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Date of Tips: 04/11/2020
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The final day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival takes place on Friday 18th March and features the highlight of the festival – The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup attracts seasoned bettors as well as those who have never bet on racing before and if you’re looking for Gold Cup tips or betting tips for any other of the six races taking place on day 4 of the festival, you’re in the right place.
If you want to get the biggest odds on your selections, ante-post bets are often the best choice. Here at WhichBookie, racing tipster Will Smith, who has been featured on popular racing channels such as William Hill Racing & Racing TV, along with Andrew Blair White, will be providing ante-post tips for various races on Gold Cup day and all other days of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
Although you generally get a higher price with ante-post bets, there is also a risk of your selections not running in the race due to injury or other issues. Therefore, some prefer to wait until the day of the race to place their bets which also allows them to take advantage of any betting offers which are available on the race.
Both Will & Andrew will be closely monitoring all horses in the months leading up to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and will also be providing tips closer to the time. Be sure to check this page regularly to view the latest Cheltenham tips. You can also view tips for each individual race using the links below.
|Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips
Friday 18th March 2022
|1.20pm Triumph Hurdle||3.40pm - The Challenge Cup Chase|
|1.55 - The County Handicap Hurdle||4.15pm - The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase|
|2.40 - The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race||4.50pm - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle|
|3.05 - The Gold Cup|
Want to take a look at our selections for the rest of the festival? Click on a day below.
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 Final Day 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 the Friday of Cheltenham Festival 2022. Individual race details can be found further down the page.
|13:20||The JCB Triumph Hurdle|
|13:55||The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle|
|14:30||The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle|
|15:05||The Cheltenham Gold Cup|
|15:40||The St. James’s Place Challenge Cup|
|16:15||The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase|
|16:50||Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle|
Looking for the best JCB Triumph Hurdle odds? Click here.
The JCB Triumph Hurdle is the first race taking place on day 4 of The 2022 Cheltenham Festival and features eight hurdles over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 1 furlong.
|2021||Quilixios||4||7-4||Henry De Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore|
|2020||Burning Victory||4||12-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2019||Pentland Hills||4||20-1||Nicky Henderson||Nico de Boinville|
|2018||Farclas||4||9-1||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy|
|2017||Defi Du Seuil||4||5-2F||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2016||Ivanovich Gorbatov||4||9-2F||Aidan O’Brien||Barry Geraghty|
|2015||Peace And Co||4||2-1F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2014||Tiger Roll||4||10-1||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell|
|2013||Our Conor||4||4-1||Dessie Hughes||Bryan Cooper|
|2012||Countrywide Flame||4||33-1||John Quinn||Dougie Costello|
|2011||Zarkandar||4||13-2||Paul Nicholls||Daryl Jacob|
Did You Know?
You can watch The JCB Triumph Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle odds? Click here.
The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle features eight hurdles over a course distance of approximately 2 miles and 1 furlong.
|2021||Belfast Banter||6||33-1||Peter Fahey||Kevin Sexton|
|2020||Saint Roi||5||11-2f||Willie Mullins||Barry Geraghty|
|2019||Ch’tibello||8||12-1||Dan Skelton||Harry Skelton|
|2018||Mohaayed||6||33-1||Dan Skelton||Bridget Andrews|
|2017||Arctic Fire||8||20-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2016||Superb Story||5||8-1||Dan Skelton||Harry Skelton|
|2015||Wicklow Brave||6||25-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2014||Lac Fontana||5||11-1||Paul Nicholls||Daryl Jacob|
|2013||Ted Veale||6||10-1||Tony Martin||Bryan Cooper|
|2012||Alderwood||8||20-1||Thomas Mullins||Tony McCoy|
|2011||Final Approach||5||10-1||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
Did You Know?
You can watch The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle odds? Click here.
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is set to take place at 14:50 on Friday 18th 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.
|2021||Vanillier||6||14-1||Gavin Cromwell||Mark Walsh|
|2020||Monkfish||6||5-1||Willie Mullins||P Townend|
|2019||Minella Indo||6||50-1||H De Bromhead||Rachael Blackmore|
|2018||Kilbricken Storm||7||33-1||Colin Tizzard||Harry Cobden|
|2017||Penhill||6||16-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2016||Unowhatimeanharry||8||11-1||Harry Fry||Noel Fehily|
|2015||Martello Tower||7||14-1||Margaret Mullins||Adrian Heskin|
|2014||Very Wood||5||33-1||Noel Meade||Paul Carberry|
|2013||At Fishers Cross||6||11-8F||Rebecca Curtis||Tony McCoy|
|2012||Brindisi Breeze||6||7-1||Lucinda Russell||Campbell Gillies|
|2011||Bobs Worth||6||15-8F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
Did You Know?
