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Eye On Cheltenham Week 10 - Christmas and New Year market movers round-up

  • We bring you the tenth installment in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Huge races took place at Kempton, Leopardstown, Ascot and Sandown over Christmas and the New Year
  • We take a look at the betting for the big races at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and highlight the main market movers
  • Chacun Pour Soi, Frodon and A Plus Tard were amongst the main movers
Frodon was a big mover in the Gold Cup betting following his King George victory (Getty)
Jon Vine 10 Mar 2021
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In week ten of our Eye On Cheltenham series, we look back through the results in Britain and Ireland over Christmas and the New Year, picking out the main market movers in the betting for all of the races the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

2021 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Market Movers

Appreciate It cemented his position at the head of the betting for the Supreme at Leopardstown over Christmas, securing a nine-length win in the Future Champions Novices' Hurdle. Willie Mullins' star was is now 11/4 with Betfair, while Ballyadam - who had been the bookies favourite - drifted out to 16/1 after only finishing fourth at Leopardstown.

Metier jumped into 7/1 second-favouritism after his runaway victory in the Tolworth Hurdle. Third Time Lucki and My Drogo both won well over Christmas, and Dan Skelton's pair can be found at 20/1 in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting,

2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy Market Movers

Following a sparkling victory in the Wayward Lad at Kempton's Christmas Festival, William Hill made Shishkin their odds-on favourite to win the Arkle on day one of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Allmankind is the 10/1 second-favourite, ahead of Unexcepted and surprise Grade One winner at Leopardstown, Franco De Port. William Hill also lists Klassical Dream as a 20/1 shot, despite his withdrawal at Leopardstown over Christmas.

2021 Champion Hurdle Market Movers

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The Champion Hurdle market looked set for a major shake-up on Boxing Day, when Silver Streak lowered Epatante's colours in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Nicky Henderson's reigning champion drifted out to 9/4 with Unibet, while Silver Streak was backed into 10/1 from 25s.

Saint Roi and Abacadabras could have jumped ahead of Epatante in the market had they won at Leopardstown, but they failed to impress as Sharjah won his third-straight Matheson Hurdle. Last year's runner-up is now the 8/1 second-favourite for the 2021 Champion Hurdle. Saint Roi and Aspire Tower drifted out to 9/1 and 10/1 respectively, with Abacadabras further adrift at 16s.

2021 Mares' Hurdle Market Movers

Concertista secured her second win of the season at Leopardstown over Christmas, beating Minella Melody with consummate ease. She now joins Honeysuckle at the head of the Mares' Hurdle market with many firms. William Hill, however, still have Henry De Bromhead's unbeaten mare as the slight 3/1 favourite, ahead of Concertista at 7/2.

Shishkin destroying his rivals in the Wayward Lad. (Getty)

2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Market Movers

Bravemansgame jumped to the head of the Ballymore betting with Paddy Power, after a powerful victory in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury just after Christmas. Paul Nicholls' charge is the 4/1 market leader, ahead of Appreciate It and Henry De Bromhead's Bob Olinger, who won a maiden in impressive fashion during December.

Gaillard Du Mesnil came into 16/1 following an impressive maiden win at Leopardstown. Cape Gentleman and Ballyadam also feature in Paddy Power's Ballymore betting, along with Star Gate, who slipped out to 20/1 after losing comfortably to Bravemansgame.

2021 RSA Novices' Chase Market Movers

Monkfish still looked a little green and novicey during his victory in the Neville Hotels Novice' Chase at Leopardstown. That didn't stop William Hill cutting last year's Albert Bartlett winner into 9/4 favouritism for the race formerly known as the RSA.

Latest Exhibition finished second to Monkfish at Leopardstown and in the Albert Bartlett, and he's the 10/1 second-favourite with William Hill. Shan Blue and The Big Breakaway, first and second in the 2020 Kauto Star, can be found at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively.

2021 Champion Chase Market Movers

Chacun Pour Soi made light work of the task at hand at Leopardstown, win his third Grade One with apparent ease. Willie Mullins' top chaser is now the 11/8 favourite for the Queen Mother with Betfair, ahead of defending Champion Chaser, Politologue.

Altior slipped back to 12/1 in the Champion Chase betting after that defeat in the Desert Orchid at Kempton. Nicky Henderson's star was well-beaten by Nube Negra, who has since been backed into 12/1. Put The Kettle On and Notebook, who were both well-beaten by Chacun Pour Soi, can be found at 14/1 and 20/1 with Betfair.

