Cheltenham Festival Day Four Preview

Martin Green

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:19 AM UTC

Friday, Mar. 15, 2019 7:19 AM UTC

The Gold Cup is the big race of the day on Friday as the Cheltenham Festival wraps up in style.

<p>The richest Grade 1 contest in Britain takes place at the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival">Cheltenham Festival</a> today as the country’s leading chasers will battle it out for the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Gold Cup">Gold Cup</a> glory. A record £625,000 prize pool has attracted the very best in the business to the west of England for a shot at jumps racing’s ultimate glory. The final declarations are in and we are left with an extremely strong field that offers plenty of value for punters. The ante post lines have jumped all over the place as fans have lumped on their selections, and you can expect further shifts as betting ramps up ahead of the big race.</p><h2>Seven big races left</h2><p>Day four kicks off in style with the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle, the leading event in the National Hunt calendar exclusively for juveniles. It has been running since 1939 and has produced future champion hurdlers like Katchit, Kribensis and Persian War. Next up is another famous old race, the County Handicap Hurdle, which was claimed by 20/1 shot Arctic Fire last year. The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is the third race of the day, and this Grade 1 contest is one of the newer ones inaugurated when the Festival expanded from three days to four in 2005.</p><p>Then it is the big one, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place at 3.30pm. After all that excitement, we move on to the Foxhunter Steeple Chase, dubbed “the amateur Gold Cup” as it takes place over the same distance, but only allows amateur riders. The penultimate race of the March Festival is the Grand Annual is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, and the oldest chase in the National Hunt calendar, having first taken place all the way back in 1834. Then the Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle wraps things up.</p><h2>Favourites and market movers</h2><p>Favourites struggled to make an impact on the opening day of the festival, but they won four of seven races on day two and three of seven yesterday. There is just one odds-on favourite today and that is Joseph O’Brien’s heavily backed Sir Erec in the opening race. He is many punters’ banker of the week and he can be backed at 10/11 with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> and various other bookies. Willie Mullins’ Whiskey Sour leads the betting in the second race of the day, but the big mover is Monsieur Lecoq, who is now 10/1. Nicky Henderson has three winners so far and he has the favourite in the Albert Bartlett, with Birchdale priced at 11/2.</p><p>Defending champion Native River, Presenting Percy and King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux have been vying for favouritism in the build up to the Gold Cup, but Presenting Percy has surged to the front today. The winner of this race has come from the top three in the betting in recent years, so you might want to pay particular attention to that trio. Stand Up And Fight, Ucello Conti and Hazel Hill are clustered at the top of the betting for the Foxhunter, although the race looks wide open and 8/1 shot Shantou Flyer might make a nice each-way option. Dallas Des Pictons is the favourite to win the final race of the day.</p><h2>Bookmaker bonus offers</h2><p>Betway is offering enormous odds of 80/1 on Presenting Percy to win the Gold Cup. The best actual price you will find on him right now is 4/1, so that is a significant boost. You stake is capped at £1 and you have to deposit £10 into a new account to qualify. Paddy Power and Sport Nation have similar offers, but with odds of 50/1. Paddy Power will alternatively give you 80/1 on Clan Des Obeaux if you fancy.</p><h2>Related articles:</h2><ul> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide">Cheltenham Festival 2019: Horse Racing Tips And Essential Betting Guide</a></strong></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham day three"><strong>Day Three Recap</strong></a></li> <li><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Gold Cup">Cheltenham Gold Cup preview</a></strong></li></ul>
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