Cheltenham Day 4 Tips - Friday 15th March 2019
The going is expected to remain good to soft for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
1.30 Triumph Hurdle (ITV)
The Irish “good things” have already collected in the Champion Bumper and the Fred Winter and Sir Erec is expected to follow suit here. He was only two and a half lengths behind Stradivarius in the Group 2 Champions Long Distance Cup on the flat in October. He showed his inexperience on his hurdling debut when beating Tiger Tap Tap by a neck but looked much more professional next time.
Quel Destin sets the standard for the home team and has won four of the key trials. He won’t go down without a fight while Pentland Hills and Pic D’Orhy look the best of the remainder.
Tip: SIR EREC
2.10 County Handicap Hurdle (ITV)
Whiskey Sour looks to have been laid out for this race and bids to improve on last season’s third place. Stable companion Cut The Mustard has also looked capable of picking up a big handicap but Mr Adjudicator could beat them both.
He was runner-up in the Triumph Hurdle last year and returned from a 196-day absence to chase home none other than Espoir D’Allen. Admittedly he was no match for the Champion Hurdler but we now know that he was attempting the impossible.
Tip: MR ADJUDICATOR
2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (ITV)
Nicky Henderson’s horses have been running well all week and he saddles the likely favourite in the unbeaten Birchdale. Brewin’upastorm ran creditably on Wednesday and that horse would have pushed Birchdale all the way but for falling here in January.
Commander Of Fleet and Rhinestone are closely matched on Leopardstown form where Salsaretta unseated her rider early on. Allaho bids to crown a glorious festival week for Cheveley Park following the victories of A Plus Tard and Envoi Allen. He won easily at Clonmel and will have the assistance of Ruby Walsh.
Tip: COMMANDER OF FLEET
3.30 Cheltenham Gold Cup (ITV)
The ground may not be soft enough for the likes of Native River and Elegant Escape. Thistlecrack could easily emerge as the best of the Colin Tizzard trio after his fine effort in the King George at Kempton. Clan Des Obeaux looked a class act that day but this will be his first real test up the Cheltenham hill.
Presenting Percy has not had the ideal preparation and this could be the day that Willie Mullins finally wins the Gold Cup. He has four live chances with Bellshill, Al Boum Photo, Kemboy and Invitation Only.
Tip: CLAN DES OBEAUX
4.10 Foxhunter Challenge Cup (ITV)
Pacha Du Polder goes for the hat-trick in the Foxhunters but his distant fifth at Haydock last month did not offer any encouragement. Ucello Conti has unseated his rider in the last two Grand Nationals but was still in with every chance on both occasions. He has been chalking up the victories in this new sphere. Caid Du Berlais was fifth last year and is a former Paddy Power Gold Cup winner. He did not quite last home last year but may be ridden with more restraint this time.
Tip: UCELLO CONTI