Brian’s Friday Tips: Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham

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Brian Hughes picks his winners for Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, including an interesting shout for the Gold Cup.

Brian Hughes Gold Cup Day predictions

Here are Brian’s tips for the day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival, including a long-odds pick for the famous Gold Cup:

13:20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

There are not a lot of runners but it is a quality field. You could make a case for several of these – but the two who really stand out are Zanahiyr and Tritonic. Although Zanahiyr is the favourite, I’m slightly favouring the Alan King trained Tritonic – he’s had a similar route into this race as a few past winners – obviously Alan King won the Racing Post (now the Adonis) Juvenile at Kempton with Penzance who subsequently won the Triumph Hurdle. Visually Tritonic was very impressive – the way he quickened from the two or three out – and the drying ground should suit. Obviously, you’ve got the likes of the Pipes horse, Adagio, and Willie Mullin’s pair, but I have just been very taken by Tritonic.

14:30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

It’s one of the bigger fields of the day and you’d have to say it’s an open sort of race – Fergal O’Brien’s horse Alaphilippe comes into it after winning the Albert Bartlett Trial at Haydock on soft ground so you’d have to think he has a big chance. Willie Mullins is well represented in it as well but I just slightly prefer Fergal’s horse – he jumps and stays very well and I think he is still improving.

15:05 – The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 3m2½f

Another great race – obviously you’ve got Al Boum Photo trying to win the race again for a third time, Champ, last year’s RSA winner who’s had an unusual prep and Santini, last year’s second with a visor.

Although you have to fancy Al Boum Photo and Champ who are both shorter prices, I think Native River and Frodon will ensure they go a good gallop so I’m slightly preferring Santini – I know he’s not had a particularly good year and hasn’t actually won this season but with a visor on, I think he’s a good each-way player at 12-1, just for the fact they’ll go a good pace. It will be no surprise seeing Al Boum Photo winning it again but I think the quicker pace will suit Santini better.

Brian’s picks for Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival:

13:20Zanahiyr6/5
13:55Buildmeupbuttercup14/1
14:30Alaphilippe10/1
15:05Santini (e/w)12/1
15:40It Came To Pass8/1
16:15Elimay10/11
16:50Leoncavallo25/1
*All odds correct at time of writing.
Brian Hughes is the 2020 Champion Jump Jockey and he writes exclusively for the MansionBet Blog every week with previews and tips for upcoming races.

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