Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Guide

cheltenham festival day 4

Day 4 of The Cheltenham Festival concludes four days of racing at Cheltenham Racecourse and features the highlight of The Festival, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

In this Cheltenham Festival Day 4 guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at each of the seven races taking place and sharing details such as the start times and previous winners along with some interesting facts.

See the table below for details on all of the races taking place on day 4 of Cheltenham Festival 2021. Individual race details can be found further down the page.

Start TimeRace 
13:30The JCB Triumph HurdleBetting Offers
14:10The Randox Health County Handicap HurdleBetting Offers
14:50The Albert Bartlett Novices’ HurdleBetting Offers
15:30The Cheltenham Gold CupBetting Offers
16:10The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge CupBetting Offers
16:50Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap ChaseBetting Offers
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap HurdleBetting Offers

The JCB Triumph Hurdle

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 13:30
  • Distance: 2m 139y
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £125,000

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The JCB Triumph Hurdle is the first race taking place on day 4 of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival and features eight hurdles over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 1 furlong.

The race was introduced in 1939 with the 2019 winner being Pentland Hills which was ridden by Nico de Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson who has now had 7 winners in the race. Pentland Hills went off as a 20-1 outsider with heavy favourite Sir Eric well backed to claim victory before suffering an unfortunate fall.

We’ve selected two horses as our JCB Triumph Hurdle tips. Grand Roi at 25/1 and Sir Psycho at 50/1.

Previous winners of the Triumph Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Pentland Hills420-1Nicky HendersonNico de Boinville
2018Farclas49-1Gordon ElliottJack Kennedy
2017Defi Du Seuil45-2FPhilip HobbsRichard Johnson
2016Ivanovich Gorbatov49-2FAidan O’BrienBarry Geraghty
2015Peace And Co42-1FNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2014Tiger Roll410-1Gordon ElliottDavy Russell
2013Our Conor44-1Dessie HughesBryan Cooper
2012Countrywide Flame433-1John QuinnDougie Costello
2011Zarkandar413-2Paul NichollsDaryl Jacob
2010Soldatino46-1Nicky HendersonBarry Geraghty

Did You Know?

  •  All of the previous 10 winners were aged 4
  •  8 of the last 10 winners were priced at 10-1 or shorter
  •  Nicky Henderson has trained 7 winners in the Triumph Hurdle

You can watch The JCB Triumph Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 14:10
  • Distance: 2m 179y
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £100,000

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The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle features eight hurdles over a course distance of approximately 2 miles and 1 furlong. 

The 2019 winner of The County Handicap Hurdle was Ch’tibello which was ridden by Harry Skelton and trained by brother Dan Skelton. This was to be Dan Skelton’s second consecutive County Handicap Hurdle win after claiming victory with Mohaayed in 2018.

Previous winners of the County Handicap Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Ch’tibello812-1DanSkeltonHarry Skelton
2018Mohaayed633-1Dan SkeltonBridget Andrews
2017Arctic Fire820-1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
2016Superb Story58-1Dan SkeltonHarry Skelton
2015Wicklow Brave625-1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
2014Lac Fontana511-1Paul NichollsDaryl Jacob
2013Ted Veale610-1Tony MartinBryan Cooper
2012Alderwood820-1Thomas MullinsTony McCoy
2011Final Approach510-1Willie MullinsRuby Walsh
2010Thousand Stars620-1Willie MullinsKatie Walsh

Did You Know?

  • 9 of the last 10 winners were priced at 10-1 or greater
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were aged 5 or 6
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were trained by either Dan Skelton or Willie Mullins

You can watch The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 14:50
  • Distance: 2m 7f
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £125,000

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The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle is set to take place at 14:50 on Friday 13th at the Cheltenham Festival. 

The race is also known as The Spa Novices’ Hurdle and features twelve jumps over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 7 furlongs.

It was introduced in 2005 as a new race when a 4th day was added to The Festival.

The 2019 winner of The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle was Minella Indo which was ridden by Rachael Blackmore and trained by Henry de Bromhead. Going off as a 50-1 outsider, Minella Indo gave Blackmore her second victory in The Festival after winning The Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase with A Plus Tard.

We’ve selected both Thyme Hill (5/1) and The Cashel Man (50/1) as our Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle tips.

Previous winners of The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle include: 

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Minella Indo650-1H De BromheadRachael Blackmore
2018Kilbricken Storm733-1Colin TizzardHarry Cobden
2017Penhill616-1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
2016Unowhatimeanharry811-1Harry FryNoel Fehily
2015Martello Tower714-1Margaret MullinsAdrian Heskin
2014Very Wood533-1Noel MeadePaul Carberry
2013At Fishers Cross611-8FRebecca CurtisTony McCoy
2012Brindisi Breeze67-1Lucinda RussellCampbell Gillies
2011Bobs Worth615-8FNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2010Berties Dream733-1Paul John GilliganAndrew Lynch

Did You Know?

  • All of the last 10 winners had at least 3 runs over hurdles
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 6 or 7
  • 4 of the last 10 winners were priced at 33-1 or greater

You can watch The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The Cheltenham Gold Cup

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 15:30
  • Distance: 3m 2f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £625,000

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The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place at 15:30 on the final day of The Cheltenham Festival and is the most prestigious of all National Hunt events. 

There are 22 fences to be jumped in the race over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

The 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by 12-1 shot Al Boum Photo which was ridden by Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

Mullins, who is the Festival’s most successful trainer, had previously had six runners which finished second in The Gold Cup but an excellent display by Al Boum Photo made sure that those numbers didn’t increase by winning by a distance of two-and-a-half lengths to second place Anibale Fly (22-1).

