Greatwood Hurdle Betting Tips, Odds and Offers – 18 Nov 2018

Greatwood Hurdle Betting Tips, Offers and Odds, 3.00 at Cheltenham, 18th November 2018

We have another fantastic race in store for us at the Cheltenham November meeting this weekend as the highly anticipated Greatwood Hurdle makes its much awaited return.

The November Meeting (formerly the Cheltenham Open) well and truly marks the start of the National Hunt season and the road to the Cheltenham Festival.

As is often the case, this two mile 87 yard race has attracted a top class field, with many well-known horses, jockeys and trainers on the racecard. With so much talent on show, this year’s Greatwood Hurdle will surely go right down to the final few furlongs in what promises to be a thrilling race.

Here we take a look at the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for the Greatwood Hurdle which takes centre stage on the meeting’s closing day. This Grade 3 handicap hurdle contest was first run at Cheltenham in 1988 over this trip of 2m87y. Open to hurdlers aged four and above, the contest now offers £100,000 in total prize money.

So read on as we take a closer look at this great race. Alternatively check out our betting tips for the BetVictor Gold Cup.

Greatwood Hurdle Racing Betting Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Western Ryder to win at 8/1 with RaceBets
  • Charli Parcs each way at 12/1 with BetVictor

Greatwood Hurdle Racing Betting Offers

  • Offers coming soon…

Tips and Race Preview

The Greatwood Hurdle is one of several quality races on the final day of the November Meeting at Cheltenham. Run over 2 miles ½ a furlong, this is a Grade 3 contest which always attracts some high class entries. That is certainly the case for the 2018 renewal in which most of the news has been about the current bookies’ favourite, Verdana Blue.

There hasn’t been a winning favourite in the last 10 years but equally, the last decade produced no winners who went off longer than 12/1. That makes it clear punters should be looking at the top of the betting market but will it be just as simple as backing Verdana Blue?

Will the Weight Scupper Verdana Blue’s Chances?

There is no doubt that Verdana Blue is a worthy favourite of the Greatwood Hurdle. Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old is in cracking form at the moment and connections are doing all they can to make hay whilst the sun shines.

Verdana Blue’s season began by winning on her all-weather debut at the end of September. She then went back over hurdles at Kempton and won with consummate ease. Those performances were enough for Henderson to enter her in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton just last week. Once again she was highly impressive leading punters to start nibbling at her in the ante post betting for the Champion Hurdle.

Verdana Blue has the class to kick on and win big hurdle races as the season goes on but there are some questions for Saturday. Henderson has already suggested that there are concerns about the going which is forecast to be good to soft but the amount of weight she’ll have to carry if top weight, Old Guard, is pulled out, could prove to be too much. It’ll be no surprise if she wins but for the reasons mentioned she could just be too risky to back.

Western Ryder the Value Option to Win

There are some quality horses ready to take advantage if Verdana Blue doesn’t become the first winning favourite in 10 years. Of those horses the most appealing in the betting could well be Western Ryder who is available at 8/1 with RaceBets.

Warren Greatrex is very excited about his six-year-old on her seasonal reappearance. He certainly did enough in his novice hurdling campaign to suggest that bigger things could well be around the corner. He claimed an impressive win at Cheltenham in December and also put in a decent performance in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He is more than capable of winning a race of this class and looks very backable at 8/1.

If you’re looking for a second option, consider betting on Charli Parcs at 12/1 with BetVictor. He has been overshadowed by his excellent stablemate, Buveur d’Air so far in his career but this could be the time for him to kick on and fulfill the promise that his trainer has long since had in him so it will be very interesting to see how he goes on Sunday.

Greatwood Hurdle Previous Winners

  • 2017 – Elgin – jockey Wayne Hutchinson, trainer Alan King
  • 2016 – North Hill Harvey – jockey Harry Skelton, trainer Dan Skelton
  • 2015 – Old Guard – jockey Harry Cobden, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2014 – Garde La Victoire – jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Philip Hobbs
  • 2013 – Dell’ Arca – jockey Tom Scudamore, trainer David Pipe
  • 2012 – Olofi – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Tom George
  • 2011 – Brampour – jockey Harry Derham, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2010 – Menorah – jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Philip Hobbs
  • 2009 – Khyber Kim – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 2008 – Numide – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
  • 2007 – Sizing Europe – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer Henry De Bromhead
  • 2006 – Detroit City – jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Philip Hobbs

Greatwood Hurdle History

Inaugurated in 1988, the Greatwood of the races title refers to a charity devoted to the welfare of our equine heroes upon their retirement. Greatwood first lent their name to the race in 2003, with Whitbread, Murphy’s, The Racing Post and Stan James also appearing as sponsors over the years.

Initially a Listed class contest, the event was finally granted Grade 3 status in 2004 and has thrown up a number of high quality winners, particularly since the turn of the century.

The contest proved to be particularly fruitful for owner Terry Warner as both Triumph Hurdle champ Detroit City and Champion Hurdle winner, Rooster Booster carried his yellow and black silks to victory here. Coming to the game a little later than some, it is Rooster Booster who is the oldest winner of the race as of 2015, having been eight years old at the time of his triumph.

There is no doubting the most talented horse to ever come home in front though. That honour belongs to Henry De Bromhead’s irrepressible hurdler/chaser, Sizing Europe. In a long and illustrious career the popular bay won an Irish Champion Hurdle, The Arkle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Gowran Park Champion Chase a remarkable four times.

Richard Johnson may have some way to go to match Sir Tony McCoy’s 20 jockey’s championships, but he does match him here. Johnson, McCoy and Jamie Osborne share the lead in the jockeys table with three wins apiece.

The combination of Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson have enjoyed many big days over the years, and it was the Somerset handler who provided Johnson with each of his three wins in this race. Having taken the prize four times in all, Hobbs sits atop the trainers pile with one of McCoy’s chief partners in crime, Martin Pipe, on four wins.