Cheltenham Day Four Preview

By Luke (@lukekeena1)

Day four gets underway with the JCB Triumph Hurdle over two miles. Sir Erec looks like getting favourite backers off to a flyer. He was a top class horse on the flat and he has transferred that form over hurdles. He is unbeaten over hurdles and I don’t think he will lose his unbeaten tag here.

Race two is the County Hurdle over two miles. This looks a very competitive handicap. I like Eclair De Beaufeu for Gordon Elliot. He was last seen finishing fourth on handicap debut at Leopardstown. Before that run he had won two in a row, at Cork and Fairyhouse. I think he is better than mark of 136 and can run a good race with Jack Kennedy on board.

Race three is the Albert Bartlett Novices’ hurdle over three miles. Usually for his race you need a horse that is battle hardened. I like Derrinross for the father son combination of Philip and Luke Dempsey. This horse has had five starts over hurdles and is an eight year old. He will love the ease in the ground and can run well at around 10/1.

A horse at a mad price I like is Rockpoint for Colin Tizzard. His last two runs have been underwhelming but a return to Cheltenham could see him return to the form of his win at Cheltenham in December. He has had twelve runs over hurdles so he won’t lack experience. I think he will outrun his odds of 25/1.

Race four is the feature race of the week, The Gold Cup over three miles and two furlongs. I like Presenting Percy for Pat Kelly. While he hasn’t had a run over fences this season he has schooled around Galway. He won’t have a problem staying, he has won over three miles five furlongs at Fairyhouse in 2017. I think he is the best horse in the race and if he had of run over fences he would be a lot shorter than 7/2.

Race five is the Foxhunter Chase over three miles and two furlongs. I like Shantou Flyer for Richard Hobson. He has won his last two starts at Fontwell and Kelso. Last year he finished second in the Ultima on day one. He is a nine year old who still has talent. If he runs up to the form of his second in last years Ultima he is the one to beat.

Race six is the Grand Annual over two miles. I like last years winner Le Prezien for Paul Nicholls. He is running off 151, he won this race last season off a mark of 150. If he was to return to that form he can run a good race at around 10/1.

The last race of the festival is the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs. I like Defi Bleu for Gordon Elliot. His last run was slightly disappointing at Leopardstown. Prior to that he finished second behind Derrinross over three miles at Limerick. I think he is better than his mark of 139 and can run a good race at a price of 14/1.

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