Greatwood Hurdle (Cheltenham) Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 19th November 2017

The Open – now called the November Meeting – at Cheltenham is perhaps the highest quality meeting of the National Hunt season to date. Those making the trip to Prestbury Park will be treated to some excellent races and the Greatwood Hurdle is shaping up to be one of the best.

The Grade 3 race takes place over a shade over two miles (16 furlongs) at Cheltenham’s Old Course. With just eight hurdles in running, this is a race where pace and the ability to finish strongly is more important than jumping ability.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

The Greatwood Hurdle has been claimed by some big name trainers in recent years as you can see from the list below. Many of them will be sending contenders to Cheltenham once again for this important early season race.

  1. 2016 – North Hill Harvey, ridden by Harry Skelton, trained by Dan Skelton
  2. 2015 – Old Guard, ridden by Harry Cobden, trained by Paul Nicholls
  3. 2014 – Garde La Victorie, ridden by Richard Johnson, trained by Philip Hobbs
  4. 2013 – Dell’ Arca, ridden by Tom Scudamore, trained by David Pipe
  5. 2012 – Olofi, ridden by Paddy Brennan, trained by Tom George

Betting Tips

Much of the attention ahead of the 2017 Greatwood Hurdle has been turned to The New One. The nine-year-old has earned the respect of racing fans throughout a stellar hurdling career and arrives at Cheltenham with an official rating of 163. That tells you a lot about the quality of Nigel Twiston-Davies’ hose but unfortunately, The New One is not very new anymore and this is not a race for older horses.

There has never been a nine-year-old winner of the Greatwood Hurdle and only one winner aged older than six in the last decade. The New One may be a popular winner but he’s unlikely to get past the impressive young hurdlers he’s up against on Sunday.

Of all the potential young winners in the field, Mohaayed represents the best betting value at 6/1 with Bet365. The five-year-old has won over this distance before, he reached a career high rank of 137 after winning in his final start of last season and in Dan Skelton he’s trained by the same man who trained last year’s winner, North Hull Harvey. If everything goes to plan, 6/1 could look very long, very quick.

Another well priced option is William H Bonney at 14/1 with Betfred. The six-year-old has a habit of looking supremely comfortable in winning without being able to kick on in the final stages. That’s meant his best performances have generally come on softer ground but Alan King hopes that William H Bonney will have more in the tank come the closing stages after an extended break. A previous winner at Cheltenham, William H Bonney represents a good each way option.

Conclusion

Although William H Bonney should be right there in the closing stages, it’s hard to see him finishing stronger than Mohaayed. Everything is in place for Dan Skelton’s charge to make it two in two for the yard.

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