It’s the final day for this year’s Cheltenham Festival tips and we have seven more horses to follow for a cracking Gold Cup card.
We’ve had two winners on each of the first three days, with the pick of the prices being 12/1 Stayers’ Hurdle star Flooring Porter.
There are no spectators present at Prestbury Park this year, but punters will still be lumping on their fancies and watching on the box or mobile phones.
Here are our picks to help bash the bookies on day four:
1.20 QUILIXIOS @ 4/1
There is not much between our selection and firm favourite Zanahiyr on a line through Fred Winter runner-up Saint Sam so we’re going with the value option at the latest Triumph Hurdle odds.
Quilixios pulled clear to win the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown in emphatic fashion and everything about this strong-running gelding suggests he will be well suited by this stiffer track.
1.55 THIRD TIME LUCKI @ 8/1
Dan Skelton has saddled three scorers in the last five runnings of the County Handicap Hurdle and returns with another strong contender, who was fourth in last season’s Champion Bumper.
The six-year-old has taken well to jumping, posting wins at Uttoxeter, Wetherby and Kempton, and can be forgiven for a fourth-placed finish at Musselburgh last time when making a hash of the final flight.
2.30 TORYGRAPH @ 4/1
Took a while to get the hang of things in bumpers but has shown the benefit of that experience since stepping up in distance over timber.
Torygraph finished full of running when striking at Fairyhouse and Thurles and has the scope to be a major player if this upgrade in class doesn’t come too soon into his development.
3.05 CHAMP 9/2
This aptly-named nine-year-old produced a dramatic late flourish to claim the top staying novice chase and his stamina can again come to the fore now bidding for Gold Cup glory.
A delayed start to the current campaign due to a wind operation doesn’t worry us, as a recent blow-out over two miles at Newbury confirmed his well-being and kept him fresh for this contest.
Nicky Henderson beamed: “It went well and his jumping at that pace was exceptional. We all came away very happy and he’s come back fine.”
The hat-trick seeking Al Boum Photo and the classy A Plus Tard warrant plenty of respect, but we’re hoping it proves Champ by name and Champ by nature!
3.40 BOB AND CO @ 4/1
Showed some good form in France during his younger days and seems to have recaptured that sparkle since being switched to champion trainer Paul Nicholls with a crack at this Hunters’ Chase race in mind.
The Ditcheat handler has claimed this prize on four previous occasions and this 10-year-old has the right profile to add to that tally after powering to a wide-margin success at Haydock last month.
4.15 COLREEVY @ 3/1
Willie Mullins also has the favourite for the Mares’ Chase in Elimay but this eight-year-old may prove more than just a solid second string.
She has performed with credit at two past Festivals, finishing seventh in the 2018 Champion Bumper and fifth in last season’s mares’ novices’ hurdle, but always looked the type to fare best over fences and has backed up that view with a nice hat-trick this term.
4.50 GENTLEMAN DE MEE @ 5/1
Changed hands for €280,000 following a couple of encouraging efforts in France back in 2019 and could now be ready to repay a decent chunk of that fee after recovering from a setback.
Landing an 18-runner Naas maiden in convincing fashion will have done his confidence a world of good and this half-brother to useful performer As De Mee could well go on to make a mockery of his opening handicap mark.
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