Djakadam installed as favourite for the Gold Cup after Mullins/Walsh four-timer on Thursday

Cheltenham Festival Day Four - preview and odds

by Abi Moses on Friday 17th March, 2017


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The Cheltenham Festival will draw to a close today, with the Gold Cup the feature race on Day Four. 
 
Despite the huge blow of losing Thistlecrack, the ante-post favourite through injury, Colin Tizzard will have two big chances to win the festival's biggest prize in Native River and Cue Card. The duo have been heading the betting since the withdrawal of their stablemate Thistlecrack. The market has however been turned on its head in the last 24 hours, with Djakadam now at the top of the betting. Twice a runner up, Djakadam has been backed heavily following the impressive third day for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh. The Mullins/Walsh team failed to record a single win in the first two days but won four races on Day Three after wins for Yorkhill, Un De Sceaux, Nichols Canyon and Let's Dance. 
 

1:30 – Triumph Hurdle 

The JCB Triumph Hurdle kicks off the final day of the festival and is a perfect opportunity for punters to kick off the day's betting. Master Blueyes, winner of the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle last time out is in with a chance but the JP McManus pair Defi Du Seuil and Charli Parcs currently head the betting. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Defi Du Seuil - 5/2 
Charli Parcs - 4/1 
Master Blueyes - 15/2 
Landofhopeandglory - 10/1 
Bapume - 11/1 
Mega Fortune - 12/1 
 

2:10 – County Handicap Hurdle 

Lasy year's Triumph Hurdle winner, Ivanovich Gorbatov will be heavily fancied here. Willie Mullins has won this race three times in eight years and the return to form on Day Three could see some late money for Renneti and Arctic Fire. 
 
Current Race Odds 
North Hill Harvey - 8/1 
Ivanovich Gorbatov - 9/1 
Wait For Me - 11/1 
Winter Escape - 11/1 
Air Horse One - 12/1 
Tell Us More - 14/1 
Renneti - 14/1 
 
 

2:50 – Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 

Although winners of the Albert Bartlett are usually single-figured winners, only three favourites have won since the first race back in 2005. Bettors should look to oppose the favourite without taking too much of a risk. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Death Duty - 7/4 
Augusta Kate - 13/2 
Wholestone - 15/2 
Monalee - 8/1 
The Worlds End - 10/1 
Penhill - 16/1 
 

3:30 – Cheltenham Gold Cup 

The biggest race of the day and probably the biggest in the entire festival. Despite ante-post favourite Thistlecrack missing through injury, the race looks as strong as it has in a long time. Thistelcrack trainer Colin Tizzard still has two prominent runners in the race courtesy of Native River and Cue Card. The latter looked set to take to the front before falling last year and will be a popular choice amongst bettors. The race has produced some iconic winners in the past, including Kauto Star, Denman, Best Mate and Desert Orchid. 
 
Current Race Odds 
Djakadam - 10/3 
Native River - 5/1 
Cue Card - 5/1 
Sizing John - 8/1 
Outlander - 11/1 
More Of That - 14/1 
Minella Rocco - 18/1 
 

4:10 – Foxhunter Steeple Chase 

On The Fringe could become the first horse to win this race three times after wins in 2015 and 2016. The bookies believe the biggest threat to On The Fringe's hat-trick attempt will be the Paul Nicholls-trained Wonderful Charm. Interestingly, Wonderful Charm will be ridden by Katie Walsh as usual jockey, Will Biddick has opted to ride Ask The Weatherman instead. 
 
Current Race Odds 
On The Fringe - 13/8 
Wonderful Charm - 5/1 
Ask The Weatherman - 8/1 
Paint The Clouds - 12/1 
Sweet As A Nut - 20/1 
Pacha Du Polder - 22/1 
 

4:50 – Conditional Jockeys Hurdle 

Back-to-form trainer Willie Mullins has a good record in this race with three wins in its eight year history. Battleford and Castello Sforza will both give Mullins a shot at a fourth win in nine years.  
 
Current Race Odds 
Battleford - 13/2 
No Comment - 13/2 
Runfordave - 9/1 
Coo Star Sivola - 10/1 
Castello Sforza - 12/1 
Rather Be - 14/1 
I Shot The Sheriff - 18/1 
Dadsintrouble - 18/1 
 

5:30 – Grand Annual Chase 

The final race of the meeting looks wide open, giving bettors to end the week on a high if they can find the winner. Paul Nicholls has had a disappointing festival by his high standards and currently heads the market with Le Prezien and will also have high hopes for Dodging Bullets
 
Current Race Odds 
Le Prezien - 5/1 
Dandridge - 15/2 
Rock The World - 10/1 
Velvet Maker - 12/1 
The Game Changer - 12/1 
Theinval - 12/1 
Dodging Bullets - 14/1 
 
Bet Free Bets' Tips 
1:30: Defi Du Seuil - 5/2 
2:10: Air Horse One - 12/1 
2:50: Death Duty - 7/4 
3:30: Cue Card - 5/1 
4:10: Ask The Weatherman - 8/1 
4:50: Battleford - 13/2 
5:30: Theinval - 12/1

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