29.11.20 19:17

Five of the Best – The Road to the Cheltenham Festival 2021


An absolutely stonking weekend of racing action on both sides of the Irish Sea has given us plenty of Cheltenham chat and betting moves.

Read on below as we check out the weekend’s big Cheltenham news plus the all-important market movers.


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Epatante to win the Champion Hurdle

This year’s Champion Hurdle winner blew them away in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle on Saturday and she’s now a stand-out price of 2/1 at Betfair to retain her crown come March.

Next up for her will be the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day as she build towards the Festival next year.


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Monkfish to win the RSA Chase

Monkfish made an eye-catching debut over fences on Saturday at Fairyhouse, doing the business at odds of 1/3.

Winner of this year’s Albert Bartlett at the Festival, he’s now 9/2 with Betfair for the 2021 RSA Chase as he looks to land back-to-back Cheltenham wins.

Envoi Allen

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Envoi Allen to win the Marsh Novices' Chase

He’s now a perfect 10 from 10 after winning the Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday and he’s already a Cheltenham ‘banker’ for many.

One of the most popular horses in training currently, Envoi Allen’s a rock-solid 7/4 at 888sport for the Marsh Novice’s Chase on day three of next year’s Festival.


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Honeysuckle to win the Champion Hurdle

Henry de Bromhead’s classy mare made it nine wins in a row as she won the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle on her first run of the season.

Next on the agenda will be the Irish Champion Hurdle in February before a final decision on her Cheltenham target, but she’s now 16/1 at 888sport for the Champion Hurdle at the Festival.


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Ballyadam to win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

In the same colours as Envoi Allen, Ballyadam impressively won the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse on just his second run over hurdles.

Trained by Gordon Elliot, he has two options at the Festival and prices have been cut for both – he’s now a best price of 13/2 with Betfair for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and a best price of 14/1 at Paddy Power for the Ballymore Hurdle.

Please note that all odds are correct at time of article publication, but may change.

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