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Eye On Cheltenham Week 18 - Tritonic bounds into Triumph Hurdle contention

  • We bring you the 18th article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Kempton, Naas and Punchestown staged important meetings this week
  • Tritonic was cut into 5/2 for the Triumph Hurdle after winning the Adonis Hurdle
  • Jason The Militant, Cilaos Emery and Black Tears also shortened for Grade Ones
Tritonic bolts up in the Adonic Hurdle at Kempton. (Getty)
Jon Vine 10 Mar 2021
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In week 18 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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Kempton Park staged an important card on Saturday, featuring three Grade Twos. The middle of those feature races was the Adonis Hurdle, which was won in superb fashion by Alan King’s Tritonic, who powered home to win by 10-lengths. Tritonic was then cut into 5/2 second-favouritism for the 2021 Triumph Hurdle.

Emmet Mullins extended his excellent strike rate in Britain, winning the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle with Cape Gentleman. Mullins’ novice holds entry in both the Ballymore and the Albert Bartlett, but after winning over two miles, Cape Gentleman has been slashed into 20/1 for the Ballymore.

Over in Ireland on Saturday, Jason The Militant entered the Champion Hurdle picture with a fine Grade Three triumph at Fairyhouse, and was cut into 16/1 for that Championship race by Unibet. Earlier on the card, Teahupoo impressed with a Grade Three victory. Teahupoo was then made a 10/1 shot for both the Triumph Hurdle and the Boodles, but it seems he may not be travelling to Cheltenham.

Cilaos Emery opened the card at Naas on Sunday with an emphatic Grade Three win over fences, and Willie Mullins charge was cut into 20/1 for the Champion Chase. Zoffanien came into 12/1 for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap after winning on his handicap debut. Geri Colombe won the card-closing bumper in good fashion, and was shortened into 14s for the Champion Bumper.

Bothwell Bridge secured a pleasing victory on his three-mile debut at Hereford on Sunday, and was cut into 25/1 for the Albert Bartlett. At Fontwell, Sametegal suffered a surprise defeat in his second Hunter Chase, causing William Hill to push Paul Nicholls’ charge out to 20/1 in their betting for the Hunter Chase at Cheltenham.

The reschedule Quevega Hurdle on Monday went the way of Black Tears, who was cut into 16/1 for the Mares’ Hurdle after a routine victory. Atlantic Shore won the final Pertemps Qualifier at Punchestown. Third-placed Milliner was cut into 14/1 for the Pertemps Final, while fourth-place Lynwood Gold was also cut into 16s.

Cabot Cliffs impressed when winning a juvenile hurdle at Warwick on Friday and was immediately cut into 12/1 for the Boodles. Grand Paradise bolted up in the Grade Three Michael Purcell Hurdle at Thurles on Thursday, and moved to the head of the Martin Pipe betting. 

The final market mover to bring this week was Spiritofthegames, who finished second in a competitive hurdles race at Chepstow. Dan Skelton’s charge was clipped into 20/1 for the Paddy Power Plate, but also holds three handicap hurdles entries at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.


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