2024 Rendlesham Hurdle Betting Odds at Haydock Park racecourse

Saturday, 17 February 2024

There’s a slog set to take place at Haydock Park on Saturday, with Botox Has running for trainer Gary Moore and the eight-year-old is likely to go off as favourite to win. There are ten horses set to go to post and this includes Red Risk who has yet to get off the mark for trainer Paul Nicholls this season but has to be respected on current form.

Olly Murphy will hope that Butch can record a fourth consecutive victory and the seven-year-old could represent a good each-way bet, with Nemean Lion also trading at a backable each-way price. Sounds Russian comes back from a long lay-off, with Dan Skelton having Le Milos running and the nine-year-old also has solid claims.

2024 Rendlesham Hurdle Tips

Botox Has began the season with a victory at Wetherby, with the horse triumphing in the bet365 Hurdle when landing a one-length victory in a race which included favourite Dashel Drasher. Then came a sixth-placed finish out of ten runners in the Howden Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot before coming second to last in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Red Risk finished just behind Botox Has at Wetherby, with the Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old having performed pretty well in the Long Walk Hurdle at big odds. However, it has now been five races without a victory for a runner who might be past his best. Perhaps Butch is worthy of consideration and there has been three straight wins for the seven-year-old.

Olly Murphy’s charge has recorded some notable successes including a triumph at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Sent off at odds of 7/2 in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle, there was a victory by a neck and that came after previous triumphs at Southwell and Cheltenham, with a step up in class potentially bearing more fruit.

Nemean Lion is another seven-year-old who runs for Kerry Lee, with the horse carrying a few more pounds than Butch and Red Risk, although it will be interesting to see how Sounds Russian can perform. The horse has experienced a lengthy lay-off although Ruth Jefferson’s charge had previously excelled and perhaps we can take a punt here.

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Next Destination has not run for nearly two years and there is a big question mark over whether the eleven-year-old can recapture the form of old. Since finishing second in the Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase in 2021, the horse has been beset by injuries and it now falls to Nicky Henderson to get a tune out of a runner that was previously handled by Paul Nicholls.

There’s little doubt that if the horse is able to recapture his previous form, then he should be able to outclass the field in the Rendlesham Hurdle, although it’s clearly not a given and Erne River might be able to build on two recent runner-up performances. The eight-year-old was able to finish second in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle at Doncaster over Christmas and that was over a similar distance.

Proschema has had a mixed bag of things over the past four races, with the eight-year-old most recently being pulled up at Newbury towards the end of November. That was in the Coral Long Distance Hurdle which was won by Champ, with no apparent reason why the well-backed horse wasn’t able to perform on that occasion.

Perhaps Green Book can be really progressive and there is plenty to recommend the six-year-old who is trained by Venetia Williams. The age of the horse means that progression is more likely and the runner comes into the race off the back of a win in the Virgin Bet Heroes Handicap Hurdle on 4 February. Some decent horses were beaten and this looks like the best each-way selection.