Greatwood Hurdle Betting Odds Comparison - Cheltenham

15/11/2020 15:00:00

The Greatwood Hurdle is a prestigious National Hunt race that takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse, with the Grade 3 encounter attracting several star names and the 2020 renewal promises to be a competitive betting heat according to the latest odds.

This year, the race will be the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle and it takes place on Day 3 of the famous November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, with the Greatwood occurring on the Sunday of the festival after we’ve previously witnessed the Paddy Power Handicap Chase on Day 1 and the Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Day 2.

Who Are the Favourites to Win the 2020 Greatwood Hurdle?

Edwardstone is the William Hill favourite to win this renewal, with the six-year-old last seen running at the Cheltenham Festival before lockdown put paid to the remainder of the National Hunt racing season.

The horse outran his odds of 25/1 to finish sixth in a typically competitive Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with Alan King now keeping him over hurdles and hoping that the runner can produce another spirited performance at the same track.

Thyme White finished well down the pecking order at the Cheltenham Festival when running in the Boodles Juveniles Handicap, although the Paul Nicholls-trained charge produced an excellent recent performance at Chepstow to win a four-year-old hurdle and announce his credentials for this game.

Tea Clipper was also a recent victory at Chepstow Racecourse and landed a Grade 3 win in the Wasdell Group Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle over a longer distance of two miles and three furlongs. That suggests that this horse will have plenty of staying power when it comes to this Cheltenham encounter.

Trainer Hughie Morrison could have Not So Sleepy lining up in this race and the horse was pulled up in the 2020 Champion Hurdle although has found noticeable improvement since then and won a race at Pontefract this season before finishing a creditable fourth in the Cesarewitch Handicap.

The History of the Greatwood Hurdle

The Greatwood Hurdle is open to any horse aged four or older, with this National Hunt encounter being named after a charity that is responsible for the welfare of retired race horses. It has also had a number of other sponsors including Stan James and the Racing Post.

Trainer Alan King has scored a couple of notable recent victories including Harambe in 2019 and Elgin in 2017, with legendary horses such as Rooster Booster and Sizing Europe also on the winners’ rostrum through the years.

Indeed, the Greatwood Hurdle is regarded as a race where horses can often kick on and run in the Champion Hurdle the following March when it comes to the Cheltenham Festival, with runners needing a strong amount of pace and stamina in order to do well.

The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle takes place on Sunday 17 November, with a maximum of twenty-four horses allowed to line up for an encounter which takes place over a distance of two miles and half a furlong.

The Greatwood is always a wide open contest and this year’s renewal promises to be no different. William Hill have Sebastopol as their 10/1 favourite and the Tom Lacey horse looks an interesting runner for this race.

The five-year-old won at Wincanton in October and we might expect Nico de Boinville to be given the ride again, although much depends on whether Nicky Henderson calls upon his number one jockey.

Speaking of Henderson, Rathhill will go to Cheltenham and enjoy a first run of the season, with the six-year-old having had nearly a year off the racecourse and he’s currently available at 12/1.

It’s possible that Rathhill will need this run and it’s clear that the trainer has got high hopes, although Fusil Raffles could be even more exciting and the latter has the advantage of winning a top class race as recently as May.

The four-year-old won a Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown recently, with the horse showing a good turn of foot to beat Fakir D’oudairies and the horse’s odds has been cut with several bookmakers although William Hill continue to offer 14/1.

Adjali and Countister are other Henderson horses that could make it a strong race for the leading trainer, although Brain Power is a more interesting entrant and the experienced eight-year-old is currently a 20/1 and has a track record when it comes to running at Cheltenham.

Indeed, we really need to be looking for a horse that is going to stay the trip at this course considering the undulations that exist, with that gruelling finish up the hill often having a bearing on the outcome of the race.

Benny’s Bridge will be bidding to follow up an October win at Cheltenham by returning to the same track and running a big race and we’re always keen to back horses that have the course and distance in the bag.

The horse went off as the 5/2 favourite when winning the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, with trainer Fergal O’Brien looking to get another tune out of the six-year-old.

Philip Hobbs has the talented Gumball and the five-year-old ran fairly well when finishing third at Market Rasen, although further improvement will be needed if the horse is to finish in the frame.

Monsieur Lecoq runs for a smaller stable although the Jane Williams-trained charge has a win under his belt ahead of the Greatwood, while others to be respected are Red Force One and Ecco.