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Pied Piper - 3/1
Hillcrest - 3/1
A Plus Tard - 7/2
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips
The Gold Cup will be raced on Friday the 18th March, with the big race set to jump at 15:30 GMT.
In what at times can be a tough and muddling race to predict, we will run the rule over some of the runners and riders in an attempt to find the winner for you. As well as the Gold Cup several other high profile races will be run on the final day of this year's Cheltenham Festival. Cheltenham Day 4 will kick off with the Triumph Hurdle and also features the Hunters Amateur Chase which is one of the most high profile races for amateur riders in the racing calendar.
On what is set to be an action-packed day of top-class racing, we will see one horse write their name into the history books. Join us as we preview Gold Cup Day Cheltenham along with some of the best Cheltenham betting offers.
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
A Plus Tard
Gold Cup Day Cheltenham
Where else to start our Cheltenham Day 4 tips than with the big race itself. The race was first run in 1924 and is raced over a distance of three miles and two furlongs. In total there are 22 fences of varying difficulty that the horses will need to conquer. Some of the world's most prestigious National Hunt horses have managed to win the big race – names such as Kauto Star, Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Denman.
At the time of writing, 25 horses have been declared for the race but we expect the final list of declarations to be around half this number. The ante-post market is currently led by three horses trained in Ireland. The current favourite is A Plus Tard who is trained by last year's winning trainer Henry De Bromhead. A Plus Tard can be currently backed around 7/2. The second favourite is Galvin who is trained by former champion trainer Gordon Elliot, with last year's winner Minello Indo rounding off the top three.
Gold Cup Betting Prediction
As always it's a difficult race to predict and there are question marks surrounding the majority of runners in the field. A Plus Tard looked the horse to beat when he hacked his way to victory in the Grade 1 Betfair chase. However, his Gold Cup credentials were questioned over the Christmas period when Galvin fought back to deny him another victory in the Savills Chase. It would be foolish to write off Galvin considering he has already beaten the pre-race favourite and has significant form at Cheltenham after winning last year's National Hunt Challenge. Last year's victor Minello Indo hasn't got anywhere near the heights of last year with the horse failing to win any of his subsequent starts since last year's victory. It would be a long shot to see him reverse the form over the top two in the market.
The Gold Cup can always be a race for value and there have been some big price winners over the years. One horse we like at a price is A Plus Tard. Whether A Plus Tard has the speed to match it with the horses at the top of the betting remains to be seen, but the ease of his success in the Paddy Power Gold Cup suggested that A Plus Tard is a horse to follow.
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Cheltenham Day 4 tips: Other notable races.
Cheltenham Day 4 will kick off with the Triumph Hurdle. Arguably the most competitive and eagerly anticipated race of the entire festival, it's the Willie Mullins trained Vauban who leads the ante-post betting where he can be backed at 13/8. In close attendance in the betting is Pied Piper who is currently tracking at 5/2. Pied Piper beat Vauban when the two met last year and he followed this success with one of the easiest victories you would ever wish to see at Cheltenham where he cruised to victory in the Grade 2 Triumph Hurdle Trial. The taking nature of his victory made us stand up and notice and at a slightly bigger price than Vauban he could be one of the best bets of the day.
One of the most exciting races of Cheltenham Day 4 is the Albert Bartlett which looks to be another race that is loaded with talent and could go one of many ways. There is a real fear that Irish trained horses will dominate proceedings at this year's festival but there is hope that a UK based horse could win this race in the shape of Hillcrest. Hillcrest trained by Shropshire based trainer Henry Daly has looked like a horse with real potential. A relentless galloper he has won four of the five races he has run this season. At 3/1 he could well be a horse to back in what is going to be one of the best races of the festival.
One of the most beloved races on Cheltenham Day 4 is the Hunters Chase. The Hunters Chase is the equivalent of the Gold Cup but is for amateur riders only – the race is run over the same distance as the Gold Cup. The race tends to be chaotic with thrills and spills everywhere you look. The current favourite for the race is the Willie Mullins trained Billaway. Billaway often starts his races as the prohibitive favourite but he rarely wins. A horse that we like the look of is Winged Leader. Winged Leader has won his last five races and eased to victory the last time out. At a decent each-way price of 5/1, he looks the value option of the race and could bring Cheltenham Day 4 to a succesful end.