Expert betting tips for the 3.20pm World Hurdle, the feature race on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival
The World Hurdle looks about as open and competitive a contest as it has been in recent memory with 9/2 the field. Plenty have chances and here are our expert betting tips.
Cheltenham Festival World Hurdle Expert Betting Tips
Saphir Du Rheu won the Cleeve Hurdle when last seen, showing that he has sufficient stamina for three miles. Coming back to hurdles following an aborted chase campaign could well reap benefits although genuinely good ground would be a question mark.
Zarkandar undoubtedly has the ability to win this but he looked rather quirky when stopping in front at Ascot in December. He hasn't been seen since but has a decent record when fresh so that might not be a major problem.
Lieutenant Colonel looks an increasingly progressive second season hurdler, winning his past two Grade 1's. He hung a little under pressure in the Neptune last season when encountering the quickest ground he has faced, that could be a concern.
Whisper is another coming back from a failure over fences. He won the Coral Cup at last year's Festival before scoring a Grade 1 success at Aintree. That improvement seemed to coincide with better ground which should help again here although he has a little to find with Saphir Du Rheu at the weights.
A couple at bigger prices to consider are JETSON (E/W) (16/1 Betfred) and Blue Fashion. The former has form tying in closely with Lieutenant Colonel which would give him a solid chance especially with decent form on top of the ground as well as at previous Festivals. The latter has had his problems but on two runs in this country when behind Faugheen and More Of That, he wouldn't be far away.
A race in which there are lots with chances, there are five or six with a solid hope of winning. Because of that, a chance is taken at a big price with JETSON to outrun his odds despite his age.
World Hurdle Cheltenham Festival Betting Tip –
JETSON (E/W) (16/1 Betfred)
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