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The hosts and bookies bounce back on day four of Cheltenham

There was less Irish at Prestbury Park today.

Kilbricken Storm takes the Albert Bartlett.
Kilbricken Storm takes the Albert Bartlett.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

AFTER A WEEK of favourites having plenty of success, the bookies have fought back on the final day of the festival with 33/1 shot Kilbricken Storm taking the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

It was also a rare win for the hosts as Colin Tizzard’s charge beat OK Corral and the favourite Santini in the minor places for Nicky Henderson.

It was just the start of a successful day for Tizzard who saddled the winner in the blue riband Timico Gold Cup, a first victory in the race for the trainer.

2018 Cheltenham Festival - Gold Cup Day - Cheltenham Racecourse Jack Kennedy wins the Triumph Hurdle. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Earlier, Gordon Elliott’s dream 2018 Cheltenham festival continued into the final day as he picked up his seventh winner to draw level with Willie Mullins in the race to the top trainer’s title.

He saddled the winner, Farclas, in the opening race of the day — the JCB Triumph Hurdle — with Jack Kennedy on board his fourth winner of the week.

The combination held off the Mullins’ trained Mr. Adjudicator with long-shot Sayo holding off the big pre-race favourite, Apple’s Shakira, to claim third.

Elliott would claim an eighth winner in the penultimate race of the festival to secure the top trainer’s title.

Day Four Results:

1.30pm – JCB Triumph Hurdle
1. Farclas (9/1)
2. Mr. Adjudicator (8/1)
3. Sayo (33/1)

2.10pm - Randox  Health County Handicap Hurdle
1. Mohaayed (33/1)
2. Remiluc (50/1)
3. Whiskey Sour (9/1)
4. Chesterfield (16/1)

2.50pm - Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
1. Kilbricken Storm (33/1)
2. Ok Corral (16/1)
3. Santini (11/4F)

3.30pm – Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
1. Native River (5/1)
2. Might Bite (4/1)
3. Anibale Fly (33/1)

4.10pm - St. James’s Palace Foxhunter Chase
1. Pacha Du Polder (25/1)
2. Top Wood (50/1)
3. Barel of Laughs (14/1)
=3. Cousin Pete (66/1)

4.50pm - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
1. Blow By Blow (11/1)
2. Discorama (33/1)
3. Early Doors (9/1)
4. Sire Du Berlais (10/1)

5.30pm - Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Chase
1. Le Prezien (15/2)
2. Gino Trail (25/1)
3. Top Gamble (8/1)
4. Theinval (16/1)

LIVE: Day 4 of Cheltenham

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