Day Four Tips
We’re finally arrived at Friday Day four at the Festival! The wallets and liver may have taken a battering over the last few days but its now time for one last chance to enjoy the greatest show on earth.
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Four selections for Friday:
- Back Our Duke to win the Gold Cup (3.30) at 11/2 with Bet365
- Back Stormy Ireland to win the Triumph Hurdle (1.30) at 5/1 with Bet365
- Back Santini to win the Albert Bartlett (2.50) at 4/1 with Bet365
- Back Forest Bihan to win the Grand Annual (5.30) at 25/1 with Bet365
OUR DUKE looks set to make it back-to-back wins in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Jessica Harrington. The Irish handler landed last year’s event with Sizing John but although that horse in unfortunately unable to defend his crown through injury, she has a more than useful back-up in the shape of Our Duke.
This horse is built for a test like the Gold Cup provides and the added juice to the ground only further enhances his chances of success.
It’s been an inconsistent campaign for last year’s Irish Grand National winner, who started the season with a very flat effort before his jumping let him down in the Irish Gold Cup, where he still stayed onto finish fourth.
However, he looked back to his best last time out when outstaying the subsequent RSA Chase winner Presenting Percy in the style of a top-class animal.
The stiff nature of the Gold Cup trip will suit this horse much more than his rivals – he’ll be bang there from three out and it’s whether he’s got the minerals to get up that hill. I think he has.
Momentum is building behind the chances of STORMY IRELAND in the Triumph Hurdle – mostly due to the incredible form that the Willie Mullins team find themselves in.
Four-year-old hurdlers aren’t usually top of Mullins’ priority list but the vibes are very strong behind this mare’s chances.
The winning margin of 58 lengths on her was more than a fair reflection of her superiority over that field and her jumping was very assured on a very soft surface.
She looks the one to beat despite the vibes being strong about Apples Shakira.
The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle usually goes to a strong stayer, capable of galloping when the going gets tough.
The one that fits that bill is SANTINI, who brings a high level of form to the table courtesy of his win over Black Op – that horse finished second in the Ballymore Hurdle.
He looked beat that day on heavy ground as they jumped the last but toughed it out in gritty fashion to overhaul the long-time leader. That form is very strong and he should be followed with confidence.
A chance is taken on FOREST BIHAN to win the Grand Annual – or the get out jail stakes to those punters who have endured a tough week.
He won a competitive handicap off the same mark earlier this season and his hold-up style of racing should be perfect for the Grand Annual where the leaders always come back to the closers at the business end.
He’s a little bit inconsistent with his jumping and sometimes can belt one, but this horse has a huge engine and could be the class act in the final race of the 2018 Festival.