Cheltenham 2009 Tips – Day 4

It’s the last day of the Cheltenham Festival which will please my cricket following readers who want to get back to reading irreverent commentary on the state of the game. If you’re new to Flintoff’s Ashes why not stick around and sign up for the email updates? It could be fun and what other website offers you pictures of famous cricketers taking a dump?

On with the racing. If you’ve followed my tips this way and placed each-way bets you’ll be up by now. Not enough to bail out HBOS but it’ll treat your long suffering partner to a takeaway so I hope that the following selections will allow an extra couple of pints of Cobra beer :)

Triumph Hurdle 1.30pm

Likely to be a closely contested race with a number putting up a serious challenge.

Of the horses in the money at the moment, Ebadiyan has performed well under more trying conditions than this so could figure. Was beaten by Jumbo Rio on last outing who is another one likely to be mixing it up having beaten Mourad on last couple of outings. Tony McCoy’s ride Lethal Weapon could be one to watch.

Master of Arts is well fancied but question marks over the distance. Starluck unbeaten this season and will definitely be up there. Zaynar beat Walkon on debut and these two are likely to battle it out with Walkon edging it @9/2.

County Hurdle 2.05pm

Unbeaten Aachen is sure to figure early doors but I feel the handicapper hasn’t been too kind and unlikely to be there at the end. Farringdon could be a surprise package here and possibly worth a look for a place @20/1.

Nicky Henderson horse Dave’s Dream is well fancied and likely to figure. Sunhillyboy with AP on board will be up there in what could be a scrappy race so I’m going with the champion jockey to bring it home. Generally available at 7/1.

Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle 2.40pm

Alpha Ridge untested on firmer ground so be interesting to see how it performs. Cape Tribulation well fancied after its 17 length win at Doncaster. Pride of Dulcote is reunited with Ruby Walsh after the fall at Cheltenham that put the jockey in hospital so this could be a nervy race for both.

The Midnight Club has got strong place chances as has Weapons Amnesty. On Raglan Road could figure with the going to his favour.

Another tricky one to call but I’m going with Alpha Ridge @8/1.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 3.20pm

I went with Denman last year but he was beaten by 23 lengths by Madison Du Berlais at Kempton so difficult to back again.

I could go through the card and flag up challengers to Kauto Star but why don’t I save everyone the time? Impossible to oppose him to win the race and 2/1 is a handy price. Get on before grandma does.

However, since the bookmakers pay out on the first three places I will be having a cheeky e/w on Exotic Dancer @8/1 with Paddy Power.

Foxhunter Chase 4.00pm

Over the last few years this race has been won by big priced horses. Will it be the same this year?

Amicelli won here last year by 6 lengths but not run since. Border Fusion is a healthy price but might be up there towards the end. Placed on all 7 outings although this is a step up. Cappa Bleu will certainly figure in the race as will Jeveigneur who knows his way around the course.

Royal Auclair is sure to be there at the end but I fancy the other Paul Nicholls horse Ofarel D’airy. It is well priced at 20/1 and has mixed it with better company than this so it’s my tip.

Conditionals Handicap Hurdle 4.40pm

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that a David Pipe horse might figure in this one ;) Buena Vista fresh from a second in the Pertemps Final might not have the legs. Big Eared Fran is sure to figure as will Mamlook with Hadden Frost on board.

That having been said Penn Da Benn catches the eye and looks handily placed. Presenting Copper also offers up a choice place option. Little Shilling has won all 5 races since moving to Tim Vaughan and could surprise a few.

My money is going on Penn Da Benn @12/1.

Grand Annual 5.15pm

With Chapoturgeon unlikely to run after its Jewson triumph yesterday let’s look at the contenders. Perce Rock ditched AP yesterday and lost me money so I fart in it’s general direction. I’m So Lucky with Tom Scudamore on board might be worth a look at if the market moves. Poquelin well fancied with Ruby Walsh on board and looks to be running off a good mark. Another Paul Nicholls horse Pasco in with a shot.

French Opera will be there or therabouts but a place bet only surely. Tramantano under PJ Brennan is an outsider but be worth keeping an eye on the market. Oh Crick has a vaguely cricketing feel about it and carrying 18lbs less than its last race must appeal.

Lorient Express looks outstanding value on form and with the yard providing 2 winners and 2 places this Festival it has to be worth a squirt @14/1.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my coverage of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival. See you next year!

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One comment

  1. Mike

    1.30pm – Well I was nearly right. Should’ve had a reverse forecast. Paid ¬£26..

    2.05pm – Genuinely didn’t see that coming! Can’t imagine too many people picking up the 11k tricast :D

    2.40pm – Would you believe me if I told you it was a genuine toss up between Weapons Amnesty and Alpha Ridge as to who I was going to back? Pfft..

    3.20pm – Kauto Star. What a horse. Supreme performance but fair play to Denman. Gritty race. Hope you backed my each-way tip too.

    4.00pm – Oh dear. Didn’t jump well and no surprise it pulled up. Not having the end to the Festival I was hoping for..

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