You can watch The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best Cheltenham Gold Cup odds? Click here.
The WellChild 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.
Our Cheltenham Gold Cup tips page features selections from WhichBookie racing analysts Will Smith & Andrew Blair White.
|2021||Minella Indo||8||9-1||Henry De Bromhead||Jack Kennedy|
|2020||Al Boum Photo||8||10-3||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2019||Al Boum Photo||7||12-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2018||Native River||8||5-1||Colin Tizzard||Richard Johnson|
|2017||Sizing John||7||7-1||Jessica Harrington||Robbie Power|
|2016||Don Cossack||9||9-4F||Gordon Elliott||Bryan Cooper|
|2015||Coneygree||8||7-1||Mark Bradstock||Nico de Boinville|
|2014||Lord Windermere||8||20-1||Jim Culloty||Davy Russell|
|2013||Bobs Worth||8||11-4F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2012||Synchronised||9||8-1||Jonjo O’Neill||Tony McCoy|
|2011||Long Run||6||7-2F||Nicky Henderson||Sam Waley-Cohen|
Did You Know?
You can watch The Cheltenham Gold Cup live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
Looking for the best The St. James’s Place Challenge Cup Open odds? Click here.
The St. James’s Place Foxhunters Challenge Cup Chase 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’.
|2021||Porlock Bay||10||16-1||Lorcan Williams||Will Biddick|
|2020||It Came To Pass||10||66/1||E M O'Sullivan||Maxine O'Sullivan|
|2019||Hazel Hill||11||7-2F||Philip Rowley||Alex Edwards|
|2018||Pacha Du Polder||11||25-1||Paul Nicholls||Harriet Tucker|
|2017||Pacha Du Polder||10||16-1||Paul Nicholls||Bryony Frost|
|2016||On The Fringe||11||13-8F||Enda Bolger||Nina Carberry|
|2015||On The Fringe||10||6-1||Enda Bolger||Nina Carberry|
|2014||Tammys Hill||9||15-2||Liam Lennon||James Smyth|
|2013||Salsify||8||2-1F||Rodger Sweeney||Colman Sweeney|
|2012||Salsify||7||7-1||Rodger Sweeney||Colman Sweeney|
|2011||Zemsky||8||33-1||Ian Ferguson||Derek O’Connor|
Did You Know?
You can watch The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup live on ITV or stream the race live on Bet365.
This new Grade 2 steeplechase is ran for just the second time after being introduced last year as the penultimate race on the final day of the 2022 Festival and replaces the Listed Novices Handicap Chase.
Sponsored by Paddy Power, the race is named after former Cheltenham Racecourse Chairman Robert Waley-Cohen’s mare and will be officially registered as The Liberthine Mares Chase.
The race will be ran on the New Course at Cheltenham over two miles and four and a quarter furlongs with 17 fences to be jumped. The chase is the first mares race to run on Gold Cup Day and its introduction has been welcomed by leading figures in the racing industry for the encouragement it will provide owners and trainers to develop Jumping mares.
|2021||Colreevy||8||8-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
Looking for the best Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase odds? Click here.
Looking for the best Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle odds? Click here.
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle concludes four days of racing at The 2022 Cheltenham Festival. The race features nine hurdles over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 4 furlongs.
This will be the 12th 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.
|2021||Galopin Des Champs||5||8-1||Willie Mullins||Sean O'Keefe|
|2020||Indefatigable||7||25-1||P R Webber||Rex Dingle|
|2019||Early Doors||6||5-1||Joseph O’Brien||Jonjo O’Neill Jr|
|2018||Blow By Blow||7||11-1||Gordon Elliott||Donagh Meyler|
|2017||Champagne Classic||6||12-1||Gordon Elliott||J J Slevin|
|2016||Ibis Du Rheu||5||14-1||Paul Nicholls||Jack Sherwood|
|2015||Kilultagh Vic||6||7-1||Willie Mullins||L P Dempsey|
|2014||Don Poli||5||12-1||Willie Mullins||M P Fogarty|
|2013||Salubrious||6||16-1||Paul Nicholls||Harry Derham|
|2012||Attaglance||6||20-1||Malcolm Jefferson||Harry Haynes|
|2011||Sir Des Champs||5||9-2F||Willie Mullins||Emmet Mullins|
Did You Know?
