DISCLAIMER: ODDS AND ARTICLE UPDATED 04/03/2019, 17:50.
Four Tips for the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, including a selection in Cheltenham’s Blue Riband event, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Might Bite to Win and Each Way @ 14/1 - BET NOW
Nicky Henderson will be arriving at Cheltenham hoping his star chaser can bounce back to form after two poor efforts this year. Might Bite was a gallant second in last year’s renewal of the race, sent off at 4/1.
While his subsequent efforts have been disappointing, to say the least, there may have been an over-reaction in the betting market. His trainer bids for a third success in the race after wins with Bobs Worth and Long Run, and the five-time Champion Trainer has a better chance than Might Bite’s odds suggest.
Sir Erec to Win and Each Way @ 11/10 - BET NOW
In the opener on the final day of Cheltenham, it’s hard to argue against the claims of the talented Joseph O’Brien-trained prospect, Sir Erec. The four-year-old signed off his Flat campaign last year with an excellent third in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions’ Day, and he’s transferred that smart level of form to hurdles in two starts for his new yard.
Sent off a short-priced favourite for both his starts at Leopardstown over timber, including in Grade 1 company last time out, the son of Camelot has been given considerate rides, with this race always the long-term target, and with any amount still potentially in the locker, he’s hard to oppose.
Shantou Flyer to Win and Each Way @ 7/1 - BET NOW
Previous Cheltenham winner Shantou Flyer looks like a fascinating prospect in the Foxhunter Chase. The son of Shantou hadn’t won since his New Year’s Day success back in 2017 (a second win at Cheltenham), but he has returned to form in fine fashion for this yard since the turn of this year, with facile wins over similar trips at Kelso and Fontwell.
He’s versatile with regards to ground and has more time on his side than several of his main rivals, who have more miles on the clock, so it’s a slight surprise he’s not in the first three in the betting for the race.
Diakali to Win and Each Way @ 40/1 - BET NOW
The Grand Annual looks as competitive as ever this year. However, Diakali could be a bit overpriced in the ante-post markets. Gary Moore’s charge had been impressive in his first three starts over fences, including a narrow success at Prestbury Park, and while he’s struggled when tried at elite level subsequently, he remains unexposed.
The handicapper has given him a chance but dropping him to this new mark and the way he attacks his fences could suit this race, which is often a fast and furious affair. There’s no shortage of dangers to the selection, with several well-handicapped JP McManus runners in the line-up, but 40/1 with four places looks tempting.
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