Cheltenham Day 4 Tips - Race Times & Predictions
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day Tips 2020, Friday 13th March, Day 4 Schedule
|Time||Race||Cheltenham 2020 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|
Cheltenham Day 4 Acca
Each day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, our racing expert Stephen Harris posts his best acca of the day. Stephen’s Cheltenham Day 4 three leg acca is available now with his best bets from the JCB Triumph Hurdle, Foxhunter Chase and Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.
Triumph Hurdle Odds & Tips
Race 1, Friday 13th March 1:30
A brilliant spectacle to begin Friday at the festival, with the best juvenile hurdlers from Britain locking horns over two miles and a huge betting heat (both ante-post and on the day). Usually a big field is expected and luck in running required, although the Fred Winter handicap for juveniles has rather diluted competitiveness and only 9 runners went to post in 2018 (where Apples Shakira was sent off the shortest priced favourite in the history of the race).
2019 saw Pentland Hills impressively spring a 20/1 shock for Nicky Henderson, and he subsequently franked the form in style at Aintree. This year has a wide open look to it at this stage, with a big field on the cards and several of the principals are confirmed frontrunners (Aspire Tower, Goshen and Allmankind all make the running with the choke out in impressive wins so far).
Perhaps another shock is on the cards, and astute punters might be looking to back a confirmed stayer who is likely to get a patient ride from well off what is sure to be a blistering early gallop.
County Hurdle Preview & Betting
Race 2, Friday 13th March 2:10
A fiercely competitive Grade 3 handicap over two miles, always attracting a maximum field and the layers offering “16/1 the field” at this stage of proceedings. Dan Skelton is very much the man to follow in this contest in recent years, winning with Superb Story in 2016, Moyaayed in 2018 and memorably with the stable favourite Ch’tibello in 2019 (landing quite a touch for his astute connections).
The stable is sure to have one lined up again in 2020, but this really is a race for small stakes, with a history of huge priced winners meaning this has a well deserved reputation as something of a bookmaker benefit down the years.
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips & Odds
Race 3, Friday 13th March 2:50
A three mile Grade 1 novice hurdle that provides a stern test of stamina for novices, and it has duly provided shocks in its short history, with three winners at 33/1 and the 2019 victor Minella Indo sent off an unfancied 50-1 chance to the delight of bookmakers (race run in really deep ground and plenty simply did not handle the extreme conditions on the day).
As usual the 2020 renewal has an open look to it, with the ante-post market headed by Phillip Hobbs progressive Thyme Hill (currently a best priced 5/1 chance). He looks like a cracking chasing prospect in time who will relish every inch of this testing trip, and it will take a good effort from one of his unexposed Irish rivals to lower his colours.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting & Tips
Race 4, Friday 13th March 3:30
The highlight of the final day and indeed the entire week at the festival, with top class staying chasers locking horns to attempt to take the Blue Riband of the national hunt game. There have been some legendary winners of the prize over the years, with Desert Orchid, Best Mate Kauto Star and Denman all fresh in the memory of even the youngest racing fans.
Always a superb spectacle and a severe test of stamina given the relentless gallop they go from the tape, you really do need to stay the 3m2f trip very well. In 2018 Native River managed to make all the running, jumping superbly and finding more up the hill to fend off the quirky Might Bite, and he is a live outsider under Jonjo O’Neill jnr in 2020 (unable to dominate when below par in 2019).
Bookmakers currently have last year’s winner Al Boum Photo installed as the 9/2f in a wide open ante-post book, and plenty will be looking to him to follow up after a comfortable winning return to the fray at Tramore on New Years Day. He remains with potential aged just eight (with Willie Mullins sure to have him peaking at the right time for the big day), and the Irish do look to hold all the aces against a rather jaded and disappointing UK contingent.
Foxhunters Chase Preview & Tips
Race 5, Friday 13th March 4:10
A very light betting heat, with the crowd still getting its breath back from the Gold Cup, but nonetheless a terrific race to watch, with top class hunter chasers and their enthusiastic riders always going off hard in a huge field of varying abilities.
