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Eye On Cheltenham Week 15 - Gaillard Du Mesnil, Honeysuckle and Kilcruit new Festival favourites

  • We bring you the 15th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • The Dublin Racing Festival was the major event this week
  • Chacun Pour Soi, Monkfish and Appreciate It remains favourites to win at Cheltenham
  • Gaillard Du Mesnil, Honeysuckle and Kilcruit jumped to the head of their respective markets
Honeysuckle is the new favourite for the 2021 Champion Hurdle. (Getty)

In week 15 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.

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The only place to start with this week's round-up is with the Dublin Racing Festival. Willie Mullins dominated, as expected, and there were plenty of horses who enhanced their Cheltenham credentials.

The opening race of the week, the Nathaniel Lacy went the way of Gaillard Du Mesnill, who was cut into 10/3 favouritism for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle with Paddy Power after an impressive five-length triumph.

Gentlemansgame, Stattler and Fakeira stayed on to place behind Gaillard Du Mesnil in that 2m 6f Grade One, and they now occupy the top three spots in the betting for the Albert Bartlett.

Chacun Pour Soi then produced a dominant display to win his second Dublin Chase. Willie Mullins' star is now odds-on to win the Champion Chase. Min, however, slipped out to 7/1 in the Ryanair betting after he was pulled up at Leopardstown.

Chacun Pour Soi's display was then bettered by Energumene, who trounced his rivals to win the Irish Arkle. Mullins' chaser now rivals Shishkin for favouritism in the Arkle betting, with bet365 offering a top price of 11/4.

Performance of the day on Saturday went the way of Honeysuckle, who destroyed her rivals in the Irish Champion Hurdle. Henry De Bromhead now looks set to throw his unbeaten mare into the Champion Hurdle. Honeysuckle is now the 9/4 favourite to win that Championship race with Unibet, who pushed Epatante out to 5/2.

Kilcruit brought the curtain down on a memorable Saturday for Willie Mullins with a superb victory in the Future Stars Flat Race. Kilcruit then leapfrogged Sir Gerhard at the head of the Champion Bumper betting, with William Hill going as short as 6/4.

Quilixios enforced his Triumph Hurdle credentials with a powerful triumph in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle on Sunday. Gordon Elliott's charge now sits just behind stablemate Zanahiyr in the betting for the opener on day four of the Cheltenham Festival, with bet365 offering a best price of 6/1.

Appreciate It was backed into 1/3 before the Chanelle Pharma, and Willie Mullins' charge didn't disappoint, collecting his second Grade One of the season. Appreciate It was then cut into 7/2 favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Another of Mullins' star who lived up to a very short price-tag was Monkfish, who made all and pulled 11-lengths clear when winning the Flogas Novices' Chase. Last year's Albert Bartlett winner is now odds-on to win the Festival Novices' Chase.

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Native River makes all to win the Cotswold Chase at Sandown. (Getty)

Mullins' superb meeting was the capped in fitting style by Kemboy, who held off The Storyteller and Delta Work to win the Irish Gold Cup. While Kemboy was cut into 10/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup by some firms, Mullins indicated the Stayers' Hurdle could be his target, with Paddy Power quoting odds of 16/1 on Kemboy in that historic hurdle.

Saint Sam is the 7/1 favourite for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap, after following Quilixios home this weekend. After his third-straight loss to Monkfish, Latest Exhibition was cut into 7s from 10/1 in the betting for the National Hunt Chase.

Damalisque could only finish fourth in the William Fry Handicap Hurdle, but he was made the 14/1 favourite for the Coral Cup. Blackbow entered the betting for the Grand Annual, while the top three from Saturday's Matheson Handicap Chase, A Wave Of The Sea, Top Moon and Entoucas also feature prominently in that market.

Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle winner, Drop The Anchor entered the County Hurdle betting on 14/1, where Saldier has been made the early favourite. Wide Receiver, Ganapathi and Irascible, who were well-beaten in Grade Ones this weekend, all sit in the top five positions in the Martin Pipe betting.

Due to a waterlogged hurdles track, Sandown staged an all chase card on Saturday. The main event, the Scilly Isles Novices' Chase was won by Sporting John, who then entered the betting for the Marsh Novices' Chase at 10/1 with William Hill.

Native River defeated Bristol De Mai and Santini in the rescheduled Cotswold Chase, and the former Gold Cup winner was cut into 16/1 to win the 2021 renewal. Moonlighter defeated Dolos in the opener at Sandown, and was immediately cut into 16/1 to win the 2021 Grand Annual.

Lieutenant Rocco was cut into 33/1 to win the Festival Novices' Chase after winning on his first start over three-miles at Ffos Las on Thursday. On the same day, Sametegal won on his Hunter Chase debut at Wincanton, and Paul Nicholls' charge was made a 12/1 shot to win the Hunter Chase at the Festival by William Hill.

The final mover of the week to bring you is Annie Mc, who secured an impressive win in a Listed race at Warwick last Wednesday, and Jonjo O'Neill's charge was cut into 8/1 to win the Mares' Chase by racesponsors, Paddy Power.

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