Matheson Hurdle Betting Odds Comparison - Leopardstown

29/12/2020 14:25:00

There’s a huge amount of prize money on offer for the 2020 Matheson Hurdle when several leading Irish contenders will line up on 29 December 2020, with some of the leading hurdlers competing over two miles and eight hurdles in a bid to score a victory in this Grade 1 victory and it features prominently on the Leopardstown race card.

Who Are the Betting Favourites to Win 2020 Matheson Hurdle?

Saint Roi is currently the market leader to score a triumph in this race and there’s plenty to like about the Willie Mullins-trained charge, with the five-year-old having enjoyed two runs this season and it kicked off with a victory at Tipperary before finishing second in a four-horse race against Abacadabras in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle.

This performance won’t inspire much confidence among punters, although Saint Roi has previously demonstrated his class when winning the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and there could be more to come from a horse who is highly rated by Mullins.

Abacadabras has already beaten Saint Roi once this season and there’s plenty of evidence to indicate that the Gordon Elliott-trained charge will go close again in the Matheson Hurdle, with the horse having finished second to Shishkin in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Since then, there has been a second-placed finish in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal before winning the Morgiana and we would say this represents the best each-way bet in the race.

Aspire Tower Bidding to Follow Up Down Royal Win

Aspire Tower is clearly a talented four-year-old and the Henry de Bromhead-trained charge has already proved plenty during his short career, with that victory at Down Royal suggesting the horse is extremely progressive and this could be the last time to back the runner at a big price.

There was a fine performance in the JCB Triumph Hurdle when finishing second to Burning Victory and the bookies are treading cautiously with their betting odds about a horse who could prove to be a superstar.

The History of the Matheson Hurdle

The Matheson Hurdle has been in operation since 1986 and it’s a race which has been won by some legendary horses including Istabraq and Hurricane Fly who both claimed four victories in this race and it’s a feat that few runners are likely to emulate.

Sharjah has won the 2018 and 2019 renewals of the Matheson Hurdle and the horse could be about to line up for a consecutive hat-trick of victories, with this race also known as the December Festival Hurdle and it’s one of the racing highlights in the Irish calendar.