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Cheltenham Festival day four win and each-way tips

| 18.03.2011

    The Cheltenham Festival may be almost over for another year, but there are still seven high-class races left to enjoy, including the eagerly anticipated Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    This means that punters to have had a successful opening three days have the opportunity to continue their winning run, while those that have had some bad luck still have time to buck the trend.

    The ground remains good on the whole, but the forecast of heavy rain is worth keeping tabs on as some cut in the ground could still have a major impact on results, even it is only a 20-minute shower.

    Below are some top tips for the day, with three horses indicated for each race.

    These are who will win the race in question, which horse to consider more closely if the rain comes and an each-way steal for punters happy to back at longer odds.

    JCB Triumph Hurdle

    Winner – Grandouet 6/1
    Follows all the statistics backed up by previous Triumph winners

    Rain – Unaccompanied 13/2
    Both wins this season on heavy ground and leading Irish challenger

    Each-way steal – Local Hero 20/1
    Definite darkhorse if jumps more fluently, forget latest start in the mud

    Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle

    Winner – Blackstairmountain 11/1
    Grade One winner last season, will relish step back in trip

    Rain – Alavain 9/1
    Best form on soft ground, beat Coral Cup winner Carlito Brigante last time

    Each-way steal – Ciceron 25/1
    Good winner in weaker races, unsure how he will cope with the uphill finish

    Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

    Winner – Bobs Worth: 11/4
    Has done little wrong this season and it appears that the step up in trip will suit

    Rain – Join Together 8/1
    Has proven stamina, which could be a valuable asset over three miles in softer ground

    Each-way steal – Mossley 14/1
    Fine form this season until hating the heavy ground at Warwick last time and has Tony McCoy on board

    Cheltenham Gold Cup

    Winner – Imperial Commander 9/2
    Last year’s winner and no real reason to believe why he will not be as good again

    Rain – Pandorama 12/1
    Best form on soft ground and only two defeats in 11 starts

    Each-way steal – Midnight Chase 14/1
    Cheltenham specialist and could prove that he is top class

    Christie’s Foxhunter Chase

    Winner – Dante’s Storm 9/1
    Front runners perform well in this race and he has effortlessly made the switch from point to points

    Rain – Sericina 14/1
    Both wins on soft and slower ground will also help sometimes clumsy jumping

    Each-way steal – Zemsky 40/1
    Won his latest start and horses aged under ten have a great record in this race

    Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

    Winner – King Of The Night 10/1
    Has looked a smart novice and has been progressive over hurdles since making the transition from bumpers

    Rain – Sir Des Champs 4/1
    Some ease in the ground would be ideal and has looked at home in slowly-run races

    Each-way steal – Astracad 22/1
    Improved over the winter, has good form at Cheltenham and is running over his ideal trip

    Grand Annual Handicap Chase

    Winner – Anquetta 7/1
    Jumped soundly on latest start, has taken well to two miles and Nicky Henderson has a good record in race

    Rain – Shoreacres 7/1
    Placed on last four starts on soft ground and impressed in latest novice chase

    Each-way steal – Keki Buku 18/1
    Clearly talented after running in group company over hurdles, still to win over bigger obstacles

    A £20 stake on Imperial Commander winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup would return £90. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.