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Cheltenham day 4 tips: Selections from every race

| 14.03.2022

The Cheltenham Festival finishes on Friday and we have looked at the odds to pick out some Cheltenham day 4 tips for Gold Cup Day.

Minella Indo attempts to take home the Gold Cup for the second year in a row, but it is stablemate A Plus Tard who is listed as one of the favourites as he bids to go one better than last year’s second in the hands of Rachael Blackmore.

There are also six other competitive contests and we begin with a race that is exclusive to the four-year-old juveniles.

1.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle

Vauban and Pied Piper are disputing favouritism for this but it may be the latter’s stablemate Fil Dor that takes all the beating in our Cheltenham day 4 tips.

He was arguably not at his best when second to Vauban in the Spring Juvenile at Leopardstown last month and he could turn the tables at 5/1, with the stamina test of the New Course in his favour.

Fil Dor

Before that second at the Dublin Racing Festival, he was the one to beat in this division, winning most of the key trials in the first half of the season.

Davy Russell has switched from Pied Piper to ride this lad and there is plenty of positives in his favour, especially if the rain continues to fall.

2.10 – McCoy Contractors County Hurdle

Willie Mullins has won this three times since 2015 and he could be about to unleash a monster at Prestbury Park if the hype is to believed.

The leading trainer’s State Man heads the market at 9/2, but could prove to be a blot on the handicap off a mark of 141 following a bloodless victory at Limerick last month.

Entered in nearly every handicap hurdle in the run up to the meeting, it looks a simple case of whatever race he was designated, he would win and he looks to have a similar profile to Saint Roi, who scored for the Closutton handler in 2020.

2.50 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

Another smart prospect is the next of our Cheltenham day 4 tips as we side with Hillcrest to show his class in this three-mile test for the staying novices.

Hillcrest

Often a gruelling contest, the only concern is that Henry Daly’s seven-year-old bumps into a more streetwise rival, but he has done little wrong on course so far and has brushed each and every rival aside with the minimum of fuss.

The 3/1 shot relished the step up to this trip when hacking up in a Grade Two at Haydock last time and this staying chaser of the future already has an impressive course success on New Year’s Day to his name.

3.30 Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup

Second 12 months ago, we’re siding with A Plus Tard to make amends and go one better in 2022.

A Plus Tard, Cheltenham Gold Cup

He was unable to pass his stablemate Minella Indo then, but there was a hot pace set that day and with no recognised front runner in the field this time around, the eight-year-old’s class could see him get up the hill in front this time.

It is hard to get away from the taking impression he created in the Betfair Chase in the autumn and if back to the same sort of form he can cruise to Cheltenham Gold Cup victory at 10/3 in our Cheltenham day 4 tips.

4.10 – St James’s Palace Festival Hunters’ Chase

Billaway is a short price to make it third-time lucky in this Gold Cup for the amateurs, but it is Cousin Pascal that makes his way onto our Cheltenham day 4 tips list.

Cousin Pascal

The winner of the Aintree Foxhunters over the Grand National fences in 2021, he has form figures of 1-2-2-1 this season, lowering the colours of the well-fancied Bob And Co in the Walrus at Haydock last time.

Joseph O’Shea has transformed the 10-year-old since he has arrived at his yard and this versatile veteran won’t have any ground concerns on the final afternoon at a sporting price of 10/1.

4.50 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase

The Irish have a strong hand in this, but it may wise to side with one of the British trained runners and Zambella, who was back to her best when romping home by 28-lengths at Uttoxeter last time.

Zambella, Cheltenham day 4 tips

That was the perfect way to bounce back from a blip at Leicester before that and she won a pair of useful Listed events earlier in the campaign, accounting for the favourite Elimay at Aintree in the process.

She is 10/1 and at a working man’s price has the chance for redemption having fallen in this race when travelling smoothly three from home last year.

5.30 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

The lucky last has been won by some big-priced winners in the past and we’re hoping to finish our Cheltenham day 4 tips on a high with 20/1 chance Freedom to Dream.

His handler won a handicap at this meeting 12 months ago and he could have a Graded performer masquerading as a handicapper on his hands following some eye-catching efforts in Graded company since winning at Punchestown in November.

He has been allowed to race here off a mark of 135 and could give Peter Fahey his second big winner of the week having sent out Surprise Package to win the Imperial Cup at Sandown.

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Warren Barner