Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips

Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips

For those nearer the top of the weights, this race can prove to be a genuine early Champion Hurdle Trial for the Festival in March.

Even if that’s not the ultimate aim however, the Greatwood is a terrific race to win in its own right and it could just be that there are some lightweights in with a major shout, including our selection. Here’s our top six: 

Main Contenders


Prominent owner JP McManus has a couple of contenders on our shortlist, the Philip Hobbs-trained Camprond being the first of them.

A winner of four of his 10 hurdle races including his last two, he was a novice winner at last month’s Cheltenham meeting over two-and-a-half miles but it seems he has the pace to go with this field.

There are no worries about the grade either, consider he won the Persian War (Grade 2) before that and may yet prove to be well handicapped.


Brian Ellison has a couple of chances in the big betting handicaps over the weekend, Nietzsche also running in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, and his Cormier is solid here.

He’s only won in novice company so far, but his form is holding up at the higher levels too given that he has run second in the Swinton Hurdle and fourth in the Welsh Champion Hurdle to begin this campaign.

He’ll need to pull out a little more of course, but he is no forlorn hope.

Glory And Fortune

The recent Welsh Champion Hurdle winner is really on a roll. Having already finished last season on a high, he began this campaign with a simple win at Plumpton before heading to Ffos Las, and he looks in good shape to continue that progression now.

The trip and good racing ground are both perfect for him, with only handling this field and the rigours of Cheltenham being the remaining questions regarding his profile.

No Ordinary Joe

A five-year-old with very low mileage, No Ordinary Joe began his hurdling career for Nicky Henderson and JP McManus with a fourth-placed finish behind My Drogo last December.

On that form alone his handicap mark of 133 is absolutely fine, yet it’s certain that he’s improved a ton since then.

He’s since been given two easy assignments at long odds-on, winning both with no fuss, and is ready now to enter the big time.

In only being rated 133 it’s hard to see him as a Champion Hurdle contender just yet, but his connections have been down that route successfully a number of times before and if they believe he can get there, then this race should be very well within his compass.


After his outstanding wins at Ascot and Kempton to open his hurdling career, Tritonic was very well fancied in the run-up to the Triumph Hurdle in March but ultimately didn’t run well.

He was also just a tad disappointing around here when finishing second of 4 last month when sent off join-favourite, so while we’re certain he has plenty of talent and will win his share of decent pots this season, it’s not certain that Cheltenham is really his bag.

West Cork

Backed into favouritism this week after 21 months off the track, West Cork clearly has many eyes on him as well as on the Skeltons.

He’s not been out of the first two in his career so far and many a good trainer can ready such types after long breaks, but it would be a brave punter to put good money on a horse after this long a break off this sort of handicap mark in such a competitive event.


Glory And Fortune really is on the up and it’s not for us to say that his progression suddenly has to stop. Tritonic has loads of ability and could still be one to watch for the rest of the season, however both horses have some questions to answer regarding either the grade or the track here and are ultimately passed over.

Cormier is also worth considering but will have to be right on top of his game, leaving the potentially exciting NO ORDINARY JOE as the one we like best for what are crack connections in this sphere.

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