Cheltenham Tips: Matt Chapman’s Cheltenham Festival Day 4 best bets

Matt Chapman bagged a 25/1 winner on Thursday and is back for more on Day 4.

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Triumph Hurdle (13:30) – Fil Dor

All good things come to an end! The final day of Cheltenham gets under way here with the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle over 2m1f. Vauban will be very hard to beat. However, I’m having a few quid eachway on FIL DOR for Gordon Elliott and Jack Kennedy. I have feeling a strong gallop will suit this stayer and he can get close to Vauban than he did at Leopardstown last time. 

County Hurdle (14:10) – West Cork

Here’s the Grade 3 County Hurdle over 2m1f. State Man is the talking horse but I’ll be going eachway on the more exposed WEST CORK for the Skelton team of trainer Dan and jockey Harry. West Coast returned this season with a terrific win in the Greatwood at Cheltenham and was a fair fifth at Ascot afterwards. He might still have more to come.

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Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (14:50) – Hillcrest

Back to Grade 1 company now with the Albert Bartlett Novices’ hurdle over 3m. The giant HILLCREST just looks full of stamina and in a renewal that might not be the strongest that could be enough for Henry Daly and Richard Patrick. I was really impressed with the selection at Haydock last time and he’s just getting better and better. 

Cheltenham Gold Cup (15:30) – Galvin (Win) & Al Boum Photo (EW)

Another Grade 1 here in the big one of the week, the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup over an extended 3m2f. I’ve always been one for stamina over speed in the Gold Cup and on that basis will back both GALVIN for the win and AL BOUM PHOTO eachway. Galvin has improved with every race and did well to deny A Plus Tard last time. He has every chance for Gordon Elliott. Al Boum Photo has of course won two Gold Cups already and while he was meant to be raced more season comes here with strong claims of being in the frame again. If he scores he will do what Kauto Star did which is regain his crown. 

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St James’ Place Festival Hunter Chase (16:10) – Billaway

The amateur riders now in the St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase over an extended 3m2f. BILLAWAY was desperately unlucky to get picked up last year and surely has strong claims to make up for that under Patrick Mullins for his dad Willie. Got a confidence boosting win last time at Naas. 

Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase (16:50) – Elimay

Time for the Grade 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase over an extended 2m4f. A strong fancy here is last year’s runner up ELIMAY for JPMcManus, Willie Mullins and Mark Walsh. The mare was back in winning form at Naas last time and I would have thought connections will be very disappointed if she doesn’t go one place better than twelve months ago. 

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle (17:30) – Five O’Clock

And this is it. We end Cheltenham 2022 with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle over an extended 2m4f. FIVE O’CLOCK is the interesting one here for Jack Foley and Willie Mullins. My hope was desperately unlucky when seventh in this in 2020 when he probably would have won but for nearly being brought down in the middle of the race. He’s been off since then, but we know Mullins can get one ready and he’s primed to go again at long odds.

So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?

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