It won’t be long before the jumpers return to action in the UK and Ireland, kickstarting the 2020/21 campaign, where as ever, all roads lead to the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Now we have had time to digest the action from last season, here are three great bets ahead of the new season over obstacles.
Bristol De Mai to Win Betfair Chase (+250)
The first major Grade One 3m chase of the new campaign in the UK comes at Haydock in the Betfair Chase. This is a race which Bristol De Mai has been successful in on two occasions and he can make it win number three in November.
The talented grey has won four times at the Lancashire course. His most impressive success there came in 2018 when he won the Betfair Chase by an emphatic 57 lengths.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner is +250 in the betting for the Betfair Chase with the bookmakers. Just like in Sweden with horse racing in Halmstad, where many of the tracks suit course specialists, some horses appreciate the test Haydock provides, and Bristol De Mai is one of them.
Politologue to Win the Tingle Creek (+800)
One of the star performers at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival was Politologue who prevailed in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Paul Nicholls’ chaser defeated Altior and Defi Du Seuil, two exceptional two milers.
Politologue can continue his success next season in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. The 2017 winner is a much better horse now and he could be set to establish his position as the best in this division.
At +800 in the Tingle Creek betting, the Queen Mother Champion Chase winner is excellent value. His chief rival is likely to be Altior who still has many questions to answer about whether he is back to anywhere near his best.
Expect to see Politologue have one prep run before Sandown which could come in the Peterborough Chase at Exeter. This will ensure he is 100% fit by the time the Grade One race comes along in December.
Clan des Obeaux to Win King George VI Chase (+500)
If you put a line through his Cheltenham runs, Clan des Obeaux has been one of the most impressive chasers in the UK and Ireland over the last couple of years.
The winner of the last two renewals of the King George VI Chase at Kempton can make it a hat-trick of wins in December.
The eight-year-old was even more impressive in 2019 when he defended his crown at the Surrey course. He scored by 21 lengths in a field which included Cyrname, Lostintranslation and Footpad.
Clan Des Obeaux has opened up as the +500 favorite for the Boxing Day feature and the bookmakers look to have got the right market leader. It is a surprise that Nicholls’ runner is not a little shorter in the betting, but it could prove to be the case later this year.
Let’s hope we are set for a thrilling National Hunt season and one which throws up lots of winners for you.