Punters on the lookout for a big winner at the Cheltenham Festival may want to focus their attentions on the Byrne Group Plate.
All of the last ten winners have been bigger than 10/1 in the Cheltenham betting, with 6/1 favourite Sunnyhillboy finishing second last year behind David Pipe’s grey Great Endeavour.
However, this may need to be a statistic for punters to remember in the days leading up to the Cheltenham Festival, when the runners that will tackle the 2m5f contest are confirmed.
Some 81 horses are still considering whether to run in the race, with the large majority also holding entries into more than one of the 27 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival.
This uncertainty has meant that there is no stand-out favourite for the Byrne Group Plate, with the current market leaders being Aerial and Aigle D’Or at 10/1.
Judging by the results of all of the handicaps at last year’s Festival, punters could be offered the chance to select numerous big-price winners and this could mean massive pay-outs if Ladbrokes’ free £25 bet is taken advantage of.
Of the 11 winners, only two triumphed with a starting price of under 12/1.
Furthermore, looking specifically at those handicaps run over a distance between 2m5f and three miles, at the last five Cheltenham Festivals, just seven of the 32 winners succeeded at single-figure odds.
Other races that fall under this umbrella include the Coral Cup and the Spinal Research Handicap Chase.
Aegean Dawn and For Non Step are the joint favourites at present for the Coral Cup at 8/1, while Bensalem heads the Cheltenham betting for the Spinal Research Handicap Chase at 6/1.
Interestingly, Great Endeavour and Sunnyhillboy are among the horses given a 10/1 quote to win the Spinal Research Handicap Chase.
A £25 stake on Psycho winning the Byrne Group Plate would return £350. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.