Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Betting Tips

Betting.org experts give their best bets for the three big handicaps on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, March 15. Dallas Des Pictons is progressing at a rate of knots and looks well-treated in the 2m 4f Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, so rates the NAP bet. Bun Doran has proven course form in the book and is therefore our next best bet in the 2m Grand Annual Chase. Mr Adjudicator, meanwhile, hails from the powerful yard of Willie Mullins and looks weighted to go well in the 2m County Hurdle, so appeals each-way. Find out more about these horses in our in-depth preview with Cheltenham Festival day 4 betting tips for March 15 below.

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Dallas Des Pictons
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Bun Doran
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Dallas Des Pictons weighted to strike in Festival finale

Dallas Des Pictons is a progressive sort who looks potentially ahead of his mark and worth a punt to land the spoils in the final race of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, the 2m 4f Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (17:30). This six-year-old hails from the powerful yard of Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, who saddled Blow By Blow to win the race 12 months ago.

Like his stablemate, Dallas Des Pictons carries the famous maroon and white colours of Gigginstown House Stud and has the services of Donagh Meyler in the saddle. He has only had four starts and improved with each outing – winning twice. This son of Spanish Moon shaped with real promise on the second of those when keeping a three-length second of 16 to City Island over 2m at Leopardstown.

The winner is a very smart sort who landed the Grade 1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle here earlier in the week off an official rating of 147, so that gives the form a solid look in relation to this. Dallas Des Pictons duly built on that when stepped up to 2m 5f and cruising clear to slam Lighthouse Warrior by 10 lengths in a 15-runner maiden hurdle at Punchestown.

On an upward curve

The Red Menace, who finished a further half-a-length back in third, is a well-regarded sort trained by Noel Meade who went on to win next time up. Those runs saw Dallas Des Pictons allotted what looked a lenient opening handicap mark of 130 and he duly delivered on debut in that sphere when landing a competitive 12-runner affair over 3m at Leopardstown.

He stayed on strongly when pressed to beat Calie Du Mesnil by a neck, but was well on top at the finish and value for more than the winning margin suggests. Dallas Des Pictons now has to race off 10lb higher, but a revised rating of 140 may till seriously underestimate his ability – based on his run behind City Island and upwardly mobile profile.

After just four starts, he also remain open to stacks more improvement and the drop back to 2m 4f will hold no fears. So, taking everything into account, there is simply nothing not to like about the chances of Dallas Des pictons in this. That’s why we had no hesitation in making him the best bet and NAP in our 2019 Cheltenham Festival day 4 betting tips.

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Bun Doran up for Grand Annual Challenge

Bun Doran has proven form at the track, so from what looks a fair mark makes plenty of appeal in the 2m Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (16:50). This Tom George trained seven-year-old has won two of his 11 starts over the larger obstacles and also posted some solid efforts in defeat to make the frame on five occasions.

They include an excellent sixth of 20 to Tully East in the Listed 2m 4f Close Brothers Novices’ Chase at this meeting in 2017 off a mark of 139, and a fine 4 3/4 lengths third of 14 to Double W’s in the Grade 3 Red Rum Handicap Chase at Aintree off the same rating.

Bun Doran also ran very well on return to action last season when a 1 1/2 lengths runner-up to Gino Trail here off 139. He now has to race off 10lb higher as a result of his runaway success over course and distance in the BetVictor Handicap Chase back in November.

Course and distance winner

After racing keenly on the heels of the leaders, the son of Shanou took up the running three from home travelling powerfully in the hands of Paddy Brennan. He then quickened clear and, after a fine jump at the last, only had to be pushed out under a hands and heels ride to easily beat Movie Legend by eight lengths.

Movie Legend is unbeaten in two subsequent starts, whilst the third home Peppay Le Pugh has also gone on to bag a brace of successes. That gives the form a solid look and Bun Doron showed that his current mark of 148 was not beyond him last time out at this venue when a 3 1/2 lengths runner-up to Ozzie The Oscar.

He has since been given a break and saved for this – and that looks a shrewd move as he has a good record fresh. This race should also be run to suit and a bold bid looks assured. Bun Doran therefore rates the next best in our Cheltenham Festival day 4 betting tips and at the odds on offer we recommended backing him each-way.

Mr Adjudicator each-way value in County

In the 2m County Handicap Hurdle (14:10), the Willie Mullins trained Mr Adjudicator looks cracking each-way value following a highly promising return to action. This five-year-old was a top class juvenile last season and looks weighted to run a huge race on the pick of his form.

After making a winning debut over the obstacles when winning easily by 7 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown, the son of Camacho too the step up into Grade 1 company in his stride when beating Farclass by just over a length in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the same venue.

Mr Adjudicator than ran a blinder when runner-up to that rival in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle at this meeting, before rounding off the campaign when a solid second to stable companion Saldier in another top juvenile race at the Punchestown Festival.

Great juvenile form

The form of those races read well in the context of this contest, as does his second to Espoir D’Allen in a Grade 3 at Naas back in November. Mr Adjudicator was given a tender ride and, after being hampered at the last, kept on to be beaten 11 lengths.

It was an eye-catching effort and the winner, to whom he was conceding 2lb, is unbeaten in three subsequent outings and ran out the emphatic 15-length winner of the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle on the opening day of this meeting off an official rating of 162.

That gives the form a very solid look and suggests that Mr Adjudicator may well have got in lightly on handicap debut in thos off an opening mark of 149. So, with many bookmakers offering enhanced place terms, this classy sort features as our each-way punt and this completes these Cheltenham Festival day 4 betting tips.

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