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Eye On Cheltenham - Full Christmas Racing Round-Up

By Jon Vine
04 Jan 2022
  • Week 12 and 13 of our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Big meetings took place at Kempton, Leopardstown and Cheltenham over Christmas and New Year
  • Galopin Des Champs, Shishkin and Galvin saw their Festival odds slashed after impressive wins
  • We look at each of the Grade One and Two races at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and bring you the important market movers
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Tornado Flyer was slashed for the Gold Cup after winning the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day. (Getty)
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We look back through the last two weeks of results between December 22nd and January 3rd and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Racing fans were treated to two sensational weeks of racing over Christmas and New Year, with massive races taking place in Britain and Ireland. We're going to look at each of the major races at the Cheltenham Festival and highlight the main market movers over the festive period.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
  • Supreme Novices' Hurdle
  • Arkle Challenge Trophy
  • Champion Hurdle
  • Mares' Hurdle
  • National Hunt Chase
  • Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
  • Festival Novices' Chase
  • Champion Chase
  • Champion Bumper
  • Turner Novices' Chase
  • Ryanair Chase
  • Stayers' Hurdle
  • Mares' Novices' Hurdle
  • Triumph Hurdle
  • Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle
  • Gold Cup
  • Mares' Chase

2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Sir Gerhard was cut into 9/2 third-favouritism for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle after making a winning hurdles debut at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. 

Mighty Potter held off Three Stripe Life to win the Grade One Future Champions Novice Hurdle the following day, earning fresh quotes of 14/1 for the Supreme.

Arkle Challenge Trophy

Ferny Hollow cemented his position at the head of the Arkle betting by beating Riviere D'etel in the Grade One for Novice Chasers at Leopardstown's Christmas Festival. 

Edwardstone established himself as the best of the British novices by winning at Kempton over Christmas, and Alan King's charge was cut into 11/2 second-favouritism, behind Ferny Hollow.

Willie Mullins could be double-handed in this year's Arkle, after Blue Lord earned fresh quotes of 7/1 following another impressive victory at Naas this weekend.

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Champion Hurdle

After securing his fourth-straight win in the Matheson Hurdle on the final day of the Christmas Meeting at Leopardstown, Sharjah was cut into 8/1 third-favouritism for the Champion Hurdle. Only Honeysuckle and Appreciate It sit ahead of him in the market.

Nicky Henderson looked delighted when Epatante returned to winning ways with a dominant performance in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Unibet was quick to cut the 2020 winner into 10/1 to win this year's Champion Hurdle.

Teahupoo also beat Quilixios for the second race in a row to land the Grade Two Limerick Hurdle on December 29th, and Gordon Elliott's five-year-old can be found at 20/1 to win Tuesday's main event.

Mares' Hurdle

Royal Kahala held off Heaven Help Us and Telmesomethinggirl to win the Grade Three Mares Hurdle at Leopardstown. Peter Fahey's mare was then cut into 16s into 8/1 to win the Mares' Hurdle, with Telmesomethinggirl coming into 6/1 ante-post favouritism.

Stormy Ireland stayed on well to win the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham, and she now sits prominently in the Mares' Hurdle betting, with William Hill quoting a best price of 7/1.

National Hunt Chase

Fury Road outstayed Run Wild Fred to claim his first win over fences in the Neville Hotel Novices' Chase. Gordon Elliott's star was immediately cut into 8/1 from 25s to win the National Hunt Chase, with Run Wild Fred remaining the joint-9/2 favourite, alongside Stattler.

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Journey With Me defeated Kilcruit to make a winning hurdles debut at Leopardstown. Henry De Bromhead's budding star was then cut into 6/1 favouritism for the 2022 Ballymore.

Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle winner, Ginto was cut into 8/1 by Paddy Power. He now sits alongside Stage Star, who was also slashed into 8/1 after scoring in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury just after Christmas.

Festival Novices' Chase

One of the best performances over the Christmas period was produced by Galopin Des Champs, who trounced his rivals to make a winning chase debut at Leopardstown. Paddy Power cut Willie Mullins' star into 6/4 favouritism for the three mile Grade One at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Bravemansgame comfortably beat Ahoy Senor to land the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Despite a dominant display, Paul Nicholls' novice remains a 4/1 shot in the Festival betting, with Nicholls' seemingly keen to swerve Cheltenham and head to Aintree in the spring instead.

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Champion Chase

Shishkin returned to action with an almighty bang the day after Boxing Day, thrashing Greaneteen to win the Desert Orchid Chase. Nicky Henderson's unbeaten star can now be found at 11/10 to win the Champion Chase with Betfair. Energumene is the only other runner sitting on a single-figure price.

Champion Bumper

Quevega's first foal, Facile Vega produced a superb performance to make a winning racecourse debut at Leopardstown over Christmas. Willie Mullins' newcomer is now the 4/1 second favourite for the Champion Bumper, sitting just behind the market leader, American Mike.

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Charlie Deutsch riding L'Homme Presse clear the last to win The Paddy Power Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on New Years Day. (Getty)

Turner Novices' Chase

L'Homme Presse was cut into 9/1 to win this Grade One after an excellent, front-running victory in the Dipper at Cheltenham on New Years' Day. Galopin Des Champs, Bravemansgame and Concertista also feature prominently in the betting, where Bob Olinger remains the firm-favourite.

Ryanair Chase

Allaho shortened a little at the head of the Ryanair betting, after Willie Mullins confirmed the defending champion would be heading straight to Cheltenham. 

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Stayers' Hurdle

Klassical Dream leapt ahead of Champ in the ante-post betting for the Stayers' Hurdle after winning a contentious renewal of the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. Defending champion, Flooring Porter also shortened in the Festival betting after a fine second behind Klassical Dream at Leopardstown.

Mares' Novices' Hurdle

Allegorie De Vassy made a winning debut in the colours of Rich Ricci at Fairyhouse on New Years Day. Willie Mullins' mare was then cut into 10/1 for this Grade Two by William Hill following that 11-length romp.

Triumph Hurdle

Fil Dor remains the juvenile to beat in the Triumph Hurdle betting. Gordon Elliott's star secured his third win of the season at Leopardstown over Christmas, and was cut into 3/1 favouritism by Paddy Power for the Triumph by Betfair.

Porticello was cut for Cheltenham following an impressive victory in the Summit Juvenile Hurdle. However, Gary Moore said after the race that his star will likely skip Cheltenham for Aintree, which would explain his 8/1 price.

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle

Ginto defeated Hollow Games to win the Lawlor's Of Naas and both now sit prominently in the Albert Bartlett betting. Eric Bloodaxe comfortably won a Grade Two at Limerick's Christmas Festival, and Joseph O'Brien's charge is now a 16/1 shot in the Cheltenham betting, behind favourite Blazing Khal.

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Gold Cup

Galvin ran down A Plus Tard to snatch victory in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown. Gordon Elliott's star was then cut into 6/1 second-favouritism for the Gold Cup, with A Plus Tard remaining the 7/2 favourite.

Tornado Flyer capitalised after the pace collapsed to win the King George at Kempton. Willie Mullins' charge was then slashed in the Gold Cup betting, with William Hill quoting the best price of 16/1.

Al Boum Photo was cut into 12/1 after a routine reappearance win at Tramore on New Years' Day. Defending champion, Minella Indo drifted out to 9/1 after a shocking performance in the King George.

Mares' Chase

Concertista jumped straight to the head of the Mares' Chase betting following an easy win in the Dawn Run Mares' Chase at Limerick. Another former Festival winner, Mount Ida was backed into second-favouritism after beating Elimay at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day.

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