Cheltenham Festival 2017: Gold Cup Day preview

Today rounds off the final seven races of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, including the competitive battle for the historic and prestigious Gold Cup trophy. The first race of the day will start at 1:30pm, with the showpiece event taking place a 3:30pm.

Listen to a day in the life of punters attending Gold Cup Day

With the first race not until the afternoon, spectators have a morning to fill before attending the race meeting. So what do they do in that period? Listen to a day in the life of punters heading to Cheltenham’s Racecourse for Gold Cup Day.

Here is a preview of what to expect on Day Four of the 2017 Festival.

The ground conditions

The going is good.

What should we expect

Our racing reporter Patrick Baines has been at the Cheltenham Racecourse all week. Here is what he expects to potentially happen this afternoon:

“Well here we are, the biggest day of The Festival – Gold Cup day! There’s only one place to begin when looking at Friday’s card and that’s the blue riband of jump racing. Colin Tizzard looks to hold all the aces and has two live chances of landing his first Gold Cup.

Despite being an eleven year old Cue Card has looked as good as ever this term and comes into the race on the back of a hugely impressive win at Ascot last month. Jockey Paddy Brennan blames himself for Cue Card’s fall in the race last year – it will be fascinating to see where he finishes if he puts a clear round of jumping in this time.

Tizzard’s other hope comes in the shape of Hennessy and Welsh Grand National winner Native River who is three from three this season. Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh will be coming into the day in good spirits after Thursday’s four timer and they are represented by the 2015 and 2016 runner up Djakadam. The vibes coming from Ireland suggest he’s in fine form – what a race to savour!

Elsewhere on the card Defi du Seuil looks banker material in the Triumph Hurdle. He’s 5/5 this season and has shown his liking for Cheltenham, winning three times here already. 
In the other grade 1 race on the card Irish trainer Gordon Elliott runs one of his top novices in the shape of Death Duty who is a warm favourite in the 3 mile Albert Bartlett Hurdle.

All in all it looks a hugely exciting final day card.”

Race previews:

1:30pm: Triumph Hurdle
Favourite: Defi Du Seuil (9/4)

2:10pm: County Hurdle
Favourite: Mick Jazz (7/1)

2:50pm: Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
Favourite: Death Duty (7/4)

3.30pm: Gold Cup
Favourite: Djakadam (3/1)

4:10pm: Foxhunter Chase
Favourite: On The Fringe (7/4)

4:50pm: Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
Favourite: No Comment (6/1)

5:30pm: Grand Annual
Favourite: Le Prezien (6/1)


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