The week continued with another great third day. Annie Power ran second in the World Hurdle, and although a brave effort, many were looking to the mare to get them back on an even keel for the week and unfortunately she was not the Florence Nightingale we all hoped for. As such, many enter the last day chasing losses. But do not lose faith, there will be a saviour yet, and his name is Bobs Worth.
The day is as difficult to find a winner as any. Shrewd punting with a clear mind is more essential than ever, which could allow some redemption.
RACE 1: Triumph Hurdle
Onto the first, the Triumph Hurdle, off at 13:30. Brought on was advised antepost but at 8/1 his price is now sharper. He could still show some value though. Calipto is likely to go off favourite for Paul Nicholls, although the champion trainer is without a winner so far this week he is likely to start at 4/1. More value is searched for in Lindenhurst, an interesting charge for Ireland, who is currently 11/1.
Win: Broughton, 8/1 EW: Lindenhurst, 11/1
RACE 2: Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle
Second up is the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle at 14:05. With 28 runners its one for the mugs, but those looking to get their week back on track may feel a need to find a big price winner. The Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson duo, who teamed up to win the Pertemps with Fingal Bay yesterday, have their hopes in Cheltenian, a Champion Bumper winner at the Festival in the last who has the class to go close. Jumps Road, the affable little horse with heart and quality could run a big race at a big price, but each way preference is for Lyvius and Runswick Royal, at 25/1 and 40/1 respectively, who have intriguing profiles and could be the bacon-bringer-homers.
Win: Cheltenian, 6/1 EW: Lyvius, 25/1 EW: Runswick Royal, 40/1
RACE 3: Albert Bartlett
The final novice hurdle of the 2014 festival is off third, in the shape of the Albert Bartlett over 3 miles. The Irish see Briar Hill, victorious in last years Champion Bumper, as their best novice hurdler, and after the demolition jobs of Vautaur and Faugheen, this must be taken seriously. He is expected to roll in at a sim 5/4. Value may be found elsewhere in Champagne West who is a progressive sort and shows value at a sumptuous 20/1.
Win: Briar Hill, 5/4 EW: Champagne West, 20/1
RACE 4: GOLD CUP
The main spectacle of the week is the fourth race, the race everyone associated with National Hunt racing dreams of winning. Bobs Worth, the reigning champion, has a great profile and is backed to follow up. He is a beautiful athlete and a worth favourite and should follow up at 2/1. Value seekers may go with First Lieutenant who has great Festival form, and The Giant Bolster, twice placed at the Festival.
Win: Bobs Worth, 2/1 EW: First Lieutenant, 9/1
RACE 5: Foxhunters
The Foxhunters is the championship event for point to pointers. Bertie’s Dream, a previous Festival winner, could go close when charging up the hill at 16/1. The Irish are sweet in Tammys Hill, who at 6/1 could be won for the short priced favourite backers.
Win: Tammys Hill, 6/1 EW: Bertie’s Dream, 16/1
RACE 6: Martin Pipe Hurdle
The sixth race on the card is a handicap hurdle run in honour of the great Martin Pipe. A gamble is being launched on The Skyfarmer for Mr Hobbs, and at 16/1 he should be the mount to carry your money. Those needing a shorter priced runner to get them out of a hole should look towards Vieux Lion Rouge for the Pipe team at a slim 6/1.
Win: Vieux Lion Rouge, 6/1 EW: The Skyfarmer, 16/1
The last race to close the week is the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual. Dare Me is a thoroughly likeable sort who is a good option to throw your money away on and, if you’re going to lose, you may as well find a charming charge to do it upon. At 20/1 his odds are attractive enough to justify a good losing bet.
It’s been a great week. Enjoy the last day. And lump on Bobs Worth. Good luck.
by The Ferret
All odds supplied by http://www.paddypower.com. For more details on the festival, please check here:http://www.cheltenham2014.net/cheltenham-festival-race-calendar-2014/