Cheltenham Tips: David Mullins’ Day 4 Picks & Predictions

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Cheltenham Tips: David Mullins’ Day 4 Picks & Predictions

Cheltenham Tips Day 4:

The 2023 Cheltenham Festival is coming to a close in what feels like a blink of the eye. 

What a brilliant week it has been and the Cheltenham Gold Cup is always a cracking race to look forward to on the Friday – there’s no denying it’s the highlight of the week. 

You’ll find all my selections for Day 4 below, including the big one at 3.30pm. Have a good St Patrick’s Day everyone and the best of luck. 

1.30pm Triumph Hurdle – Blood Destiny

The Triumph Hurdle looks like another one destined to go back to Willie Mullins’ yard and Blood Destiny could take some stopping.

This horse comes in fresher than the others and has been brilliantly impressive on his last two starts. Last time in particular he looked very strong when beating Common Practice and Nusret, with the latter boosting that form since. 

Paul has picked Lossiemouth which I understand, but Blood Destiny’s freshness means I’ve swayed towards him.

2.10pm County Hurdle – Winter Fog

Winter Fog is my fancy in this very competitive handicap hurdle, despite how high in the handicap he is after a brilliant performance last time at Leopardstown.

I bought this horse for Emmet Mullins in 2021 and he went close several times over a longer trip. However, it does appear that he is better over shorter and last time he was spectacular when hammering a competitive handicap hurdle on his first start since moving to Willie Mullins. 

He can go very well in the County Hurdle under Kieran Callaghan who is great value in the Cheltenham odds for his seven pound claim.

2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle – Shanbally Kid

This year’s Albert Bartlett is a really competitive race, but Shanbally Kid is still improving and looks a bit overpriced here.

Last time out he won very well at Navan and that form was massively franked next time when the runner up that day, Monty’s Star, won afterwards. He has class, stays well, and should go close in this race.

3.30pm Cheltenham Gold Cup – Galopin Des Champs

I really do believe that Galopin Des Champs is the best horse in the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup and should take a lot of stopping.

He came into this season with stamina doubts, but I do feel that he put that to bed last time when hitting the line very hard in the Irish Gold Cup. On ability alone, he is a good bit clear here and they all have it to do to get past him.

4.10pm Open Hunters’ Chase – Its On The Line

This is a really competitive renewal, but Its On The Line looks very interesting in the Open Hunters’ Chase.

Its On The Line has been improving with each start since moving to Emmet Mullins and has looked impressive when winning his point to points on his last two starts. Derek O’Connor is an absolutely fantastic jockey booking and he looks a big price here.

4.50pm Mares Chase – Impervious

The Mares Chase is obviously a relatively new race at the festival, but this looks a cracking renewal of it.

Allegorie De Vassey looks like going off favourite here, and while she is definitely talented I would have my doubts about her jumping around a course like Cheltenham. 

Impervious’ form looks extremely strong and she should go very well for Colm Murphy and Brian Hayes, who is a very good jockey.

5.30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle – Imagine

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is for conditional jockeys so it’s always a great race to watch where one young pilot fulfils their dreams. I reckon Imagine can go very well here.

After winning on his first start this season Imagine has run some huge races in defeat behind very good horses such as Inothewayurthinkin, Hercule Du Seuil and Hunters Yarn. 

That is all very strong form and he can definitely improve here. Ben Harvey is a very good young jockey and they can go very well here.

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