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Cheltenham Festival tips: Irish angle – Five Irish-trained horses to watch on day 4 of the Festival

BOY WONDER Joseph O’Brien is only 25, but he has already won a Melbourne Cup on the Flat and he landed his first Cheltenham Festival winner on Wednesday when Band Of Outlaws

Willie Mullins is the winning-most trainer in Festival history, but he's still chasing his first Gold Cup after 20 years of trying.

 Presenting Percy must have a big chance in the Gold Cup
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Presenting Percy must have a big chance in the Gold Cup

The Closutton wizard runs four this time and I have always been a big fan of his Al Boum Photo.

The seven-year-old fell when seemingly booked for second behind Presenting Percy in last year's RSA and he should really have won a Grade 1 at Punchestown afterwards, but for a moment of madness by today’s rider Paul Townend!

I would have preferred him to have had more than one run, but he's a very good horse.

Kemboy should struggle to get home and Invitation Only has a bit to find at this lofty level, but Bellshill hits every trend possible.

He has relatively low mileage for a nine-year-old with only nine runs over fences and he has the look of a stayer who has been underestimated.

 Bellshill ticks all the boxes in the big one
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Bellshill ticks all the boxes in the big one

He had to battle on ground too quick at Leopardstown and the smaller field would not have suited him - he can use his efficient jumping to good measure in this bigger field.

He will need to be produced late though - he has a tendency to idle.

Anibale Fly finished third last year, but lacks the tactical pace to be a true contender and if you ignore Shattered Love's run at Leopardstown she would be half the price she is now.

Gordon Elliott's mare hacked up in the JLT last year and I don't think staying will be a problem - there are a lot worse bets today at 25-1.

IT will be a case of Stand Up And Fight in the Foxhunters.

Enda Bolger - famous for his On the Fringe exploits - might have a young pretender to the crown with this lad.

He has a big engine and he jumps for fun, but I do question whether he has the staying power for this race - if there is one man to conserve his energy though it's Derek O'Connor.

Five to watch

Mr Adjudicator - County (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Ran a cracker in last season's Triumph and we have yet to see the best of him over timber. Has been targeted here.
Due Reward - County (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Has a lovely racing weight and ran well at Leopardstown despite a slow pace. He looks great each-way value.

Commander Of Fleet - Albert Bartlett (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Held in some regard by connections and there was lots to like about the way he won at Leopardstown. He has a nice blend of speed and stamina.

Al Boum Photo - Gold Cup (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Stayer blessed with a high cruising speed and a real touch of class. Unexposed and lightly raced, but evidently crying out for a demanding test over further. He can give Willie Mullins an elusive first Gold Cup.

Defi Bleu - Martin Pipe (Click here to compare prices and place your bet)

Flopped badly in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown, but his earlier graded form reads well. Stamina assured and he looks potentially well-handicapped.

Ucello Conti has found a new lease of life in hunter chases and I like the way he went about his business at Navan - he will definitely stay.

One at a price who's ex-Irish is Haymount.

He was a talented stayer for Willie Mullins, but he's never been a natural jumper.

Saying that, if he did get things together on the jumping front he could be a huge price at 20-1 plus - he's still young enough to be at his peak.

This will be fast and furious and the pressure will be on the sole Irish challenger Mind's Eye.

He's been highly tried this season in Grade 1s and if he can get his jumping together he could go well in this specialist two-mile handicap.

 Nicky Henderson loves winning the Grand Annual
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Nicky Henderson loves winning the Grand Annual

He found the ground a bit too lively at Leopardstown last time and this will be near perfect for Henry De Bromhead's seven-year-old.

Trying to find the winner of this race is usually difficult, but Nicky Henderson always has one in mind for the race named after his father and this year it's the eight-year-old Whatswrongwithyou.

Paul Nicholls is another that targets the race and his three are all towards the head of the betting.

Magic Saint looks the standout given his prep, but Le Prezien is only 1lb higher than he was when winning this last year and Brelan D'As has a lovely racing weight.

Given Gordon Elliott learnt his trade from Martin Pipe, he always tries to have a plot-job for the race named after his mentor.

He nominated Dallas Des Pictons ever since he ran second in a Leopardstown maiden over Christmas and things have gone to plan since - winning his maiden at Punchestown and his handicap debut at Leopardstown over three miles.

He hits all the trends and looks a graded prospect for the future.

Stablemate Defi Bleu and Willie Mullins' Getareason are both better than they showed at Leopardstown and are worth supporting at generous double-figure odds.

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