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2020 Greatwood Hurdle Tips - Two to back in Sunday's feature at Cheltenham

  • We take a look through the field set to run in the 2020 Greatwood Hurdle
  • The Greatwood Handicap is the feature race on the third and final day of Cheltenham's November Meeting
  • Dan Skelton's Proschema has been pushed to the head of the Greatwood betting
  • We take a look at the odds and some key trends before picking out two runners to back
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Alan King's Harambe (centre) winning the Greatwood last season. (Getty)
Jon Vine 13 Nov 2020
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We take a look through the latest Greatwood Hurdle odds and list some recurring trends, before picking out our Greatwood Hurdle tips for Cheltenham on Sunday.

The third and final day of Cheltenham's November Meeting features four Graded races. The biggest betting race of the day will undoubtedly be the Greatwood Hurdle, a two-mile handicap which has been won by greats like Rooster Booster, Detroit City and Menorah in its 35-year history.

We've brought you the latest odds and some key trends, before picking out our top betting tips for the 2020 Greatwood Hurdle.

2020 Greatwood Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Main Fact6/1
Thyme White6/1

*Odds taken from Unibet on 12/11/20*

2020 Greatwood Hurdle Trends

  • 13 of the last 15 winners had run in a Grade One or Two in open company
  • 13 of the last 15 winners had won over two miles or further
  • 11 of the last 15 winners had run at Cheltenham before
  • 11 of the last 15 winners were aged either four or five
  • 10 of the last 15 winners had run in either the Supreme or Triumph Hurdle
  • 10 of the last 15 winners carried 10-10 or more
  • 10 of the last 15 winners finished in the top four last time out (5 won LTO)
  • 9 of the last 15 winners had run within the last six weeks (3 ran on the flat)
  • 9 of the last 15 winners were rated 140 or above

2020 Greatwood Hurdle Tips

Edwardstone2020 Greatwood Hurdle Tip 1GET 6/1 HERE
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Ballyandy's presence at the top of the weights leaves several classy and progressive hurdlers carrying relatively low weights. I'm not ruling Ballyandy out by any means, but only Rooster Booster has won the Greatwood off a similar mark, and I'm not sure Ballyandy has what it takes to win a Grade One, like Rooster Booster went on to do.

One who looks very well-treated at the weights is EDWARDSTONE, and he'll be the first of my Greatwood Hurdle tips.

Alan King's six-year-old boasts some impressive novice form from last season. Edwarstone finished second to Chantry House, before beating Fiddlerontheroof and Harry Senior - the second of those wins coming under a penalty. Following a narrow defeat in the Rossington Main, Edwardstone rounded off his season with a staying-on sixth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Six of the last 15 winners of this race have won the Greatwood fresh, and previous form in handicaps isn't particularly important. The in-form Alan King has won two of the last four renewals of this Grade Three handicap and, in Edwardstone, he looks to have the ideal type to make it three from five.

Sir Psycho E/W2020 Greatwood Hurdle Tip 2GET 16/1 HERE
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As only three of the last nine Greatwood winners have gone off at single-figure odds, and given we're likely to get a capacity field of 20 runners, I'll also have a punt on something at a more appealing, each-way price.

Having run in either the Supreme or the Triumph seems to be a vital trend with the Greatwood. So, with that in mind, I think there's plenty of value to be found backing SIR PSYCHO at 16/1.

After winning three of his first five starts last season, Paul Nicholls threw Sir Psycho into the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Bryony Frost's mount didn't produce his most fluent round of jumping, but staying on gamely up the hill to finish a four-length fifth.

Goshen's final-flight blunder turned that into a messy race. Yet, Aspire Tower and Allmankind, who didn't finish too far ahead of Sir Psycho that day, have both come out and won this season, so the form of the race is working out quite well.

Nicholls called on Bryan Carver to take five-pounds off Sir Psycho's back on his return to action in the Grade Three Silver Trophy Handicap at Chepstow. The top-weight ran well at the front for much of that race, before running out of steam on after the last, on what was his first start over two-and-a-half miles.

Dropping back to two miles looks a shrewd move, and I'm sure Nicholls will be delighted to see the deluge of rain that's due to hit Cheltenham on Saturday and Sunday morning. Sir Psycho seemed to relish soft ground last season, and I was impressed with how he stayed on up the hill on his first start around this track in the Triumph. 

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Sir Psycho (centre, red and green) staying on for fourth behind Burning Victory in the 2020 Triumph Hurdle. (Getty)



Edwardstone ticks all the boxes when looking for a winner of the Greatwood, and he can continue Alan King's strong record in this handicap.

I also think Sir Psycho has been dangerously overlooked, and Paul Nicholls' four-year-old offers plenty of value at 16/1.

2020 Greatwood Hurdle Tip 1: Edwardstone Straight Win @ at Unibet - 15 Units
2020 Greatwood Hurdle Tip 2: Sir Psycho Each-Way @ at Unibet - 5 Units

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