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Eye On Cheltenham Week 12 - Bob Olinger, Energumene and Next Destination enhance Festival credentials

  • We bring you the 12th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Bob Olinger joined Bravemansgame at the top of the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle betting
  • Energumene now sits just behind Shishkin in the Arkle market
  • Next Destination, Adrimel and Dreal Deal also made significant moves in the Cheltenham Festival betting
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Harry Cobden riding Next Destination to victory at Warwick. (Getty)

In week 12 of our Eye On Cheltenham series, we look back through this week's results, picking out the main market movers in the 2021 Cheltenham Festival betting.

Bob Olinger2021 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Market MoverGET 4/1 HERE
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Last week started in superb style on Wednesday, where the rescheduled Lawlor’s Of Naas card took place at Naas. Bob Olinger powered to a decisive victory in the namesake Grade One contest on the afternoon, a performance which saw Henry De Bromhead’s charge get cut in from 10s to 4/1 joint-favouritism for the 2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Energumene extended his unbeaten record over fences with a comfortable Grade Two victory over Captain Guinness and Blackbow. Willie Mullins’ eight-year-old was then made the 5/1 second-favourite for the Arkle by Paddy Power, and looks to be Shishkin’s main opposition.

On to Saturday now, where Warwick took center-stage. Sky Pirate kicked off the day with a second-straight handicap win over two miles, enforcing his position at the head of the Grand Annual betting.

Next Destination then saw off Fiddlerontheroof to win the Hampton Novices’ Chase. Paul Nicholls’ recruit was then cut into 8/1 for the National Hunt Chase, and 10/1 for the Festival Novices’ Chase. The second Graded race on the card went to Adrimel, who made all under a penalty to win the Leamington Novices’ Hurdle. Tom Lacey said his youngster might not go to Cheltenham this year, but that didn’t stop Paddy Power clipping Adrimel into 20s for the Ballymore and 14/1 for the Albert Bartlett.

Over at Market Rasen, Eileendover continued her impressive start to life under rules with an eye-catching win over a Willie Mullins’ mare in the Listed Bumper. Pam Sly’s four-year-old was then cut into 8/1 to win the 2021 Champion Bumper by Unibet.

Edwardstone scored comfortably under top-weight on his return to hurdling, and was immediately cut into 16/1 for the County Hurdle. On The Blind Side held off Lil Rockerfeller to win the big Conditions Hurdle at Market Rasen. Nicky Henderson’s charge then entered the Pertemps Final betting on 10/1, but will have to qualify between now and the Cheltenham Festival.

Imperial Alcazar claimed a comfortable win in the Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick, entering the Pertemps Final betting on 14/1. Come On Teddy also booked his place in the Final with a third-place finish, and Unibet made him a 16/1 shot to win at the Festival.

Eileendover bolts up at Market Rasen. (Getty)

All eyes were on Punchestown on Sunday, as Envoi Allen squared off against Asterion Forlonge. Sadly, we didn’t get to see the titanic tussle we were all hoping for, as Asterion Forlonge crashed out at the first fence, and Envoi Allen ran out a comfortable winner. Gordon Elliott’s star did briefly touch odds-on following his eleventh win in a row under rules, but he was soon pulled back to Evens for the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

Despite drifting from 5s to 22/1 before the off, Dreal Deal continued his incredible progression with a maiden Graded win in the Moscow Flyer Novices’ Hurdle. Ronan McNally’s stable star, who won a handicap hurdle off 84 in September, is now a 20/1 shot for both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Ballymore with bet365.

Ganapathi, who looked very one-paced in second behind Dreal Deal, was also made a 20/1 shot for the Ballymore. Stablemate, Frere Tuck secured a taking victory in the following maiden hurdle, and he entered the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting at 33/1.

Youmdor looked on course to secure another victory over hurdles at Fairyhouse on Saturday, before a final-flight fall handed the race to Teahupoo. Willie Mullins’ beaten-favourite remains a 16/1 shot for the 2021 Triumph Hurdle, with Teahupoo coming in to 25/1 for that Grade One.

Entoucas finished fourth as Daly Tiger won the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase, and was subsequently cut into 11/1 for the Grand Annual. Gerri Colombe then ran out a convincing winner of the card-closing bumper at Fairyhouse, with William Hill cutting Gordon Elliott’s charge into 20/1 for the Champion Bumper.

Pure Genius hacked up to win a three-mile maiden but 50 lengths at Punchestown on Monday, earning fresh quotes of 20/1 to win Albert Bartlett with Paddy Power. Champagnesuperover impressed with a maiden victory of his own at Ayr. Olly Murphy’s novice was then made a 16/1 shot for the Albert Bartlett, and a 25/1 outsider for the Ballymore.

Coral Cup winner, Dame De Compagnie defeated Cornerstone Lad on her chase debt at Ayr, earning fresh quotes of 5/1 from Paddy Power in the Mares’ Chase betting. Another mover in that market last week was Zambella, who came into 16/1 after winning her third Listed race in a row at Leicester on Wednesday.

Dame De Compagnie2021 Mares' Chase Market MoverGET 5/1 HERE
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