Cheltenham: Greatwood Hurdle odds, betting tips, free bets offers

Cheltenham: Greatwood Hurdle odds, betting tips, free bets offers
Our expert has Greatwood Hurdle tips for win and each-way players Credit: Getty

Check out our expert tipster’s win and each-way Greatwood Hurdle tips for Cheltenham’s November Meeting Sunday highlight, plus his big-race analysis and a great free bets offer to back his selections

The Greatwood Hurdle (3.00pm) is the feature contest at Cheltenham for the third afternoon of the November Meeting on Sunday. 

This Grade 3 handicap  is among the most prestigious of the early-season two-mile events (the actual trip is 2m ½f) and has thrown up some strong winners. Rooster Booster (2002) was the last horse to win this race and go on to land that same season’s Champion Hurdle back at Prestbury Park.

A field of 18 has been declared and our tipster takes a deeper look at Sunday’s feature race, in which he forecasts and improving four-year-old can give Paul Nicholls his third win in the race in 10 years.

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Cheltenham, Sunday 3.00 – Greatwood Hurdle odds

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Odds courtesy of bet365.

  • Edwardstone – 5/1
  • Proschema – 11/2
  • Thyme White – 13/2
  • Tegerek – 8/1
  • Hunters Call – 12/1
  • Sebastopol – 12/1
  • Ballyandy – 14/1
  • Strong Glance – 14/1
  • Thinking – 14/1
  • Ballinsker – 16/1
  • Countister – 14/1
  • Cormier – 16/1
  • Sir Psycho – 16/1
  • Harambe – 16/1
  • 20/1 bar

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

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Greatwood Hurdle betting tips 2020

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

King aims to retain throne

Alan King has won two of the previous three renewals of the Greatwood Hurdle and the Barbury Castle handler will harbour leading hopes again.

Last year’s winner Harambe, pulled up at Newbury in the Betfair Hurdle in February on his only start since, is back for another crack at this. He looks to have plenty on his plate from a 6lb higher mark 12 months on from his determined defeat of Gumball and Monsieur Lecoq in a breathless finish. He also lacks a recent run, having had one last year before winning this.

In any case, the market suggests stablemate EDWARDSTONE is favoured here. He made a flying start to his hurdles career last winter, beating subsequent Grade 1 winner Fiddlerontheroof at Wincanton and then doubling up at Aintree in early December. 

He was touched off by Stolen Silver (smart form) in a Grade 2 in January and then ran a solid enough sixth at 25/1 in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle here at the Festival. Edwardstone certainly has scope for better than a mark of 142 and his trainer’s record in this is enough for him to head the betting.

Right behind him in the market is Proschema for Dan and Harry Skelton, winners of this contest in 2016 with North Hill Harvey. The Declaration Of War gelding was second on his return to action at Wetherby last month (winner scored again this week) and has gone up 3lb for that effort.

Thyme is just right

Paul Nicholls has landed this contest three times, with Rigmarole (2003), Brampour (2011) and Old Guard (2015) and the Ditcheat handler now has a serious candidate in THYME WHITE.

Like Old Guard was, he’s a second-season hurdler who comes into this race on the back of an impressive comeback win. Racing in the familiar colours of the Stewart family, he looked a picture in the paddock prior to his return at Chepstow (2m, good) last month and he was every bit as impressive in the race itself. He travelled like a dream under Harry Cobden and was able to cruise into contention coming down to the second last flight before readily drawing clear for the win.

Two of those he had well beaten that day were winners next time out, while The Pink’n, in second, went close over this course and distance at the Showcase Meeting and the third, Goa Lil, was set for success at Ludlow over fences on his next start when coming down at the final jump.

Just like Brampour and Old Guard, Thyme White is an exciting four-year-old deemed worthy of a crack at this race by his trainer. They joined Dell' Arca in ensuring three four-year-olds won the Greatwood in the years from 2011-2015 and this rising star looks well placed to emulate them.

His new rating of 141 (up 11lb) puts him in the category that has produced 12 of the last 18 Greatwood winners and, despite the competitive nature of this event, 11 winners in that same sequence have returned at 10/1 or shorter in the betting. Thyme White can add to those sequences.

Nietzsche team go again

Jonjo O’Neill’s Tegerek landed a gamble in a Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at the October meeting here and, up 8lb, warrants some consideration, but the market has him short enough for one that is exposed on paper.

The same cannot be said of Cormier for Brian Ellison and Danny McMenamin, the trainer/jockey combo responsible for 2018 Greatwood winner Nietzsche.

Respectable if unspectacular on the Flat, Cormier was an unwanted 80/1 shot on his hurdles debut in a novice contest at Market Rasen in July and was duly pulled up.

He went on to score twice on the level at Catterick and then accounted for Faivoir in a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter in early October (the runner-up was an easy winner here subsequently). Cormier then went to Fakenham and justified short-price favouritism under his penalty with another decisive win.

An opening mark of 136 certainly pays him due respect but it’s not prohibitive and he is likely to have further progress in him at a decent price.

Greatwood Hurdle winners of the last 10 years

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