If you’re looking for bets to give you some long-term interest, there is no better place to start than the ante-post markets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
This year’s meeting featured a plethora of exciting future prospects who will be aimed at the top races next time around.
There are also other horses who arrived on the scene this year but didn’t race at the Festival who look worth keeping an eye on.
Backing horses this far in advance does carry a certain amount of risk, but the odds on offer are generally reflective of this.
Read on as we look at for rising stars to follow at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
Abacadabras – Champion Hurdle
The field for the 2020 Champion Hurdle lacked some of the star quality of previous renewals, but that may not be the case next season.
The latest horse racing betting odds rate Abacadabras as a 10/1 to win hurdling’s top prize and that looks too good to ignore.
Gordon Elliott’s charge was narrowly beaten in this year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by Shishkin, but was probably an unlucky loser after conceding a few lengths at the start.
Shishkin will probably be aimed at the Arkle Chase next season, leaving Abacadabras looking a hugely interesting prospect in the hurdling division.
Monkfish – RSA Chase
Monkfish looked a star of the future after winning the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and could go right to the top over fences.
Willie Mullins’ horse kept pulling out extra when challenged and left the impression that there was plenty of petrol left in the tank.
The RSA Chase picture could become complicated if Elliott decides to run Envoi Allen in the race, although the Marsh Novices’ Chase looks his more likely option.
However, Monkfish is exactly the type of horse Mullins excels with and looks well worth an interest at odds of around 10/1 to win the RSA.
Flinteur Sacre – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
As a full brother to the magnificent Sprinter Sacre, it is little wonder that Flinteur Sacre has quickly developed into something of a talking-horse on the sport’s popular forums.
He ran green on his debut in a bumper at Newbury during January, before following up with a demolition job at Kempton a few weeks later.
Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old should build on that next season and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle looks to be his most natural target.
The horse appears to have all the hallmarks of a future superstar and he looks overpriced at 20/1 to win the opening race of the 2021 Festival.