Cheltenham Preview – Day 4
The final day of the festival sees the Gold Cup where Al Boum Photo will be looking to defend his title. Yesterday was our best day yet with a 5/2 winner, a 10/1 winner, a 4/1 winner and a 9/2 winner as well as an 8/1 2nd! We’ll be looking to do equally well again today!
If you haven’t got time to read the whole preview here’s our selections here:
13.30 – Goshen win 11/4, Wave of the Sea Each Way 11/1
14:10 – Saint Roi Win 11/2, Moyhaad Each Way 12/1
14:50 – Latest Exhibition Win 4/1, Cobblers Way Each Way 14/1
15:30 – Al Boum Photo Win 10/3, Kemboy in the Without Favourite Market 8/1
16:10 – Stalker Wallace Each Way 6/1, Shantou Flyer Each Way 6/1
16:50 – Greaneteen Win 4/1, Eclair De Beaufau Each Way 15/2
17:30 – Five O’Clock Win 8/1, Column Of Fire Each Way 13/2
The first race of the day at 1.30 is for juveniles and is a fairly open affair. At the head of the market is Goshen who has the potential to an absolute superstar having won his first 3 hurdle races by a combined 70 lengths. Solo also created a very good impression as he skipped clear last time at Kempton. The winner is likely to come from these two although Allmankind and Aspire Tower could give them something to think about. One at a price that we like is A Wave Of The Sea who is trained by Joseph O’Brien who won this race two years ago.
Go Sporting Tip – Goshen Win 11/4, A Wave Of The Sea Each Way 11/1
The 2.10 is the County Handicap Hurdle and like all handicaps at Cheltenham a very competitive affair. We’ve managed to land 4 winners of the 6 handicaps so far and our focus is very much on the JP McManus horses. Ciel De Neige has been well backed this morning and came 2nd in a top Newbury handicap and still looks to have a good mark. Saint Roi the ride of leading jockey Barry Geraghty lacks experience of a big field handicap but could be on a silly mark that seems him fly away from the field. Dan Skelton has won the last two renewals of this race and clearly knows how to place a horse in this handicap. He’s represented by the winner from 2018 Mohaayed who is out of form but had a wind operation and will have been aimed for this race. He’s also ridden by the jockey that won on him 2 years ago.
Go Sporting Tip – Saint Roi Win 11/2, Mohaayed Each Way 12/1
The next race is the Albert Bartlett and is for staying novices. The 3 at the top of the market all clearly have a big chance. Thyme Hill has done nothing wrong, has the best bumper form and unbeaten over hurdles but strangely is weak in the market which is a concern. His trainer has also gone cold this week with Defi Du Seuil an awful loser earlier in the week. Latest Exhibition is the pick for us. 3/4 over hurdles and seems to want a real test which he’ll likely to get. Willie Mullins is represented by Monkfish and he caught the eye when scampering clear at Thurles. A couple at bigger prices include Mullins’ other horse Janidil who is 3 from 3 this season and Cobbler’s Way who was an excellent second to Latest Exhibition earlier in the season and seems on an upward curve.
Go Sporting Tip – Latest Exhibition Win 4/1, Cobbler’s Way Each Way 14/1
The main event is the Gold Cup and we can’t go away from last years impressive winner Al Boum Photo who has had ideal preparation for the race and barring any mishaps looks certain to go very close again. His stablemate Kemboy fell early last year but then beat Al Boum Photo a month later and if he gets a clear round could well be booked for at least a place. Delta Work has impressed this season and looks a dour stayer whilst Clan Des Obeaux won the King George impressively but doubts remain as to if he will relish the Cheltenham hill. Of the others Lostintranslation has serious questions to answer after his performance last time out and Bristol De Mai is likely to face a couple too good once more. Santini could go off favourite which is baffling to us given the substance of his form.
Go Sporting Tip – Al Boum Photo Win 7/2, Kemboy in the without favourite market 8/1
The 4.10 is the Foxhunters for amateur riders and JP McManus is again well represented with the favourite Minella Rocco and Stalker Wallace. Minella Rocco is such a frustrating horse. He’s incredibly talented but you will know after four fences if he fancies it and therefore if he wins or not. If he does fancy it he’d be almost impossible to beat but at 3/1 it’s not a gamble worth taking. Stalker Wallace meanwhile is ridden by Jamie Codd and is very lightly raced and seems to have a lot left in his locker. Shantou Flyer is 2/2 for his new trainer and came runner up last season and we think could easily go one better this year. Hazel Hill meanwhile won this last year before losing to Minella Rocco at Wetherby last month having jumped badly to his right. Billaway is Willie Mullins’ representative and looks very progressive and beat Stalker Wallace last time at Naas although we fancy Stalker Wallace to reverse the form.
Go Sporting Tip – Stalker Wallace Each Way 6/1, Shantou Flyer Each Way 6/1
The 4.50 is another competitive handicap but one horse that has made a striking impression over fences having won all 3 is Paul Nicholls’ Greaneteen. He races freely but the handicapper has let him off lightly and if his jumping can hold it together he’d have a major chance. Chosen Mate has been well supported and it is easy to see why after his Gowran win in January. He’s trained by Gordon Elliott who’s Cheltenham’s leading trainer this year but it’s Elliott’s other horse who’s more interesting at a bigger price – Eclair De Beaufau has run really well in big fields, including here, over both hurdles and fences and looks to have a good mark with his jockey taking 5lbs off as he’s an amateur.
Go Sporting Tip – Greaneteen Win 4/1, Eclair De Beaufau Each Way 15/2
The final race of the festival is the Martin Pipe Handicap and we think the winner comes from the first three in the betting. Front View has been steadily backed all week and represents last years winning team and it would be fitting for JP McManus to end the festival with yet another win. Column of Fire has been held in high regard for Gordon Elliott for some time now and was a cracking 3rd in a highly competitive handicap at Leopardstown last time. Our selection however is Five O’Clock who won a Grade 3 novice at Thurles last time out and we think is massively ahead of the handicapper. The fact there’s been money for him only supports this and Mullins can enjoy a Gold Cup/Martin Pipe double.