Cheltenham Day 4 tips: Wizard Of Odds' betting preview for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and all the races on day 4

Cheltenham Day 4 tips: Wizard Of Odds' betting preview for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and all the races on day 4

March 14, 2019 By mediabest

GO Native in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.30).

Defending champion NATIVE RIVER has already proven he has what it takes to land the biggest prize in jumps racing.

It’s going to be a war of attrition like last year and Colin Tizzard’s star will love every yard of it.

He has been back on a racecourse just twice since lifting the Blue Riband and he showed plenty of positive signs when third in the King George at Kempton last time.

The ground was much quicker there and that speed track was never going to play to his strengths over 3m.

He loves it around here and can give Richard Johnson another big prize.


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Clan Des Obeaux took a leap forward when winning the King George and followed up with a bloodless win at Ascot last time.

He’s run well enough around here before but has yet to win and this trip will be at the very limit of his staying power.

Presenting Percy is likely to be favourite and warmed up with a nice win over hurdles at Gowran last time. He won the RSA here last season and is respected under Davy Russell.

It will be interesting to see if a breathing operation helps last year’s runner-up Might Bite. He was been off the pace twice this season but gets soft ground for the first time since his huge effort here and a podium place is not beyond him at tasty odds.

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PIC D’ORHY can Triumph in the 1.30 on his UK debut for Paul Nicholls.

The Ditcheat dynamo is a past master at bringing horses over from France and winning big races.

This four-year-old has already proven himself at the highest level with an excellent Grade 1 second at Auteuil last time out.

He stays a furlong or two further than this 2m trip and that stamina will be a major asset in such a fast-run contest. Some cut in the ground suits and he’s capable of improving on already strong form.

CUT THE MUSTARD looks hot in the County Hurdle (2.10).

She has been knocking on the door with a couple of good runs in big field across the Irish Sea.

The 2m2f trip may have just been a little too far at Leopardstown last time as she was collared in the dying yards.

The way she travelled strongly gives hope that she can hold a good position in this cavalry charge and she’s weighted to go very close.

Monsieur Lecoq is another big-price runner who comes here in good heart. He was a close second in the Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday when in front a long way from home.

The line didn’t quite come in time but it was a good effort and he won’t be far away again.

Wizard's magic tips

  • 1.30 Pic D’Orhy
  • 2.10 Cut The Mustard
  • 2.50 Commander Of Fleet (nb)
  • 3.30 NATIVE RIVER (NAP)
  • 4.10 Ucello Conti
  • 4.50 Brelan D’As
  • 5.30 Early Doors

COMMANDER OF FLEET can call the shots in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle (2.50).

He improved for a step up in distance when winning a Leopardstown Grade 1 last time out. He got the better of Rhinestone in a good battle there and that horse can’t be ruled out today either.

My fancy relished every yard of the 2m6f there and should take another step forward when faced with the Cheltenham hill today. He’s had just three runs over timber but he handled the big field well latest and has a lot more to offer.

UCELLO CONTI has long threatened to win a big race and today’s Foxhunter (4.10) could be the one.

He’s been in good form at hunter chase level, winning with plenty in hand at Thurles and Navan on his past two outings. He kicked right away from his rivals over 3m latest and should have no issues getting up the hill here.

The soft ground won’t be a problem and he looks hard to beat.

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