The fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival kicks off with the Triumph Hurdle. This is a race where I think the Mares allowance will play a big part here, and it’ll be a toss up between Lossiemouth and Gala Marceau.
I thought it was disappointing for Lossiemouth to get beat last time by her rival, but I would be very surprised if she doesn’t turn the tables here. If she had won that, she’d probably come here odds on for this, so you could argue she’s value for this at the price she is now.
Next up is the County Hurdle and I like Gin Coco of Harry Fry’s, and it’s the Greatwood form I like the look of. He was beaten by I Like To Move It, who ran in the Champion Hurdle, so that’s very good form really, high class handicap form coming into a high class handicap. He’s off a little higher here, 4lb higher, he looks to have every chance coming into this.
Onto the Albert Bartlett and some form from earlier in the year may give England a chance at a massive price. I thought both Rock My Way and Weveallbeencaught had a chance. They finished first and second over two and a half miles at Cheltenham earlier in the season.
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Rock My Way then went on to win the Ballymore Trial and I think both of them will appreciate this step up to three miles.
It’s a slog of a race and they both look like saying chasers of the future, and it just might suit that type. 20 runners go to post, and both could be each way players at big prices.
The feature of the day is the Gold Cup, and I think Galopin Des Champs will win this. I know it’s a boring shout, but he ticks every box.
He should appreciate the ground, he has course form, would have won last year obviously, the step up to three miles has been appreciated by the horse this year and I just think he ticks every box. It doesn’t matter what ground it is, he should go well.
Looking elsewhere, for something at a much bigger price, for the first time he’s got testing ground in a Gold Cup, there’s Royale Pagaille. He might be able to run into a place, been just out of the placings in the last two runnings, but the ground won’t have been as testing as it will be tomorrow.
In the Mares Chase, I think Impervious will take a lot of beating in this. Brian Hayes gets on very well with the horse, she’s done nothing but improve for fences this year, and should appreciate the cut in the ground she will get. She looks a tough individual that will take plenty of beating.
The final race of the festival is the Martin Pipe and I look at someone who has done well in this race with high class horses, Willie Mullins, and his contender Spanish Harlem. It’s near enough favourite, but it’s coming here on handicap debut and has a mark of 135, he could easily be rated 155 in a year’s time.
He’s ran behind Three Card Brag from the Gordon Elliott yard, who runs in the Albert Bartlett earlier on the card, which could give this horse a timely form boost.
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