The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner and punters are already looking at form guides and planning their assault on one of the most highly anticipated racing festivals of the year.
To help with your plans, our traders have revealed their five worst results in the book ahead of the extravaganza at Prestbury Park. Irish trainer Gordon Elliott boasts a trio of entries that could leave our trading floor weeping, including dual-Grand National winner Tiger Roll in the Cross Country.
Samcro – Marsh Novices’ Chase
Topping the list is the Elliott-trained Samcro, who was well backed following a promising start to the season at Down Royal. At one point, he was just 7/2 for the Marsh Chase, but has since drifted out to 8/1 after failing to live up to expectations thereafter.
Goshen – Triumph Hurdle
The second biggest liability is Gary Moore’s Goshen, who is 7/2 in the Triumph Hurdle betting. He was introduced at 33/1 back in November but after making a huge impression on his three starts over hurdles this season, his priced has crashed.
Appreciate It – Champion Bumper
Coming in at number three is Appreciate It in the Champion Bumper. The Willie Mullins hopeful entered the picture at odds of 16/1 when winning at Leopardstown over Christmas and is now the clear 2/1 favourite following on from his Dublin Racing Festival triumph.
Envoi Allen – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
Gigginstown supremo Elliott has another horse giving us nightmares and that is Envoi Allen, who is our fourth biggest festival liability.
With three Grade 1s to his name, it’s no wonder he’s been no bigger than 10/1 for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The Irish chance is now just 5/4 to land the opener on day two of the festival.
Tiger Roll – Cross Country Chase
The support for Elliott’s horses doesn’t stop there, with Tiger Roll the fifth worst result in the book as he bids to win the Cross Country Chase for a third time.
The 2019 and 2020 Grand National hero is the even-money favourite for the race and has never been any bigger than 13/8 since betting opened last year.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “Gordon Elliott is the man we fear most heading to the Cheltenham Festival as he is responsible for three of our five biggest liabilities this year. It is hard to pick holes in Envoi Allen and Tiger Roll but we will be hoping Samcro can give us some respite at least.”
Ladbrokes’ top five biggest festival liabilities:
1. Samcro – Marsh Chase
2. Goshen – Triumph Hurdle
3. Appreciate It – Champion Bumper
4. Envoi Allen – Ballymore
5. Tiger Roll – Cross Country
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.