Barry Hill's Cheltenham Tip Guide - Day 4

Resident tipster Barry Hill gives his day 3 Cheltenham Festival tips including his Gold Cup selection.

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As the week of high quality racing draws to an end we have the feature race of the week in the form of the cheltenham Gold Cup. With some disappointing results for punters yesterday we look to improve the fortunes with some winners today and put the bookies to the sword. 

Here ar ether last days tips from our resident tipster Barry Hill. Have a great day!

1:30 Cheltenham 

JCB Triumph Hurdle


With Sir Gino, the anticipated favorite, not participating, it might be wise to consider SALVATOR MUNDI, who was just behind him in second place at Auteuil last April. Despite being out of sight since then, Willie Mullins's decision to enter him directly in this race hints at a strong performance expectation. Mullins's other horses, Kargese (the winner), Storm Heart (second place), Majborough (third place), and Bunting (fourth place), who competed against each other in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown, are now moving to a longer distance on a tougher track, making their comparative performances intriguing. Nurburgring, after a notable but not winning performance in a recent Grade 2 race, is another one to watch, as improvement wouldn't be surprising. Salver, with a perfect record over hurdles and a recent victory at Haydock, also presents a strong case under favorable conditions.

2:10 Cheltenham 

BetMGM County Handicap Hurdle

L'EAU DU SUD - 4/1

L'EAU DU SUD showcased an impressive performance by finishing second in the highly competitive Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in his last outing, and he's poised to enhance Dan Skelton's remarkable record in this event. With four victories since 2016, Skelton's six-year-old arrives in prime condition, having competed only twice this season. Positioned favorably in the handicaps, he's adaptable to any ground conditions, with Harry Skelton taking the reins.Remember to keep an eye on Faivoir, last year's winner from the Skelton stable, who's only 2 pounds higher in the handicap this time. His close second-place finish in the Imperial Cup last week signals he's in excellent form.Willie Mullins, known for his strong presence in this race, leads his challenge with Absurde, a horse with enough class to have claimed the Ebor on the flat last summer and performed commendably in the Melbourne Cup.

Although preferring firmer ground, Absurde's initial mark from the handicapper, following a respectable fourth place in a Grade 1 race, seems generously lenient.Mullins is also fielding several other contenders, including Zenta, who secured a promising third at Leopardstown recently and has previously shown affinity for the track with a third-place finish in the Triumph Hurdle.King Of Kingsfield, another notable entry, outperformed Absurde in their last Grade 1 encounter, finishing ahead with Slade Steel and Ballyburn leading the pack. The handicapper's leniency towards him suggests a strong potential for a competitive performance.Pied Piper, narrowly beaten last year and effectively 1 pound lower due to the jockey's allowance, alongside So Scottish, who seems well-weighted, are both well-positioned to contend effectively in this highly anticipated race.

2:50 Cheltenham 

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle


READIN TOMMY WRONG preserved his flawless record, showcasing his potential as a top-tier stayer during his win at the Lawlor's of Naas Novices' Hurdle in January. The prospect of a longer distance in his upcoming race suggests even greater improvement is on the horizon, making him a compelling choice. High Class Hero, likewise undefeated in regulated races, is anticipated to thrive under the conditions of a more demanding stamina challenge. Additionally, Captain Teague and Dancing City stand out as noteworthy competitors in what promises to be a fascinating contest.

3:30 Cheltenham 

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase


GALOPIN DES CHAMPS, last year's standout, bounced back from a disappointing showing in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, where he was bested by Fastorslow for the second occasion, by delivering a stellar performance to decisively defeat Gerri Colombe in the Savills Chase. Continuing his successful run up to Cheltenham, he avenged his loss to Fastorslow by clinching the Irish Gold Cup once again, positioning him to emulate Al Boum Photo's consecutive Gold Cup victories for Willie Mullins in 2019 and 2020. Fastorslow has significantly improved since narrowly losing to Corach Rambler in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last year and emerges as a formidable contender. Meanwhile, Bravemansgame, last year's runner-up and attempting to reclaim his King George VI Chase title, appears to be the best among the British entrants. However, having been defeated by Gentlemansgame in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, Bravemansgame needs to significantly improve on this season's performances to contend effectively.

4:10 Cheltenham 

St. James's Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase


ITS ON THE LINE, who narrowly missed victory in this race a year ago, appears set for the tougher conditions he thrives under this time. Following a fall at Aintree, he bounced back impressively to win the Punchestown Champion, besting Ferns Rock, and recently outdueled Billaway at Naas. With Derek Oโ€™Connor, who has already secured a win this week, in the saddle, the chances for a winning double look promising.Premier Magic, who surprised many with a 66-1 victory last year, demonstrated that his win was no accident by claiming another victory at Cheltenham in May, and with a recent win in a point-to-point, he's in prime condition to contend strongly once again.Ferns Lock, fresh off a win at Thurles, is known for leading from the front and possesses the stamina and versatility in ground conditions to make him a formidable contender hard to overtake.Billaway, with a win and a runner-up finish in this race to his name, fell last season but posed a significant challenge to Its On The Line in their last encounter. His affinity for this course and distance makes him a contender not to be underestimated.Samcro, once a celebrated winner of the Golden Miller in 2020, has seen a change in fortunes, particularly after not finishing the Grand National last year. Despite success in point-to-points, stepping up to this challenge may prove demanding.Time Leader has shown consistency in the hunter chase sphere, finishing fifth at Aintree last year and winning his last three races, positioning him as a dark horse with appealing odds for an upset.

4:50 Cheltenham 

Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Chase

DINOBLUE - 11/10

Last year's runner-up, Allegorie De Vassy, is aiming to improve on her previous performance by coming out on top this year. She showed promising form by defeating Riviere D'etel at Naas last month and looks set to replicate that victory. However, DINOBLUE, who has shown remarkable improvement since her second-place finish in the Grand Annual a year ago, could present a significant challenge.

Despite falling short against El Fabiolo in the Dublin Chase last month after a Grade 1 victory at Leopardstown during the holiday season, she remains a strong contender. With stamina expected to be a non-issue over the extended distance, the highly-rated Doctor Dino progeny is poised for a strong performance among her peers. Limerick Lace's impressive win in the Silver Vase at Doncaster indicates she is well-equipped to compete at a higher level, as does her stablemate Brides Hill, who earned Listed recognition with a win at Huntingdon in January. Marsh Wren, coming off a victory at Thurles 22 days ago, is yet another contender worth considering in this competitive field.

5:30 Cheltenham 

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle


Henry de Bromhead started the Festival with flair on Tuesday, and he's poised to finish it on a high note with WATERFORD WHISPERS. This horse, showing rapid improvement, could surpass his second-place finish at Leopardstown during Christmas. The race conditions then were not in his favor, suggesting a stronger performance this time. Quai de Bourbon, maintaining a perfect 2-2 record under Willie Mullins, appears to be the main challenger, stepping into handicapping. Meanwhile, last year's second-place finisher, No Ordinary Joe, completes the top picks despite a challenging week for his stable that's been widely discussed.