Eye On Cheltenham Week 11 - McFabulous, Adagio and Messire Des Obeaux amongst this week's market movers
- We bring you the 11th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
- McFabulous earned quotes of 12/1 in the Stayers' Hurdle betting after winning the Relkeel Hurdle
- Imperial Aura remains high in the Ryanair betting despite falling at Kempton
- Adagio and Messire Des Obeaux also impressed with high-profile victories
Harry Cobden riding McFabulous clear the last to win The Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle at Kempton. (Getty)
In week 11 of our Eye On Cheltenham series, we look back through this week's results, picking out the main market movers in the betting for all of the races the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
McFabulous2021 Stayers' Hurdle Market MoverGET 12/1 HERE
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At the end of a week filled with canceled meetings and frozen tracks, viewers were delighted to see a bumper afternoon of action on Saturday go ahead as planned. The bulk of the action on Saturday came from Kempton, where two important Grade Two prizes were handed out.
Despite being forced to sit out wide for much of the race, and continuously losing his pitch throughout the first circuit, McFabulous ran out a comfortable winner of the Relkeel Hurdle. Harry Cobden was still hard on the bridle as his mount crossed the line, and Paddy Power was quick to cut McFabulous into 12/1 to win the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle.
Imperial Aura then put his Ryanair Chase credentials on the line, as he squared off against Master Tommytucker in the Silviniaco Conti Chase. Sadly, the clash we all wanted to see didn’t materialise, as Imperial Aura crashed out at just the second fence, allowing his market rival to claim a comfortable win.
Master Tommytucker was then cut into 14/1 from 33s to win the 2021 Ryanair Chase. Imperial Aura remains unchanged at 7/1 with most firms, and still sits alongside Min at the head of the market.
Sage Advice made a strong start to life over hurdles in the opener at Kempton, and entered the Triumph Hurdle betting at 33/1. Barbados Bucks claimed his third victory on the bounce in the three-mile handicap hurdle for novices, and he too was cut into 16/1 by William Hill to win the 2021 Albert Bartlett.
Chepstow’s rescheduled Welsh Grand National card took place on Saturday. Secret Reprieve produced an excellent performance to hand Evan Williams an emotional victory in his home Grand National. Unibet handed the winner odds of 16/1 for the Ultima Handicap Chase, and also 8/1 for the National Hunt Chase, as he's a second-season novice.
Cepage returned to form with a 14-length triumph in a handicap chase earlier on the card, and he too was given odds of 20/1 for the Ultima, and a fresh price of 25/1 in the Brown Advisory Plate betting.
The only Grade One of the day went the way of David Pipe, as Adagio put Nassalam in his place with a strong performance in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle. Adagio was then cut into 10s from 20/1 to win the 2021 Triumph Hurdle with William Hill, as Nassalam drifted out to 14/1.
The Dipper Novices’ Chase, which is usually run at Cheltenham in New Year’s Day, took place at Wincanton on Saturday. Protektorat was the firm favourite to win that three-runner affair, but it was Messire Des Obeaux who proved his class with a comfortable victory. Alan King’s novice was handed fresh quotes of 12/1 to win the Marsh Novices’ Chase, with Protektorat sliding right out to 20s.
The following race at Wincanton saw Capeland run out an impressive winner, proving he’s still open to progression over two-and-a-half-miles. Paul Nicholls’ chaser was then cut into 25/1 by Unibet in their betting for the Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase.
Exeter’s meeting was the only one to go ahead on Sunday. Bear Ghylls extended his unbeaten record over hurdles into a fourth race with an easy five-length win on his handicap debut, and was subsequently cut into 25/1 to win the Albert Bartlett.
Paul Nicholls’ hot-streak continued as Flemenstide won the card-closing bumper at Exeter, and jumped straight into the 2021 Champion Bumper betting at odds of 33/1.
Messire Des Obeaux2021 Marsh Novices' Chase Market MoverGET 12/1 HERE
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