Greatwood Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (November Meeting)

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We look at the Greatwood Hurdle ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m½f at Cheltenham during the November Meeting to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Greatwood Hurdle.

Greatwood Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (November Meeting)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Greatwood Hurdle Preview

Scheduled to take place in November of each year, the Greatwood Hurdle was first introduced back in 1987 when Celtic Shot for Fred Winter and Peter Scudamore took the inaugural running of the race. The race is run at Cheltenham racecourse and is open to runners aged four years old or older and is a Class 1 Premier Handicap run over an extended two miles. Greatwood is a charity organisation for the welfare of retired racehorses, there have been some very good winners of the race with the likes of Detroit City, Sizing Europe, Menorah, Dell' Arca & Old Guard all landing the wins.

Greatwood Hurdle Information:

We also have a dedicated Cheltenham tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Cheltenham Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Greatwood Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2008 when the race had an over-round of 116%. The race in 2015 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 138%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Greatwood Hurdle, the over-round has been 124%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £124 which is bet.

Greatwood Hurdle Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Greatwood Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 5 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +11.75. Ahead of the 2024 Greatwood Hurdle why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today?

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Brian Ellison trained Nietzsche ridden by Danny McMenamin who set the fastest winning time in the Greatwood Hurdle, the runner won the race in a time of 3:48.60 was set when winning the race in 2018. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Tom George and jockey Paddy Brennan with Olofi who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 4:13.08 in the 2012 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Greatwood Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2018 - Nietzsche (3:48.60)
  • 2011 - Brampour (3:51.17)
  • 2021 - West Cork (3:51.20)

Greatwood Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Greatwood Hurdle past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Greatwood Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2023
4:05.33
Iberico Lord (FR)
5yo 11-0 7/1
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2022
3:54.72
I Like To Move It (GB)
5yo 12-0 17/2
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2021
3:51.20
West Cork (GB)
7yo 10-13 11/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2020
4:10.69
The Shunter (IRE)
7yo 10-0 13/2
Robbie Power
Emmet Mullins (IRE)
2019
4:10.64
Harambe (GB)
6yo 11-0 16/1
Tom Bellamy
Alan King (GB)
2018
3:48.60
Nietzsche (GB)
5yo 9-7 20/1
Danny McMenamin (7lbs)
Brian Ellison (GB)
2017
4:04.40
Elgin (GB)
5yo 10-8 10/1
Wayne Hutchinson
Alan King (GB)
2016
3:56.10
North Hill Harvey (GB)
5yo 11-0 6/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2015
4:00.10
Old Guard (GB)
4yo 10-10 12/1
Harry Cobden (7lbs)
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2014
4:05.00
Garde La Victoire (FR)
5yo 11-9 10/1
Richard Johnson
Philip Hobbs (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Greatwood Hurdle have been based:

  • GB: 17 winners with an additional 42 placings from 259 runners
  • IRE: 3 winners with an additional 8 placings from 54 runners

Greatwood Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Greatwood Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Philip Hobbs who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Detroit City (2006), Menorah (2010) and Garde La Victoire (2014). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Greatwood Hurdle are Paul Nicholls (2 wins), Alan King (2 wins), Dan Skelton (2 wins) and Nigel Twiston-Davies (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Greatwood Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Philip Hobbs20-3-5+0.20-3.09
Paul Nicholls23-2-8+3.00+3.13
Alan King21-2-7+7.00+8.82
Dan Skelton14-2-3+5.00+0.13
Nigel Twiston-Davies12-2-4+7.50+9.19
Nicky Henderson20-1-7-12.00-7.90
Brian Ellison11-1-4+10.00+11.00
David Pipe11-1-3+2.00+0.88
Gary Moore10-1-3-4.00-3.32
Jonjo O'Neill10-1-2-4.00-4.87

Greatwood Hurdle Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Greatwood Hurdle over the last 20 renewals with both Paddy Brennan and Harry Skelton who have both won the race two times. Paddy Brennan winners have been with Khyber Kim (2009) and Olofi (2012). Harry Skelton winners have been with North Hill Harvey (2016) and West Cork (2021).

Here are some of the top Greatwood Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Paddy Brennan12-2-3+7.00+2.13
Harry Skelton9-2-3+10.00+5.13
Sam Twiston-Davies7-1-2+2.50+0.81
Harry Cobden6-1-2+7.00+3.63
Tom Bellamy3-1-1+14.00+8.00
Nico de Boinville3-1-2+5.00+3.88
Danny McMenamin2-1-1+19.00+11.50
Jamie Moore2-1-1+4.00+2.13
Robbie Power1-1-1+6.50+4.06
Aidan Coleman9-0-1-9.00-7.44

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 1, 15, 1, 8, 2, (2, 4), 3, 11, 18, (6, 16), 2, (8, PU), 11, F, 4, 12, 3, 9, 2, RO

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 20 / 20 (68%) - No bigger than 20/1
  • 20 / 20 (69%) - Had 2 - 6 placings (Hurdle)
  • 20 / 20 (70%) - Within the first 11 of the market
  • 20 / 20 (75%) - Fewer than 4 placings (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (76%) - Had 3 - 12 placings (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Not in a G2/LST/Cl2-3 (Debut)
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Made 3 - 15 starts (Hurdle)
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Made 5 - 32 starts (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Fewer than 4 starts (Higher Class)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Furthest Placed 2m½f - 2m5f
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - No more than +3yrs (Vs Min Age)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Fewer than 3 wins (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Made 1 - 13 starts (Further)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Not in SCO/WAL (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Fewer than 3 wins (Going)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Cheltenham racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Greatwood Hurdle. If there is anything that you do not understand in this blog, please do leave a comment or alternatively, head over to the Horse Racing Terms and Abbreviations article which is available in the OLBG Betting School section.

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Greatwood Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +31.03 is when runners had 2 career starts in higher class races. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran in a race restricted to 4-6yo on debut, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-49.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Greatwood Hurdle is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 299 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 14 runners.

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Greatwood Hurdle despite multiple attempts:

  • Montjeu (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Doyen (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Nietzsche in 2018, winning for Brian Ellison at odds of 20/1 under the guidance of Danny McMenamin. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 2 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Greatwood Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

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