Cheltenham Live Blog: Tips, market movers, news and fast results for Day 4

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Racing goes ahead for Gold Cup day and it looks like a cracker. We'll be across all the latest from the markets and the course in the last instalment of our live blog...

17:48 - A photo finish to end...

Martin Pipe Conditional Hurdle
Winner:
Indefatigable
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 39.7 BSP 25/126.0 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 74/175.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Indefatigable 160 Column Of Fire 1.59 Pileon 1.2
Comments: A fiendishly difficult puzzle for punters to bring down the curtain on a fantastic week. The runner-up looked to have enough of a lead after the last but Rex Dingle was finishing with a wet sail up the rail and edged it in a photo finish.


17:22 - The final race...

It seems only yesterday that we were gearing up for the start of Cheltenham Festival but just like that we come to the final race with the Martin Pipe. Joseph O'Brien's Front View leads the betting at 9/25.3. Tony Calvin has two tips in Flash The Steel and Escaria Ten. Will he find a last-gasp a winner?

17:05 - Favourite takes the Grand Annual

Grand Annual
Winner:
Chosen Mate
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 7/24.70 BSP 7/24.50 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 17/118.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Chosen Mate 5/15.9
Comments: This was an imperious performance by one of the best-backed horses of the day, Davy Russell was cruising throughout and could be called the winner two fences out, after that it was just a formality that he would saunter clear, surely a step into more serious company awaits! All to play for in trainers title race now with one to go!

16:35 - Huge shock in the Foxhunters

Foxhunter Chase
Winner: It Came To Pass
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 225.0 BSP 67.0 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 139/1140.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: It Came To Pass [350.0 Staker Wallace 13/82.62 Minella Rocco 7/42.7
Comments: An Irish winner of the Foxhunters but not one that many were expecting. Maxine O'Sullivan showed tremendous composure in the saddle during this strongly run contest to leave her more fancied rivals chasing shadows, and comfortably claim the prize for her Trainer father, Eugene, who last won the same race back in 1991. A wonderful family moment.

With two races left, Willie Mullins leads Gordon Elliott 7-6 in the battle to be top trainer after his four-timer today. Mullins is now 2/111.19 to land the prize on our Exchange market, having been matched at a high of 28/129.0. Elliott has traded as short as 1/201.05 but is now rated a 5/16.2 chance.

16:05 - Mullins lands 2,194/1 four-timer

With the Foxhunters next it's perhaps worth mentioning that Willie Mullins has now won the first four races on Gold Cup day. Burning Victory (12/1), Saint Roi (11/2), Monkfish (5/1) and Al Boum Photo (10/3) have landed the leading Irish trainer a near 2,200/1 four-timer, so it's no surprise to see his Billaway come in for support in the next.

Available to back at 6/16.8 when the market first opened, Billaway is now the 14/53.8 favourite to land the Foxhunters at 16:10 and give Mullins a fifth winner on the day.

15:52 - Al Boum Photo comes up gold again

Gold Cup
Winner:
Al Boum Photo
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 7/24.70 BSP 100/304.3 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 19.5
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Al Boum Photo 13/27.6 Santini 1/12 LostIntranslation 5/42.3
Comments: Different year same result, a back-to-back winner of the blue riband for the first time since Best Mate in 2004. It was no easy feat either in this more competitive-looking renewal but Paul Townend was able to ease him into the box seat as the pace quickened a mile from home, and then had enough class and stamina to hold off the persistent challenges of Santini and Lostintranslation, stirring stuff!


15:19 - Monk is the man

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle
Winner:
Monkfish
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 11/26.40 BSP 6 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 43/144.0

Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Monkfish 43/144.0 Thyme Hill 1/12.0 Latest Exhibition 8/151.52 Fury Road 4/91.45
Comments: Always a searching test of a novice hurdler this year's edition proved no exception, the four market principals were all in a line after the last before the winner stuck his neck out to land the spoils in a photo. Backers of Thyme Hill might feel aggrieved after a troubled passage but that won't bother Willie Mullins or Paul Townend as they find themselves celebrating in the winners' enclosure once again.

14:30 - Heavenly performance from Saint

County Hurdle
Winner: Saint Roi
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 13/27.6 BSP 6.5 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 59/160.0
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Buildmeupbuttercup [2.1[ Saint Roi 16.5
Comments: Plenty were travelling nicely off the home turn but the unexposed winner was the only one able to significantly quicken up to win going away, to make a mockery of his low weight, and further adding to the tallies of messrs Mullins, Geraghty and McManus.

13:42 - Triumph for Burning Victory, heartbreak for Moore

Triumph Hurdle
Winner:
Burning Victory
Betfair Starting Price and ISP: 15.1 BSP 13/1 ISP
Antepost High of Winner: 80
Notable In-Running Highs and Lows: Goshen 1/251.04 Burning Victory 99/1100 Allmankind 9/52.82
Comments: Incredible drama only the Festival can serve up. Favourite Goshen had looked imperious up until the last flight, storming clear up the straight only to go through the hurdle and dispatch Jamie Moore. Burning Victory was the one to pick up the pieces afterwards for a hollow victory.

13:15 - The Exchange live show...

Time to head over to the Racing Post studio for today's live show, in association with Betfair Exchange. Join our own Neil Hubbard and the Post tipsters as they hunt the Festival value and discuss the in-running drama.

12:57 - It's advantage Ireland in the Prestbury Cup

We mentioned Gordon Elliott's superb performance this week earlier and his six wins have helped the Irish to a healthy 11-8 lead in this year's Prestbury Cup, the annual UK v Ireland Trainers' competition. Barry Geraghty. meanwhile, remains on course for the top jockeys title, with four wins, two clear of Davy Russell and Paul Townend.

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11:56 - Runners to oppose

Patrick Weaver returns with his final Lay Bets column of the Festival, and he has picked out three to take on including one in the Gold Cup.

Not sure about how to place a lay bet? Check out our short video below and read our how-to guide.

11:27 - Coming soon...

Tiger Roll may have just missed out on another Cross Country, but the race was 'perfect prep' for the Grand National, according to Gordon Elliott. A little reminder of something we have coming up before then...

10:00 - Tips and previews for Gold Cup Day

No daily podcast today unfortunately as our team had to come back home from Cheltenham early to ensure they could actually get on a plane, but we have previews aplenty, including tips from Tony Calvin, who landed a winner and two each-way places. Find out his five to back on Friday here.

It's been a cracking Festival so far for Gordon Elliott, who leads the Top Trainer standings with six wins. The Betfair Ambassador runs through his Day 4 chances here, including Delta Work in the feature race.

Paul Nicholls could be set for a massive day today with plenty of good chances, not least Clan des Obeaux in the Gold Cup and you can read his exclusive thoughts here.

It's also a busy day for Joseph O'Brien with no fewer than eight runners in action - get his verdict here - while Olly Murphy has one in the Albert Bartlett.

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