Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview Friday 18th March

Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview Friday 18th March

by 14th March 2016

Betting preview for the fourth days racing at The Cheltenham Festival on Friday March 18th for the Triumph Hurdle, Albert Bartlett & The Gold Cup.

Friday March 18th

Triumph Hurdle

The drying ground will suit the Aidan O’Brien trained ante post favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov, but he does have to put a very disappointing performance last time out behind him.

Zubayr for the Nicholls team has shot up to 2nd in the betting after an impressive first time out win at Kempton. The question here is whether the hurly burly of this race and occasion be too much for this 4 year old.

Alan King has 2 close to the top of the betting, Sceau Royal who has done little wrong and is one of the more experienced runners and Who Dares Wins, a flat convert who was turned over at short odds at Cheltenham at the end of January, although the ground was deep that day.

Verdict: This is not easy but I think the King team may hold the key. Of the 2 I think the value lies with Who Dares Wins at around 12/1.

Albert Bartlett

Verdict: 39 in the five day declarations but not too many will turn up as other engagements will take them out. Of those in the top 10 of the current betting, Shantou Village, Long Dog and Unowhatimeanharry make most appeal to me.

The Gold Cup

What a race …………

Don Cossack currently heads the markets and I think DC is a worthy favourite. Guaranteed to get the distance, the issue with DC is will he manage the fences.

Vautour – I cannot see this horse staying the distance.

Cue Card – Another crack for CC who has been better than ever this year, but, those staying doubts still linger …

Don Poli – how much does this horse have in the tank? Always looks like he is going to be swallowed up only to find more.

Djakadam is coming out off the back of a fall – not for me.

Smad Place is all heart but is outclassed in this.

Roads to Riches was 3rd last year and a place is the best this horse can hope for this year.

Verdict: Gigginstown hold the key and I think their 2 horses will fight out the finish. Of the 2 I just favour Don Cossack, who, if the fences do not get in the way, will be storming home up the Cheltenham Hill!

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