Cheltenham Festival 2021 LIVE results, tips and latest updates on Gold Cup day

Cheltenham Festival day four is headlined by the highly-anticipated blue riband race, the Gold Cup.

All eyes will be on Al Boum Photo as he bids to join the titans of the jumping scene with a third victory in the great race of this four-day festival. Trainer Willie Mullins appeared destined never to win the biggest race in jump racing after saddling the runner-up on six occasions, but the largely unheralded Al Boum Photo broke his duck in 2019 and repeated the dose 12 months ago.

Just as he has in each of the past two seasons, the nine-year-old will line up off the back of a solitary low-key run at Tramore on New Year’s Day – and Mullins is hoping for the same result on the day that matters most. “We think he’s in a good position,” said the Closutton handler. “Any time Paul (Townend) has ridden him work, he’s been happy with him and I’ve been happy with what I’m seeing as well. We don’t have any negatives at this point, we didn’t have any setbacks.”

He won’t have it all his own way though with Champ and Santini giving Nicky Henderson a strong hand in his bid for a third win himself. Long Run provided the Seven Barrows handler with his first taste of success in 2011, before the popular Bobs Worth repeated the feat two years later.

The shortest priced of his two runners this year is Champ, who is out to claim a second Festival victory following his memorable last-gasp effort in last year’s RSA Chase. An autumn wind operation meant the JP McManus-owned gelding missed the first half of the season – and when he did return, he unconventionally ran over just two miles in the Game Spirit at Newbury, performing with huge credit to finish second to Sceau Royal.

“Champ had his wind done, which consequently put us on the back foot,” said Henderson. “We were aiming for the Denman at Newbury, but when the meeting got put back a week, we came up with the wacky idea of running him over two miles in the Game Spirit. We just felt he was going to have an easier race over two miles rather than over three.

“I was hoping we’d see what we saw as my head was on the chopping block for this ridiculous idea if it didn’t work. Thankfully it went well and his jumping at that pace was exceptional. We all came away very happy and he has been fine since.” Follow all the action from an action-packed day four right here:

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Betfair – Triumph Hurdle

Zanahiyr 11/8

Quilixios 5/2

Tritonic 4/1

Adagio 20/1

Haut En Couleurs 33/1

Tax For Max 45/1

Talking About You 230/1

Historic Heart 240/1

Good day for the Brits?

British trainers have just four winners so far, a brutal haul, but Champ and Tritonic are among those with big chances today, even if I fancy both of them! It’s just under 40 minutes to the Triumph.

What a day in store

The Greatest Show on Turf wraps up on Friday for another year, headlined by the Gold Cup.

The feature race is expected to cap off what has been a fantastic week in the Cotswolds, which saw Rachael Blackmore stake her claim as the top jockey of the meet and the bookies take a battering. What a week she has had, with five winners so far!

The drama began in the first as odds-on favourite Envoi Allen fell at the fourth and ended in the last as Mount Ida climbed from the back of the group to claim victory.

Gold Cup favourite Al Boum Photo vying for a third success – matching Best Mate’s record – and is expected to be pushed all the way by Nicky Henderson’s strong hand Champ and Santini. Blackmore will be hoping to make history on A Plus Tard.

But the action kicks off a couple of hours earlier Triumph Hurdle.

Hello!

So it’s day-four. Welcome! I’m buzzing for the first race as Tritonic is my nap of the Festival. I can’t believe his price.

Today’s going

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