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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 4 Tips & Schedules

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day Tips 2022, Friday 18th March, Day 4 Schedule

Time Race Cheltenham 2022 Tips
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Read Tip
2:10 County Handicap Hurdle Read Tip
2:50  Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Read Tip
3:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Read Tip
4:10 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Read Tip
4:50  Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Read Tip
5:30  Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Read Tip


Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Video Preview

Triumph Hurdle Odds & Tips

Race 1, Friday 18th March 1:30

A cracking race 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 there was another shock for punters who piled into Gary Moore’s Goshen in 2020 as the well backed favourite departed at the last when in complete command (leaving Burning Victory to scramble home at 12/1 for Willie Mullins). Perhaps another shock is on the cards in 2021, 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 18th 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). In 2020 the punters were in charge as the well backed 11/2f landing a hefty gamble on the day for the powerful Willie Mullins and Barry Geraghty combination.

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle Tips & Odds

Race 3, Friday 18th 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 2021 renewal has an open look to it, and running plans are likely to get a lot clearer closer to the week of the Festival (with numerous top yards having multiple entries across the four days).

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting & Tips

Race 4, Friday 18th March 3:30

The highlight of Friday and indeed the entire week at the festival, with top class staying chasers locking horns to attempt to take the Blue Riband of the NH game. There have been some legendary winners of the prize over the years, with Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman all fresh in the memory of all racing fans.

This is always a terrrific 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 reportedly still on target for another bid in 2021.

Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate to win the Gold Cup back to back in 2020, and he is currently the 4/1f to complete an incredible three-timer in 2021 (after a workmanlike win on his seasonal debut at Tramore).

Foxhunters Chase Preview & Tips

Race 5, Friday 18th 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, but the bookmakers got their revenge in 2020 when the unconsidered 66/1 chance It Came to Pass pulled off a major shock under Maxine O’Sullivan.

Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Preview & Tips

Race 6, Friday 18th March 4:50

A new addition to the Cheltenham Festival in 2021, with a Grade 2 Mares Chase over 2m4f sure to attract entries from the top yards in Britain and Ireland. The stated aim of the BHA is to encourage mares to stay in training and as such this move is broadly welcomed by trainers on both sides of the channel.

As a betting medium it is unlikely to fire the imagination of punters, with a small field likely and the top yards dominating (with the quality likely to be diluted with another option available to avoid high class rivals).

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Preview & Odds

Race 7, Friday 18th March 5:30

Another really competitive handicap hurdle to round off the week, with a maximum field of useful 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).

In 2020 there was a 25/1 shock as Paul Webber notched his first ever Ferstival winner with Indefatogable, coming from miles back under Ben Jones to send the layers home with full satchels.

Cheltenham 2022 Gold Cup Day

The final day of the festival, and all centred around the highlight of the entire four days in 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 came back in 2020 to land the spoils under a brilliant ride, overcoming some trouble in running and always just doing enough up the hill in a tight finish. A historic hat-trick is on the cards in 2021, with the bookmakers installing him as 4/1f in the early market after a comfortable win at Tramore on his seasonal reappearance. 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, while in 2020 there was a shock blow for punters as the well backed Goshen fell at the final hurdle when some 15l clear of toiling rivals (leaving the lucky Burning Victory to come home in front in the most unlikely of circumstances).The Irish look set to dominate proceedings in 2021 with their juvenile form seemingly far stronger than the best the UK trainers can muster.

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. Punters restored some balance with the well backed Monkfish landing the spoils in the blanket finish up the hill in 2020, and he has since proven himself as a top level novice chaser over fences this winter.

A competitive handicap rounds off the meeting, with the Martin Pipe handicap hurdle 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/luck in running playing a huge part).

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Tuesday 15th March, Day 1 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2022 Tips
1:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
2:10 Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Tips
2:50 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Tips
4:10 Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Tips
5:30 National Hunt Challenge Chase Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Wednesday 16th March, Day 2 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2022 Tips
1:30 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Tips
2:10 Festival Novices’ Chase Tips
2:50 Coral Cup Hurdle Tips
3:30 Queen Mother Champion Chase Tips
4:10 Glenfarcias Cross Country Chase Tips
4:50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Tips
5:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Thursday 17th March, Day 3 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2022 Tips
1:30 Marsh Novices Chase Tips
2:10 Pertemps Network Final Tips
2:50 Ryanair Chase Tips
3:30 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips
4:10 Paddy Power Plate Tips
4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle Tips
5:30 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

Cheltenham Betting Tips 2022, Friday 18th March, Day 4 Race Cards & Selections

Time Cheltenham 2022 Tips
130 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips
2:10 County Handicap Hurdle Tips
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novice’s Hurdle Tips
3:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips
4:10 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips
4:50 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Tips
5:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips