Cheltenham Day 4 Tips – Triumph Hurdle Favourite the One to Beat

Cheltenham Festival day 4 tips for the Triumph Hurdle with the best bet and the reasons why Defi De Seuil is the best bet of the race and the horse to beat.

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival begins with the JCB Triumph Hurdle, which normally attracts a large field of promising 4-year-old hurdlers and Phillip Hobbs trains the current clear favourite with Defi Du Seuil priced at about 7/4 with several leading bookmakers but top price 9/4 at Coral. Unbeaten in five starts over the smaller obstacles, the horse has continued to improve since winning at Ffos Las during October and culminating in an easy victory over course and distance in his final prep race before the Festival.


Triumph Hurdle Betting Tip

Defi Du Seuil won that race at Cheltenham by nine lengths with Rainbow Warrior a well beaten second, but Nicky Henderson had intended to run Charli Parcs against the odds-on favourite. Instead his French bred gelding reappeared at Kempton in the Adonis Hurdle but was struggling when falling at the penultimate flight in a race won by the improving Master Blueyes. Henderson has yet to decide if Charli Parcs will be suited by the demands of Cheltenham, but Alan King now appears very keen to run Master Blueyes in the Triumph for which the Irish entry is considered worthy opposition.  

Mega Fortune and Bapaume represent the more favoured horses from Ireland but based on previous races at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse this season, these horses are closely matched, with the Gordon Elliott trained Mega Fortune beating Bapaume during February by just over three lengths.

Testing conditions prevailed for that event with Willie Mullins saddling Bapaume to win on better ground over the Christmas period but despite his recent successes at the festival, Mullins has performed relatively poorly with his horses in the Triumph Hurdle. Yet a stable mate of Bapaume may provide even more worthy opposition to Defi Du Seuil.

French import Dandy Mag is priced at between 20-1 and 33-1 for the race and created a really good impression when winning in heavy conditions at Gowran Park recently in his only appearance to date over Irish hurdles. He is related to stable star Vroum Vroum Mag, who has been beaten just once since November 2014, and Mullins was clearly impressed by the performance of his latest recruit to the yard but typically non-committal as to his chances of winning at the Festival.

Other than Defi Du Seuil, the remainder of the opposition in the Triumph appears fairly moderate and despite having an entry in the longer Neptune novice hurdle race, Dandy Mag could create a surprise if allowed to feature on day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. Although he is untested on good ground, he represents a decent each way opportunity, and the favourite has also yet to participate in a race involving more than nine runners as compared to the usual competitive field in this event.


Cheltenham Day 4 Tip

Defi De Seuil in the Triumph Hurdle – 9/4 with Coral.


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