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Top picks: The shortest-price horses ahead of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival

As the countdown to the highly anticipated 2024 Cheltenham Festival begins, horse racing enthusiasts are eagerly analysing the short-priced contenders vying for glory in the sport betting markets.

Among the frontrunners, five horses stand out with their impressive track records and the weight of expectation.

Let’s delve into the stories of these equine stars poised to light up Prestbury Park.

Constitution Hill – Champion Hurdle (4/9)

Trained by the legendary Nicky Henderson, Constitution Hill enters the Cheltenham Festival as the hot favourite for the Champion Hurdle at odds of 4/9.

Undefeated in seven races under rules at the time of writing, the star of the show aims to defend his Champion Hurdle crown against formidable opponents like State Man and Impaire Et Passe.

With a flawless record, Constitution Hill carries the hopes of many — and the betting odds reflect the confidence in his ability to conquer the hurdles once again.

El Fabiolo – Champion Chase (10/11)

Willie Mullins has won the last two renewals of the Queen Mother Champion Chase and his esteemed stable boasts another formidable contender in El Fabiolo.

Having suffered only one defeat in eight attempts since joining Mullins’ esteemed yard, El Fabiolo has transitioned seamlessly to fences — and a victory in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Walk at Cork in December showcased his prowess outside novice company.

With Jonbon as the main threat, El Fabiolo aims to extend his unbeaten record over the larger obstacles and claim victory in the prestigious Champion Chase.

Marine Nationale – Arkle (5/2)

The Arkle Challenge Trophy is set to feature the exciting Marine Nationale, who is currently priced at 5/2.

Unbeaten in five races under rules, Marine Nationale gained widespread acclaim with a stunning triumph in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

While yet to tackle fences in public at the time of writing, the Barry Connell-trained sensation is already the favourite for the Arkle, with Mullins’ Facile Vega trailing behind.

Lossiemouth – Mares’ Hurdle (11/4)

In the Mares’ Hurdle, Lossiemouth emerges as the standout favourite at odds of 11/4.

Last season, the Mullins-trained mare enjoyed a stellar campaign — winning a Grade 3 on debut before securing a Grade 2 victory at Leopardstown.

Despite a minor setback in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle, Lossiemouth rebounded emphatically with Grade 1 triumphs at Cheltenham in the Triumph Hurdle and Punchestown.

Galopin Des Champs – Gold Cup (3/1)

All eyes are on Galopin Des Champs as he gears up for the defence of his Gold Cup crown, and he’s priced at 3/1 by Paddy Power News.

Following impressive wins in Grade 1 races at Punchestown and Leopardstown, the French-bred gelding delivered a breathtaking performance to triumph in the Cheltenham showpiece — beating Bravemansgame by seven lengths.

Despite two subsequent outings without a win, Galopin Des Champs remains a force to be reckoned with in the quest for Gold Cup glory.

As the excitement builds for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, these five horses command attention as the shortest-priced contenders in their respective races.

With unbeaten records, champion titles, and the backing of esteemed trainers, Constitution Hill, El Fabiolo, Marine Nationale, Lossiemouth, and Galopin Des Champs are poised to deliver thrilling performances and leave an indelible mark on one of the most prestigious events in the horse racing calendar.

Racing enthusiasts will be eagerly watching as these equine stars strive for glory on the hallowed grounds of Cheltenham.