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With Cheltenham Festival 2024 nearly six weeks away, we take a closer look at the betting for The Stayers Hurdle taking place on Day 3 of The Cheltenham Festival.
It’s an open affair this time with no horse clearly dominating this division unlike the other Grade 1 championship races, thereby making this one of the fascinating betting heats of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
We check out the front runners in the betting and look for some value each way action. Best Cheltenham Festival odds provided by our partner firms, Bet365, William Hill, Bet Victor, Betfred and Boylesports.
Newly appointed race favourite after French challenger Theleme was recently withdrawn due to injury.
Looks to be a deserved 4/1 favourite (Betfred, Boylesports) after his win in the Grade 1 Hatton Grace Hurdle from last December at Fairyhouse.
He stayed on well to beat the highly regarded Impaire Et Passe, last year’s Ballymore Hurdle winner. The form has held reasonably well considering Impaire Et Passe went on get within the 3 ½ lengths of State Man in his next run.
Stays 3 miles over Cheltenham effectively however and has to be the one to beat on current ratings.
Another Gordon Elliott trained rising star who has really impressed this season most noticeably when landing the Jack De Bromhead Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Tackling near 3 miles for the first time, the five year old stayed on well beating Asterion Forlonge by 11 lengths. No doubt more to come from the exciting novice but probably needs more experience at this stage of his career. 4/1 best with Betfred and Boylesports. 3/1 with William Hill NRNB.
Comes into this on the back of his win in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot where he beat the best of the Brits including Paisley Park, Dashel Drasher, Champ and Blueking D’Oroux.
Whilst the British don’t have the best hands to play in this division, this forms proves this Fergal O’Brien trained 7 year old has the ability to compete with the likes of Teahupoo and Irish Point.
Will probably need a sound surface and not great value at 7/1 best with Bet Victor or 13/2 with Bet365 NRNB.
Best of the rest
Impaire Et Passe trained by Willie Mullins will certainly be primed for this despite being held by Teahupoo on their latest meeting and might be good value at 6/1 with Bet365 for NRNB.
In terms of consistency and reliability, it would be foolish to dismiss the chances of Noble Yeats, the previous Grand National winner. Battled well to win over course and distance in the Cleeve Hurdle last week in the Cheltenham trials: outstanding value at 12/1 with William Hill NRNB.
Monkfish came back from a lengthy absence to win a 3 miles Grade 2 at Gowran Park to beat Somerville Boy by 6 lengths. He is bound to come on for this run and looks excellent value at 12/1 NRNB with Bet365. 16/1 with Bet Victor, Betfred and Boylesports under full antepost rules.
Paisley Park is still showing no signs of heading off into the sunset having run two races into close second, including course and distance in the Cleeve Hurdle, narrowly seen off by Noble Yeats. The 16/1 NRNB with William Hill is also tempting. Last year’s winner Sire Du Berlais adds another intriguing dimension: 16/1 NRNB with Bet365 and William Hill.
The betting suggests that the Gordon Elliott trained pair Teahupoo and Irish Point have it between them.
However, there is so much quality registered for this Grade One: looking for some each way value down the betting is definitely the way to go.
The three to consider for me would be Noble Yeats who proved himself over course and distance last month, Monkfish as he essentially remains quite unexposed and is open to improvement: the Ricci/Mullins connection is also a major plus.
Finally, it would be hard to avoid Sire Du Berlais, last year’s surprise winner.
My choice would be the classy Monkfish as Willie Mullins will have him primed for whichever race he turns up at (he is also entered for The Cheltenham Gold Cup).
Please note all odds are correct at the time of publishing (4pm 5th February 2024) and are subject to change.