Cheltenham Festival day four betting tips, preview and free bets, Friday 16th March 2018
The final day of the Cheltenham Festival might be all about the Gold Cup for many, but there are plenty of other top races to get stuck into. Just be sure to make use of the final Betting Offers for the Cheltenham Festival as the bookies pull out all the stops to attract you to their site on day four of this fantastic week of racing.
Cheltenham betting tips day 4:
13:30 Triumph Hurdle – Apple’s Shakira to win at 10/3 with 888Sport
14:50 Albert Bartlett Hurdle – Chef Des Obeaux to win at 6/1 with Ladbrokes
15:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup – Native River to win at 11/2 with BetVictor
Triumph Hurdle preview, odds and betting tips, 13.30 at Cheltenham, 16th March 2018
The Triumph Hurdle kicks off perhaps the year’s most eagerly anticipated day of National Hunt racing. This Grade 1 for novice hurdlers takes place over two miles, one furlong and has a clear favourite in the shape of Apple’s Shakira.
The French horse has won three races since coming to Britain and joining Nicky Henderson’s yard. Each of those wins came at Cheltenham and each of them taught us something about this excellent filly. Whether it’s her turn of foot, her smooth jumping or her stomach for a fight, it’s clear that Apple’s Shakira will take a lot of stopping at odds of 10/3 with 888Sport.
The main dangers, for those looking for tempting each way options are Farclas (8/1 with Betfred) and We Have A Dream (10/1 with Paddy Power).
Albert Bartlett Hurdle preview, odds and betting tips, 14.40 at Cheltenham, 16th March 2018
The Albert Bartlett Hurdle is one of the newer races at the Cheltenham Festival but it’s quickly become a favourite of racegoers and punters. It’s a stayers’ hurdle which has produced quality winners like Unowhatimeanharry and Gold Cup winner, Bobs Worth so who will come out on top in the 2018 renewal?
Dortmund Park (25/1 with Betfair) and Vinndication (16/1 with Betfred) look like interesting each way options but for a win bet the most attractive option is Chef Des Obeaux at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
One of a few potential winners for Nicky Henderson, Chef Des Obeaux seems to get better with every run. The six-year-old comes into the race on the back of three straight wins. The most impressive of those was when finishing strong to get the job done over three miles at Kempton. It’s that late surge that could separate Chef Des Obeaux from his stiff competition.
Cheltenham Gold Cup preview, odds and betting tips, 15.20 at Cheltenham, 16th March 2018
Quite simply, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the biggest, most prestigious race in the National Hunt calendar. Three miles, two-and-a-half furlongs and 22 fences are what it takes to decide the winner and we have a wide open field for the 2018 renewal.
Last year’s champion, Sizing John, is back to defend his title. He is clearly suited to this trip and has the jumping ability to get around with little trouble but there’s every chance he will be beaten by the improving Native River (11/2 with BetVictor).
Native River was never really targeted at the Gold Cup last year but he still managed to finish third. Colin Tizzard was encouraged enough by that performance to give his eight-year-old only one preparatory race. Native River won the Denman Chase in February and can continue in that vein with a huge win on Friday.
Best of the Rest at Cheltenham, 18th March 2018
Whatswrongwithyou has been on an excellent run of form ahead of the Cheltenham Festival and it looks as though he’s been aimed at the Martin Pipe Handicap. If he does indeed go to post in the penultimate race of the Festival, Whatswrongwithyou’s improvement can continue with a win at 16/1 with Betfred.