Friday see’s Day Four of the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, also known as Gold Cup day and is the last day of the meeting.
Another blank drawn yesterday, in what has become a tough week for the website in regards performance of selections is concerned.
Would just like to take a brief moment to congratulate columnist Rory Delargy who celebrated the birth of his son yesterday afternoon. I’m sure Midnight Prayer winning the NH didn’t give him the same amount of joy as what went on at 1:36pm yesterday afternoon, so congratulations to both him and his lady.
The first race of today see’s the Triumph Hurdle kicks things off at (1:30). Jamie Taylor previewed this race for us, and ended up siding with Royal Irish Hussar at bigger prices before the decent ground became known – he heads into this with a strong chance.
The second race is the County Hurdle at (2:05), unfortunately we didn’t get enough time to preview this race but I’m personally on Arctic Fire at 14s and he has since been backed into strong favouritism which suggests he can’t possibly win. Alaivan and Montbazon both respected at prices in this, but I’m not going to entertain any further bets.
The third race is the Albert Bartlett at (2:40) and I’ve thrown a curveball in going for Blakemount at massive odds. He is currently 55 on Betfair, and being by Presenting this better ground ought to suit him perfectly, whether he has the class I’m not sure. Kings Palace will be thereabouts, and the Mullins camp are saying Briar Hill is their best bet all week so looks like shaping up into a cracking renewal of this three mile novice hurdle.
At (3:20) see’s the race of the card, and the most prestigious of the whole meeting in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Jamie Taylor previewed this race a month ago, and although it has since fallen apart he still remains confident Bobs Worth is the one to beat at the head of the market. The ground has come right for this gallant sort, and he should take some stopping.
The (4:00) is the Foxhunter Chase, and our man Roy Nicol previewed this for us last week. He ended up siding with Harbour Court for Lawney & Alan Hill, and he looks sure to give us a good run for our money
The Martin Pipe Conditionals Handicap Hurdle (4:40) is the race following that, and sadly once again we didn’t get time to get the previews in for this race. Caid Du Berlais has to be given strong consideration for this contest, but despite having the winner in the race last year in the shape of Salubrious the race doesn’t excite me this time round so I’ll be swerving it.
Finally the race to close the 2014 Cheltenham Festival is the Grand Annual Handicap Chase (5:15). We haven’t got anything on the website for it, and more than likely I won’t be having a bet in the race but horses to keep on side would be Claret Cloak and at larger prices His Excellency. I do think Claret Cloak will relish the quicker ground, and is well handicapped on this basis.
Once again thanks for the reading, and hopefully we can round off the last day with a winner or two.