Cheltenham Day 4 Results

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The final day of Cheltenham 2021 was Gold Cup day. This is the day all punters, trainers, owners and jockeys have been waiting an entire year for.

Al Boum Photo was backed into very strong favouritism as he attempted to win a third straight Gold Cup. Rachael Blackmore was aiming to become top jockey, and Henry De Bromhead and Willie Mullins were set to battle it out to be top trainer.

Cheltenham Day Four – Friday 19th March

The final seven races of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival were mesmerising. There was plenty at stake for all, not least Henry De Bromhead and Willie Mullins.

As well as going for the trainer’s title, the two big Irish handlers were in pole position in the Gold Cup itself. Nicky Henderson was double-handed and full of confidence too. They’d have to wait for all that though, as the Triumph Hurdle was the curtain-raiser on the last day of the 2021 Festival.

Cheltenham Day 4 Results

1:20 – Triumph Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Quilixios 2/1
2nd Adagio 10/1
3rd Haut En Couleurs 20/1
4th Zanahiyr 11/8F
5th Tritonic 4/1
6th Tax For Max 33/1
7th Talking About Yout 125/1
8th Historic Heart 125/1

Zanahir had been the favourite for this race for a very long time. As well as that, Tritonic was considered to be a potentially top-class individual too so competition was hot here.

Despite all that, Quilixios was backed into 2/1 because of the horse’s deadly trainer/jockey combination. By day four it had become apparent that the go-to team was that of Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore, and they teamed up for yet another win in the Triumph Hurdle.

Despite taking a keen hold in the race, Quilixios was allowed to take the lead going easily 2 out. From there, he was simply pushed clear of the field to win by 3¼ lengths.

Both Zanahiyr and Tritonic were disappointing in the end, coming home fourth and fifth respectively.

1:55 – County Handicap Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Belfast Banter 33/1
2nd Petit Mouchoir 22/1
3rd Milkwood 28/1
4th Éclair De Beaufeu 11/1
5th Edwardstone 18/1
6th Third Time Lucki 8/1
7th Drop The Anchor 33/1
8th Anna Bunina 125/1
9th Ciel De Neige 22/1
10th You Raised Me Up 5/1F
11th Captain Kangaroo 18/1
12th Thyme White 28/1
13th Cayd Boy 22/1
14th Ganapathi 6/1
15th Saint D’ouroux 40/1
16th Fifty Ball 12/1
17th Champagne Gold 6/1
18th Strong Glance 40/1
19th Darasso 80/1
20th Gowel Road 12/1
21st Mengli Khan 66/1
22nd Wolf Prince 66/1
23rd Getaway Gorgeous 66/1
24th Buildmeupbuttercup 25/1
Pulled-Up Global Citizen 100/1

What a race the County Hurdle proved to be. 25 runners, all but one finishing, and an incredibly competitive betting market. Learn more about the Cheltenham runners here.

There were so many horses in with a chance approaching the last, this was impossible to call. As it was, 33/1 Belfast Banter was the one who came out on top for trainer Peter Fahey and his delighted jockey Kevin Sexton.

This was certainly no race for the punters. The first four home here were 33/1, 22/1, 28/1 and 11/1 however it rates as one of the most exciting events of the whole week.

2:30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Vanillier 14/1
2nd Oscar Elite 40/1
3rd Streets Of Doyen 10/1
4th Stattler 7/2F
5th Alaphilippe 11/1
6th Threeunderthrufive 11/1
7th Champagnesuperover 100/1
8th Torygraph 7/1
9th N’golo 40/1
10th Fakiera 4/1
11th Barbados Buck’s 8/1
12th The Cob 28/1
13th Pats Fancy 28/1
14th Ask A Honey Bee 80/1
Pulled-Up Beatthebullet 200/1
Pulled-Up Adrimel 9/1

Having already landed one big race this week, trainer Gavin Cromwell was back in the headlines. His Vanillier, a 14/1 shot, was brought into the race superbly by Mark Walsh, the pair securing victory by some 11 lengths.

When asked about the big improvement shown, Cromwell talked only about the health of his yard. He mentioned the yard had been out of form but had now improved – just in the nick of time too!

