CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 TIPS

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 TIPS

TimeRaceOur TipPlace Bet
13.20 Triumph Hurdle Bet now
13.55 County Hurdle Bet now
14.30 Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle Bet now
15.05 Gold Cup Bet now
15.40 Hunter Chase Bet now
16.15 Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase Bet now
16.50 Martin Pipe Hurdle Bet now
Time Race Tip Place Bet
13:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Vauban Place Bet
14:10 County Hurdle State Man Place Bet
14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Ginto Place Bet
15:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Galvin Place Bet
16:10 Festival Challenge Cup Hunters’ Chase Dubai Quest Place Bet
16:50 Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Mount Ida  Place Bet
17:30 Martin Pipe Hurdle Adamantly Chosen Place Bet

Cheltenham Day 4 tips from this year’s Festival sees the betting action head into the final day. It’s Friday, and it’s the big one. It’s Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, and that means the interest and intensity at the Gloucestershire track goes through the roof.

Who gets the win in this year’s Blue Riband event? The Gold Cup betting is the big highlight of the Cheltenham Day 4 betting tips.

Of course, there are more Day 4 tips to come than just from the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup. Friday’s picks start with a look at the Triumph Hurdle – one of three Grade 1 races for the day.

You can follow all the latest insights, tips and Cheltenham betting offers for each day of the Festival here with our horse racing experts.

Cheltenham Day 4 Races Schedule

Time Race Distance Type
1.30 pm JCB Triumph Hurdle 2m 1f Chase
2.10 pm County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f Hurdle
2.50 pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m Hurdle
3.30 pm The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup 3m 2 1/2f Chase
4.10 pm St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup 3m 2 1/2f Chase
4.50 pm Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase 2m 1/2f Chase
5.30 pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle 2m 4 1/2f Chase

Cheltenham Festival 2023 Friday Feature Race

There is no doubt about the big feature race of Friday at the Cheltenham Festival 2023. It’s the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the pinnacle of the National Hunt season and the richest race of its kind on the British shores.

The race is steeped in history, and it has produced some famous names in racing as winners. 

3:30pm – The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The first edition of the Cheltenham Gold Cup was in 1819, and it was a vastly different affair from what it is today. That inaugural run was on the flat. It wasn’t until 25 years later that it became a jumps race, and it is now the richest non-handicap chase race around.

This year, our betting experts will naturally be sizing up the field for Cheltenham Gold Cup tips. So stay tuned during the build-up to the start of the Festival for tips and insights.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over three miles two and a half furlongs with 22 jumps. Horses five years old and above can enter, and with this being such a high-class race, it’s only the cream of the crop that gets in there.

Looking back through the history of the Gold Cup, you can see the likes of Arkle, Kauto Star, Denman and Best Mate, who have had their names etched in the books.

Look for our Cheltenham Day 4 betting tips as part of our Cheltenham 2023 coverage.


2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup Review – Minella Indo lands the blow

The eight-year-old Minella Indo won the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Henry de Bromhead, ridden by Jack Kennedy. That was from a 9/1 SP, so Minella Indo wasn’t far from the front of the market.

Minella Indo took charge of things three from home in the contest, and by the second from last, he was well clear and just stayed on comfortably for the success.

That was ahead of A Plus Tard and race favourite Al Boum Photo, who had been attempting a Gold Cup hat-trick bid. That was the first Gold Cup success for trainer Henry de Bromhead.


Cheltenham Gold Cup Jockey Overview

Part of the business of picking a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is diving through the stats and trends such as jockey performances. For example, the only rider to have won the race more than once in the last 20 editions is Paul Townend.

He got there in back to back success with Al Boum Photo in 2019 and 2020. The likes of Nico De Boinville, Paddy Brennan and Bryan Cooper have all landed it once during the last two decades.


Cheltenham Gold Cup Trainer Overview

The most successful Gold Cup trainer in the last 20 renewals is Paul Nicholls, who has come up with three winners from thirty-eight entries. It has been a while since he got there, though, not having had a Gold Cup winner since the incredible Kauto Star in 2009.

Willie Mullins has taken two of the last three Gold Cup titles, with Nicky Henderson the only other to have won it on more than one occasion. However, his strike rate is a little better than that of Willie Mullins, as Henderson’s two Gold Cup wins came from far fewer entries.


Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends

Something to help along Cheltenham Gold Cup favorites will be a glance back at the recent Blue Riband fixture trends.

Our racing experts will look at things like none of the last 20 winners being outside the top 7 in the betting market and that all 20 winners had won a race within their previous four starts.

Again, it’s worth noting that age appears to be a significant factor for Cheltenham Gold Cup odds as there hasn’t been a winner above 9-year-olds in the last two decades. Neither has there been a winner at bigger odds than 20/1 in the time frame.

