One of the featured horse races on Saturday is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, which is going to be staged as it always is over at the Cheltenham racecourse.
What you are going to find of interest from a betting point of view though on that race, is that there are several horses that have a good chance of winning it this year, rather than there being one red-hot favourite, and as such that means there is loads of value on the ante post betting markets!
Paddy Power are offering not only some generous outright winner odds on that race, but their one quarter the win odds to three places terms attached to their each-way betting markets on that race does ensure each-way sharks can lock in plenty of value too.
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I have been watching the betting market on the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase for quite a number of days now, and there is plenty of money coming in for several of the runners, and with that in mind allow be to list each horse, along with its current odds and give you an insight into all of their realistic chances of winning or getting placed.
Favourites to Win
Having seen the odds drop on Auvergnat from 7/2 to 11/4 in the last day or too, it would appear there is continue support for that horse which is now the favourite to win the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
However, the very nature of the course used for this race is such that anything could happen and probably will do, and there are several other horses that could quite easily win this race based on their current form.
Take for example Urgent De Gregaine, that is another horse that has been attracting plenty of support recently, which has resulted in its current odds being 3/1, any more money coming in for it could see it becoming the new favourite, or possibly joint favourite, so make sure you do take a good look through its form.
Tiger Roll was 5/1 to win this race not too long ago, however those odds became 9/2 and 4/1 which is where they currently are at, whilst is probably didn’t take too much money to drop those odds down, I wouldn’t be too surprised if many punters were backing it each-way, and probably will still be interested in doing as something of a safety net!
Chic Name has also been attracting some support, in fact I did see its odds drop down from 8/to odds of just 5/1 in one day, and I am convinced that there is a rumour swirling around about the chances of that horse somewhere, which has led to it attracting plenty of support from punters eager to bag some generous odds, which they still are to be fair!
Outsiders and No Hopers
To be fair, even some of the horses you may have pencilled in as outsiders to win or even complete no hopers could win this race, and there are some much higher odds, as you would expect available the further you look down the ante post betting market on this year’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase.
Take for example Bless the Wings, there is nothing wrong with the current form of that horse and it wouldn’t surprise me if it was up there will the leaders at the final fence, and with it being on offer at odds of 6/1 that is a view I do think the bookies share too.
Midnight Shot is a hard horse to try and make sense of when it comes to its form, however that horse is generally available at odds of 12/1, but whether it will be worth a speculative each-way bet is your decision to make not mine!
Ballycasey is chalked up at odds of 14/1 and there hasn’t been any movement in its odds recently, and as for both Junction Fourteen and Swingbridge, they are two horses that have very similar form figures which are reflected in their current win odds of 16/1.
Bay Of Freedom, Fact of the Matter and Jarob are all 20/1 shots, and whilst it is feasible that a horse with such high odds could win the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase this year, I am not convinced any of them have what it takes to do so.
As for the horses that you may find easy to knock off your list of potential winners, they include the likes of Wounded Warrior who at 25/1 is faced with something of an uphill task of winning, and Azure Fly and Presenting Julio both at 33/1 appear to be making the number of runners up for this race!
Bob Ford surely cannot win this year, in fact a quick glance at its form figures will see you coming to the same conclusion, however I do know some punters are going to find its win odds of 50/1 too hard to resist and those odds are there for the taking of course over at the Paddy Power betting site!
There will always be one horse that is completely friendless in the betting markets on any race, and the horse that does have that honour in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase is Chase the Wind.
I cannot remember a horse that won any race recently at odds of 100/1, and I doubt that horse will be adding its name to the list of winners of this race this coming weekend.
However, do always ensure that you compare the odds available on any horse or horses you fancy backing at several of our featured and approved betting sites, as there could be some slightly higher odds on offer as soon as the starting time of the race approaches.