Stattler was made favourite at 7/2 here. This could be because of his yard in all honesty. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was beaten some 15¼ lengths back in fourth, just ahead of the locally trained Alaphilippe from the popular Fergal O’Brien yard.

3:05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Minella Indo 9/1
2nd A Plus Tard 10/3
3rd Al Boum Photo 9/4F
4th Native River 12/1
5th Frodon 16/1
6th Royale Pagaille 14/1
7th Black Op 125/1
8th Aso 150/1
9th Kemboy 16/1
Pulled-Up Santini 12/1
Pulled-Up Champ 13/2
Pulled-Up Lostintranslation 40/1

This, for most people, is what the whole week was about. The Gold Cup itself. Once again, the Blue Riband race did not let us down.

Some fascinating runners were taking part this time. Dual winner Al Boum Photo was going for a historic third win. Frodon had stepped up to three miles brilliantly in King George and was attempting to run them into the ground, while Royale Pagaille had been thrown in at the deep end having had other Cheltenham targets.

Kemboy was trying again, as he has been the favourite for this race in the past, and Nicky Henderson ran two. His Santini was a close second last year, while Champ enjoyed a nice prep and clearly had a lot more to give.

Almost as soon as they were off, however, Henderson knew his fate. Champ, who had been second-favourite but drifted markedly in the betting, was never going. He made bad mistakes at the first, third, fifth and sixth fences and was pulled up before the seventh.

Only five fences later, Santini was the next to go on what proved to be a miserable Gold Cup for Nicky Henderson and his team.

Upfront, Frodon was dictating things. Jumping as well as always under Bryony Frost, the admirable former Ryanair Chase winner went along nicely until four out when the race compressed.

At three out, the big three took over. Minella Indo took control of the race, with stablemate A Plus Tard and former champ Al Boum Photo in pursuit.

Despite a two-length lead at the last being halved, he and rider Jack Kennedy held on for a famous win.

Rachael Blackmore rode the second horse home, and she’d had the choice of both runners. Was A Plus Tard chosen because he was among the favourites? Was he among the favourites because Blackmore chose him? Either way, it was a fantastic day for trainer Henry De Bromhead, leading in a Gold Cup 1-2.

3:40 – Festival Challenge Cup Hunters’ Chase Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Porlock Bay 16/1
2nd Billaway 2/1F
3rd Staker Wallace 9/1
4th Latenightpass 12/1
5th Hazel Hill 25/1
6th Mighty Stowaway 33/1
7th It Came To Pass 10/1
8th Mr Mantilla 40/1
9th Red Indian 12/1
10th Stand Up and Fight 11/1
Pulled-Up Ravished 150/1
Pulled-Up Monbeg Gold 80/1
Pulled-Up Wishing And Hoping 50/1
Pulled-Up Sonneofpresenting 250/1
Pulled-Up Chameron 14/1
Pulled-Up Law Of Gold 125/1
Pulled-Up Salvatore 40/1
Unseated Bob And Co 9/2

Will Biddick was a new winning trainer for many, but his Porlock Bay did this fair and square. As he and favourite Billaway pulled 13 lengths clear of the field, a concerted battle ensued.

With heads bobbing and the excitement at a peak, the 16/1 shot just get the better of the argument. Runner-up Billaway was trained by Willie Mullins meaning this was a big scalp for the Biddick team to claim.

4:15 – Mares’ Chase Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Colreevy 9/4
2nd Elimay 6/5F
3rd Shattered Love 6/1
4th Salsaretta 40/1
5th Moyhenna 28/1
6th Chilli Filli 80/1
7th Cut The Mustard 50/1
8th Magic Of Light 11/1
Fell Zambella 28/1
Pulled-Up Really Super 80/1
Pulled-Up Cabaret Queen 16/1

This race was important for more reasons than one. It was the inaugural running of the Mares’ Chase, so whoever was to win was to make history. Also, with the furore of the Gold Cup still dying down, Willie Mullins knew he still had a chance of winning the trainer’s title again and he had a strong hand here.

Step forward Colreevy, Elimay and Salsaretta. Three of Mullins’ four mares in the race ran superbly. Despite Elimay going off 6/5 favourite, it was Mullins’ usual no.1 Paul Townend who rode the winner this time as Colreevy won gamely by half-a-length at the line.

