Gavin Sheehan Cheltenham Festival Day Four Preview

Updated: 27/01/2023


THE final day of the
Cheltenham Festival is the biggest one of all with the Cheltenham Gold Cup
taking place.

It’s going to be a
fantastic race this year with last year’s winner Native River taking on
Presenting Percy, Clan Des Obeaux and four runners for Willie Mullins. I can’t
wait for it.

I’ve got two rides on
the last day of the meeting and I’m hoping I can end the week with a winner.

1.30 Cheltenham – Quel Destin

Sir Erec’s been the
banker horse at the meeting for everyone in the last couple of weeks, but I
like the look of one against him. Quel Destin has done nothing wrong and he’s
rock solid. I love his style of racing – he jumps out there and gets on with
it. He looks battled-hardened, won’t mind the ground and loves it around here
too. He’ll make Sir Erec work very hard.

2.10 Cheltenham – Thistle Do Nicely

He’s got no weight on
his back and he’s in good old form at home at the moment. Touch wood he jumps
well and he’s a keen horse who likes to get on with things, so this race will
suit him down to the ground. I’ll try to take my time on him in the middle of the
pack and then try to finish strong. I’m really looking forward to riding him.

2.50 Cheltenham – Lisnagar Oscar

This can be a really
gruelling race, particularly on soft ground. You often find they go out there
and nearly go a two mile pace in a three mile race. I beat Lisnagar Oscar at
Ffos Las on a nice horse called Emitom and that rode like a very good race.
Lisnagar Oscar was a good winner of a race at Haydock last time and I think
that’s the best performance of anything in this race. It’d be great to see his
trainer Rebecca Curtis and jockey Sean Bowen have a winner too.

3.30 Cheltenham – Presenting Percy

I like this horse a lot. I like his style of racing, I like his form – I like everything about him! I think I’d just be siding with him in this race, but it’s very open. I’m a huge fan of Native River, who’s hard and has been here and done it in a Gold Cup, while Kemboy also sticks out to me and he’s unexposed compared to the others. It’s going to be a brilliant race and I can’t wait to see it.

Presenting Percy winning the RSA Chase at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival
PRESENTING PERCY Ridden by Davy Russell wins at CHELTENHAM 14/3/18 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography

4.10 Cheltenham – Hazel Hill

It’s very hard to gauge
the form lines in this race but the one that I liked the look of was Hazel
Hill. He loves testing going and he’ll power up the famous Cheltenham hill. His
rider Alex Edwards would be one of the best jockeys in the race, so I can see
that horse running well.

4.50 Cheltenham – All Set To Go

He was third at
Cheltenham last time in a novice chase but his form is on good ground mostly.
He’ll be fresh coming into this, which is a good thing, and he’s got course
form and that’s massive. It’s a lovely ride to pick up and I’m hoping I can end
my festival on a high,

5.30 Cheltenham – Early Doors

It’s going to be a
different race this year with no claims for the jockeys. A horse who has a
conditional on who would be claiming is effectively ‘wrong’ in the handicap by
the amount that jockey would normally claim. That means the more experienced
jockeys are likely to be at an advantage, and I like the look of Early Doors
for Joseph O’Brien and Jonjo O’Neill Jnr.



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