2018 Greatwood Hurdle Free Tips and Trends

2018 Greatwood Hurdle Free Tips and Trends

The Greatwood Hurdle, this year, will at the Cheltenham November Meeting and is being sponsored by leading bookmaker Unibet for the first time.

Run over 2m ½ f on the Old Course the contest gives National Hunt racing fans some early season pointers ahead of the Champion Hurdle, run at Cheltenham at the Festival in March – Rooster Booster (2002) was the last horse to win this race and go onto land that same season’s Champion Hurdle.

Since 1988 the race has been won four times by the Pipe stable, three times by Philip Hobbs and three times, including in 2015, by ex-champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

Here at TRAINERS-QUOTES we take a look back at recent winners and gives you the key trends to look out for ahead of the 2018 renewal…..this year run on Sunday 18th November.

Recent Greatwood Hurdle Winners

2017 – ELGIN (10/1)
2016 – NORTH HILL HARVEY (6/1)
2015 – OLD GUARD (12/1)
2014 – GARDE LA VICTOIRE (10/1)
2013 – DELL ‘ARCA (12/1)
2012 – OLOFI (8/1)
2011 – BRAMPOUR (12/1)
2010 – MENORAH (6/1)
2009 – KHYBER KIM (9/1)
2008 – NUMIDE (5/1)
2007 – SIZING EUROPE (5/1)
2006 – DETROIT CITY (6/5 fav)
2005 – LINGO (5/1)
2004 – ACCORDION ETOILE (100/30 fav)
2003 – RIGMAROLE (33/1)
2002 – ROOSTER BOOSTER (7/1)

Greatwood Hurdle Betting Trends and Stats

14/16 – Had won a 2m1f (or further) hurdles race before
14/16 – Had won no more than 4 times before over hurdles
13/16 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
12/16 – Officially rated 140 or higher
11/16 – Had a recent run (within the last 6 weeks)
11/16 – Finished in the top two last time out
11/16 – Returned 10/1 or shorter in the betting
11/16 – Had run at Cheltenham before
10/16 – Had run 6 or less times over hurdles
9/16 –  Winning distance – 2 lengths or further
8/16 – Carried 11-4 or more
7/16 – Placed favourites
7/16 – Came from the first three in the betting
7/16 – Won their previous race
6/16 – Won by an Irish-bred horse
4/16 – Winners that carried 11-12
4/16 – Trained by Philip Hobbs
3/16 – Ridden by Richard Johnson
3/16 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
2/16 – Winning favourites
1/16 – Won by an Irish-trained horse
The average winning SP in the last 10 years is 9/1
6 of the last 9 winners contested the previous season’s Supreme Novices’ or Triumph Hurdle

TQ VERDICT: Old Guard won this in 2015 and was third in 2017 – he can go well again. He’s off only 3lbs higher but connections have a 5lb claimer riding in Lorcan Williams so that helps with his big weight. Yes, Bryony Frost also claimed 5lbs last year, but he might just get found out by having to carry 11-12 here as opposed to the 10-7 he had 12 months ago. Silver Streak and Storm Rising both head into the race on three-timers and can go well, while the Skelton team, who won this in 2016, run the consistent MOHAAYED (e/w). He landed the County Hurdle here in March and returned with a fair fourth to Silver Streak last time at Ffos Las. He gets a big weight pull for that run with the winner and with that run expected to have brought him on he’s certainly one for the shortlist. Charli Parcs had a tall reputation a few seasons ago but has failed to fulfil that. A 4th (of 16), behind another of the runners – Midnight Shadow – back in April was a better effort though and with Geraghty riding might be interesting at a price. But it’s hard to get away from Henderson’s other runner – VERDANA BLUE – who beat a good field at Wincanton last week in the Elite Hurdle. He’s progressing to be a horse that is better than a handicapper so even though he’s got a big weight here (11-11) he’s a classy horse that seems to have improved a lot over the summer. He was fourth in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle at the Festival here in 2017 so the track is fine – he can go well here and then move onto bigger things.