2011 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase Odds
The 2011 Grade 3 The Stewart Family Spinal Research Chase will run on 15 March at the Cheltenham Festival, also known as the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase. Bet365 has early odds out on the event, so read on as we take a look at the top contenders.
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Bensalem is the 2011 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase favourite at 5/1 to win. It’s looking good for him, as he is coming off a second place finish in a Grade 2 chase last start and has already had a run at Cheltenham this season. He also ran the race last year, which should be in his favour. However, he has yet to even place at Cheltenham and fell in the 2010 Festival Trophy Handicap Chase. We aren’t confident enough in him to place a bet on Bensalem at these odds.
Sunnyhillboy is next in the odds at 13/2 to win, with a lot of experience at Cheltenham in his favour. None of those appearances at Cheltenham have been wins, though a few have been places including a third place finish in a Grade 3 chase last start for the Vote AP Gold Cup. We reckon a place is quite likely for Sunnyhillboy, but we’d only back him to win in a quinella with some other likely contender.
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Great Endeavour is in the odds at 8/1 to win, and also has a lot of experience at Cheltenham in mostly the same races at Sunnyhillboy – except with better results. Get in on backing Great Endeavour now, as his odds are sure to shorten if he ends up running the Festival Trophy Handicap, and Bet365 is offering a Non Runner No Bet deal on this race, anyway.
Reve De Sivola is in the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase odds at 10/1 to win. A seventh place finish in the Grade 1 totepool Challengers Novices’ Chase last start likely turned punters off this one, but we think that’s a mistake. Reve De Sivola has run at Cheltenham three times this season and has not placed further back than fourth, and even took a win at one point. Perhaps the finish last start suggests that Reve De Sivola is done for the season, but we reckon a small bet on him could be worthwhile.
Blazing Bailey is in the odds at 12/1 to win. A couple of wins in lower class chases will get some punters excited, but we’re pretty calm about this one. Blazing Bailey seems to prefer a slightly longer run than this. It would be a pleasant surprise if the 9 year old was really hitting his stride now, but we somehow doubt it.
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