The countdown for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival is officially underway, with punters already hunting through the various markets on offer.
The fourth day of the Festival gets underway on Thursday 18th March, with the Gold Cup and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle featuring on the final day of the meeting.
The Cheltenham.co.uk team has scoured through the entries, in hope of digging up some antepost value ahead of the four-day meeting.
Here are the Antepost Antics selections for day four of the Cheltenham Festival.
TRIUMPH HURDLE – Knight Salute (16/1 – William Hill)
The current star of Milton Harris’ yard, Knight Salute has been a force during his first season over obstacles.
The four-year-old has won all four starts since switching discipline, including two victories in Graded company.
The son of Sir Percy knows what to expect when heading to Prestbury Park, as he claimed victory in the Triumph Hurdle Trial back in November.
Knight Salute’s odds will likely drop if he claims success in the Adonis on Saturday, so it may well be worth taking a chance on his 16/1 odds for the contest should he land Grade 1 honours over the weekend.
GOLD CUP – Protektorat (8/1 – Various)
While Protektorat may not be the first option in many people’s Gold Cup bet, we think the gelding may have more to offer in the feature contest of the Cheltenham Festival.
Dan Skelton’s rising star unexpectedly landed his first Grade 1 success late on last season as he overcame the likes of The Shunter and Hitman to claim the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree.
The seven-year-old has shown some promise on his two starts this term, finishing second in the Paddy Power Gold Cup before annihilating Festival winners Native River, Tiger Roll, Simply The Betts and Imperial Aura in the Many Clouds Chase in December.
Protektorat possesses some cracking form on paper and if he does turn up for the Gold Cup, the gelding holds some nice value at 8/1 currently.
MARES’ CHASE – Mount Ida (3/1 – Various)
While 3/1 is normally not the price we like for Antepost Antics, it seems remarkable that Mount Ida is not shorter for this contest.
Her near-miraculous comeback in the Kim Muir was only a sign of things to come, as she has claimed success in two of her three starts this season.
The eight-year-old also got the better of Elimay in her last run, holding out to win by half a length at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day.
Gordon Elliott’s mare clearly has potential and she could land another Cheltenham Festival success here if given the chance.