Cheltenham 2017 Day Four Tips
I’ve got a feeling that today will be a day for the punters to smile about as the bookies have done well so far this week. I’m hoping that Defi Du Seuil will start the day off right in the Triumph Hurdle. He’s unbeaten over hurdles and looks a really classy sort. I’m happy with the 9/4 about him and hopefully Richard Johnson will have his 2nd winner of the festival here.
13:30 Cheltenham – Defi Du Seuil – 9/4 with Sky Bet (Money Back loser)
This is a tough test for Air Horse One but he’s seeking a four timer and he looks a good value price to be backing each way, especially considering that Paddy Power are paying out for six places. He’s back down in trip but he’s won at this distance and the fewer furlongs might just help him defy an eight pound rise in the weights.
14:10 Cheltenham – Air Horse One– 12/1 with Paddy Power (Money Back 2nd)
Death Duty was a lot of people’s strong fancy before the festival and it’s easy to see why. He’s four out of four over hurdles and was impressive in a Grade 1 last time out. If he stays the trip then I think he’ll win with ease and I’m fairly confident that he’ll take to the step up in distance.
14:50 Cheltenham – Death Duty – 2/1 with Paddy Power (Money Back 2nd)
I’ve been scratching my head all week as to who I was going to back in the big one and I’ve finally settled on Native River. Djakadam has his admirers but there are plenty of people who wouldn’t have touched him with a ten foot pole after the first day of the festival. Cue Card is one of my favourite horses but I just don’t think he has enough to win this, even though it would be a great story. I’ll bet with my head and not my heart. There’s no denying that this horse has stamina. Cue Card was good last time out, it’s true, but in a very weak field. Native River made Bristol De Mai look absolutely ordinary and I like the 9/2 about him as he goes for a four-timer.
15:30 Cheltenham – Native River – 9/2 with Sky Bet
Jamie Codd has had two winners at the festival so far and I’m backing him to grab a third on On The Fringe. He was very good last time out and there is no shame in losing to a classy horse in Foxrock. If he doesn’t fall victim to the bounce factor then he’ll win.
16:10 Cheltenham – On The Fringe – 13/8 with Paddy Power (Money Back 2nd)
Thomas Campbell was the beaten favourite in a grade two three months ago but I feel that the step up in trip has the potential to bring out the best in him. He’s certainly worth an each-way bet at a price of 18/1. He won his three races previous to that and he can be forgiven his poor performance last time out because of a mistake at the third.
16:50 Cheltenham – Thomas Campbell – 18/1 with Paddy Power
Le Prezien wasn’t disgraced in a Grade 1 last time out after a big step up from a Class 2 contest. He is down three pounds to his last winning mark and stepping back in trip will definitely help this confident jumper.
17:30 Cheltenham – Le Prezien – 6/1 with Sky Bet
All odds are correct at the time of posting.