The UK enter Gold Cup Day with a marginal lead in the BetBright Cup
Following a cracking week’s racing at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, Gold Cup Day is finally upon us and we can’t wait for it to get underway!
The UK looks firmly back in the hunt to retain the BetBright Cup, but Mullins’ has come mob-handed in a couple of races so we expect more points on the board for the Irish come 5.25ish this evening!
Here’s our final installment of tips and advice for Day Four, best of luck with your bets!
1.30 Cheltenham – JCB Triumph Hurdle
The British juvenile hurdlers look a classier crop than their Irish counterparts in this year’s Triumph and it should pay to follow them. Hargam, Peace And Co and Top Notch – all from Nicky Henderson’s stable – look to have it between them while Devilment is one of the more likely outsiders.
Petite Parisienne looks the best of the Irish, but we’re going to side with the third-favourite TOP NOTCH to get us off to a flyer. Nicky Henderson’s French recruit has looked a real professional and remains unbeaten in five starts. He jumps, he stays, has a touch of class and won’t mind the rain.
2.05 Cheltenham – Vincent O´Brien County Handicap Hurdle
Twenty-six runners go to post for the County Hurdle meaning luck is going to be at a premium. Our two against the field are BALTIMORE ROCK and SORT IT OUT.
David Pipe’s horse, the former, has an interesting profile. He was fancied to run well in the competitive Greatwood Hurdle at the start of the season, but it was a mess of a race and his effort can be forgiven. The Pipes have obviously kept him back for this race so he is interesting.
AP McCoy had plenty to choose from, but despite swerving Sort It Out his profile remains interesting to us. He looks progressive coming here on the back of two wins and it’s hard to get a handle on his ability as he appears to hold a little back for himself. He may run nicely despite the champion jockey looking elsewhere.
2.40 Cheltenham – Albert Bartlett Novices´ Hurdle
A hugely competitive running of the Albert Bartlett. Willie Mullins’s Black Hercules is sure to run well, but he comes here on the back of an extended break and for a big horse, it might be tough to get him fit.
No More Heroes is another horse that is sure to run well, but he comes here on the back of an interrupted campaign. The solid horse looks to be VALUE AT RISK whose bumper form ties in closely with the aforementioned pair yet he is a much bigger price.
The step-up in will suit this strong staying type and the rain that has come will suit him. He can be a little bit keen, but hopefully he settles nicely today.
3.20 Cheltenham – Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
The National Hunt season’s biggest race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is next and we’ve got a hugely competitive running. This has proved to be a young horse’s race in recent times so we’re looking to take on Silviniaco Conti.
Given the rain, the two we like are DJAKADAM and MANY CLOUDS. Both come here in rude health, stay well and will love the falling rain. It’s a competitive race and we hope the younger legs can prevail.
4.00 Cheltenham – St. James´s Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
We can’t confess to be Foxhunter experts here, but you can never go too far wrong with horses with solid course and distance form with a jockey like Nina Carberry aboard.
With that being the case, we’ll stick with ON THE FRINGE for a late ‘Nina Saver’!
4.40 Cheltenham – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle
Here at BetBright we’re sick of looking for value against Willie Mullins horses at the Cheltenham Festival. Sometimes it just pays to stick with the obvious so that’s exactly what we’re going to do here with ROI DES FRANCS. Willie Mullins has won the last two runnings of this race with Gigginstown-owned horses and we hope the Irish Champion trainer can make it a hat-trick.
There has been plenty of talk about this horse on the lead up to Cheltenham, talk of him of him being a classy animal. It’s interesting he was entered in the Grade 1 Neptune Novices’ Hurdle so it may be that he is well-handicapped here back in lesser company. David Mullins is a great booking, too.
5.15 Cheltenham – A.P. McCoy Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup
If you’re down on the week this is the real get out of jail stakes. It’s not an easy race, a big field handicap over two miles, but who better to pull you out of the fire than Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.
It doesn’t look a great running of the Grand Annual and BLOOD COTIL could be nicely handicapped on some of his hurdles form. He wasn’t far off being a Grade 1 juvenile hurdler and with four runs over fences he has enough experience and class to go close.