With Christmas and New Year’s over and done with, attention now turns to the Cheltenham Festival for horse racing fanatics. With plenty of horses heading to the Festival having at least one run under their belts to date, we take a look at potential ante-post bets worth jumping on early.
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – Follow Colin Tizzard
Fiddlerontheroof was the star of the show at Sandown recently, forging clear to win the Tolworth nicely and, as a result, his odds have dramatically been cut from as high as 33/1 to just 8/1 to land the Supreme at the Festival.
Colin Tizzard has won the Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle three out of the last four years and it was no surprise Fiddlerontheroof prevailed in some style, making him very much one of the front runners in the market to land Tizzard a Cheltenham winner.
His odds were cut due to his trainer’s comments after the race at Sandown, indicating that despite how Fiddlerontheroof would appreciate the step up in trip, soft or heavy conditions could see the two-miler opener suit much better. But it’s Tizzard’s other star horse which is the current favourite. Abacadabras is as short as 4/1, with the yard showing more confidence in him over his six-year-old, Fiddlerontheroof.
Fiddlerontheroof has also been cut for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, with Tizzard keeping his cards close to his chest at present. Looking at the 2020 Cheltenham Betting Tips, Tizzard is very much a yard to follow and it is well worth keeping an eye on where he strategically places his horses for the Festival.
Champion Hurdle – Supreme winner to strike again
The Supreme winners from years gone by have been a strong indicator when it comes to who will come out on top of the Champion Hurdle, and Klassical Dream has to be a solid contender. There was plenty of hype about Klassical Dream heading into the Festival last year and he duly obliged.
The Champion Hurdle is one of the standout races at the Festival, and with Buveur D’Air looking unlikely to make a return this season, this blows the betting market wide open, making there some great value to be had.
Last year, Laurina disappointed in the Champion Hurdle after plenty of hype from punters and she will no doubt be hoping for redemption, but she could barely land a glove on Espoire D’Allen. This year’s line up looks set to be even stronger and Laurina has failed to impress since her performance at Cheltenham. Klassical Dream certainly has the scope and ability to come away from the Festival with yet another win.
Klassical Dream is an outside shout at 10/1 at present, but expect these odds to be slashed in half if, and when, he is declared for the race. He will, however, have to win without Ruby Walsh in the saddle, which may well put certain punters off or see him drift, but rest assured that this horse knows how to win on the big stage.