CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 TIPS

Find out who our experts are tipping for day four of the Cheltenham Festival 2021.

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13:20 Triumph Hurdle

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Zanahiyr

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It is easy to imagine Tritonic and ZANAHIYR as strong contenders for future Champion Hurdles. A Flat race between them would almost certainly go badly for Zanahiyr but the Irish powerhouse has fitted so easily into his new role, and has been such an assured jumper, that he gets a narrow verdict over a very strong rival whose dashing finish was seen to such good effect at Kempton, a track that favours speedsters. There is a slight ground query for Quilixios who is entitled to be breathing down their necks on bare form but the state of the going is not important to the improving Adagio and he could be third best.

Paul Kealy

Tritonic

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Tritonic

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Tom Segal

Tritonic

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Gavin Lynch

Zanahiyr

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13:55 Randox Health County Hurdle

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Ganapathi

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Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins have split the last six runnings between them. Skelton relies on Third Time Lucki but fellow novice GANAPATHI could prove to be a lot better than his opening mark and gets the nod for the Mullins team. This unexposed 5yo travelled well before failing to stay 2m6f in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last month and has significant potential. Milkwood did extremely well to finish third at Newbury in November, having been badly hampered, and he is second choice with the drying ground in his favour. Thyme White has a similar profile and is next on the list for Paul Nicholls, who has won this four times. Le Patriote and Eclair De Beaufeu are attractively handicapped, while Drop The Anchor and Champagne Gold fought out the highly competitive Ladbrokes Hurdle at Leopardstown last month but the handicapper has hit them hard and they need to find further improvement.

Tom Segal

Captain Kangaroo

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Paul Kealy

Eclair De Beaufeu

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Darasso

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Gavin Lynch

Ganapathi

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Gavin Lynch

Gowel Road

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Tom Segal

Ganapathi

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14:30 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

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Vanillier

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Market leader Stattler is a strapping chap for whom this war of attrition could suit down to the ground, but he did get the run of things at Leopardstown last time and yet did not finish far ahead of Fakiera, who came from a long way back. Further behind was VANILLIER, who palpably failed to give his running in performing well beneath market expectations (he was only 12-1). The RPR of 144 that he produced when finishing strongly for second in a 2m7f Grade 2 the time before is not to be sniffed at, and the potential is there to outrun his odds. He is unproven on this ground but that's the case with a lot of them, including Torygraph who is also highly respected. Contrary to what is suggested by their market positions, Threeunderthrufive has as good a form chance as his stablemate Barbados Buck's, and they could be best of the British contingent.

Tom Segal

Streets Of Doyen

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Fakiera

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Paul Kealy

Streets Of Doyen

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Tom Segal

Alaphilippe

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Tom Segal

Torygraph

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Gavin Lynch

Stattler

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15:05 Gold Cup

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A Plus Tard

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Great credit is due to Al Boum Photo for his two Gold Cup wins and although the form of last year's success is downplayed now, it was still top class, with the second Santini and third Lostintranslation both rising young stayers at that stage. Neither of those rivals has weathered the intervening months too well and Al Boum Photo is a much more reliable option. However, there is room at the top for A PLUS TARD (nap) who acts so well here and added a new dimension to his already impressive record when coming home best to beat Kemboy over 3m at Leopardstown. Champ is dependent on a better round of jumping than is sometimes the case from him but his stamina is surely not in doubt and he makes more appeal than the redoubtable Frodon and Royale Pagaille, impressive though the latter has been on testing ground of late. Minella Indo is closely matched with Champ on their RSA run last year and he is another who is capable of a big run.

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Al Boum Photo

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David Jennings

Champ

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Gavin Lynch

Al Boum Photo

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Paul Kealy

Royale Pagaille

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Paul Kealy

Santini

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Tom Segal

A Plus Tard

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15:40 St James's Place Hunters' Chase

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Bob And Co

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Smart hunter chaser BOB AND CO has a good chance on ratings and is taken to give Paul Nicholls a fifth success in this contest. The selection has done very well since joining the Ditcheat maestro and is better than ever judged on his reappearance win. Billaway and Red Indian are obvious dangers near the head of the betting but there are some interesting contenders at bigger odds, notably Chameron, Porlock Bay and Mr Mantilla in that order of preference. It Came To Pass ran away with this race last year but he's harder to recommend on this season's form.

Tom Segal

Porlock Bay

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Bob And Co

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Staker Wallace

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Gavin Lynch

It Came To Pass

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16:15 Mares Chase

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Elimay

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This is the inaugural running of this mares' chase and Willie Mullins, who has dominated the mares' hurdle races at the Festival since their inception, may well hold the key with Colreevy and ELIMAY. Colreevy won the Grade 1 Faugheen Novice Chase against males at Limerick in December but Elimay's second place to classy male stablemate Allaho at Thurles in January was an excellent performance and she is preferred. Shattered Love has the form to play a leading role but her profile is rather unreliable, while 2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light also comes out well at the weights but she would prefer further. The more the ground dries out the better it will be for Really Super and she's an interesting outsider.

David Jennings

Colreevy

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Paul Kealy

Shattered Love

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Elimay

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Gavin Lynch

Elimay

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16:50 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

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Galopin Des Champs

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The ex-Gordon Elliott runners must be taken very seriously given his tremendous record in this race but there may well be more interesting Irish contenders from other quarters this time round. Commandingpresence is one for Henry De Bromhead but he may prove second best to a Willie Mullins representative in GALOPIN DES CHAMPS. The Mullins-trained Gentleman De Mee has been the ante-post favourite and, as the least exposed runner in the entire field, he could have major potential but Galopin Des Champs could flower over this new trip and he gets the vote following his bold show when 100-1 in the top 2m Grade 1 novice race at Leopardstown. David Pipe has two interesting candidates who were due to run at Sandown last Saturday, with the novice Martinhal the pick given his promise. Last year's sixth Mill Green and Imperial Cup winner Langer Dan also need a mention.

