It is Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham, and the meeting ends with a fantastic card. We have predictions for all six Tote Placepot races, including the blue riband event of jumps racing at 3.30.
Cheltenham Tote Placepot tips — Day 4 selections
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Cheltenham Tote Placepot picks – Day 4 tips
Race 1: Cheltenham 1.30
Irish trainer Willie Mullins holds all the aces in the pack for the Triumph Hurdle this year. Gala Marceau and Lossiemouth finished first and second respectively in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival last month. They could be fighting it out at the finish once again here. Both these fillies look to have a very bright future.
Selections: No 12 Gala Marceau, No 14 Lossiemouth
Race 2: Cheltenham 2.10
Mullins has won the County Hurdle a record six times, including last year when he unleashed subsequent Irish Champion Hurdle winner State Man. Hunters Yarn has the profile of a horse who has much more to offer after his victory in a Listed race at Navan (2m) last month.
Two-time hurdle winner Filey Bay was unlucky to bump into Aucunrisque in the Betfair Hurdle. The Newbury runner-up was 11 lengths clear of the third-placed horse in that race. Expect the seven-year-old to go close again here with a first-time tongue tie on.
Selections: No 8 Hunters Yarn, No 14 Filey Bay
Race 3: Cheltenham 2.50
Versatile hurdler Corbetts Cross has won over 2m and 3m in his previous two outings, including a Grade 2 contest at Naas last month. This horse keeps improving with every run and, with the highest rating in this field, he is the most likely winner.
Three Card Brag has shaped like he will appreciate this 3m distance. Gordon Elliott had a lot of options for him this week, but he has gone for the Albert Bartlett. It is hard to see him being far away at the finish.
Selections: No 3 Corbetts Cross, No 19 Three Card Brag
Race 4: Cheltenham 3.30
It is a brilliant renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and, after proving himself over 3m in the Irish Gold Cup, Galopin Des Champs heads into this race as the one to beat. Willie Mullins’s young chaser has looked like a star, and he can cement that tag with a big performance on the biggest stage of them all.
Conditions could be testing if the rain continues to fall before this race. Grand National winner Noble Yeats will have no problems seeing out the trip. He should be running on to finish in the placings at the very least.
Selections: No 6 Galopin Des Champs, No 9 Noble Yeats
Race 5: Cheltenham 4.10
Vaucelet has been in excellent form under Rules and in point-to-points over the past 12 months. His only defeat came at Punchestown last April. The eight-year-old has won over further than this 3m 2½f trip, so his stamina will hold out much longer than that of many of his rivals. It is going to take a big performance to beat him.
Selection: No 23 Vaucelet
Race 6: Cheltenham 4.50
It could be an excellent day for Willie Mullins as he has some strong chances on the card, arguably none more so than Allegorie De Vassy in the Mares’ Chase. She has been successful in two Grade 2 chases this season. She would have been good enough to line up in the Ryanair Chase, but her connections have opted to take on her own sex and they are likely to be rewarded for that move.
Selection: No 1 Allegorie De Vassy
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