Trainer Gordon Elliott On His Best Cheltenham Festival Chance “I think the world of her!”

Gordon Elliott Cheltenham Festival 2024 runners
Gordon Elliott Cheltenham Festival 2024 runners

Cheltenham Festival trainer Gordon Elliott was asked by Matt Chapman the one horse he was most looking forward to running at the meeting – you can see the Irish handler’s reply below.

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Gordon Elliott’s Best Cheltenham Festival 2024 Chance: BRIGHTERDAYSAHEAD (Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, Thursday)

At the recent Grand National weights lunch, Sky Sports presenter Matt Chapman grabbed Gordon Elliott to ask him for one horse at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival to look out for.

Gordon Elliott, who has trained 37 Cheltenham Festival winners, didn’t have to think for long – quickly replying to Chapman.

“Brighterdaysahead – in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. I think she’s very, very good. I don’t say it too often, but I think the world of her. She’s very good.”

When Matt Chapman Asked Elliott For One Horse He Can’t Wait To Run at Cheltenham

What Date & Time Is The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle?

📅Time/Date: 4:50pm (Thursday 14th March 2024)
🏇Racecourse: Cheltenham
💰 Winner: £59,084
📺 TV: ITV / Racing TV

See the full 2024 Cheltenham Festival running order, race times and schedule.

Brighterdaysahead Is Yet To Lose A Race

Brighterdaysahead will come into the race unbeaten from five runs and put in her best performance yet when winning a Listed Mares Novice Hurdle at Navan in February by 12-lengths (watch below).

That was also her first try upped in trip (2m5f) so there could be more improvement to come from this Gigginstown House Stud-owned horse.

Willie Mullins, who trains Jade De Grugy, has won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle five times and this mare looks the biggest threat to the Elliott runner.

Brighterdaysahead could also face the unbeaten Dysart Enos from the Fergal O’Brien yard, who was a nice winner at the Cheltenham December Meeting and has since added another success at Doncaster.

Gordon Elliott is still looking for his first win in this Festival race, that has only been going since 2016, but that could all change in 2024 if his comments to Matt Chapman are proved right.

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Betting Odds 2024

See below the latest Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle betting odds from BetMGM.

  • Brighterdaysahead 9/4
  • Jade De Grugy 9/4
  • Dysart Enos 7/2
  • Fun Fun Fun 10/1
  • Joyeuse 10/1

Note: All odds are subject to change and others on request

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