Betopin team up with The Finishing Line to preview all of the Cheltenham Festival Day 4 action. There hasn’t been a better partnership since A.P McCoy and Wichita Lineman!
The 4-year-olds open the final day of the Cheltenham Festival and it looks like Joseph O Brien has a strangle hold on this race with the first and second favorite in the betting. Andrew, Tom and Dave all agreed that former top-class flat performer Sir Erec is by far the best of the 4-year-old’s. Just last year he contested the British Champions Long Distance Cup where he was only 2 ½ lengths behind triple crown stayer’s winner Stradivarius.
He won his maiden hurdle around Leopardstown beating Tiger Tap Tap by a neck, he then went on to win the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown by an easy 7 lengths. All three think he could be one of the Irish bankers of the week.
Tips for Triumph Hurdle
Andrew – Sir Erec 10/11
Tom – Sir Eric 10/11
Dave – Sir Erec 10/11
Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle – 3m
In a race that can often be won by an outsider the team don’t have a strong opinion. Tom put forward Derrinross and Commander Of Fleet against the field. Both have had plenty of experience and have proved that they stay 3 miles.
Tips for Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle
Tom – Derrinross 12/1 and Commander Of Fleet 7/1
The Foxhunters is a chance for the amateurs to have their time in the lime light. Run over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup this is every amateur dreams to ride in let alone win.
Dave put up Shantou Flyer as his pick with previous Cheltenham Festival form to go to war with, but Tom and Andrew where very keen on the 2-time champion and current holder Pacha Du Polder. He is always forgotten about in the market and has won this race twice at prices of 25/1 and 16/1. In all honesty he should be going for his 4th Foxhunters in a row (tune into the Cheltenham Preview Video to find out). Tom made the progressive Road To Rome his selection though under top amateur Sam Waley-Cohen.
Tips for Foxhunters Chase
Andrew – Pacha Du Polder 16/1
Tom – Road To Rome 7/1
Dave – Shantou Flyer 10/1
The highlight of the week for most racing fans, the Gold Cup. This year’s Gold cup looks a vintage renewal. Tom is keen on the chances of top novice chaser and current market leader Presenting Percy, who made a winning reappearance over hurdles at Gowran Park in January. He could be one of the most exciting staying chasers of recent times!
Andrew is very keen on the Willie Mullins trained Al Boum Photo but is worried that Presenting Percy could be a superstar.
Dave also went with Al Boum Photo but is also worried about Presenting Percy. Just the fact that the defending champion Native River is not mentioned goes to show how open this year’s Gold Cup looks.
Tip for Gold Cup
Andrew – Al Boum Photo 16/1
Tom – Presenting Percy 7/2
Dave – Al Boum Photo 16/1
Handicaps Tips for Friday
Andrew – Countister
Tom – Dallas Des Pictons
Dave – Mr Adjudicator
The Finishing Line Naps
Thanks to all the Finishing Line Family for all their hard work getting the video/podcast together, the show can’t run itself.
For a bit of fun we are all going to put up of NAPs for Cheltenham.
Andrew – Laurina (Champion Hurdle)
Tom – Sir Erec (Triumph Hurdle)
Dave – Sir Erec (Triumph Hurdle) & Champ (Ballymore Novice Hurdle) Double
Kevin – Notnow Seamus (Coral Cup)
Abhay –Sir Erec (Triumph Hurdle)