|Friday 16th October 2020|
Betting Clues Ahead of National Hunt Season
October is here and this means we get further into the national hunt season in the coming weeks. This is exciting news for racing fans, despite the continued issues of the coronavirus pandemic. It means that we are still waiting for spectators to return to the race track and we can only hope that this is something that does not continue for the remainder of the national hunt season and of course Cheltenham come March. That event did go ahead last season but many others following this did not, such as the Grand national. So, with just five months to go until the start of the Cheltenham festival, who are the horses standing out in the betting markets?
Available at 2/1 in most places and continuing to be supported by punters using William Hill bonuses and promotions is Easysland. He is no doubt going to be the banker for so many people heading into the festival. The six-year-old is still very young for these kinds of races and is now on a winning run of seven victories in succession. That includes the remarkable victory in the 2020 running of the Cross Country, when dispatching of two-time Grand national winner and defending champion Tiger Roll with ease. Easysland travelled well throughout the contest and led from the 20th, before staying on very powerfully and drawing clear from the field, beating Tiger Roll by 17 lengths and a further 18 lengths back to the third. That was a performance of pure class and resulted in the horse being awarded an RPR of 171! If he returns in similar form and produces this kind of performance, then he is simply the banker of the festival and the 2/1 available could be huge.
- Envoi Allen
The current star of national hunt racing and Envoi Allen is set to go over fences this season, following confirmation from his trainer, Gordon Elliott.
Envoi Allen still remains unbeaten, having won each of his eight starts under rules. This also includes winning at the last two Cheltenham festivals in succession, with the Champion bumper victory in 2019 and of course the Ballymore hurdle win last season. The latter was an incredible performance and continued his remarkable run of form and further stamped himself as the leading light of national hunt racing at present. It appears his most likely target will be the Marsh novices chase, in which he is currently available at a best priced 3/1. That could again prove a big price come the day, if the horse continues to improve as he has been doing.