Cheltenham 2020: Longshot Guide
The Cheltenham Festival is known as ‘The Greatest Show on Turf’, and although favourites often dominate the horse racing betting markets for many of the Grade One races, the racecards are filled with horses that have shown so much potential throughout the National Hunt Season and just because their odds don’t top the betting doesn’t mean they should be discounted which is why our tipster has pulled out the biggest Longshots on offer at the Festival.
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The 2020 Cheltenham Underdogs
The story of the underdog or the longshot in our case is always popular, and over the many years which the Cheltenham Festival has been held, there have been some rather long odds take the feature races. The horse which first springs to mind is 100/1 shot Norton’s Coin who went on to win the Gold Cup back in 1990 for trainer Sirrell Williams, which just proves it can be done.
So with that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest Grade One races to be held between the 10-13th March and picked out some longshots that could cause potential upsets as they head to post.
Now we don’t mean the popular football tv show we mean the horse trained by Jessica Harrington who has previous form at the Festival and just about every top course in Ireland. Supasundae has been confirmed for the feature race on the opening day: the Champion Hurdle and given his current form, he has gone from 25/1 (when this was originally written) down to 9/1. We expected the odds to shorten given his second-place finish in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and the Irish Champion Hurdle in 2019. He’s already been seen in Ireland this season and performed well there, so we could have a long odds winner if his performance meets the grade.
Simply The Betts
Another of Harry Whittington’s chances who is expected to head to the Cheltenham Festival is Simply The Betts. The RSA Chase is his intended destination, and he currently stands at 33/1 in the betting which in our opinion is slightly too big a price considering his recent run of positive form this season where he’s picked up wins at Chepstow, Newcastle and most recently at Cheltenham on Trials Day. He looks impressive, and it could be the boost he needs to go on and win a Grade One at a high price if given the opportunity here.
The next horse in our list of longshots is the sweetheart of Doncaster Races, and that is Philip Kirby-trained Lady Buttons. Running in the mares hurdle at the Festival last season she finished a respectable fourth, but since then has gone back to the drawing board and continues her impressive form despite a small blip in The Fighting Fifth Hurdle back in November. She’s down on two race cards at Cheltenham but has been confirmed for the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle where she is a good price at 25/1 if you're looking for an underdog.
Venetia Williams has the uncanny knack of training horses that perform well at the Cheltenham Festival with Aso being a strong case of why she should be followed. This time though it’s Cepage who is the one to watch this time around, entered in the Ultima Handicap Chase, he’s a 14/1 chance to take that race, but after his most recent performance at Cheltenham trials day we think its very good value.
It’s time to pop the Champagne corks once again as we go with another horse that has the potential to cause another upset at the Cheltenham Festival in Champagne Well. Starting the season strongly, he’s already finished second on this course twice and after being expected to take a step up to grade 1, the step down to grade three for the Coral Cup makes him a very good prospect at 20/1.
Everyone loves an underdog, especially if they have the potential to take one of the biggest races of the entire festival and we think that’s exactly what Saint Calvados can do as an 18/1 chance for Ryanair Chase. Running three times at Cheltenham already this season, he’s picked up one victory and finished second in his most recent run-in January. He does face a step up in class here, but Harry Whittington’s horses seem to be finding form at the right time, so don’t rule him out of contention.
Well there we have it 21.co.uk punters, some of the top potential longshots who have the chance of causing massive upsets at the Cheltenham Festival. But remember to check over the cards as it gets closer to the day of the race as they could change. Keep a close eye on all our Cheltenham Tips in the build-up to the festival where our tipster will be giving you all the information you need to place an educated bet.
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