The Cross Country Chase certainly wins the award for being the most unique contest at the festival.
If you bet on Cheltenham and want something different, this is the race where you should be spending your Cheltenham free bets.
Unique fences, nearly four miles and some old favourites make this a race to remember for fans.
The Cross Country Chase usually has a clear favourite who is seen as a festival banker by some, and that is true again this year.
Easyland took the 2020 renewal in good style, beating Tiger Roll but was hugely disappointing on return to the track earlier this season. In the same race, Tiger Roll was pulled up, so it is fair to have question marks over both of these.
One horse that did impress that day, and also looked like improving again for a run at the course is Potters Corner, who is a great and seemingly rock solid each way alternative to the front two in the market.
He’s 8/1 and in a race lacking depth, he could turn out to be a banker place bet at the meeting.
Easyland has shortened in the betting without doing anything of note over the past couple of months, and that has all been down to confidence in Tiger Roll disappearing.
The two-time Grand National winner has been very disappointing and is 6/1 to win this contest again, while Easyland is the 11/10 favourite to follow up his 2020 success.
Potters Corner, Shady Operator and Lord Du Mensil are the names further down the betting that people will be looking at for each way purposes.
*Odds correct at time of writing