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Eye On Cheltenham Week 16 - Elimay and Allmankind impress in their Festival warm-ups

  • We bring you the 16th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Many of the National Hunt meetings were cancelled due to snow last week
  • Elimay was made favourite for the Mares' Chase after winning at Navan
  • Allmankind shortened for the Arkle after winning the rescheduled Kingmaker on Monday
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Allmankind powers to victory in the Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick. (Getty)

In week 16 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.

Elimay2021 Mares' Chase Market MoverGET 5/2 HERE
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Storm Darcy decimated the midweek National Hunt action in Britain throughout last week. Thankfully, temperatures began to lift at the weekend, and Navan staged a strong card on Saturday afternoon.

Elimay ran out an impressive winner of the Opera Hat Chase, seeing off Shattered Love and Yukon Lil in confident fashion. Paddy Power then made Willie Mullins’ grey their new 5/2 favourite for the 2021 Mares’ Chase.

Gentleman De Mee shortened into 40/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle following a simple maiden success. Druids Altar then followed in the footsteps of Band Of Outlaws and Aramax to win the Rated Novices’ Hurdle for four-year-olds at Navan, and Joseph O’Brien’s juvenile was cut into 14/1 to win the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Punchestown staged their Grand National Trial on Sunday where Jamie Codd rode The Big Dog to victory. Peter Fahey’s charge was then cut into 20/1 for the National Hunt Chase and 16/1 for the Kim Muir on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

Shady Operator won easily on his first start in a Cross Country Chase, and Enda Bolger’s recruit was immediately cut into 7/1 to win the Cross Country at Cheltenham by Paddy Power. Thedevilscoachman ran out a convincing winner of a Listed Novices’ Hurdle, and he was cut into 20/1 to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Waterlogged ground on the chase course meant only the hurdles races could go ahead at Exeter. Wilde About Oscar was cut into 25/1 to win the Ballymore after an impressive Listed victory over The Glancing Queen. Brinkley then got the better of Tommys Oscar to win the Pertemps Qualifier, and both were handed quotes of 16/1 and 20/1 respectively to win the Pertemps Final

Warwick’s rescheduled Kingmaker Novices’ Chase card then closed out the week on Monday. Allmankind followed up his Grade One success over Christmas with another emphatic front-running success over Sky Pirate in that Grade Two. Dan Skelton’s star was then cut into 8s from 11/1 in William Hill’s betting for the Arkle.

Two For Gold held off Aso to win the Warwick Castle Handicap Chase, and was cut into 20/1 to win the Ultima Handicap Chase. French Grade One winner, Paul’s Saga was beaten as the 1/2 favourite by Molly Ollys Wished on her British debut in a Listed Hurdle, and David Cottin’s raider drifted out from 12/1 to 33/1 in the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle betting.

Allmankind2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy Market MoverGET 8/1 HERE
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