That concludes our round-up for day 4 of The 2022 Cheltenham Festival. Click to view the latest 2022 Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers.
|1.20 – Triumph Hurdle|
|A select field of 8 runners here, and it looks an up-to-standard renewal of the race with the Irish duo, Zanahiyr and Quilixios, looking to blitz the British challengers, headed by Tritonic. , and see no reason whatsoever to err from that. The 2m1f trip on the New Course will be right up his street.|
|1.55 – County Hurdle|
|Fiendish as ever, with plenty of likely improvers, headed by Ganapathi, You Raised Me Up, Champagne Gold and Captain Kangaroo. While the dyed-in-the-wool classy handicappers like Petit Mouchoir, Buildmeupbuttercup and Edwarsdstone, will also surely play their part.
Thyme White, Milkwood and Third Time Lucki will win nice handicaps for sure, but I feel they may be best suited to the flat tracks of Aintree, Ayr and Haydock as the spring draws on.
However, there is a bet in here, and that is Gary Moore’s Fifty Ball, who at 12/1 each-way with Skybet represents the Betfair Hurdle form that has begun to work out, and will continue to do so.
Sky Bet are offering a whopping 8 places on the race, and with the guarantee that Fifty Ball will stay every yard of the stiff 2m1f, given he has won over further and is by the same sire as the likes of Coko Beach, Five O’Clock and Fakiera (all cast-iron stayers) – he wouldn’t have to improve on the Betfair Hurdle form to take a hand, but could well do so.
|2.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle|
|A belting renewal of this dour test of a young staying hurdler, and so many are unexposed at the trip, with the potential to improve for it. That profile is most notably defined by our ante-post selection Fakiera, advised at 10/1 just over a month ago. All the same points highlighted then, also apply now, and I don’t see any need to side with anything else in the race.|
|3.05 – Gold Cup|
|Two ante-post selections for the biggest race of them all, in the shape of A Plus Tard and Minella Indo, both trained by Henry De Bromhead, who has had a stellar week of course. If one of these two win it would top it off for him – and if you’re not on at the advised prices, then there is still plenty of juice about both.|
|3.40 – Festival Hunters’ Chase|
|No bet here.|
|4.15 – Mares’ Chase|
|Again, no strong opinion|
|4.50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle|
|The handicaps this week have been very tricky for punters to find the winners, in stark contrast to last season, where it seemed as if every well-backed favourite scooted in. In an effort to close the meeting on a good note, I am going to suggest backing two here – one a likely market principal, and the other an outsider, in a bid to cover both angles.
Langer Dan, is going for the extra £100k bonus for winning the Imperial Cup last Saturday, and any Cheltenham Festival race. Such was the ease with which he went through the race at Sandown, and put it to bed in very testing ground, it strongly suggested he was in the form of his life.
Since he ran on into sixth in last season’s Boodles, I had him marked down as handicap winner-in-waiting once upped to around 2m4f on decent ground. So, to do what Langer Dan did at Sandown, which was no more than an exercise gallop for him, I think he can give the Skelton’s and owner Colm Donlon a big payday. At 11/2 with Sky Bet, who offer 6 places, he is a definite each-way bet.
The outsider to back is previous Mares’ Novice Hurdle winner Eglantine Du Seuil, who at 33/1 each-way with Betfred, also 6 places, is a wild price for a previous Festival winner.
She has shaped on more than one occasion this season that she retains plenty of ability, including a good run here at Cheltenham in December, confirming her liking for the track. Soft or heavy ground has blunted here on a number of other runs, but the upside is that her handicap mark has crept below the ceiling for this race, which I’m sure is a notion not lost on master planner Paul Nicholls.
The opening race is the Triumph Hurdle, and regular followers will have 50/1 each-way about Sir Psycho, who looks the stable second string behind Solo admittedly, but the more I weigh up this race, the more I think he has an outstanding chance. I’m more than happy to let this race pass by without another selection, though if I had to play at the top of the market, Allmankind would be the pick.
