Four horses who could be over-priced at the Cheltenham Festival

In the thrilling world of National Hunt racing, the Cheltenham Festival stands as the pinnacle of anticipation and excitement. 

As punters and horse racing enthusiasts alike scour form guides and scrutinise odds, searching for the elusive edge, the allure of uncovering a hidden gem at a generous price beckons. 

Amidst the buzz of favourites and fancied runners, lies the prospect of overlooked contenders offering exceptional value. 

In this article, we shine the light on the underdogs — potentially unearthing four horses who may be flying under the radar. 

With a key eye for value and a penchant for uncovering diamonds in the rough, here are our selections who could spring a surprise at the Cheltenham Festival. 

Jeriko Du Reponet – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle

While Ballyburn is the short-price favourite in the Supreme Novices Hurdle 2024 betting, just four of the last 12 market leaders have prevailed in the opening race of the Cheltenham Festival. 

Therefore, there is scope for an upset here, and Jeriko Du Reponet could be the one to deliver — potentially landing trainer Nicky Henderson his sixth Supreme triumph. 

There was hype surrounding the five-year-old before he even made his racecourse debut, but despite three wins in succession, he has drifted out to 8/1 and seems somewhat overpriced. 

Sir Gerhard – Stayers’ Hurdle

A former Cheltenham Festival victor, winning the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in 2022, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Sir Gerhard after making the switch to fences.

A fall in the Grade 3 Barberstown Castle Chase as Naas in November resulted in Mullins switching the nine-year-old back to the smaller obstacles, and he returned to winning ways at Punchestown in December. 

The gruelling three-mile trip for the Stayers’ Hurdle could be a real test of Sir Gerhard’s stamina, but odds of 8/1 are appealing. 

Fun Fun Fun – Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

The market for the Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle still looks rather open, and while there are three unbeaten horses at the fore in the form of Brighterdaysahead, Jade De Grugy, and Dysart Enos, Fun Fun Fun looks like a valuable pick at 12/1. 

There were high hopes for the Double Green mare in last year’s premier Bumpers after back-to-back flat wins, but she flattered to deceive with lacklustre performances at Cheltenham and Punchestown respectively. 

Fun Fun Fun has progressed nicely now she has gone over obstacles, however, winning a maiden on her hurdle debut at Thurles before finishing second at odds-on in a Listed contest back at that track. 

She bounced back with a nice Listed success at Exeter in February though, and she could be an each-way play at lucrative odds of 12/1. 

Gidleigh Park – Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle

Harry Fry has had his own training license for just over a decade now, and in that time he has secured two Cheltenham winners — Unowhatimeanharry in 2016 and Love Envoi in 2022. 

He will be hoping to extend that record to three this year with Gidleight Park, who is 8/1 to win the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle. 

The six-year-old, who won his only Bumper, is unbeaten in three attempts over hurdles — winning two novices’ contests by comfortable margins before scoring in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham when last seen. 

While the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle looks like a formidable contest this year, Gidleigh Park should be considered when using your Cheltenham sign up offers.