Ross Brierley’s Cheltenham tips: Three tips to sink your teeth into on Gold Cup Friday

Ross is back with two top tips for day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday, as well as a cheeky punt for the evening meeting at Southwell.

Our tipster looks ahead to two races at the Cheltenham Festival and one race at the twilight meeting at Southwell.

Looking to continue your good form and finish off the Cheltenham Festival in style, or looking to win on the Get Out of Jail Stakes? Well, look no further as Ross Brierley has three selections to bash the bookies.

Racing betting tips: Friday, March 19

Zanahiyr in the 1.20 at Cheltenham

Adrimel in the 2.30 at Cheltenham

Prince Abu in the 5.45 at Southwell

1.20 Cheltenham - Zanahiyr

Brierley says: "The Triumph Hurdle, then, has attracted a small field here at Cheltenham, much like the Supreme Novices did on day one, just the eight runners.

"But class came to the fore in the Supreme, and it might well do here in the Triumph as well, as Zanahiyr is very much the one to beat.

"Of course, switched to the [Denise] Foster team now and his ex-stablemate, Quilixios, who's gone to Henry De Bromhead, is likely to be a big danger.

"But if you go back to the Boodles Handicap Hurdle on day one, Jeff Kidder beat Saint Sam in that event, and both of those horses were absolutely destroyed by Zanahiyr over the Christmas period.

"This horse has fantastic gears and his form is working out a treat. Everything looks in place for Zanahiyr, who's been heavily backed over the last few weeks to take the Triumph Hurdle in style, and give punters a good start to day four of the Cheltenham Festival."

2.30 Cheltenham - Adrimel

Brierley says: "The Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle, then, over three miles here at Cheltenham for the 2.30, and every single year, this race attracts a big field, and every single year the majority of the horses have to prove their stamina.

"Which is the case with the likes of Stattler and Fakiera, whose form admittedly looks pretty strong, but three miles here at a championship pace, up that Cheltenham hill tests the very best of them.

"A few of these do have stamina confirmed, the likes of Alaphilippe who slogged through the mud last time out, and Barbados Bucks, who of course has been on a bit of a winning streak on good ground on his last few starts.

"But, I'm going to chance Adrimel here, who comes from the point-to-point background - a three mile winner in a point-to-point - shapes very much like a stayer, and won in gritty fashion at Warwick last time out.

"Three from three over hurdles, and last year's run at the Cheltenham Festival, was well beaten behind Ferny Hollow in the bumper, but it was a red hot renewal.

"And Cheltenham form comes to the fore at the Cheltenham Festival, so Adrimel each way for Tom Lacey and Richard Johnson."

5.45 Southwell - Prince Abu

Brierley says: "It might all be about Cheltenham for some punters, but there's always value on the evening all-weather cards.

"And a horse called Prince Abu looks a little bit interesting in the 5.45 on its handicap debut here.

"Now, Derek Shaw is a yard who are very cold or very hot, and at the moment, they are very hot. They've had three winners in the past week, including with the likes of Six Strings and Daafr, running an absolute cracker - he's got a big chance early on on the card.

"Prince Abu might not jump out of the page as an obvious bet, but this horse has been mixing it with some of the best fibresand horses around. Yes, beaten heavily by Carrothers a couple of starts ago, but that was red hot form, and Mehmento, who beat this horse last time out, did a speed figure to die for.

"Prince Abu was well beaten in third, but this is a terrible race in comparison. Handicap debut, top weight, yard in fantastic form, has proven he handles these conditions and is the most unexposed horse in this field and should go very close indeed."

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