4:50 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Result

Result Runner Starting Price
1st Galopin Des Champs 8/1
2nd Langer Dan 13/2
3rd Floueur 33/1
4th Whatsupwithyou 33/1
5th Dallas Des Pictons 66/1
6th Leoncavallo 28/1
7th Mill Green 40/1
8th Frontal Assault 16/1
9th Amour De Nuit 100/1
10th Gentleman De Mee 4/1F
11th Eglantine Du Seuil 33/1
12th Clondaw Clan 100/1
13th Dream Berry 66/1
14th First Lord De Cuet 50/1
15th Commandingpresence 22/1
16th Dolciano Dici 300/1
17th Martinhal 18/1
Fell Folcano 15/2
Pulled-Up Fabulous Saga 100/1
Pulled-Up Adjali 50/1
Pulled-Up Fire Attack 8/1
Unseated Gabynako 9/2

The last race of the entire meeting had a couple of specific things riding on it. Langer Dan, the previous Saturday’s Imperial Cup winner, had the chance to land a huge bonus. Winning this race would have netted his owners a cool £50,000 on top of the normal purse.

Also, a win for Willie Mullins would see him nab the trainer’s championship from Henry De Bromhead by virtue of second places. Mullins had the favourite here in the shape of Gentleman De Mee, and while he failed the trainer was not to be denied.

Gentleman De Mee’s stablemate Galopin Des Champs finished the festival off with a nice win under Sean O’Keeffe, meaning another title for Mullins which brought the curtain down on the week in a very familiar way.

Leading Jockey

Rachael Blackmore, with another win on day four, won her first Cheltenham Festival jockey’s championship. In doing so, she finally crossed over from “best female jockey” simply to “best jockey”.

She was brilliant throughout, rode 6 winners and very nearly won the Gold Cup too. The big race was taken by Jack Kennedy who finished second, the final jockey’s table looking like this:

Jockey Wins
Rachael Blackmore* 6
Jack Kennedy 4
Paul Townend 3
Nico de Boinville 2
Ryan Mania 1
Sean Flanagan 1
Richard Condon 1
Aidan Coleman 1
Keith Donoghue 1
Nick Scholfield 1
Bryan Cooper 1
Danny Mullins 1
Jordan Gainford 1
Kevin Sexton 1
Mark Walsh 1
Lorcan Williams 1
Sean O’Keeffe 1

*Champion jockey

Leading Trainer

You just can’t keep Willie Mullins down. Having been behind the brilliant Henry De Bromhead all week, Mullins must have felt gutted after the Gold Cup.

In winning and finishing second, De Bromhead pulled away in the trainer’s championship. Mullins needed to win both of the last two races to sneak the win – and he did! Here’s how the final table looked, Mullins winning it based on having trained more seconds:

Trainer Wins
Willie Mullins* 6
Henry De Bromhead 6
Denise Foster 3
Nicky Henderson 2
Gavin Cromwell 2
Sue Smith 1
Noel Meade 1
Ian Ferguson 1
Paul Hennessy 1
Jonjo O’Neill 1
Paul Nolan 1
Emmet Mullins 1
Peter Fahey 1
Will Biddick 1

*Champion trainer

Summary of Cheltenham Day Four

The Gold Cup is what it’s all about. This year, the big race provided so many talking points even by its own standards.

The jumping performance of Champ and the below-par run of his stablemate Santini left Nicky Henderson shaking his head.

Al Boum Photo looked at one late stage to be joining the all-time greats with a third success, only to be run out of it. Not only that, but he was run out of it by not one, but two Henry De Bromhead horses as there appeared to be a changing of the guard among Cheltenham trainers!

De Bromhead’s training performance was brilliant and he deserved his Gold Cup 1-2. Jockey Rachael Blackmore may have been on the wrong one in the race itself, but in finishing as champion jockey after yet another win on day four she has proven herself to be utterly top class.

The supporting races provided some good entertainment. But, just as it should be, Friday was all about the Gold Cup and it was a renewal that will live long in the memory.

Winner Minella Indo and runner-up A Plus Tard will surely both be coming back next year. Imagine then the battle when Monkfish also turns up! 2022 is going to be some year for National Hunt racing based on this.

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