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Eye On Cheltenham - Constitution Hill backed into Supreme favouritism

By Jon Vine
11 Jan 2022
  • Week 14 of our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Big meetings took place at Sandown and Fairyhouse between January 4th and 10th
  • Constitution Hill became the new Supreme favourite after winning the Tolworth Hurdle
  • Dinoblue, Martello Sky and Dunvegan also enhanced their Cheltenham Festival odds
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Nico de Boinville riding Constitution Hill clear the last to win The Unibet Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park. (Getty)
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We look back through the last week of results between January 4th and 11th and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

After the chaotic schedule we enjoyed over Christmas, things slowed down a little in the National Hunt racing world last week. There were, however, big meetings to enjoy across Britain and Ireland this weekend and viewers were treated to some scintillating performances.

Here are ten winners from the last seven days who's been backed in the Cheltenham Festival betting.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
  • Constitution Hill
  • Jpr One
  • White Pepper
  • Dinoblue
  • Shantreusse
  • Cap Du Mathan
  • Martello Sky
  • Saint Sam
  • Red Rookie
  • Dunvegan

2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers

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Constitution Hill

There's only one place to start this week, and that's the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown, where Constitution Hill bolted up to secure his first Grade One over hurdles. Nicky Henderson's charge then jumped ahead of stablemate Jonbon and Sir Gerhard to the head of the Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting, with Paddy Power offering a top price of 9/4.

Jpr One

Colin Tizzards novice bounced back to winning form in good style on Monday, comfortably carrying a penalty to victory at Taunton. Jpr One was then cut into 20/1 from 50s in Paddy Power betting for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, and 40s into 25/1 for the Supreme.

White Pepper

Gavin Cromwell's White Pepper bounced back from defeat at Aintree last month to win a competitive juvenule hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday. White Pepper was then cut into 25/1 for the Triumph Hurdle by bet365, while also entering their betting for the Boodles Handicap Hurdle at an opening price of 20/1.


Dinoblue looked impressive when making a winning debut at Clonmel on Thursday. Willie Mullins' youngster bolted up by 15 lengths under Mark Walsh, and was immediately handed quotes of 10/1 for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle by Paddy Power.


Henry De Bromhead's six-year-old ploughed through the mud to secure an impressive 17-length victory over three-mile at Cork on Saturday. Shantreusse was then slashed in the Albert Bartlett betting, with Coral now offering 33/1.

Cap Du Mathan

Paul Nicholls' charge returned from a 700-day lay-off by claiming an emphatic handicap hurdle win at Taunton. Coral then entered Cap Du Mathan into their betting for the Coral Cup at an opening price of 33/1.

Martello Sky

Lucy Wadham's stable star saw off a decent field of British and Irish challengers to win the Listed Mares' Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday. William Hill then cut Martello Sky into 16/1 to win the Mares' Hurdle at the Festival.

Saint Sam

Not satisfied with training the top two in the betting, Willie Mullins saw Saint Sam swoop into Arkle contention on Sunday. Mullins' five-year-old comfortably saw off Thedevilscoachman and El Barra, and entered Coral's betting for the Arkle at 20/1.

Red Rookie

Following a solid victory in a handicap at Hereford last week, Red Rookie was handed quotes of 66/1 to win the Arkle. An outing in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase seems much more likely, so it was surprising to see that Emma Lavelle's budding chaser was yet to be priced up for that handicap.


Peter Fahey's powerful grey, Dunvegan claimed his second big handicap prize of the season on Sunday, making all and holding off Blackbow to win the Dan Moore Memorial. Dunvegan holds a speculative entry in the Champion Chase, and William Hill were impressed enough to cut Fahey's stable star into 66/1 from 100/1.

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