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 Lossiemouth Place Bet
14:10 County Hurdle Filey Bay Place Bet
14:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle American Mike Place Bet
15:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Galopin Des Champs Place Bet
16:10 Festival Challenge Cup Hunters’ Chase Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Winged Leader Place Bet
16:50 Paddy Power Mares’ Chase Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Scarlet And Dove Place Bet
17:30 Martin Pipe Hurdle Horse Profile - Jockey Colours Langer Dan 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.


2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup Review – A Plus Tard gains revenge over Minella Indo

The eight-year-old A Plus Tard won the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Henry de Bromhead, ridden by Rachael Blackmore. He was a 3/1 favourite for the race, and won it as you would like a favourite to!

A Plus Tard was going well throughout the race, and one Rachael Blackmore pushed the button on him he got to the front before the final fence and won going away, eventually winning by a huge fifteen lengths. 

That gave trainer Henry De Bromhead a second consecutive Gold Cup success, after stablemate Minella Indo won the 2021 renewal. Minella Indo could only finish second in the 2022 running, with Protektorat back in third. 


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 Rachael Blackmore 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.

Henry De Bromhead has taken the last two Gold Cup titles, with Minella Indo in 2021 and A Plus Tard in 2022. Willie Mullins has also won it two times, 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 four winning favourites in the last ten editions – Bobs Worth in 2013, Don Cossack in 2016, Al Boum Photo in 2020, and A Plus Tard in 2022.

In terms of current interest in Cheltenham Gold Cup, where are we at? Early entries worth noting are last year’s winner A Plus Tard and Grand National winner Noble Yeats, who bids for a historic Grand National/Gold Cup double. 

But the ante-post favourite currently is Galopin Des Champs, who looks nailed on to go off as favourite for this year’s renewal. He looked a certain winner of the Turners Novices’ Chase at the Festival last year, but agonisingly fell at the final fence when well clear of the rest.  He’s since won two Grade 1’s and is a deserved favourite for this year’s Gold Cup. 

He signed off for the season by winning the BoyleSports Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, making all and eventually romping to victory, beating the runner-up Master McShee by a huge 18 lengths! This year he reappeared with another dominant victory, this time in the John Durkan Memorial Chase, and has been heading the betting for the Gold Cup for quite some time now!

There is another potentially significant player in this year’s Cheltenham Festival betting. Bravemansgame has been solid in the Gold Cup odds in the ante-post market – he was a non-runner at the Festival last year due to unsuitable ground, but has won both races this season, including the Grade 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. He looks to be one of the best hopes for British trainers in this year’s Gold Cup. 


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 Vauban from a short 6/4 SP fav for Willie Mullins.

At the front of the market for Triumph Hurdle betting is Lossiemouth for last year’s winning trainer Willie Mullins, who won won both his races impressively in Graded company since joining the Mullins yard – he should be a big player. The biggest danger could come from stablemate Blood Destiny, who has also won both races since switching to the Mullins yard, including an 18 length romp last time out. 


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 State Man, the well-backed 11/4 favourite for Willie Mullins. He became just the third horse in the last ten years to win this off single figure odds. 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 Gaelic Warrior, followed by Filey Bay and Winter Fog.


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.

Willie Mullins landed the 1-2 in this race last year, with 18/1 shot The Nice Guy beating 9/2 stabelmate Minella Cocooner. 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 Hiddenvalley Lake, Embassy Gardens and American Mike 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 Billaway, who could be back for a title defence. Options like Vaucelet and Winged Leader are shorter in the ante-post.


The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase was only introduced in 2021, so it is the newest race on the block. Both renewals so far have been won by master trainer Willie Mullins, winning it in 2021 with Colreevy and again last year with Elimay.

Elimay will likely line up and bid to retain her crown, but may face some strong challenges from the likes of Allegorie De Vassy, Impervious and Scarlet And Dove. Allegorie De Vassy looks set to go off as favourite after cruising to victory in her last two races in Graded company. 


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. Irish trainers have won seven of the last ten renewals, including last year with Banbridge winning for Joseph O’Brien. Three Card Brag and Gaelic Warrior look to be a couple of the likely favourites for the Irish this year, but might face a strong challenge from the Brits from Dan Skelton’s Langer Dan.


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