2021 Champion Bumper Market Movers

Sir Gerhard motored clear of Letsbeclearaboutit to win a Listed Bumper at Navan just before Christmas. Gordon Elliott's unbeaten six-year-old is now Paddy Power's 11/4 favourite to win the final race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, ahead of Kilcruit, Ramillies and Brandy Love.

Bravemansgame jumps the last on his way to winning the Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury. (Getty)

2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Market Movers

Envoi Allen, who hasn't run since the Drinmore, remains the even-money favourite to win the Marsh Novices' Chase with practically every firm. Chatham Street Lad is the 14/1 second-favourite with William Hill, alongside Franco De Port and Colreevy. Dan Skelton's duo of Protektorat and Shan Blue can be found at 16s, alongside Allart and The Big Getaway.

2021 Ryanair Chase Market Movers

Min narrowly heads Imperial Aura at the head of the betting for the second Grade One on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Saint Calvados was cut into 10/1 by Betfair following a fine fourth in the King George on his reappearance. 

Melon was cut into 11/1 after he too finished third over three miles in the Savills Chase. Allaho can be found at a similar price for the Ryanair, with Mister Fisher, Waiting Patiently and A Plus Tard also sitting prominently in the betting.

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Market Movers

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Having reversed the form of the Long Distance Hurdle at Ascot just before Christmas, Paisley Park has leapt ahead of Thyme Hill in the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle betting. Paddy Power has Paisley Park at 3/1, with Thyme Hill a general 7/2 shot.

Flooring Porter upset Sire Du Berlais and Fury Road to win the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. Gavin Cromwell's shock Grade One winner was then cut into 12/1 for the Stayers' Hurdle. Sire Du Berlais drifted out to 10/1, while Fury Road slipped behind Roksana, who's a 16/1 shot.

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Paisley Park (right) runs down Thyme Hill (left) and Roksana to win the 2020 Long Walk Hurdle. (Getty)

2021 Triumph Hurdle Market Movers

Zanahiyr is the firm-favourite to win the Triumph, after extending his unbeaten record in the Frank Knight Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Gordon Elliott's charge is best priced at 3/1 with Betfair, ahead of French Aseel, who also impressed at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting.

2021 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Market Movers

As you would expect, the betting for this novices' hurdle on day four of the Cheltenham Festival remains wide open. Bravemansgame is the current favourite, with William Hill going as short as 12/1, but the Ballymore remains his primary objective. Stattler won a maiden well at Leopardstown over Christmas, and he sits prominently in the betting, alongside Make Good, Fakeira and Queens Brook.

2021 Gold Cup Market Movers

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Al Boum Photo cantered to an effortless win at Tramore on New Year's Day, enforcing his position at the head of the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting. Minella Indo remains the second-favourite being Al Boum Photo, despite falling at the half-way stage in the Savills Chase.

A Plus Tard ran down Kemboy and Melon to win that Grade One at Leopardstown, and he's been cut into 10/1 for the Gold Cup by William Hill. Frodon held off Waiting Patiently and Clan Des Obeaux to score a shock win in the King George, and Paul Nicholls' charge was also cut into 12/1 for Cheltenham's showpiece event.

Santini drifted out to 10s after a lengthy defeat at Kempton. Champ, who hasn't been seen yet this season, sits at 12s alongside Frodon. Delta Work, who also fell early in the Savills Chase, can be found at 25/1 for the Gold Cup, along with Kemboy, Melon and Imperial Aura.

2021 Mares' Chase Market Movers

Colreevy, who won the Grade One Novices' Chase at Limerick, and reigning Arkle winner Put The Kettle On both sit at 7/1 for the inaugural edition of the Mares' Chase. Topping the betting with Paddy Power is Benie Des Dieux, who hasn't run yet this term, but Willie Mullins said during a stable tour that we could see her switched back to fences during the spring to target this race.

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Al Boum Photo looked as good as ever when winning at Tramore on New Year's Day. (Getty)

2021 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers - Handicaps

Dickie Diver was installed as the early favourite for the Ultima, after a pleasing reappearance at Newbury over Christmas. Grand Roi was well-backed for the Coral Cup after securing his first win since moving to Gordon Elliott's stable.

Dandy Mag defeated The Bosses Oscar in the Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown over Christmas. The Bosses Oscar heads the betting for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham following that runner-up finish, ahead of Dandy Mag and Column Of Fire.

Chatham Street Lad is the 10/1 market leader with Paddy Power for the Brown Advisory Plate, ahead of Janidil and Fanion D'Estruval. Sky Pirate is fancied for the Grand Annual, and Wide Receiver has been backed into firm favouritism for the final race of the meeting, the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle.

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