Cheltenham Festival: Top Five Horses To Bet On
The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will get underway on Tuesday with 28 races set to take place over the highly-anticipated four-day meeting. The highlight of the UK’s National Hunt racing season will be contested behind closed doors this year but that will not deter bettors from wagering millions online throughout the week. To help you steal a march on the bookies, we have provided our top five Cheltenham Festival picks, including odds from our betting partners at Paddy Power.
Champion Hurdle (15:05: Tuesday 16th March)
Our top pick for day one of the festival is last year’s Mares’ Hurdle winner, Honeysuckle. The Henry de Bromhead-trained star is unbeaten in ten previous starts under rules and impressed in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. Her main challenge will come from last year’s winner, Epatante. Connections of Epatante will be confident of seeing her retain her Champion Hurdle crown but on recent form, Honeysuckle is certainly the one to beat.
Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (13:20: Wednesday 17th March)
Another day and another exciting Henry de Bromhead prospect. Whilst Bob Olinger has never previously raced at Cheltenham, that seems the only negative we can find with this pacey six-year-old. Bob Olinger was a classy winner of January’s Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle and could emulate new stablemate, Envoi Allen in following up victory at Naas with Ballymore success.
Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (13:55: Wednesday 17th March)
Monkfish, winner of last year’s Albert Bartlett, has been imperious since switching to chasing. The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old has won three from three, including two Grade Ones. A potential future Gold Cup winner, expect Monkfish to go off odds-on on Wednesday but he will take some beating.
Chacun Pour Soi
Champion Chase (15:05: Wednesday 17th March)
We back Chacun Pour Soi to win with a heavy heart as we fear Father Time may have caught up with two-time winner, Altior. Both Chacun Pour Soi and Altior missed the 2020 Champion Chase through injury but it is our selection that impressed in the subsequent twelve months. Whilst eleven-year-old, Altior, laboured in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton in his only race in the past year, Chacun Pour Soi has won three from three including a resounding Dublin Chase win at Leopardstown last month.
Marsh Novices’ Chase (13:20: Thursday 18th March)
Dual Festival winner, Envoi Allen, will return to Cheltenham under a new trainer having been switched from Gordon Elliott to Henry de Bromhead by owners, Cheveley Park Stud. However, the new trainer was quick to ease concerns over last week’s transition, confirming that Envoi Allen has “settled in well”. Envoi Allen won the Ballymore in 2020 and the Champion Bumper twelve months earlier. Returning to Cheltenham with a perfect record of eleven successive wins, Envoi Aelln, is likely to be one of the best-backed horse of the festival and it’s not hard to see why.
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