 juvenile hurdle over two miles, with the best young hurdlers from Britain and Ireland competing for the £70,000 first prize. Usually this is a huge field cavalry charge, although in recent seasons the numbers have diminished and only 9 went to post in 2018 (with Apples Shakira sent off the shortest priced favourite in the races long history).
She pulled her chance away in the early stages however, and it was left to Gordon Elliot’s Farclas to land the spoils and continue the incredible week for the Gigginstown team. The 2019 version looks more typical, with a big field certain and the layers currently offering up “8/1 the field” quotes headed by Sir Erec.
County Hurdle Preview & Betting
Race 2, Friday 15th March 2:10
An ultra competitive Grade 3 handicap over two miles that has the look of a bookmakers benefit every season and, with the layers currently betting “14/1 the field” at this stage the 2019 renewal is unlikely to be any different.
Dan Skelton has a terrific record in this race, winning with Superb Story in 2016 and then notching a surprise win in 2018 with the unconsidered 33/1 outsider Mohaayed. He is likely to be back for another try in 2019, although his mark will be a lot higher and his most recent effort was not encouraging.
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips & Odds
Race 3, Friday 15th March 2:50
This Grade 1 novice hurdle over nearly three miles has become one of the most popular races of the four days since its inauguration in 2005, with the prize always keenly contested and some top class horses emerging from the race. Penhill won in 2017 before going on to take the Stayers hurdle the following year, while Bobs Worth was a very popular winner in 2011 before going on to land the Gold Cup over fences in 2013.
The 2018 renewal was run in truly atrocious ground that had suffered from heavy rain through the day, and the bookmakers got a real “result” when the outsider Kilbricken Storm sprang a major surprise at 33/1 for Colin Tizzard.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting & Tips
Race 4, Friday 15th March 3:30
The highlight of the final day of the Festival and the most important Grade 1 race of the week, with the best chaser in training determined over the most demanding 3m2f trip. This race has a long history and has produced some of the legends of the game down the years, with horses like Dawn Run, Best Mate, Desert Orchid, Kauto Star and Denman all fresh in the memory for younger NH fans.
The 2018 renewal saw a fantastic frontrunning display from Colin Tizzard’s gallant Native River, who fended off the 4/1f Might Bite after an epic duel for the entire final lap in a race where nothing else was able to land a blow. Both are likely to be back for a repeat bid in 2019, but that struggle seems to have left a mark and neither have been at their best so far this winter.
A new star seems sure to emerge, and the bookmakers currently favour the progressive Irish chaser Presenting Percy, who has Festival experience in the book (winning the RSA Chase in 2018) and the right sort of profile to be a major force in the years ahead at the top table.
Foxhunters Chase Preview & Tips
Race 5, Friday 15th March 4:10
Always a fantastic spectacle as the best hunter chasers take each other on over the Gold cup course of 3m2f, and the skills of horse and rider tested in a race always run at a brutally fast gallop. A patient ride is always a big plus, and the experienced regulars in this race are worth keeping on side of, with Nina Carberry and Bryony Frsot both excelling in victory in recent years.
The 2018 renewal saw Pacha du Polder repeat his 2017 victory for Paul Nicholls, and he is sure to be back in 2019 in a bid to complete a unique hat-trick in the race. This is one of the lightest betting heats of the week, with ante-post books quiet and the layers currently quoting “6/1 the field”.
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Preview & Odds
Race 6, Friday 15th March 4:50
A wide open handicap hurdle for conditional riders only over 2m4f, with luck in-running a huge factor in a maximum field and room to jump/gallop at a premium. This is a chance for smaller stables and lesser rated horses to taste festival glory, and it is always an extremely hard puzzle for punters to tackle. Last season the Gordon Elliott bandwagon rolled on as Blow by Blow scrambled home under Donagh Meyler, landing some good bets on the day down to 11/1 in the process.
Grand Annual Preview & Tips
Race 7, Friday 15th March 5:30
A compelling Grade 3 two mile handicap chase to finish off the week, with another maximum field certain and the race always run at a brutal gallop from the tape. A patient ride can often pay dividends, and in the past Barry Geraghty, Paul Carberry and Davy Russell have executed those tactics perfectly to swoop in the dying strides as the leaders tire up the hill.
The 2018 renewal saw Le Prezien land a well prepared gamble in style under a confident ride, and he seem sure to be a live contender for the race in 2019 (although his handicap mark will now be a lot higher). The bookmakers currently offer “14/1 the field” and this “getting out stakes” is always a ferocious betting heat on the day as punters often chase their losses.
Cheltenham 2019 Gold Cup Day
The final day of the 2019 Festival sees the best race of the entire National Hunt season with the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This Grade 1 Chase over 3m2 1/2f is the supreme test of top class horses, with some memorable finishes over the years between Britain and Ireland. The contest in recent times has established legends of the game like Desert Orchid, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman, but this years renewal does lack a superstar on paper.
In 2018 the Colin Tizzard trained Native River made all of the running to fend off the uneasy favourite Might Bite in a thrilling duel, the pair having the race between them from halfway and pulling well clear of the rest of the field up the hill. Both should be back in 2019 but have hardly set the world alight this winter, and have a vulnerable look against the younger brigade from Ireland who may improve past them both.
Friday begins with the competitive Triumph hurdle, where the best juvenile hurdlers compete in what is usually a cavalry charge of inexperienced young horses. In 2018 a small field of just nine turned up, and there was a result for the bookmakers as the short-priced favourite Apples Shakira pulled her chance away in the early stages, leaving the way open for Gordon Elliot’s unconsidered Farclas to land the spoils.
Heavy rain turned the conditions really soft through the final day in 2018 and perhaps this was a major factor in some turn-ups, with 33/1 chance Kilbricken Storm landing the Albert Bartlett Novice hurdle in a legless stamina-sapping slog up the hill on deteriorating ground.
The getting-out stakes on the week is the competitive Grand Annual handicap chase over two miles, and punters did find some salvation last year when the gambled-on Le Prezien edged ahead close home in a contest run typically at a blistering gallop from the tape.
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