By News Team
13th March 2020
Remarkably we’ve reached the final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and if punters are down after the first three days, they should take caution as Friday is notoriously the hardest day to find winners. The highlight of the seven-race card is unquestionably the Magners Gold Cup which is probably one of the most open renewals in recent memory with several horses having legitimate claims of winning the prestigious trophy.
Here is our preview of all of the action.
Gosh can bosh his rivals into submission
He’s been found in the market in the past 24 hours, but there is every reason to suggest that the 5/2 around GOSHEN in the Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm) is worth snapping up. Make no mistake this horse is a bit of a monkey, but he has a serious amount of ability based on his four appearances over hurdles so far. He’s won them by a combined 75 lengths and although he does have a tendency to jump to his right, the way he’s travelled in his races so far shows just how much of an engine there is under the bonnet.
In his last race at Ascot he beat Nordano by 11 lengths and the form of that win has been franked with that horse winning a competitive handicap by a massive 16 lengths. There’s going to be plenty of pace in the race and that will hopefully help Goshen and he’s fancied to give Jamie Moore and Gary Moore a winner.
Fury could be on the Road to Albert Bartlett victory
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2.50pm) has been a graveyard for fancied horses in recent years and as such it could pay to hunt for a bit of value this year. Davy Russell and Gordon Elliott have already enjoyed a great week and they can get in the winners’ enclosure again with FURY ROAD at 13/2.
He won his first three starts this season and has always been thought of as the type for this race, though he was disappointing the last day at Leopardstown when fancied to go very well. The step up to three miles should suit and although there have to be some concerns about the drying ground, it should be noted he won the same Grade Two novice hurdle that both Penhill and Martello Tower won en route to victory in this race.
Kemboy can give Mullins a second consecutive Gold Cup
Al Boum Photo is a rightful favourite at 3/1 for the Magners Gold Cup (3.30pm). He’s had exactly the same prep he had before winning the race 12 months ago and is very much the one they have to beat. He is more definitely feared, but at a bigger 10/1, the claims of KEMBOY are preferred.
He unseated Danny Mullins at the first fence last year when fancied to run well having won the Irish Gold Cup in impressive fashion the time before. He bounced back in impressive fashion to win the Betway Bowl at Aintree by nine lengths, before he beat Al Boum Photo in the Punchestown Gold Cup. Both of those wins were on better ground meaning the news that Cheltenham’s improving ground will be music to the ears of his supporters.
He hasn’t jumped great in both the Savills Chase and Irish Gold Cup, but improved from his first run to his second and Mullins will be hoping there is more improvement to come. Patrick Mullins takes the ride and he could be the slightly forgotten horse here. He does need to improve his jumping and needs to prove he truly stays this 3m2f trip, but he’s a double figure price and should be backed each-way.