The 3m2f course again provides a stern test for both horse and rider, and the complexion frequently can change dramatically up the hill as they get racing for home a long way out. 2019 saw the punters get it right as the well backed 7/2f Hazel Hill landed a hefty public gamble under a positive ride from Mr Alex Edwards, and he is currently clear at the head of the 2020 ante-post market at a best priced 9/2f with Bet 365.
Grand Annual Preview & Tips
Race 6, Friday 13th March 4:50
This red hot grade 3 handicap over two miles is a fast and furious contest that provides a real contrast to some of the stamina sapping graded races earlier in the day. The pace is always furiously contested, and very often a patient ride from the likes of Barry Geraghty or Davy Russell has proved an excellent tactic.
In 2019 the books got a real boilover they dream of when the unconsidered 66/1 veteran Croco Boy landed the spoils in tenacious style under Kieran Burke, outbattling the perpetual bridesmaid Bun Doran up the hill. He might well be back for a repeat bid aged 13 in 2020, and the race has a typically wide open look to it in the early market (layers offering 14/1 the field and headed by the progressive Precious Cargo).
Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Preview & Odds
Race 7, Friday 13th March 5:30
Another really competitive handicap hurdle to round off the week, with a maximum field of classy handicappers lining up and a chance for their young conditional jockeys to make a real name for themselves on the big stage.
This 2m4f handicap has seen some monumental gambles over the years, with unexposed plots laid out to peak on the big day, and Jonjo O’Neill’s Early Doors certainly did plenty of damage when backed into 5/1 from 12/1 on the day before winning in 2019 (owned by the big punter JP McManus).
There is already a steamer in the 2020 ante-post market, with Ilikedurthinkin well supported down to a very thin looking 5/1f in the past few weeks (after an eye catching fifth at Leopardstown over Christmas), but there are sure to be other cards to be played in the build up.
Cheltenham 2020 Gold Cup Day
The final day of the festival and all centred around the Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is the biggest race of the entire NH season (surpassed only by the Aintree Grand National in terms of public appreciation), and is the Blue Riband for steeplechasers. Run over the stamina sapping 3m 2 1/2f trip, this is the supreme test for Grade 1 chasers, run at a brutal gallop most years and always fiercely contested by household names in Britain and Ireland. There have been some memorable winners over the years, with Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Denman, Kauto Star all firmly etched in the memory of all racing fans in recent history.
In 2019 Al Boum Photo ran out a very game winner for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend, showing a terrific attitude under pressure to get the better of Annibale Fly and Bristol du Mai. The form had a substandard look on the day and that view has been born out by subsequent performances of the principals. The winner is sure to be back again in 2020 and is currently the 9/2 favourite in the ante-post lists, while young pretender Santini enhanced his claims with a game victory at the Festival trials day here in January and looks the best of the British trained contenders.
While most of the betting action centres around the big race at 3.30pm, the rest of the card is chock full of high quality graded action. The Triumph hurdle gets things underway, with a huge field of juvenile hurdlers from both Britain and Ireland putting their vaunted reputations to the test in a cavalry charge (luck in running always plays a big part). In 2019 Nicky Henderson’s Pentland Hills sprang a 20-1 surprise, confidently cruising through from well off a strong early pace, and he has subsequently emerged as a leading candidate for the 2020 Champion Hurdle.
There is a wide open look to this year, with Henry De Bromhead’s Aspire Tower heading the market, but the English challenge is again strong with both Goshen and Allmankind impressing in going unbeaten in their early races.
The Albert Bartlett is a popular race for novices on the final day that has produced some really competitive races, with the 3m trip a proper test of stamina for young horses at the start of their careers. 2018 saw a heavy ground slog with a 33/1 shock in Kilbricken Storm, and there was another boilover for the layers in 2019 when the unconsidered 50/1 chance Minella Indo took the prize back to Ireland.
Competitive handicaps round off the meeting, with the 2m Grand Annual always run at a blistering gallop from the tape with no hiding place, and the concluding Martin Pipe handicap hurdle is a perilously difficult “getting out” stakes on the day (with the layers usually offering at least 10/1 the field and a maximum field size assured).