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Eye On Cheltenham - Early-season Festival market movers at Chepstow and Limerick

By Jon Vine
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12 Oct 2021
  • Week one of our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Notable Cheltenham Festival market movers from between October 5th and October 11th
  • Chepstow and Limerick hosts good-quality jumps meetings this week
  • Bravemansgame and Ontheropes were amongst this week's market movers
Bravemansgame jumped superbly on his chase debut at Newton Abbot this week. (Getty)
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We take a look back on the last week of results between October 5th and October 11th and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

The new National Hunt season may still be in its infancy, but jumps enthusiasts were treated to some excellent races over the last week. Chepstow officially opened the season on Friday and Saturday, with Limerick staging their Munster National card on Sunday afternoon.

Here are six jumpers who impressed enough to see their Cheltenham Festival odds slashed.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
  • Bravemansgame
  • Knappers Hill
  • Magistrato
  • Ontheropes
  • Mrs Milner
  • Noble Yeats

2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers


What better place to start than with the performance of the week. BRAVEMANSGAME made his highly-anticipated chase debut at Newton Abbot on Sunday, going toe-to-toe with two quality second-season chasers in Fusil Raffles and The Big Breakaway. Harry Cobden's mount jumped his way to the front at the first flight and the favourite never looked back, winning by six lengths while seemingly still in second gear.

Betfair then cut last year's Challow Hurdle winner into 10/1 for the Marsh Novices' Chase. The three-mile Brown Advisory Chase will surely be the target for Paul Nicholls' novice, and Betfair cut Bravemansgame into 7/1 for that Grade One.

Knappers Hill

As usual, Paul Nicholls enjoyed a fruitful meeting at Chepstow this week. Britain's Champions Trainer took out the opening novices' hurdle with KNAPPERS HILL, who didn't jump all the way but stayed on powerfully to win by a length.

Last season's Aintree Bumper winner is now unbeaten in four starts under rules, and Paddy Power were impressed enough to cut Knappers Hill into 20/1 for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. You can also get 25/1 about Knappers Hill for the Supreme, and 33/1 for the Albert Bartlett.


Nicholls also won Saturday's opening juvenile hurdle, as the well-backed MAGISTRATO made an impressive British debut. William Hill then cut Nicholls' French import in from 50s to 25/1 to win the 2022 Triumph Hurdle.


Willie Mullins landed another Munster National, where the well-backed ONTHEROPES produced a powerful display under Sean O'Keeffe to make a winning handicap chase debut.

Surprisingly, considering how well he jumped and the composure he showed in the closing stages, Ontheropes is still considered a novice chaser, having been beaten on each of his five starts last season. Mullins seven-year-old was immediately installed as a 12/1 shot in the National Hunt Chase betting by Betfair.

Mrs Milner

Last year's runaway Pertemps Final winner, MRS MILNER claimed an easy victory in the Listed Cailin Alainn Mares' Hurdle on her reappearance on Sunday. The Stayers' Hurdle could be the end-of-season target for Paul Nolan's mare, with William Hill cutting Mrs Milner into 25/1 for day three's championship race.

Noble Yeats

NOBLE YEATS was the first of our 40 To Follow horses to run this season when he made his chase debut at Galway on Tuesday. Emmet Mullins' star was still fourth after a slow jump at the second-last, before plugging on up the hill to pass Gabynako and Magic Daze to win by a head. Following that victory, Noble Yeats was cut into 20/1 to win the Brown Advisory Chase by Betfair.

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