Tom Segal

Gabynako

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Paul Kealy

Eglantine Du Seuil

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Paul Kealy

Galopin Des Champs

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Fire Attack

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David Jennings

Fire Attack

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Cheltenham Festival Friday Tips

Triumph Hurdle

19/03 13:20

The Triumph Hurdle was first run at Hurst Park in 1939 and moved here in 1965 after that track closed. It used to have a reputation for huge fields and shock results but since four-year-olds were given the alternative option of the Fred Winter Hurdle in 2005 it has become more of a true championship event and 13 of the 16 winners have had an SP of 10-1 or shorter. Look for a classy hurdler as five of the last ten winners had already proven their calibre by landing graded events. Five of the last eight were trained in Ireland but neither Willie Mullins nor Gordon Elliott can begin to rival the outstanding record of Nicky Henderson: Britain's champion trainer took this for the first time with First Bout in 1985 and made it a remarkable seventh success when Pentland Hills scored two years ago.

Randox Health County Hurdle

19/03 13:55

The County Hurdle was established in 1920 and for many years it was the final race at the meeting - which was better news for bookmakers than punters as a tightly-knit handicap with a huge field makes for the toughest of 'getting out' races. That first running went to a 4-7 shot but no outright favourite has won since 2004. Looking for an Irish horse could tip the odds in your favour, as the away team have provided six of the last ten winners - four of them trained by Willie Mullins. But Paul Nicholls has also won it four times since 1996 and siding with his former assistant Dan Skelton has also been a profitable system of late, as he has supplied three of the last five winners in Superb Story (2016), Mohaayed (2018) and Ch'tibello (2019). Inexperience need be no bar to success, with five and six-year-olds the most successful age group of late and six novices triumphing since 1996.

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

19/03 14:30

A three-mile novice hurdle was added to the programme when the festival expanded to four days in 2005 and such was its quality that it was promoted to Grade 1 status after just three years. The idea is to provide a breeding ground for future stars and plenty of winners have gone to even bigger and better things, with Penhill returning to land the Stayers' Hurdle and Bobs Worth taking the Gold Cup itself. But choosing between a big field of improving horses is tricky and there have been shock scorers at 33-1 (Kilbricken Storm) and 50-1 (Minella Indo) in the last three years, while the last seven favourites have been beaten. That said, it is worth looking for a class act, with seven of the last ten winners having already landed a graded hurdle. All bar one had also hinted at their stamina by winning over at least 2m5f and staying power is certainly something you want on your side. And pay close attention to Irish stables, which have provided five of the last seven winners.

Gold Cup

19/03 15:05

It may have begun life as a Flat race in 1819 but the Cheltenham Gold Cup has been run over fences since 1924 and has become arguably the most prestigious jumps race in the world. Golden Miller's earned legendary status with five victories in the 1930s while post-war stars Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate scored three wins each. But the gruelling nature of this 3m 2 1/2f slog on the New course means this is a test of resolve and stamina, as much as class - many a flashy-looking winner of the King George VI Chase, horses such as One Man or Silviniaco Conit, has come unstuck in this. Look for a horse who is proven here, as Coneygree (2015) is the only winner since 1996 not to have run at the festival previously. Young legs tend to stand the test better and no horse as old as ten has collected the prize since Cool Dawn in 1998. And Irish horses are getting harder to beat, coming out on top in five of the last seven years.

St James's Place Hunters' Chase

19/03 15:40

The Gold Cup is traditionally followed by a race run over the same course and distance and known colloquially as the amateurs' Gold Cup. That is not to decry the quality of the horses: Rushing Wild went on from his 1992 success in this to finish second in the Gold Cup itself while Grittar landed the Grand National 13 months after taking this prize. Paul Nicholls certainly targets the race and it is worth taking seriously anything he runs in a contest he has won with Earthmover, Sleeping Night and Pacha du Polder (twice). Proven form in the race is a definite plus-point and Salsify and On The Fringe are others to have come out on top more than once in the last decade. That said, this is not a veterans chase and only one horse older than 11 has won it since 1989. It is certainly an equal opportunities event when it comes to the riders and female jockeys have come to the fore of late, with Nina Carberry (twice), Bryony Frost, Harriet Tucker and Maxine O'Sullivan all successful since 2015.

Mares Chase

19/03 16:15

The newest race at the festival is being run for the first time in 2021, taking the place of the novice handicap chase which has been switched to the meeting at Sandown on the Saturday beforehand. It has been introduced as part of a general policy to encourage keeping mares in training by offering them good races to go at. Although there are no direct trends to go on, past history suggests that Willie Mullins could be the man to beat. He has won the Mares' Hurdle, which was introduced to this meeting in 2008, nine times and has taken every single running of the mares' novice hurdle which suggests he is likely to have the ammunition for this Grade 2 contest.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

19/03 16:50

Martin Pipe is a bookmaker's son so he may well smile at the thought that the race named in his honour is so tricky for punters to solve. Sir Des Champs (2011) is the sole successful favourite in its 12-year history and only two other winners have been returned at single-figure odds, with Indefatigable springing a 25-1 surprise last year. That is no surprise as the race attracts a big field of closely handicapped runners - with a limited weight range - who are ridden by relatively jockeys and anything can happen. That said, it is generally safest to look for a young horse - all bar two winners was five or six years old - and look out for Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, who have been responsible for five of the six Irish victories between them. Keep an eye on anything in the familiar maroon and whote colours of Gigginstown Stud - the owners have won this four times in ten years and also had second and third in 2019.