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Eye On Cheltenham Week 17 - Goshen bounds back into Champion Hurdle picture

  • We bring you the 17th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Ascot, Newbury and Wincanton hosted big meetings this weekend
  • Goshen was cut into 4/1 for the Champion Hurdle after returning to winning ways
  • Champ came into 6/1 in the Gold Cup betting after impressing in the Game Spirit Chase
Goshen bolted up at Wincanton this weekend. (Getty)

In week 17 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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Racing fans enjoyed a superb weekend of racing last week. The feature Grade One was the Ascot Chase on Saturday, where Dashel Drasher held off Master Tommytucker to win for trainer, Jeremy Scott. Dashel Drasher was then cut into 20/1 for the Ryanair Chase by William Hill.

Performance of the day, however, had to go to Goshen, who returned to top form in stunning fashion to win the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. Gary Moore’s star was immediately cut into 4/1 for the Champion Hurdle by bookmakers Unibet. Song For Someone drifted out to 33s for the 2021 Champion Hurdle, after finishing a distant second behind Goshen, and he looks likely to skip Cheltenham for the Aintree Hurdle.

Remastered made all to win a big handicap at Ascot on Saturday, and was cut into 20/1 for both the Brown Advisory Chase and the National Hunt Chase. Bob And Co was cut into 6/1 second-favouritism for the Hunter Chase, after powering to victory on Grand National Trials day at Haydock.

Earlier on the card at Haydock, Alaphilippe secured a 14/1 length victory in the Prestige Novices’ Hurdle, causing Paddy Power to cut Fergal O’Brien’s novice into 25/1 for the Albert Bartlett. Third Wind remained a 20/1 shot in the Pertemps Final betting, despite winning the Grade Two Rendlesham. 

Newbury’s reschedule Betfair Hurdle card took place on Sunday. The winner of the feature handicap was Soaring Glory, who was cut into 8/1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by Paddy Power, following an impressive three-length success.

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Champ shaped well during his unusual prep for the Gold Cup at Newbury. (Getty)

Champ warmed up for the Gold Cup with a run over two miles in the Game Spirit Chase. Nicky Henderson’s star performed well on his reappearance, following Sceau Royal home in second, and was instantly cut into 6/1 for the Gold Cup. Sceau Royal, meanwhile, was clipped into 20/1 to win the Champion Chase, after claiming his first win over fences this season.

Lostintranslation was well beaten again as Secret Investor beat Clan Des Obeaux in the Denman Chase. Last year’s Gold Cup runner-up drifted out to 33/1 in the Cheltenham Festival betting. The opening novices’ hurdle at Newbury was won well by Gowel Road, who was cut into 25/1 for the Supreme.

All eyes were on Tiger Roll, as Gordon Elliott’s star limbered up for Cheltenham with a run in the Boyne Hurdle. The Tiger trailed home last, as Beacon’s Edge upset Fury Road to win that three-mile Grade Two.

Beacon’s Edge was then cut in from 50s to 20/1 in William Hill’s Stayers’ Hurdle betting, with Fury Road drifting back to 25/1. Despite Gordon Elliott claiming he was pleased with Tiger Roll's performance, most bookies pushed the two-time winner out to 8/1 in their Cross Country Chase betting.

Henry De Bromhead watched Atlantic Fairy claim an impressive victory in a Listed race for Mares’ on Sunday. She was cut into 40/1 for the Ballymore, and 25s for the Albert Bartlett. At Market Rasen on Sunday, Homme Public came out on top in a competitive juvenile hurdle, and he entered the betting for the Boodles Handicap Hurdle on 25/1.

Earlier in the week, Chantry House returned to winning ways in a novice chase at Wetherby. Nicky Henderson’s charge was cut into 16/1 for the Marsh Novices’ Chase, but tops the betting for the Paddy Power Plate on a price of 6/1. The following day at Sandown, Anythingforlove claimed a surprise win in the Jane Seymour Mares’ Hurdle, and she was clipped into 20/1 for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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