There will be a number of short-priced favourites at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, but there are three in particular that the bookmakers will be hoping get beat. The three horses come in the Arkle, the Brown Advisory and the Marsh and are now all odds-on. Punters have been backing them at all prices down since last year, with a lot of oddschecker users backing all three in multiples. The bookmakers will face big pay-outs if all three go on to win, but there’s also two other horses who they will hope get beaten.


SHISHKIN has dominated the betting on oddschecker for the Arkle, despite the emergence of Energumene. Last year’s Supreme winner has won all three of his chase starts this season with minimal fuss. Punters can’t see past the Arkle favourite, taking 64% of all bets in the market on oddschecker since last year. His price has contracted further and further as the season has progressed and he’s now as short as 8/11. Bookies will be desperate to see him lose, as he is the first leg of plenty multiples which include the two other very well backed horses.  

MONKFISH is the next short-priced favourite that bookmakers will hope can get beaten but it’s looking unlikely at this stage. Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old has taken to fences in stunning fashion this season, hardly putting a foot wrong on any of his three victories. Punters have been backing him from 8/1 almost a year ago now into 8/11 across the board. Since the ante-post market opened on oddschecker, he’s taken a staggering 81% of all bets for the race

ENVOI ALLEN makes up the third leg of the short priced favourites that could cause a big hole in bookmakers’ pockets and they’ll be sweating if Shishkin and Monkfish have already done the business. The rising star in jumps racing is the perfect 11 from 11 and the Marsh Novices’ Chase looks very much at his mercy. One of the most exciting horses we have seen in a long time is 8/11 to win at the Cheltenham Festival for a third time in a row. 78% of bets for the race have been placed on Envoi Allen. Bookmakers could be looking at huge pay-outs if all three of the novice chasers go and win, with plenty on at fancy prices from almost a year ago. 

AL BOUM PHOTO is all the rage to make it a third Gold Cup. Currently available at 5/2, punters are lapping that price up. With a number of his rivals faltering in their preparations for the race, it looks like another golden opportunity for Al Boum Photo. He has gone down his usual route of running at Tramore on the first day of the year, which he won again this year at a canter. In the last month he’s taken 39% of bets for the race – punters are confident he will become a horse racing legend by making it a hat-trick of Gold Cup’s.

HAPPYGOLUCKY has been backed from 25/1 just over two weeks ago into 11/2 favourite for the Ultima. In the last month, he’s the most backed horse in the race with 32% of bets in the last month. This is a huge % for a handicap, and he’s by far the most backed horse in any of the handicaps on oddschecker. Kim Bailey’s seven-year-old looks on a very good mark for a trainer that’s having a great season. Happygolucky has some very solid course form and has become the horse from the handicaps that the bookmakers will want to see disappoint. 

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