The Cheltenham Festival is done and dusted for another year and it was a fantastic 4 days full of quality performances. With the 2023 Festival out of the way, it means that prices are already out for the 2024 edition and there are 14 races priced up. Let’s take a look at the Cheltenham Festival 2024 ante-post markets.
Constitution Hill – Where will he go?
It is fair to say that Constitution Hill is one of the best hurdlers there has ever been after his amazing performance in the Champion Hurdle. He could easily rack up a series of Champion Hurdle victories and Unibet go 4/5 that he wins the race again next year. The big problem though is that he features in six markets for next year’s meeting. He does have the option of going chasing and then does he stay in novice company or does he go into open company?
He is favourite for the Arkle with Betfair and BetVictor going 7/2 and that is in front of other winners from last week such as Marine Nationale (11/2 with Unibet) and Impaire Et Passe (5/1 with Bet365). Impaire Et Passe is in front of Constitution Hill in the betting for the Turners with the Ballymore winner priced at 4/1 with William Hill and the Champion Hurdler at 7/1 with Unibet.
The prolific horse is also favourite for the Brown Advisory with Unibet going at 10/1 just in front of another winner, Stay Away Fay, who is 12/1 with Unibet. He could, of course, go straight into open company and those willing to take a chance that he might go for the Champion Chase will be able to get 12/1 with William Hill that he lands that prize. If you think connections will be really bold and go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup then Bet365 are 25/1.
Champs hot favourite to land 2nd Cup
It is no surprise given how impressive he was last week, that Galopin Des Champs is just 7/4 (William Hill) to land a second Cheltenham Gold Cup in a year’s time. King George winner Bravemansgame was the horse to follow him home and he is 2nd in the betting at 10/1 with Bet365 to go one better in 2024.
Gerri Colombe was 2nd in the Brown Advisory last week, but he looked like he needed further than 3m so it is not a shock to see him shorter in the market than the winner of that race The Real Whacker, with them being 14/1 (William Hill) and 20/1 (BetVictor) respectively. L’Homme Presse was forced to miss the race this year and is 20/1 with BetVictor and Shishkin is also in the mix at 20/1 with BetVictor the best price available.
Energumene heads the betting to land the hat-trick
Another impressive winner last week was Energumene in the Champion Chase as he won the race for the 2nd year running. If he remains in the same form in a year’s time then it is hard to see what can beat him, unless Constitution Hill ends up going down this route. He is 7/2 with Paddy Power and Betfair to land the hat trick. His stablemate El Fabiolo claimed the Arkle in good style and he is 2nd in the betting at 4/1 with Bet365. Jonbon chased El Fabiolo home last week and he is 9/1 with Unibet. Edwardstone was the big disappointment in last week’s Champion Chase and you can get 25/1 (Unibet) about him winning next season.
Wide open market for the Stayers’
Sire Du Berlais caused a massive shock in the Stayers’ Hurdle last week and he is a big price (40/1 with Unibet) for next year’s race which given his age isn’t a surprise and there has to be a big chance he doesn’t even run in the race. Teahupoo was promoted to 2nd place and he is the current favourite at 12/1 with Bet365. Maries Rock was a big disappointment in the Mares Hurdle, but she was being considered for the Stayers’ and every chance they do go down this route with her next season. She is 20/1 with Unibet.
Grand National Betting
There isn’t usually too much movement in the Grand National betting after Cheltenham, but this year is very different and the first five horses in the betting all ran at The Festival last week. Corach Rambler won the Ultima for the 2nd year running and he heads the betting for the National at 8/1 with Bet365. Noble Yeats found himself outpaced in the Gold Cup, but stayed on in a very eye-catching manner to finish 4th in the end and last year’s National winner is 9/1 with William Hill to equal Tiger Roll.
Mr Incredible flew home in the Kim Muir and it looks like 4m2f would be ideal for him. He is 14/1 with Bet365. Delta Work followed up in the Cross-Country last week and last year he went on to finish 3rd at Aintree. He is also at 14/1 with Bet365. Galvin who was 2nd to his stablemate is 20/1 with Bet365. Gaillard Du Mesnil landed the National Hunt Chase and is 14/1 with William Hill.
All odds are accurate at the time of writing.