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Cheltenham Festival ‘Bet Of The Week’: Take Hardline In JLT Novices’ Chase

The Gordon Elliott-trained Hardline looks a good value bet at 16-1 to take the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

HARDLINE – 16-1 with bet365 (nrnb) 1.30pm Cheltenham Thursday 14th March.

HARDLINE - 16-1 with Paddy Power 16/1 Paddy Power

The one race that looks ante-post punter friendly in the Cheltenham Festival betting odds is the JLT Novices’ Chase on the Thursday. With several horses at the head of the betting – Glen Forsa, Topofthegame, Le Richebourg, Delta Work, Kildesart and Kalashnikov expected to head elsewhere a relatively small field could result on the day, making the current odds being offered by bookmakers an attractive proposition.

Possible Leading Contenders

DEFI DU SEUIL – 2017 Triumph Hurdle winner has taken well to fences, winning races at Exeter and Sandown and this looks the target rather than the shorter Arkle. Big chance which is reflected in the six-year-old’s price. 4-1 with Coral.


LOSTINTRANSLATION – Score stands at one all with Defi Du Seuil and despite winning only once from four starts since going over fences has been set some pretty stiff tasks. Sure to go well but hardly banker material. 5-1 with bet365 (nrnb)


GLEN FORSA – Would have a big chance if taking part but connections have stated a preference for Tuesday’s Arkle. 8-1 with William Hill.


DELTA WORK – Will be a big surprise if Gordon Elliott’s charge runs here instead of the longer RSA for this Pertemps Hurdle winner. 12-1 with Ladbrokes.
TOPOFTHEGAME – Same sentiments apply to the Paul Nicholls runner who is a doubtful starter. 12-1 with William Hill.
LE RICHEBOURG – Clear favourite for Tuesday’s Arkle so little chance of turning up over the extra half a mile on Thursday. 14-1 with William Hill.


HARDLINE – Could end up as the number one hope for last year’s winning trainer Gordon Elliott. Has won three of his five starts over fences including a half length victory over the highly regarded Gatabird at Limerick. Given a lot to do in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas and possibly made ground up too quickly to challenge eventual winner La Bague Roi, leaving nothing in reserve for the closing stages. The son of Arcadio is better than the bare form would suggest.

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Conclusion

At the 16-1 available with bet365 in their Cheltenham Festival non runner no bet market HARDLINE could represent a cracking value bet come the day of the race. Possesses a similar profile to last year’s winner Shattered Love from the same stable. Defi Du Seuil and Lostintranslation look the two main dangers.