Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup Day Betting
Cheltenham 13th March – Day 4 Races
The curtain finally comes down on the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, with the most prestigious race of the National Hunt season. As the Gold Cup takes centre stage on the final day, there are still two other Grade 1 races taking place.
The main hub page Betting On Cheltenham gives you an overview of the festival and mobile betting offers available. For an in-depth look at each race and most talked about horses on Day 4 (Gold Cup Day) then keep reading.
13:30: JCB Triumph Hurdle
Grade 1 action kicks off the final day, with a race ran over two miles and one furlong. The Triumph Hurdle is open to horses aged four and older and is on the new course at Cheltenham. This race is the pinnacle for juvenile novice hurdlers and has been won by a host of well-known horses since its introduction in 1939. Persian War, Katchit and Tiger Roll have all won this race in the past. Pentland Hills won this race last year for Nicky Henderson.
The favourite for this year’s race is Solo, who comes to the festival off the back of two straight wins at Auteuil and Kempton. There will also be money on the market for Allmankind and Aspire Tower. Goshen would be the preference after winning on its last six starts for trainer Gary Moore.
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14:10: Randox Health County Hurdle
The Grade 3 Randox Health County Hurdle is next on the track at Cheltenham, run over two miles and one furlong. It was typically the final race of the festival before the new running order, introduced in 2009. The handicap race is open to horses aged five and over and has been won by Thousand Stars, Superb Story and Ch’tibello in the past.
The County Hurdle is expected to be a wide-open field. Only two horses under the price of 10/1 have won this race in the past 14 years. Ciel De Neige and Fusil Raffles will likely be competing for the shortest price, but there will also be money in the market for Janidil, Not So Sleepy and Buildmeupbuttercup. Each-way bettors could see excellent opportunities in this race.
14:50: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
The penultimate Grade 1 action of the festival will see the three miles and seven furlongs Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle competed. There are 12 hurdles to navigate in this race, with the field consisting of horses aged four and older. The race was introduced in 2005, before being upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2008. Unowhatimeanharry, Penhill and Bobs Worth have all won the race in the past.
There is an expectation on Thyme Hill to continue his excellent run of form for Phillip Hobbs. The six-year-old has already won all three starts this season. There will also be money in the market for Monkfish and Latest Exhibition.
15:30: Magners Gold Cup
The biggest race of the festival and the Blue Riband of jump-racing will be the race that all gamblers will be looking forward to on the final day. The most prestigious race of the National Hunt season is open to horses aged five and older and consists of three miles and two and a half furlongs. Twenty-two fences need to be navigated in the race, and the list of horses that have won this race is iconic. Best Mate, Denman, Arkle and Kauto Star have all won the Gold Cup in the past.
Last year’s winner Al Boum Photo gave Willie Mullins a first success in this race, and he will once again be the heavy favourite. Santini will also be among the favourites, but there are still huge questions surrounding his staying ability and whether the eight-year-old is a Gold Cup horse. Delta Work will also be a popular pick. The preference would be for Lostintranslation, who has already proven his consistency throughout his career and holds festival success at Aintree.
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16:10: Foxhunters Chase
The ‘amateur Gold Cup ‘ is next up after the main event, this race is run over the same distance as the featured race of the day. Horses’ previous performances get taken into account before declaring whether they have been successful in their bid to be involved in the Foxhunters Chase.
Hazel Hill will head the betting for the race, while there will also be a lot of money in the market for Minella Rocco, Billaway and Staker Wallace. Bob And Co, Shantou Flyer and Caid Du Berlais will also be prominent picks in the market.
16:50: Grand Annual Chase
Handicapped Grade 3 action takes centre stage after the Foxhunters Chase. The Grand Annual is open to horses aged five and older and is competed over two miles and half a furlong. Fourteen fences need to be navigated in the last graded action of the festival. Croco Bay is the defending champion after winning the race last year aged 12, which made him the oldest horse to win this race.
Lisp will be the heavy favourite for the 2020 instalment after a progressive showing at Doncaster last time out. Graneteen, Chosen Mate and Paloma Blue will also be prominent in the market. There could be each-way value further down the market in the form of Lady Buttons.
17:30: Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
The curtain comes down on the Cheltenham Festival with a race over two miles and four and a quarter furlongs. Conditional jockeys compete in the unlisted race, and there are nine hurdles to navigate. It is always one of the more unpredictable races of the festival, which means there is value in the market.
Front View will start as the favourite, after impressing with two wins in the past year. There will also be money in the market for Ilikedwayurthinkin, Column of Fore and Pileon.
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