The 2019 Cheltenham Festival concludes with Gold Cup day on Friday and we have got the final day of betting tips from Prestbury Park. See the selections below including our Gold Cup prediction.
Native River bids to win another Cheltenham Gold Cup but faces strong opposition from the Paul Nicholls trained Clan Des Obeaux and a decent Irish challenge. That race is discussed below alongside the other six races from the final day of the Festival.
After winning both races over hurdles this season for Joseph O’Brien, Sir Erec has been installed as firm favourite to win the two-miles juvenile hurdle and he may be difficult to beat. He was particularly impressive when winning at Leopardstown in his second appearance. The main opposition could be provided by Nicky Henderson’s horse Adjali who has been the subject of some favourable gallop reports. Improvement can be expected from his third place behind Fakir D’Oudairies at Cheltenham during January.
SIR EREC to win – 11/10 with William Hill.
ADJALI each-way – 16/1 with Bet Victor.
Our orginal selection to win was Leoncavallo who has been rerouted, but another horse to consider is We Have A Dream from the Nicky Henderson who was a decent juvenile hurdler last term but disappointed during the early stages of the current campaign. A recent victory at Kelso will have restored some confidence.
We Have A Dream each-way – 25/1 with Bet Victor.
At Fishers Cross won the 2013 renewal of this three-miles novice hurdle for Rebecca Curtis and she will be represented by Lisnagar Oscar in the 2019 race. The 6-year-old gelding has improved throughout the season and won by ten lengths when winning at Haydock in his last appearance over a similar distance. Nicky Henderson will probably provide strong opposition with Birchdale who won a point-to-point over three miles prior to his two winning hurdle races at about 2m5f.
Lisnagar Oscar to Win – 13/2 with Betfred.
Native River will be attempting a second successive victory in this race and conditions should be more in his favour than when placed at both Haydock and Kempton this season. The Colin Tizzard horse is expected to set another relentless gallop with Clan Des Obeaux and Presenting Percy predicted to provide the main opposition. After failing to win in four previous attempts at Cheltenham, the former horse may be more comfortable on a flatter track while Presenting Percy has won just a single Grade 1 event when winning last season’s RSA Chase. Kemboy could be one of the better Irish performers.
Native River to Win – 5/1 with Betfred.
Bryony Frost and Harriet Tucker have ridden Pacha Du Polder to victory in the last two renewals of this 3m2f chase but a remote fifth placed finish behind Road To Rome at Haydock last month suggests a third victory is unlikely. Yet the horse does perform well at this meeting. The winner that day at Haydock is unbeaten in four races this term and was most impressive on that latest start. Irish raider Ucello Conti has won all three contests this season but could be beaten by the younger Road To Rome.
Road To Rome to Win – 8/1 with Bet Victor.
Pacha Du Polder each-way – 20/1 with William Hill.
Paul Nicholls has won this two-miles handicap chase twice in the past three seasons with last season’s winner Le Prezien likely to feature. The 8-year-old gelding disappointed in a prep race last month but he is considered as a Spring horse and cannot be ignored. Stable mate Magic Saint may be Nicholls best hope of capturing this prize especially after winning comfortably at Wincanton during mid-February. At just 5-years-old, he is also a progressive horse.
Magic Saint to Win – 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
Le Prezien each-way – 11/1 with Paddy Power.
Gordon Elliott has earmarked Dallas Des Pictons to represent him in this race for some time, and he showed the necessary battling qualities when winning a decent handicap at the Dublin Festival last month. He had won his previous race by an easy ten lengths. The temperamental Style De Garde could also be worth noting for Nicky Henderson after narrowly finishing second in a recent hurdle race at Taunton despite giving the winner nearly a stone in weight.
Dallas Des Pictons to Win – 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
Style De Garde each-way – 33/1 with William Hill.