Cheltenham Festival Tips: County Handicap Hurdle betting preview


RACING anorak Graeme Johnston (@GraemeJ_83) is on hand to dissect the always competitive County Hurdle, the second race of Day 4 at the Cheltenham Festival.

County Handicap HurdleFriday 19th March 2021, 13:55 | ITV1

The Irish have dominated the week and are likely to have another fantastic day here, however this is one race that I think can stay at home.

Dan Skelton seems to target this race above any other race over the season and very much knows what is required to win it.

This year he has entered one from his initial shortlist and that one is Third Time Lucki, who despite being a novice has plenty of race track experience. He has been highly progressive and was seen as a Supreme Novice hurdle candidate before his defeat at Musselburgh last time.

That time out however he was very keen and the frenetic pace and large field you get in a county hurdle will be right up his street. He also made a bad mistake two out that day and I feel he is far better than that performance. I have backed him to win.

I have also had a small each-way bet on Edwartstone too. He has plenty of handicap experience and I'm convinced he will win a big one. A strong traveller he sometimes finds less than expected but he could easily run into a place here.

Best Bets

13:55 County Handicap Hurdle – Third Time Lucki (8/1 Boylesports)

13:55 County Handicap Hurdle – Edwartstone (20/1 each-way William Hill)

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