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Cheltenham Festival day four tips: 3 best bets for Friday

14 Mar | BY Adrian Mills | MIN READ TIME |
Cheltenham Festival day four tips: 3 best bets for Friday

Adrian Mills' top tips for the final day of the Festival include picks in the Gold Cup and Mares' Chase.

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival comes to a close, with seven races from 13.30 to 17:30, including the Gold Cup, which takes place at 15.30. Aside from that, there are also five other meetings throughout the day.

Fakenham kicks off at 1:10 and runs till 17:05, Ffos Las (13:55-17:10) Dundalk (14:40-20:20) Newcastle (17:00-20:10) and finally Wolverhampton (17.20-20:30).

Gold for Galopin once again 

Last year’s winner, Galopin Des Champs / , returns to defend his crown after successfully winning the Irish Gold Cup for the second time, where he finally got the better of Fastorslow, after being beaten by him two times previously.

He looks better than he did last season, particularly in the Savills Chase, when he won by 23 lengths in what was the best performances in National Hunt Racing in recent years.

There is a good competitive field lining up, but at his best he is incredibly tough to beat and a second Gold Cup looks imminent.

In front on the line 

Recently purchased by JP McManus, Its On The Line / bids to go one better than last year in this race. He nearly landed the shock win, but just came a bit short and instead it was Premier Magic who won at 66/1, but the way he stayed up the hill suggests that he could do better down the line.

He’s won on all three starts this season, which includes a win over Ferns Lock, who also runs here and one of the other fancied runners. The way he ran him down over three miles was quite impressive and, with a longer trip and the Cheltenham uphill finish, that’s surely going to play to his strengths.

He will have to also get the better of Premier Magic, who won the race last year, but he is 11 now and may be past his best, whereas Its On the Line looks to be in peak form.

Dinoblue to prove best of the mares

Dinoblue / is two out of three this season, with her only defeat coming against El Fabiolo. Before that she won a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas, beating Gentleman De Mee and Saint Roi.

She’s the best horse in the race and should fend off Allegorie De Vassy, who looks to be the main danger. She was the runner-up last year and the race was arguably hers to lose when she jumped the last in front, but she was passed by Impervious, who stayed on better up the hill.

With plenty of rain throughout the week the going will be soft, which enhances Dinoblue’s chances.