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2021 Cheltenham Festival News - Entries for the Handicap Hurdles revealed

  • The entries for the Handicap Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival were revealed today
  • Several leading Triumph Hurdle contenders have been entered in the Boodles
  • Grand Roi and Koshari headline the Coral Cup entries
  • Champagne Platinum and The Bosses Oscar head the betting for the Pertemps Final
  • Blue Lord could take on more experienced hurdlers in the County Hurdle
  • Wide Receiver looks to be Gordon Elliott's main Martin Pipe hope
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A view of the runners in the County Hurdle. (Getty)

There was a great sense of excitement on Wednesday afternoon, as the entries for the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival were unveiled.

We'll cover the Handicap Chase tomorrow, but for now, he's a look at the five handicap hurdles and the latest Cheltenham Festival betting.

2021 Cheltenham Festival News - Handicap Hurdle Entries


2021 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Quilixios6/1
Zanahiyr7/1
Saint Sam8/1
Nassalam10/1
Youmdor14/1
Teahupoo14/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken from William Hill on 24/2/21*

Zanahiyr, Quilixios, Nassalam and Saint Sam all sit prominently in the Triumph Hurdle betting, but all four have been handed a handicap option in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Joseph O'Brien could be represented by Busselton, while Riviere D'etel could come here instead of an outing in the Triumph or the Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

Other notable Boodles entrants include Youmdor, Houx Gris, Teahupoo and Druid's Altar. Sage Advice, Hell Red and Balko Saint could also run.

2021 Coral Cup Odds


Name
Odds
Grand Roi8/1
Wide Receiver10/1
Allart12/1
Koshari12/1
Fifty Ball14/1
Ganapathi14/1
Guard Your Dreams14/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 24/2/21*

Grand Roi won a Grade Two in Ireland earlier this season, and Gordon Elliott's five-year-old tops the market for the Coral Cup. Nicky Henderson has a strong record in this handicap, and he has both Allart, Buzz and Craigneiche sitting prominently in the market.

Novice hurdlers Bear Ghylls, Eskylane and Ganapathi have been handed a Coral Cup entry. Willie Mullins has Bachasson, Great White Shark and Koshari entered up.

Darasso, Ciel De Neige, Alfa Mix and Barnaviddaun could all run in this handicap on day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

2021 Pertemps Final Odds


Name
Odds
Imperial Alcazar7/1
The Bosses Oscar7/1
Champagne Platinum7/1
Brinkley11/1
Come On Teddy16/1
Dandy Mag16/1
Southfield Harvest16/1
Bar20/1

*Odds taken from Betfair on 24/2/21*

Having booked their places in the final earlier in the season, Imperial Alcazar and The Bosses Oscar sit at the top of the Pertemps Final betting. Champagne Platinum finished second in a late qualifier at Haydock last weekend, and he too sits at a single-figure price.

Brinkley and Come On Teddy look likely to get a run at the Festival, as does the winner of the Leopardstown qualifier, Dandy Mag

Phil Kirby has handed a Pertemps entry to fairytale horse Bushy Park, while both Southfield Harvest and Storm Arising could represent Paul Nicholls.

2021 County Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Blue Lord7/1
Soaring Glory8/1
Saldier10/1
Fifty Ball12/1
Thedevilscoachman12/1
Third Time Lucki14/1
The Shunter14/1
Bar16.1

*Odds taken from Unibet on 24/2/21*

Having won the County Hurdle with a novice 12 months ago, Willie Mullins could send Blue Lord down that same route, having handed his youngster an entry. Mullins has also entered Saldier, who would carry top-weight into the opening handicap on Gold Cup day.

Betfair Hurdle winner, Soaring Glory has been entered, along with Greatwood Hurdle scorer, The Shunter. Drop The Anchor, Fifty Ball, Tegerek and Thedevilscoachman are also possible runners.

Dan Skelton has won the County Hurdle three times in recent years. He currently has four hurdlers in the mix, with Third Time Lucki and Proschema looking his main hopes.

2021 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Wide Receiver8/1
Ganapathi10/1
Champagne Gold10/1
Monte Cristo12/1
Craigneiche12/1
Farouk D'Alene12/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 24/2/21*

Gordon Elliott loves to target the Martin Pipe with some of his better hurdlers, so it's no surprise to see his horse, Wide Receiver heading the betting. Elliott could also be represented by Farouk D'alene, Eskylane, Folcano and Column Of Fire.

Henry De Bromhead has handed consistent performer, Champagne Gold a Martin Pipe entry. Boreham Bill and Craigneiche sit prominently in the current market.

Ganapathi and Dysart Diamond could represent Willie Mullins. Does He Know, Monte Cristo, Enemy Coast Ahead and Gabynako are also possible runners in the final race at the Cheltenham Festival.

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