Cheltenham Festival day 4 betting tips for the Triumph Hurdle on Friday 17th march 2017 with a preview of the race and reasons for our Cheltenham tip.
At the beginning of the season, the juvenile division looked incredibly strong with a number of well-regarded types ready to do battle. Not least from Joseph O’Brien’s stable where he received a number of horses from his father after they were bought by JP McManus. It’s fair to say we haven't seen the best from these yet, with Landofhopeandglory starting his hurdling career very encouragingly but since going down when the going got tough in a Grade 2. Housesofparliament and Bhutan were expected to do well but certainly haven’t set the world alight as of yet.
This moves us on to a couple of McManus owned geldings in Britain, Charli Parcs and Defi Du Seuil. The former could be something very special indeed, with Nicky Henderson likening him to current Champion Hurdle hopeful Buveur D’air. But with the course experience and manner of his five victories so far, I would rather side with the latter.
Triumph Hurdle Tips
Defi Du Seuil has improved with each start for Phillip Hobbs and he hasn’t been pushed close by any rival yet. Three of his wins have come at Cheltenham, the most recent being a facile 9 length success in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. Visually his performances have been very impressive and we won’t know how good he is until something really challenges him. A great preparation of four races before the turn of the year and a nice break between his last outing and the festival should have him spot on in March.
The jumping of Hobbs’ inmate has come under a bit of scrutiny in previous races. At Chepstow he was very untidy at the last couple of hurdles, but it seemed he just got a bit lonely out in front and jumps better when there are other horses around him. A sounder round of hurdling last time out seemed to settle the debate and a stronger pace ought to suit his jumping.
Cheekpieces did the world of good to Mega Fortune when he finally got the better of Bapaume at the third time of asking as he run out a good winner of the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Looking like Irelands leading contender, Gordon Elliot’s charge benefited from the prominent riding tactics used by Davy Russell and could have the same approach in the big one. Dinaria Des Obeaux made a bad mistake three hurdles from home in the same race, with that being only her second run she should improve and pose a threat to the market leaders in the Triumph.
It would be great to see Charli Parcs and Defi Du Seuil do battle in the opening race on the final day of the festival. Otherwise I feel the latter is a cut above the rest and won’t be given a serious test, but anything can happen on the day!
Cheltenham Day 4 Tips
Defi Du Seuil to win the Triumph Hurdle – 3/1 with Coral.