Greatwood Hurdle Ante-Post Preview – Cheltenham 19/11/2017
The big betting race at Cheltenham on Sunday is the £100,000 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle over two miles.
The New One tops the weights in Greatwood Hurdle
Nigel Twiston-Davies saddles the top weight The New One who has been allotted 11st 12lbs. The former Festival winner has been a regular runner in the Champion Hurdle but is now nine years of age. He showed that he is still a potent force at this distance when winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Last last month.
The race is also likely to see the reappearance of Triumph Hurdle winner Defi Du Seuil. The French-bred gelding is unbeaten in seven races over hurdles for Philip Hobbs. He maintained his form superbly to win the Triumph and the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree. It will be fascinating to see how last year’s top juveniles fare against their elders this season.
The bookmakers have chalked up Nicky Henderson’s Jenkins as the ante-post favourite at around 6-1. He looked a very exciting prospect until disappointing at Kempton in December. He enjoyed a confidence-boosting win at Ffos Las in April. Henderson remains optimistic that Jenkins is better than a handicapper. If The New One stays in, Jenkins will run off the minimum weight of 10 stone.
Misterton 1lb out of the handicap in Greatwood
Harry Fry’s Misterton has won his last two races, defeating Man Of Plenty at Chepstow last month. He had Elgin over seven lengths back in fourth that day, a subsequent winner at Ascot. Misterton gave the impression that he still had more to offer that day and he should still run well off a 6lbs higher mark.
Alan King’s Elgin ran on gamely to win the valuable William Hill Hurdle from Limited Reserve. He has gone up 5lbs for that success. Dan Skelton’s Mohaayed was a fine third to Chesterfield in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April. He ended his season an effortless win at Market Rasen and looks sure to pick up a decent price. Mohaayed was only beaten three and a half lengths when seventh in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham.
London Prize won the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton last weekend for Ian Williams. That followed a fine second in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. He only picks up a 5lbs penalty for that win and is a progressive handicapper. Chesterfield has not raced since Ayr but remains on a handy mark.
Cheltenham Betting Tips 19/11/2017
3.00 Greatwood Hurdle
Jenkins @7.0 Ladbrokes
London Prize @13.0 Ladbrokes
Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4