Cheltenham Tipster: Friday 13th March

Thyme Hill is fancied to win the Albert Bartlett on Friday.
Thyme Hill is fancied to win the Albert Bartlett on Friday.

It has been a shocking week so far, but hopefully it can end on a positive. I’ve picked out four bets for day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. Good luck if you decide to follow.

Note: Total stake = 3.5 points.

Cheltenham Tips

In the immediate aftermath of his seven-length win on the Flat at Nottingham back in October, there was a buzz of excitement and plenty of mutterings that GOSHEN (11/4 - 13:30) could well end up running at the Cheltenham Festival. Unbeaten in all three starts over hurdles since then – by a combined distance of 68-lengths – Gary Moore’s star juvenile has made it to the Triumph Hurdle and looks to have an excellent chance. Whilst this will be his toughest test to date, he’s been winning with plenty in hand and has improved with each run.

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Chris Baker's P&L

Last year’s Champion Bumper third, THYME HILL (5/1 - 14:50), comes in to this race defending an unbeaten record over hurdles having won all three starts to date. Two of those victories came at Grade 2 level, including when he beat Fiddlerontheroof, and he won the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury last time out. He should be suited by the step up in trip and drying ground. In the same race, I’m also taking a chance on REDFORD ROAD (25/1 - 14:50), who has proven stamina over this trip having won a Grade 2 over the course and distance back in December. He wasn’t suited by the drop back to 2m4f last time out and should find this much more to his liking.

I’ve been a big admirer of SANTINI (NAP at 9/2 - 15:30) ever since he won the Grade 2 novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham a couple of years ago. He then went on to finish third in the Albert Bartlett before winning the Grade 1 at Aintree. A hugely impressive debut over fences followed but he’s had plenty of doubters since despite a gallant second in last season’s RSA. I’m not one of those and firmly believe that he is a serious Gold Cup contender. He underwent wind surgery following his Listed victory at Sandown in November and won a strong renewal of the Cotswold Chase – a trial for today – when last seen.

Tip

13:30 Cheltenham
Goshen silk

Goshen

Tip

14:50 Cheltenham
Thyme Hill silk

Thyme Hill

lost

Tip

14:50 Cheltenham
Redford Road silk

Redford Road

lost

Tip

15:30 Cheltenham
Santini silk

Santini

placed
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