Check out our Cheltenham Day 4 tips for this year’s Festival, including the best Gold Cup picks!


2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview

There have been three winning favourites in the last ten editions – Bobs Worth in 2013, Don Cossack in 2016, and Al Boum Photo in 2020.

In terms of current interest in Cheltenham Gold Cup, where are we at? Early entries are for reigning champion Minella Indo and two-time winner Al Boum Photo. That alone adds some significant quality to the renewal.

But the ante-post favourite currently is A Plus Tard, who was runner-up to stable-mate Minella Indo last year. Either way, it’s a strong hand that Henry De Bromhead has in the race with those two set to reappear. 

A Plus Tard won the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November before a second in the Savills at Leopardstown a month later. That far outweighs the form Minella Indo has produced in the last twelve months.

There is another potentially significant player in this year’s Cheltenham Festival betting. Galvin has been solid in the Gold Cup odds in the ante-post market – he won the National Hunt Challenge Cup at last year’s Festival and has continued to shine in pattern company over the last twelve months. He beat A Plus Tard to the punch by winning the Savills Chase in December.


The Other Races on Day 4 Of The Cheltenham Festival 

The Gold Cup is the big race of Day 4 at the Cheltenham Festival 2023, but it is one of seven races on the day’s card. So there is plenty of horse racing betting elsewhere to dig into. Visit our dedicated racecards page for all the runners and riders of every race.

We have tips for all the races from each day at the Cheltenham Festival, and here is an overview of the other fixtures coming up on Day 4.

JCB Triumph Hurdle

The Triumph Hurdle kicks off the Cheltenham Day 4 tips, and it is a race for juvenile novices over a distance of two miles and one furlong. There are eight hurdles in the race and last year’s winner was Quilixios from a short 2/1 SP for Henry de Bromhead.

At the front of the market for Triumph Hurdle betting is Fil D’or, who won his first three attempts over the timbers, including a couple in pattern company – he should be a big player. But Vauban could mount a serious challenge in the field after a promising opening foray over the hurdles for Willie Mullins in December.


County Handicap Hurdle Race

The County Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 fixture on Gold Cup day. There are eight hurdles on the 2m 1f trip in this one. This is one of the most exciting races at the Festival because it just seems to invite the runners to let loose and go for broke.

Last year’s winner was Belfast Banter, who landed a huge 33/1 gamble in the field. There have been a few longer-priced winners in the County Handicap odds in the last decade – it could be a trend to watch for this year. The current favourite is West Cork, ahead of Echoes In Rain and El Fabiolo.


Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

The Albert Bartlett is a popular race for punters, and it is one for the novices. The Albert Bartlett started in 2005 to give a longer-distance option for novices beyond Ballymore. It is one of the Grade 1 fixtures on Gold Cup Day.

Last year’s Gold Cup winner Minella Indo won this race in 2019. It was Vanillier who took the win last year. A glance at the ante-post for the Cheltenham odds sees what could be a very competitive line-up starting to form with the likes of Ginto, Journey With Me and Hollow Games potentially in the picture.


St James’s Place Challenge Cup

This is one of the Festival races that go beyond the 3m mark, stretching out to 3m 2 1/2 furlongs. The St James’s Place is one of those specialist tests for those who have won a couple of points to point races or have placed in a couple of hunter chases.

The St James’s Place is the same distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, featuring the same number of fences. So it’s sort of like a Gold Cup version for amateurs. Last year’s winner was Porlock Bay, who could be back for a title defence. Options like Billaway and Winged Leader are shorter in the ante-post.


The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase was only introduced at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, so it is the newest race on the block. That first edition of the fixture, which is for Mares’ only, was won by the Willie Mullins-trained Colreevy. 

Concertista could be a key contender in this year’s renewal in a race that will only get more well-supported as it grows throughout the years. Elimay, Mount Ida And Riviere d’Etel could all play a part in a stronger renewal for Cheltenham betting 2023.


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

The final race of the four-day Cheltenham Festival is the Martin Pipe which is only for Conditional Jockeys. There are nine hurdles in the contest over 2m 4 1/2 furlongs, and it is a handicap race.

No horse and no jockey have won the fixture more than once since its inception in 2009. Last year, Galopin Des Champs took the win for trainer Willie Mullins. Langer Dan, Chemical Energy and Three Stripe Life are among the early entries that warrant some respect.


We Got You Covered For Each Day of The Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Day 4 tips feature the big Cheltenham Gold Cup race, which will dominate all the headlines. Here are the feature races from the other days at the Cheltenham Festival.

Friday’s Results

TIME RACE OUR TIPS
1:30 Triumph Hurdle See Result
2:10 County Hurdle See Result
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ See Result
3:30 Gold Cup See Result
4:10 Foxhunter Chase See Result
4:50 Grand Annual Chase See Result
5:30 Martin Pipe Handicap See Result