2023 County Handicap Hurdle Betting Odds at Cheltenham racecourse

Friday, 17 March 2023

There have been lots of Cheltenham betting outsiders who have won the County Hurdle in recent years, with Belfast Banter one of the biggest priced winners at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival when obliging at odds of 33/1. Previously to this, Saint Roi was the 11/2 winner although Mohaayed was another recent 33/1 winner.

This is a Cheltenham handicap race and that means looking at the Cheltenham Festival weights before deciding which way to bet. Ultimately, our Cheltenham betting tips include the horses that have been supposedly well-handicapped, with Dan Skelton having saddled three of the previous six winners so it could be worth following him.

17/03 14:10Best Odds
Unibet
Colonel MustardColonel Mustard
Unibet16/1
16/1
Langer DanLanger Dan
Unibet16/1
16/1
I Am MaximusI Am Maximus
Unibet16/1
16/1
I Like To Move ItI Like To Move It
Unibet16/1
16/1
Suprise PackageSuprise Package
Unibet20/1
20/1
Teddy BlueTeddy Blue
Unibet20/1
20/1
AdagioAdagio
Unibet20/1
20/1
Chemical EnergyChemical Energy
Unibet20/1
20/1
My Mate MozzieMy Mate Mozzie
Unibet20/1
20/1
The GofferThe Goffer
Unibet20/1
20/1
West CorkWest Cork
Unibet20/1
20/1
Jpr OneJpr One
Unibet25/1
25/1
Glory And FortuneGlory And Fortune
Unibet25/1
25/1
Top BanditTop Bandit
Unibet25/1
25/1
The Tide TurnsThe Tide Turns
Unibet25/1
25/1
Bell Ex OneBell Ex One
Unibet25/1
25/1
Adamantly ChosenAdamantly Chosen
Unibet25/1
25/1
Doctor ChurchillDoctor Churchill
Unibet25/1
25/1
Silent RevolutionSilent Revolution
Unibet25/1
25/1
Cobblers DreamCobblers Dream
Unibet33/1
33/1
ScarfaceScarface
Unibet33/1
33/1

The 2022 County Hurdle betting odds are predictably wide open and the first port of call is to look at Top Bandit who is trading as short as 11/2 to land a victory. The top Cheltenham betting sites clearly respect a runner who has won on his past three outings and it appears that Gordon Elliott is going to send the six-year-old to this race on Day Four of the meeting.

Top Bandit won a Novice Hurdle at the beginning of December at Punchestown, with the horse obliging as the 5/6 betting favourite to win. Despite not jumping particularly fluently, the runner still had too much for the rest of the horses in the field, having previously won another novice hurdle at the same course after a maiden hurdle win at Cheltenham.

However, some Cheltenham betting tips will be for a horse at bigger Festival odds and Echoes in Rain is a leading contender. The horse hasn’t registered a win in three outings this National Hunt season, although the runner ran in esteemed company when finishing third in the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle.

The horse was sent off at betting odds of 25/1 and actually finished a credible seven lengths behind the legendary Honeysuckle, with the horse having also run in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse. It’s entirely possible that the runner will have a brilliant each-way chance against lesser rivals.

West Cork is available at similar Cheltenham Festival betting odds, with Dan Skelton bidding to saddle another County Hurdle betting tip and there is plenty to recommend an eight-year-old who has already got a Cheltenham win to his name this season. This is a horse that won the Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle on 14 November 2021 despite the jockey dropping his whip.

Goven has never run at Cheltenham Racecourse, although Willie Mullins will be hoping for a big run from a six-year-old who was the 6/4 winner of a Maiden Hurdle on 12 February. However, the horse clattered a few hurdles when obliging at Naas and will need to cut out those mistakes this time around.


It’s notoriously difficult to find a winner in the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle and we’ve seen plenty of big-priced winners over the past few years. Ch’tibello obliged at odds of 12/1 in 2019, while we saw a massive 33/1 winner in 2018 when Mohaayed claimed the spoils and that was a good outcome for the bookies.

We tend to get a big field for the County Hurdle which is a Grade 3 race and that is run over a distance of two miles and one furlong. Front View has caught the eye over the past few appearances, with the horse winning a Flat race at the Punchestown Festival last April.

In November, Envoi Allen was the unexpected winner of a Maiden Hurdle at Down Royal, although it was Front View who finished second to a potential superstar and Joseph O’Brien will feel confident that his horse can make an impressive showing.

The five-year-old then claimed a victory of his own when winning another Maiden Hurdle at Navan and we could see this horse trading short, especially with Barry Geraghty on board.

Thatsy is another horse to watch and this is another Gordon Elliott charge who has enjoyed plenty of racing this season although he’s not always been successful when making an appearance.

After winning a Maiden Hurdle over two miles and four furlongs, the six-year-old went up a grade and found life tougher going when finishing fourth place at Leopardstown before a ninth-placed finish at the same track in early February.