Cheltenham Festival, unfortunately, is almost over for another year and what a treat the last few days has been. This week we have seen our fair share of shock winners and favourites letting us down this week so if Day 4 is anything like the last three days then what a final day we have in-store. This handy guide provided to you by Novibet takes a look back at yesterday’s action and casts an eye on who we should be keeping an eye on in today’s races.
Cheltenham Festival: Day 3 Results
St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham is always a special occasion and 2020 was no different from previous years. The action kicked off in enthralling fashion with the Marsh Chase at 13:30 which was won by the finest of margins decided upon by a judge who awarded it to 4/1 shot Samcro ahead of darkhorse Melon, with favourite Faugheen landing third sport.
The Pertemps Final at 14:10 saw the Gordon Elliott trained Sire Du Bulais record back-to-back victories in this hard-fought race. Despite its history in this fixture, few saw the 10/1 shot taking home the prize yet again. Elsewhere, joint-favourite The Storyteller that was priced at 11/2 finished in second with Toust Em Perms taking third.
Following this at 14:50 was the Ryanair Chase where Min (2/1) put up a performance of the highest calibre to grab the win meaning 16/1, longshot Saint Calvados had to settle for second place having also put up a fine display. The favourite for the race was A Plus Tard who was priced at 33/20 with Novibet could only manage third on this occasion.
The biggest surprise of the day was the result of the 15:30 Stayers’ Hurdle where Paisley Park seemed destined to be the victor but disappointingly finished sixth. It was Lisnagar Oscar who remarkably ended the day as champion despite being priced all the way out at 50/1, 20/1 Ronald Pump took second and 33/1 shot Barcadys placing in third.
Next up, we were treated to the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at 16:10 where the day finally saw a favourite take home the win as 10/3 shot Simply The Betts galloped to victory. This result will have no doubt have been a relief to punters across the country. However, wildcards Happy Diva (20/1) and Mister Whittaker (33/1) put in impressive performances managing to finish second and third respectively.
The 16:50 is the Daylesford Mares’ Novices Hurdle which is becoming synonymous with superstar trainer Willie Mullins as the Irishman scored his fifth win in this race with Concertista (9/2) yesterday. Elsewhere, Dolcita who was priced at 9/1 scored second but 100/1 shot Rayne’s World astoundingly placed third in a race to remember.
The final race of the day was equally unpredictable as the rest of the day as 9/1 shot Milan Native scored a surprise win in the Kim Muir Chase, beating 10/1 Kilthium Cross which landed second. It was a day to forget however for favourite, Le Breuil, who was priced at 5/1 as it fell embarrassingly short and could only land 11th place. 16/1 shot Bob Mahler scored third.
Cheltenham Day 4: Races and Betting Tips
The final day of action promises to be spectacular and the first race of the day which is the JCB Triumph Hurdle at 13:30. For this one, Allmankind at 9/2 seems tremendous value considering its terrific recent form having won every race since switching trainers from Michael Bell to Dan Skelton last October and I’d expect this form to continue into Cheltenham.
At 14:10 next up at Prestbury Park is the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle which is a difficult one to call with it being a toss-up between two Willie Mullins trained horses for me. Favourite for the race is Saint Roi at 6/1 however; the five-year-old has only ever raced competitively four times. On this occasion, I’m backing the experienced option in 13/2 shot Aramon who has been there and done it all before which can only play into his favour today.
Following the Handicap Hurdle, we have the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at 14:50, I fancy Fury Road for this one at the inciting price of 7/1. The Gordon Elliott trained Stowaway did put in a disappointing performance last time out at York but had been on a winning streak before that. If Fury Road can put that bad day at the office behind him and recapture that magnificent form then this price offers great value.
Finally, we reach the pinnacle of the whole festival as it is time for someone to write their name in the history books by winning The Gold Cup. Al Boum Photo comes into this as the favourite priced at 10/3 but despite coming into this huge race off the back off an impressive victory at Tramore, I can’t see it doing the business this afternoon. Clan Des Obeux which is trained by Paul Nicholls is the wildcard that I would instead favour and is generously priced all the way out at 7/1 who had a fantastic end to 2019 and I see no reason why this won’t continue.
16:10 is the Foxhunter Chase which I predict mark another successful afternoon for Willie Mullins as I fancy his horse Billaway (5/1) to take the victory, the eight-year-old experienced racehorse is also set to be ridden by Mullins’ son this afternoon. Alcala at 20/1 is also worth casting an eye on as it certainly has the ability to cause a stir in this race and I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest to see it place.
The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup is the penultimate race of the 2020 edition of the festival and 6/1 shot Eclair De Beaufeu stands out to me as the frontrunner in this exciting matchup. The Paul Nicholls trained six-year-old was inconsistent last season and goes through purple patches in form but a win last time out at Leopardstown gives me optimism that we can see that performance repeated today.
The last race of the whole weekend has a heavy-weight of expectation on it to be a memorable one and in the spirit of Cheltenham by opting for a longshot in the Martin Pipe Condition Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. At the exciting price of 14/1, I am backing trainer Dan Skelton to take home another and Flash The Steel to reign supreme following the final clash of the festival.
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