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Eye On Cheltenham Week 14 - Allaho, Billaway and Shishkin clipped for Festival success

  • We bring you the 14th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Shishkin was clipped at the top of the 2021 Arkle betting
  • Allaho came into 6/1 for the Ryanair after winning at Thurles
  • Billaway is the firm-favourite for the Foxhunters after winning again on Sunday
Shishkin jumps the last on his way to winning at Doncaster. (Getty)

In week 14 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.
Shishkin was the star of the show at Doncaster on Saturday. Nicky Henderson’s star put his unbeaten record on the line in the Lightning Novices’ Chase, and cruised to an effortless victory over Eldorado Allen. Last year’s Supreme winner remained largely unchanged in the Arkle betting following that Grade Two win, with most firms going 8/11.

The Cob ran out an impressive winner of the River Don. Although he doesn’t currently hold entry in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival, connections stated a supplementary entry was now likely, and The Cob entered Paddy Power’s betting for that Grade One at 25/1.

Miranda saw off two good Nicky Henderson mares in stylish fashion to win the Yorkshire Rose Mares’ Hurdle, earning quotes of 16/1 for the County Hurdle. 

Her Indoors won the feature Fillies Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster on Saturday, and moved up to 16/1 in the betting for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap. Ibleo also claimed an impressive win at Doncaster on Friday, and Venetia Williams’ chaser now sits at 12/1 in Grand Annual market.

The rest of the Cheltenham Festival market movers this week all ran in Ireland. The first to impress was Colreevy, who remained unbeaten over fences following a comfortable Grade Three triumph at Thurles on Wednesday. 

Although Willie Mullins’ mare shortened for both the Marsh Novices’ Chase and the Mares’ Chase, the feeling is connections will skip Cheltenham, and go for a Grade Two for novices’ at Limerick on the Sunday before Cheltenham.

Allaho then held off a spirited challenge from Elimay to win the rescheduled Kinlock Brae Chase. Allaho was then cut into 6/1 from 9s to win the 2021 Ryanair Chase. Elimay, who came in for plenty of support before the off and ran a cracking race, then moved to the head of Paddy Power’s betting for the Mares’ Chase on a fresh price of 4/1.

Gowran Park staged another excellent running of the Thyestes Handicap on Thursday. Gordon Elliott saddled a 1-2, with Coko Beach getting the better of Run Wild Fred. Coko Beach was then slashed in the betting for the National Hunt Chase, with Run Wild Fred retaining his position at the top of the market for the Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

The Cob will likely be supplemented into the Albert Bartlett following his River Don win. (Getty)

Earlier on the card, Sams Profile held off Diol Ker to claim a surprise win in the Galmoy Hurdle. Mouse Morris’ charge was then cut into 16/1 from 50s by Unibet to win the Stayers’ Hurdle, with Diol Ker also coming in from 100/1 to 33s.

Sunday’s card at Naas featured two Grade Three races. The first of those was won by Bachasson, who was clipped into 25/1 for the Stayers’ Hurdle and 16s for the Coral Cup after winning the Limestone Lad Hurdle over two miles.

Eklat De Rire then extended his unbeaten record over fences with a fine front-running victory over Escaria Ten and Pencilfulloflead

Eklat De Rire then came into 12/1 for both the Festival Novices’ Chase and the National Hunt Chase, with Pencilfulloflead drifting out to 20/1 for both races. Runner-up, Escaria Ten was clipped into 12s for the National Hunt Chase and 20s for the Festival Novices’ Chase.

Damalisque ran out a comfortable winner of the Navan Handicap, a performance which saw several bookies install Edward Harty’s charge as the 12/1 second-favourite for the Martin Pipe. Another eye-catching mover in the Martin Pipe market was Glens Of Antrim, who was cut into 33/1, despite finishing second in a maiden hurdle at Naas on Sunday.

Thedevilscoachman earned fresh quotes of 25/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle after an impressive win at Navan on Friday. Torygraph ran out a comfortable winner of a novices’ hurdle at Thurles on Wednesday, for which he earned quotes of 20/1 for the Albert Bartlett. 

Another Gordon Elliott horse to impress this week was Three Stripe Life, who powered to an impressive victory in the card-closing flat race at Navan on Thursday, and was immediately cut into 16/1 from 50s in bet365’s Champion Bumper betting.

The final market mover to bring you is Billaway, who ran out an easy winner of the Hunters Chase at Naas on Sunday. Willie Mullins’ charge, who finished second as the favourite in last year’s Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham, now heads the market for the 2021 renewal, with William Hill offering a top price of 10/3.

Billaway2021 Foxhunter Chase Market MoverGET 10/3 HERE
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