While in the Albert Bartlett (Thyme Hill 5/1 and The Cashel Man 50/1) and the Foxhunters (Minella Rocco 6/1 and Shantou Flyer 12/1), again I am very content to sit where we are with those. The Grand Annual looks an absolute minefield, so it is left to the two handicap hurdles and the big one, the Gold Cup, to provide us with any remaining bets.
Sir Valentine – 25/1 EW (888, Betfred 6 places)
There are five handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, and at the time of writing, JP McManus has won two out of those five with Dame De Compagnie and Aramax winning the Coral Cup and the Boodles, respectively. Once you come to read this, he may well have added the Pertemps Final with one of his five-strong battalion.
If he does so, it is entirely possible that he could complete the clean sweep by winning the County Hurdle and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle on Friday. His main chance in the County, looks to be with Ciel De Niege, who was a notable second in the best handicap hurdle run either side of the Irish Sea this season, the Betfair Hurdle. Hitting the front perhaps too soon and wandering around in the closing stages of the Betfair Hurdle, he also fairly charged up the hill to finish fourth in last year’s Boodles on his debut for Willie Mullins. Clearly an improved horse since then, he can take this off just a 6lb higher handicap mark.
In extolling the virtues of the Betfair Hurdle, it is worth adding a couple of big priced each-way bets on horses that featured prominently in that race also. Sir Valentine was an honourable fourth there, and granted a bit more juice in the ground and a stiffer test of stamina, he can go very well at 25/1. While arguably the best bet comes at 40/1 about Zanza, who was a close sixth in that race. That doesn’t tell the whole story, as he was the only horse to make up any kind of ground from an early hold-up position.
Delta Work – 5/1 EW (Skybet 5 places)
Time for the main event, and it is sure to be an absolutely absorbing affair. Last year’s winner Al Boum Photo is back for more, and has had an identical preparation to last season. He fairly sprinted up the hill and away from his toiling rivals, which include the re-opposing Bristol De Mai, Clan Des Obeaux and Presenting Percy.
I think Clan Des Obeaux can get closer to him, but I’m not sure he has enough improvement in him to trouble last year’s winner. So, if there is to be a new contender for the blue riband crown, then it will come from last year’s novices, and most notably one of the two horses that fought out the finish to last year’s RSA Chase – Santini or Delta Work.
Santini was impressive when beating Bristol De Mai cosily in the Cotswold Chase, and could improve again in the first-time cheekpieces and with a much better preparation than for last year’s festival. But I have been struck by the unassuming rate of improvement that Delta Work has show in his last two Grade 1 wins at Leopardstown. Winner of the Pertemps Final as a 5-year-old, he looks to have a touch of class and a we haven’t yet seen the limit of his stamina levels. He can provide Gordon Elliott with a second Gold Cup victory after the mighty Don Cossack won the race in 2016.
At 5/1 with Skybet, who are offering 5 places, he looks a knocking each-way bet to me.
Front View – 5/1 EW (888Sport 5 places)
Five O’Clock – 16/1 EW (Coral generally 5 places)
Assemble – 18/1 (Unibet 5 places)
And so, to the closer, and if you need one to put you back on the positive side of things, then look no further than Front View. Owned by JP McManus, trained by Joseph O’Brien, and ridden by Jonjo O’Neill Jr – he bears striking resemblance to the 2019 winner of this race Early Doors, who had exactly the same owner/trainer/jockey combination.
He has been given a lovely handicap mark of 139, and has some outstanding hurdle form this season, which suggests he’s been let in very lightly. Only 6 lengths off Envoi Allen on hurdle debut at Down Royal, he then beat two subsequent winners at Cork. But is was his third hurdle start that took the eye, when travelling like the best horse in a Grade 3 at Thurles three weeks ago, only to find himself tight for room between the last two hurdles. He was much better than the bare form, as he ran on again into second after the last.
If you like Front View’s claims, then you also have to like the each-way chances of Five O’Clock and Assemble, as they were first and third in that Grade 3 at Thurles. A meritorious winner, Five O’ Clock is improving rapidly, and has the assistance of Conor McNamara, who won the Irish Grand National Trial for Five O’Clock’s trainer Willie Mullins. At 16/1, he is simply too big.
So too is the 18/1 about Assemble, third home at Thurles, he was squeezed for room at a crucial point, in a similar fashion to Front View. Joseph O’Brien trains him also, and would certainly not be averse to having more than one horse hit the frame. Oakley Brown takes the ride, and his is a name that we will hear much more about in the coming seasons.