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The Cheltenham Festival is approaching and takes place in the early period of March. This is again going to draw vast attention from racing fans around the world, in what is one of the most followed events in the racing calendar. A number of horses have already returned this season and posted impressive displays, which has seen their odds shorten and many people starting to support them in the ante-post horse racing betting markets, such as in the US. So, with this being the case, here we cover three horses that are set to take the world of beating at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival and could be worth betting in the ante-post markets.
• Shishkin – Arkle Chase
The first horse is Shishkin, who is set to contest the Arkle Chase on Day One and is currently the short-priced favourite in the markets available. The six-year-old has returned to post a breath-taking chasing debut and was also a winner of the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Festival earlier this year. If he can continue his progression, then he rates the potential next star of National Hunt racing and is going to take the world of beating come March. He rates a solid bet in the ante-post markets, as is likely to go off shorter come the race.
• Epatante – Champion Hurdle
Epatante is another horse that looks set to go off a short price for her defence of the Champion Hurdle. She posted an impressive performance to win the race by three lengths earlier this year and it doesn't appear that there are any clear challengers coming through at this early stage. Epatante has also since returned by posting a stunning performance in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, so now rates the clear horse to beat again the Champion Hurdle, so could be another horse worth supporting in the ante-post markets.
• Envoi Allen – Marsh Novices Chase
The final horse to make the select list is Envoi Allen, who is clearly the leading light at present for National Hunt racing. He has won at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, that included the very impressive victory earlier this year in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle. Following a break, he has returned and produced two faultless performances and is now set to head into the Festival as potentially the shortest priced favourite, with horses likely to head to different races in order to not line up against him. Envoi Allen has now won all of his 10 starts, so what more is there to say than he is truly the Champion and worth betting and adding to all multiples.
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