Cheltenham Festival – Friday

Yesterday finally seen jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins get off the mark and did they do it in style with 4 winners on the day.
Thursday’s results:
13:30 (14:30 Gib) JLT Novices’ Chace (Grade 1)

1st Yorkill 6/4F
2nd Top Notch 7/2
3rd Disko 4/1
Winning Jockey: Ruby Walsh
Winning Trainer: Willie Mullins

14:10 (15:10 Gib) Pertempts Handicap Hurdle (Listed)
1st Presenting Percy 11/1
2nd Barney Dwan 16/1
3rd Jury Duty 9/1
4th The Tourard Man @ 66/1
Winning Jockey Davy Russell
Winning Trainer Patrick Kelly
14:50 (15:50 Gib) Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
1st Un De Scheaux 7/4F
2nd Sb Lieutenant 8/1
3rd Aso 40/1
Winning Jockey Ruby Walsh
Winning Trainer Willie Mullins
15:30 (16:30 Gib) Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)
1st Nichol’s Canyon 10/1
2nd Lil Rockerfella 33/1
3rd Unowhatimeanharry 5/6F
Winning Jockey Ruby Walsh
Winning Trainer Willie Mullins
15:10 (17:10 Gib) Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
1st Road to Respect 14/1
2nd Baron Alco 10/1
3rd Bouvreuil 10/1
4th Thomas Crapper 7/1
Winning Jockey Brian Cooper
Winning Trainer Noel Meade
16:50 (17:50 Gib) Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
1st Lets Dance 11/8F
2nd Barra 12/1
3rd Dusky Legend 20/1
Winning Jockey Ruby Walsh
Winning Trainer Willie Mullins
17:30 (18:30 Gib) Kim Muir’s Challenge Cup Amateur Riders Handicap Chase
1st Doomsday Book 40/1
2nd Pendra 16/1
3rd Premier Bond 9/1
4th Potters Legend 10/1
Winning Jockey Miss G Andrews
Winning Trainer Stuart Edmunds


Today is arguably the best day of the week with certainly the most prestigious race of the week being the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

13:30 (14:30 Gib) JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

Another class race and Phillip Hobb’s Defi Du Seuil will be the likely favourite and is currently around 2/1 but my selection is Master Blueyes for Alan King who is currently around 7/1.

14:10 (15:10 Gib) Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

A massively competitive County Hurdle and Gordon Elliott’s Mick Jazz is the likely favourite and is around the 13/2 mark at the moment but my selection is Joseph O’Brien’s Ivanovich Gorbatov which is around 11/1 at the moment.

14:50 (15:50 Gib) Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

This years likely favourite for the Albert Bartlett comes in the form of Gordon Elliott’s Death Duty who is around 2/1 which is definitely the class horse in the race but 2/1 is too short for me in such a competitive race so I will be looking at Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Wholestone to win for me @ 15/2 at the moment.

15:30 (16:30 Gib) Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)

Last years runner up Djakadam for Walsh and Mullins is this years favourite and is around 3/1, I can’t help but fancy the favourite especially considering how well Mullins’ horses ran yesterday. If you’re looking for a bit of value, may I suggest Bristol De Mai @ 28/1 who I think is a lot better than his price suggests.

16:10 (17:10 Gib) St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase

Last years winner On The Fringe is going to go off favourite again for this years Foxhunters at around 7/4 and is difficult to back against, but I think the 2nd favourite Wonderful Charm could push the favourite all the way @ 11/2.

16:50 (17:50 Gib) Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

I like Willie Mullins’ Battleford for this and it is around the 8/1 mark to claim the prize but the favourite will pose a major threat No Comment and is around the 6/1 mark The is a horse for the locals to back if you just like following names and that is Gibralfaro especially if you have been to Faro to watch the lads play football, this is a 40/1 shot and would be a popular local winner.

17:30 (18:30 Gib)Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

The final race of the festival and it doesn’t get any easier to pick a winner, the likely favourite it Le Prezien and I think it is a strong favourite and that is what I will be backing, I think Rock The World is a danger @ 8/1 and again aptly named for us on the rock.
I hope you have a good and profitable last day and thank you for reading our posts and your continued support.