If you’re looking for a free Cheltenham Gold Cup tip, our tipsters have selected Kemboy at 13/2.

Previous winners of The Cheltenham Gold Cup include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Al Boum Photo712-1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
2018Native River85-1Colin TizzardRichard Johnson
2017Sizing John77-1Jessica HarringtonRobbie Power
2016Don Cossack99-4FGordon ElliottBryan Cooper
2015Coneygree87-1Mark BradstockNico de Boinville
2014Lord Windermere820-1Jim CullotyDavy Russell
2013Bobs Worth811-4FNicky HendersonBarry Geraghty
2012Synchronised98-1Jonjo O’NeillTony McCoy
2011Long Run67-2FNicky HendersonSam Waley-Cohen
2010Imperial Commander97-1Nigel Twiston-DaviesPaddy Brennan

Did You Know?

  • All of the last 10 winners were aged 7 to 9
  • 9 of the last 10 winners had won over 3 miles previously
  • 7 of the last 10 winners had won or placed at the Cheltenham Festival

You can watch The Cheltenham Gold Cup live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 16:10
  • Distance: 3m 2f
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £45,000

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The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup features 22 fences over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 2 ½ furlongs.

It is a race for amateur riders and takes place over the same course and distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup which features just 40 minutes prior. The race is sometimes called the ‘Amateur Gold Cup’.

The 2019 winner of The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup was 7-2 favourite Hazel Hill which was ridden by Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley. A strong finish down the hill meant Hazel Hill crossed the line ahead of second placed Shantou Flyer (7-1) and last year’s runner up Top Wood (33-1)

Two horses stand out to our expert tipsters this year. Minella Rocco at 6/1 and Shantou Flyer are our St James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup tips.

Previous winners of The Foxhunter Challenge Cup include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Hazel Hill117-2FPhilip RowleyAlex Edwards
2018Pacha Du Polder1125-1Paul NichollsHarriet Tucker
2017Pacha Du Polder1016-1Paul NichollsBryony Frost
2016On The Fringe1113-8FEnda BolgerNina Carberry
2015On The Fringe106-1Enda BolgerNina Carberry
2014Tammys Hill915-2Liam LennonJames Smyth
2013Salsify82-1FRodger SweeneyColman Sweeney
2012Salsify77-1Rodger SweeneyColman Sweeney
2011Zemsky833-1Ian FergusonDerek O’Connor
2010Baby Run109-2JFNigel Twiston-DaviesSam Twiston-Davies

Did You Know?

  • 9 of the last 10 winners had won over 3 miles previously
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were priced at 15/2 or shorter
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were aged 7 – 10

You can watch The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.


Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 16:50
  • Distance: 2m62y
  • Type: Chase
  • Prize Money: £111,000

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Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the second last race to take place at The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. The race features fourteen fences over a distance of approximately 2 miles and ½ furlong.

The Grand Annual Handicap Chase is the oldest race at the Festival having been introduced initially in 1834. The race was discontinued for several decades in the 1860’s before being reintroduced in the early 1900’s.

The 2019 winner of The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase was 66-1 outsider Croco Bay which was ridden by Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Case. Croco Bay was just one of three 12 year olds to have won the race in over 65 years.

Previous winners of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Croco Bay1266-1Ben CaseKielan Woods
2018Le Prezien715-2Paul NichollsBarry Geraghty
2017Rock The World910-1Jessica HarringtonRobbie Power
2016Solar Impulse628-1Paul NichollsSam Twiston-Davies
2015Next Sensation816-1Michael ScudamoreTom Scudamore
2014Savello816-1Tony MartinDavy Russell
2013Alderwood93-1FThomas MullinsTony McCoy
2012Bellvano820-1Nicky HendersonPaul Carberry
2011Oiseau De Nuit940-1Colin TizzardMr Sam Clements
2010Pigeon Island716-1Nigel Twiston-DaviesPaddy Brennan

Did You Know?

  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 7-9
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were priced at 16-1 or greater

You can stream the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase on Bet365.


Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Date: Friday 19th March
  • Start Time: 17:30
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Type: Hurdle
  • Prize Money: £70,000

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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle concludes four days of racing at The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. The race features nine hurdles over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

This will be the 11th year the race has taken place with it being introduced in 2009 and named in honour of trainer Martin Pipe who had no less than 34 victories at The Cheltenham Festival.

The 2019 winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle was Early Doors which was ridden by Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Joseph O’Brien.

Early doors prevailed up the final hill to see off favourite Dallas Des Pictons and land a victory at 5-1.

Previous winners of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle include:

YearHorseAgePriceTrainerJockey
2019Early Doors65-1Joseph O’BrienJonjo O’Neill Jr
2018Blow By Blow711-1Gordon ElliottDonagh Meyler
2017Champagne Classic612-1Gordon ElliottJ J Slevin
2016Ibis Du Rheu514-1Paul NichollsJack Sherwood
2015Kilultagh Vic67-1Willie MullinsL P Dempsey
2014Don Poli512-1Willie MullinsM P Fogarty
2013Salubrious616-1Paul NichollsHarry Derham
2012Attaglance620-1Malcolm JeffersonHarry Haynes
2011Sir Des Champs59-2FWillie MullinsEmmet Mullins
2010Pause And Clause614-1Emma LavelleJohnny Farrelly

Did You Know?

  • 9 of the last 10 winners were aged 5 or 6
  • 8 of the last 10 winners had won previously that season
  • Only 1 of the last 10 winners was the SP Favourite

You can stream the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on Bet365.

That concludes our round up for day 4 of The 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Click to view the latest 2021 Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers.

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