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Cheltenham Festival tips: Day 4 selections for Gold Cup card

We’re finishing off our 2022 Cheltenham Festival tips with seven selections for the closing day of this year’s spectacular National Hunt showpiece.

The Gold Cup headlines Friday’s action, backed up by two other Grade One events, the Hunters’ Chase and a trio of competitive handicaps.

Our nap Flooring Porter did the business on Thursday and PA Media’s Nick Robson marks our card on where the smart money is going with his Cheltenham day 4 tips:

1.30 PIED PIPER @ 4.0

Gordon Elliott’s Irish raider can make his course experience pay in the Triumph Hurdle.

Rarely do you see Grade Two fields dismissed with such disdain as when Pied Piper strolled to a nine-length victory on Trials Day.

He had already beaten Willie Mullins’ Vauban the day they both made their debut and, while Mullins stressed how much Vauban would improve for the run, the same could be said of our selection.

2.10 TOP BANDIT @ 9.5

The six-year-old has been put away for the County Hurdle since winning three of his four starts over timber before Christmas – but he also had five bumpers to gain experience.

As is his wont, Elliott sent him over for an early sighter of Cheltenham in October, where he proved decent ground will be no issue and he looks the stable’s main hope in this.

2.50 SHANTREUSSE @ 12.0

Minella Indo caused a 50/1 shock in the Albert Bartlett a few years ago when he was a virtual unknown and this stablemate has a similar profile in that he is already crying out for fences.

Shantreusse is also more than useful over hurdles, though, and despite winning in heavy ground the last twice, it may just be that he actually improves for better going – which will surely be against Hillcrest.

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3.30 A PLUS TARD @ 4.5

Can defy the statistics and provide Henry de Bromhead with back-to-back wins in the Gold Cup for our Cheltenham Festival tips.

Second to stablemate Minella Indo 12 months ago, plenty felt A Plus Tard just did not quite get up the hill.

However, considering he had a dual Gold Cup winner in Al Boum Photo behind in third, that is a very harsh view to take.

Quite simply, Minella Indo was the better horse on the day but since then he has been beaten at Down Royal, pulled up in the King George and been beaten over six lengths by Conflated in the Irish Gold Cup, suggesting winning the blue riband has left its mark.

Meanwhile, A Plus Tard waltzed to victory at Haydock on his reappearance and probably should have won the Savills Chase too but was mugged on the line by Galvin.

The general view is the stiffer stamina test at Cheltenham will play even more to Galvin’s strengths and he did win the National Hunt Chase after all.

But nine times out of 10, Rachael Blackmore would have been a bit more patient in the Savills and she would probably admit she kicked for home a bit soon.

Proper spring ground will definitely be in his favour, less so Galvin, and A Plus Tard himself will have no idea that those who are beaten on their first run in a Gold Cup have a wretched record when trying to win it second time around.

4.10 WINGED LEADER @ 6.0

Billaway aims to make it third time lucky in the Hunters’ Chase, but he is perhaps better when the mud is flying.

The two years younger Winged Leader beat him easy on decent ground early in the season and can confirm the form for David Christie.

4.50 MOUNT IDA @ 3.25

There is little between Mullins’ Elimay and Elliott’s charge on official ratings and there was only half a length separating them when they last met.

Mount Ida came out on top that day and she is 3lb better off here on ground that should suit at a track she is already proven on, making her hard to beat in the Mares’ Chase.

5.30 I A CONNECT (nap) @ SP

Fergus Gregory was booked some time ago and his victory over Imperial Cup winner Suprise Package last time out now looks incredibly strong form, so we’re lumping on in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle to close our Cheltenham day 4 tips.

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