CHELTENHAM DAY 4 TIPS: GOLD CUP

  • 15/03/2019
  • 15:30

2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips

Nicky Henderson used his stable tour to talk up Santini’s chances and he’s been backed into 10/3 favouritism with Betway. I, however, couldn’t have him on my mind. Bristol De Mai gave Santini at least a length at practically every obstacle in the Cotswold Chase, and Henderson’s charge still had to grind hard to win by just three-lengths. He’ll see out the trip fine, I just don’t think he’s as classy as some of the horses behind him.

Kemboy hasn’t looked anything like the horse he was last spring, and I’m not sure the track at Cheltenham suits him. There are also question marks about the course next to Clan Des Obeaux’s name. Paul Nicholls’ charge was super impressive in the King George. He did, however, simply outstay two two-and-a-half-milers that day, and Harry Cobden’s mount is yet to win in five starts at Cheltenham.

I greatly respect Al Boum Photo based on what he did here last year, and Willie Mullins’ charge is sure to be a popular pick in Cheltenham Festival free bet offers. Delta Work has progressed brilliantly this term too and cannot be discounted.

That being said, LOSTINTRANSLATION was my Gold Cup tip earlier in the season and I see no reason to suggest Colin Tizzard’s star. He’ll be the star man in my Cheltenham Festival Day four tips.

Lostintranslation was the Gold Cup favourite after he beat Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase. Yes, Santini beat Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge by slightly further. There is, however, a big difference between beating the two-time Betfair Chase winner around his favourite track, and getting the better of Bristol De Mai after a terrible round of jumping at Cheltenham.

Robbie Power, who barely flinched until he asked Lostintranslation to win at Haydock, never looked comfortable in the King George. Power was already throwing out distress signals at the end of the first circuit, and was hard at work on his mount when he made that race ending error at the fourth-last.

Colin Tizzard and his team have had plenty of time to get to the bottom of that problem. A minor wind-op could make a big difference too. I’m sure Power still regards Lostintranslation as one of his best rides at the meeting, and I’m confident this talented eight-year-old will prove any doubters wrong on the grandest stage of them all. He’s my sole Gold Cup tip.

Cheltenham day four tips

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

The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 4 tips here to get full coverage of Gold Cup Day.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over three miles and about two and a half furlongs. It is open to horses aged five years old and upwards and takes place on the new course at Cheltenham 3:30pm on Friday 13th March.

If the Festival is the most prestigious event in the National Hunt calendar, then the Gold Cup which features in all Cheltenham day 4 tips, has to be the most prestigious race. Whilst it used to be considered little more than a trial for the Grand National, as the importance of the Festival has grown, so has the significance of this race. It is now the event that everyone wants to win.

While there are six surrounding races on Friday at the Cheltenham Festival, the Gold Cup is what all attendees flock to Prestbury Park to watch on day four. Nothing in the world of horse racing can match the mystique and prestige of the Gold Cup, with the names of Golden Miller, Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star glistening on the famous trophy. 

Any chaser who is good enough to claim victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup will hand their connections the biggest prize in National Hunt racing and guarantee themselves a place in the pantheon of horse racing’s greats.

We have plenty more 2020 Cheltenham Festival tips available, giving you unrivaled bets and advice for all four days of racing.

When is the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

This year’s Gold Cup takes place on Friday 15th March.

Where is the Gold Cup held?

The Gold Cup is run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse.

What time does the Gold Cup take place?

With the first race of the day set to kick off at 1:30pm, the Gold Cup action unfolds at 3:30pm.

Where can I watch the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

If you aren’t catching the action live at the Cheltenham racecourse, you’ll be pleased to know that both ITV and Racing Post online will be broadcasting the event.

Cheltenham live streaming services from all the big bookmakers – William Hill, Paddy Power, the likes – also mean that if you’re unable to make it for TV coverage, you still won’t be missing out on a single moment of Gold Cup drama.

Who won the 2019 Gold Cup?

Last year’s Gold Cup was won by Al Boum Photo, by three lengths for jockey Paul Townend and trainer Willie Mullins.

Where can I find Cheltenham Gold Cup tips?

We’ll be rolling out all the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds nearer to the festival, including which front-runner to wager on, our dark horse pick, and plenty of other predictions on the racing previews forefront.

What is the 2020 Gold Cup prize money?

The overall pot is worth £600,000 – the winner, however, takes home over half the total at a staggering £351, 688, which is a far cry better than winners of Champions Day, Ladies Day or St Patrick’s Day.