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Final Day at Cheltenham Festival Day Four

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The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is the piece de resistance and culminates with the crowning of a Gold Cup hero, a Prestbury Cup winner, a top jockey and a champion trainer. It encapsulates seven fantastic races, three of them Grade 1, and always serves up all manner of thrills and spills.

The famous racecourse will be crammed full of superstar trainers, celebrities, royals and punters, and a party atmosphere always abounds. The atmosphere will be electric inside Cheltenham, while hundreds of thousands of people will be glued to TV screens to take in the action.

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Which races take place on day four?

Day four kicks off in style with the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle, the leading event in the National Hunt calendar exclusively for juveniles. It has been running since 1939 and has produced future champion hurdlers like Katchit, Kribensis and Persian War.

Next up is another famous old race, the County Handicap Hurdle, which was claimed by 20/1 shot Arctic Fire last year. The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is the third race of the day, and this Grade 1 contest is one of the newer ones inaugurated when the Festival expanded from three days to four in 2005. One notable winner was Unowhatimeanharry in 2016.

Then it is the big one, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place at 3.30pm. After all that excitement, we move on to the Foxhunter Steeple Chase, dubbed “the amateur Gold Cup” as it takes place over the same distance, but only allows amateur riders.

The penultimate race of the March Festival is the Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle, and then the Grand Annual Chase wraps things up. The Grand Annual is the oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, and the oldest chase in the National Hunt calendar, having first taken place all the way back in 1834. Rock the World won it last year for Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power.

Which are the feature races?

The Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle are both important contests, but day four is all about the Cheltenham Gold Cup and that is the feature race of the day.

This is the most important race in the National Hunt calendar. Its prize purse is only eclipsed by the Grand National, but the Gold Cup carries greater prestige.

It is the most valuable non-handicap race in the UK and is widely known as the Blue Riband event of horse racing. The list of previous winners is a who’s who of legends: Arkle, Golden Miller, Best Mate, Kauto Star, Mill House. Win this and you go into the history books as one of the all-time greats.

It takes place over 3 miles 2½ furlongs and takes in 22 fences, and always attracts the very best runners in the business to battle it out for the ultimate glory.

What are the big duels of day four?

By day four the battle between England and Ireland to win the Prestbury Cup will be coming to a head. The English are likely be led by Nicky Henderson and the Irish by Willie Mullins, and these two could be scrapping it out for the leading trainer gong. The award for champion jockey will also be heating up and that should prove to be a terrific duel between the frontrunners.

In the Gold Cup, it could come down to a duel between Might Bite and Sizing John. The latter won three Gold Cups last season: Punchestown, Leopardstown and of course Cheltenham, where he finished well clear of Minella Rocco, Native River and favourite Djakadam to justify a step up in trip.

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But this year Sizing John has failed to hit the heights expected of him, and Might Bite has established himself as the horse to beat after a dominant victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. If anyone can stop him it is Sizing John, but Harrington’s charge needs to rediscover his best form quickly as he has underwhelmed this season.

Who is the ante post favourite to win the Triumph Hurdle?

Henderson’s filly Apple’s Shakira is the 11/4 favourite to win the Triumph Hurdle after winning all three career starts in dominant fashion.

Who is the ante post favourite to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Might Bite is the ante post favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he has gone into 3/1 after winning the King George for Henderson. That was his fifth win in a row, but he has not been seen since and he has never been tested over the demanding Gold Cup distance.

If the going is sloppy, 20/1 shot Bristol De Mai will become very attractive after he cruised to victory in the Betfair Chase in the muck, while Sizing John and Road To Respect will gain a lot of attention at 6/1 and 10/1 respectively.

Make sure to check out our Cheltenham betting guide for all the latest insight, and keep checking the ante post odds ahead of the March Festival.

Cheltenham Betting Guide 2018

Published by Sun Bets 8th February 2018.

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