Cross Country Handicap Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Cheltenham

16/03/2022 16:10:00

Tiger Roll might have been all the rage to win the 2020 Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, although the Gordon Elliott-trained charge was found wanting despite being sent off as the 8/11 favourite, with the horse finishing seventeen lengths behind the winner.

Indeed, Easysland was an easy winner of this race and the JP McManus horse is now trading as the fairly short favourite to land back-to-back titles when this race takes place on 17 March 2021, with many bookies now having odds available.

16/03 16:10Best Odds
Mr Play
Tiger RollTiger Roll
Potters CornerPotters Corner
Balko Des FlosBalko Des Flos
Alpha Des ObeauxAlpha Des Obeaux
Le BreuilLe Breuil
Otchoa RougeOtchoa Rouge
Kingswell TheatreKingswell Theatre

Is Easysland a Cheltenham Festival Banker?

Punters are always looking for Cheltenham bankers and there aren’t many horses trading as short as Easysland for their respective races right now, with the runner available at around the 2/1 mark and you can expect these odds to shorten as we get closer to the race providing that the horse remains entered.

The six-year-old destroyed the field in last year’s race and continued an impressive winning run although backers were disappointed when the horse made a seasonal debut at Cheltenham in November and could only finish fourth behind Kingswell Theatre, Beau Du Brizais and Potters Corner.

Nevertheless, perhaps the horse needed a run considering the big delay from the previous race and there will be plenty of punters expecting the horse to show his true colours when it comes to the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Can Tiger Roll Bounce Back From Disappointing Runs?

Tiger Roll is the twice winner of the Grand National and a true

legend, although the ten-year-old might be getting somewhat long in the tooth and the last two performances have been disappointing – three if you include the defeat to Easysland in the Cross Country Chase.

The horse wasn’t expected to win a Maiden race at Navan considering it was very much a run-out for Tiger Roll, although the Gordon Elliott charge was pulled up in the November Cross Country and there’s a big question mark over whether the horse will turn up for the Festival in March.

Can Potters Corner Deliver a Victory?

Potters Corner was third in the November Cross Country Chase and therefore has to be respected, with the Christian Williams-trained charge having previously won the Coral Welsh National and therefore has the capability to negotiate the many obstacles this race throws up along with plenty of stamina.

The horse has now beaten race favourite Easysland at Cheltenham and has the potential to triumph again, with Amazing Comedy and Some Neck next in the betting and it could be worth opposing the market leader.

The Cross Country Chase is one of the more recent additions to the Cheltenham Festival, with the race inaugurated in 2005 and this is one of the longer heats of the meeting, with the distance spanning three miles and six furlongs.

Trainer Enda Bolger has had plenty of joy in the race, with Spotthedifference being the first ever winner and the Irish trainer also enjoyed success with Garde Champetre on two occasions.

More recently, Gordon Elliott has been very successful in the Cross Country Chase, with Cause Of Causes winning in 2017, while Tiger Roll has claimed the last two renewals and could be back at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival to rule the roost.

Tiger Roll has famously won the Grand National on consecutive occasions and it’s likely that the 10-year-old will compete at the Festival before heading to Aintree in search of a historic treble.

The Tiger is likely to be a warm order to win the Cross Country and early birds might want to back the horse at a decent 2/1 now rather than wait until closer to the race where you might find the price has shrunk considerably.

We can’t forget how comfortable it was for Tiger Roll in this race last year and it’s unlikely that any horse in the field is likely to be much of a match.

Ladbrokes are as short as 5/4 with Ladbrokes that the horse lands a Cross Country hat-trick at Cheltenham, although owner Michael O’Leary is his own man and there’s never any certainty that the horse will line up.

Perhaps Yanworth is the horse that might give Tiger Roll some competition, with Enda Bolger having proved adept at schooling other winners in this race and this is a horse that has previously run in Champion Hurdles and World Hurdles at the Festival.

The ten-year-old was impressive at Punchestown recently when winning over three miles and Bolger is now going to try him over the different obstacles in the hope of landing the spoils.

Urgent De Gregaine is available at 12/1 and we should expect another bold showing from a horse that is familiar with cross-country racing, while Edwulf is another interesting competitor.