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Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Lucky 15 tips for Gold Cup

The Racing Post's Gary Savage has four fancies to close out the week in style on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Lucky 15 Tips

1.30 - Triumph Hurdle - Storm Heart @ 7/1
2.10 - County Hurdle - Mr Freedom @ 50/1
3.30 - Gold Cup – Monkfish @ 20/1
5.30 - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle - Better Days Ahead @ 10/1

Cheltenham Festival

Triumph Hurdle Lucky 15 tip

Storm Heart @ 7/1

With the clouds over Seven Barrows, the Triumph suddenly has an open look to it and Willie Mullins may hold the key yet again with unexposed contender Storm Heart.

The race in which he was second at the Dublin Racing Festival has been the key trial to this race in recent years and, although Storm Heart was beaten there, so too were Lossiemouth last year as well as Farclas and Ivanovich Gorbatov not too long ago.

His striking victory at Punchestown on heavy ground in December was given a boost when Eagles Reign ran a stormer to be second in the Boodles on Tuesday.

The selection beat him by 27-lengths on his stable debut that day and he will be better suited by what should be a decent pace, with Mullins likely to get more improvement from him.

County Hurdle Lucky 15 tip

Mr Freedom @ 50/1

It may seem like madness taking on the likes of Elliott, Mullins and Skelton in this handicap hurdle, but there are sound reasons for thinking Sheena West's gelding Mr Freedom is too big a price in a race that has seen three 33/1 winners in the last six years.

He comes into this race in tremendous form having run a career-best last time when winning cosily at Plumpton in a decent race for the grade, when his keen going tendencies were again in evidence.

It's the hope that this big field and a strong pace that usually ensues that can bring about more improvement from the 5YO and that is half the reason for backing him.

The other half is his performance in the Boodles at the Festival last year.

Sent off at 40/1 for that, he had all sorts of problems, with a slipped saddle early on doing jockey Robbie Dunne no favours, while a massive bump after the second last when he was still travelling well cost Dunne his iron.

He was also struck into, so to finish fifth and beaten four lengths was some performance and I see no reason he can't go close here.

Gold Cup Lucky 15 tip

Monkfish @ 20/1

The 100th Gold Cup promises to be a cracker despite the absence of Shishkin, and, although Galopin Des Champs is a worthy favourite, there isn't much between the others and I fancy Monkfish to go well.

His best ever performance came in the 2021 Brown Advisory here when he was imperious despite a bad error at the last.

After a couple of years in the wilderness he came back to some form in a Grade 2 hurdle on his only outing of the year.

He was entered in the Stayers' Hurdle until declaration stage and I don't think Willie Mullins chose the Gold Cup over that race because he was afraid of anything,

I think he really believes Monkfish has a once-in-a-lifetime shot at winning the biggest prize of all and that is recommendation enough for me.

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Lucky 15 tip

Better Days Ahead @ 10/1

Keep things simple to end the week with an Irish novice near the top of the weights like most of the recent winners, with Gordon Elliott's 6YO Better Days Ahead fitting the bill.

It's been six years since the stable won their second Martin Pipe in a row, but since then they've had a runner-up, two thirds and two fifth places, so it's fair to say it's a race Elliott targets.

His latest start, when giving Asian Master over a stone, was given a timely boost with that one's good run in the Supreme on Tuesday and although ultimately well held he gave the winner a race until the last.

The time before he was fourth to Supreme winner Slade Steel, beaten five-and-a-half-lengths and his opening mark of 140 doesn't look too harsh on that basis.

Danny Gilligan has ridden more winners for the stable this year than anyone bar Jack Kennedy and he can send backers home happy.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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