Eye On Cheltenham Week 2 – Envoi Allen wows on chase debut while Cyrname enters Gold Cup picture
- We bring you the second article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
- Down Royal staged the first Grade One of the new jumps season
- Envoi Allen looked superb when winning on his chasing debut
- Cyrname silenced his doubters with an excellent performance in the Charlie Hall Chase
Envoi Allen is already the firm favourite to win the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase. (Getty)
In week two of our Eye On Cheltenham series, we look back through this week's results and pick out the main market movers in the betting for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
Envoi Allen2021 Marsh Novices' Chase FavouriteGET 9/4 HERE
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Gordon Elliott likes to start many of his best horses out at the Ladbrokes Champion Chase meeting, and Ireland’s number two trainer enjoyed another successful two days at Down Royal, saddling eight of the 14 winners over Friday and Saturday.
Elliott celebrated victory in the Grade One feature, as The Storyteller claimed victory over Chris’s Dream and Tout Est Permis. For the second year in a row, Delta Work was well-beaten back in fourth, causing Betfair to push last year’s 2021 Gold Cup fifth out to 40/1 to win the 2021 renewal.
The star attraction at Down Royal was undoubtedly Envoi Allen, who produced a foot-perfect jumping display to win on his first start over fences. Elliott’s two-time Cheltenham Festival winner was then cut into 9/4 favouritism for the Marsh Novices’ Chase by William Hill, while also receiving quotes as short as 5/1 for the RSA.
Elliott would have been hoping to see Abacadabras follow Envoi Allen’s lead by winning the WKD Hurdle. However, it wasn’t to be, as Aspire Tower made all to win, with favourite Abacadabras trailing home a one-paced third. Aspire Tower was then cut in to 12/1 from 40s to win the Champion Hurdle with Unibet, with Abacadabras drifting out from 5/1 to 8/1.
Farouk D’Alene got Elliott’s weekend off to the perfect start on Saturday, cruising to an impressive maiden victory over hurdles. When we highlighted Farouk D’Alene as a horse to follow with the Albert Bartlett in mind, he was a 40/1 outsider in the market. Following Friday’s victory, the best price you can find now is 16/1!
Quixilios enforced his position at the head of the 2021 Triumph Hurdle betting with a simple victory in the opener on Saturday. Ballyadam was the next Elliott horse to impress in the two-mile maiden hurdle, earning quotes of 10/1 for both the Supreme and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdles.
Battleoverdoyen then saw off Easy Game and Samcro to win the Grade Two Chase over two-and-a-half miles. While both Samcro and Easy Game drifted out to 14s and 25s for the Ryanair Chase respectively, Battleoverdoyen came in to 14/1 from 40s to win that lucrative Grade One on day three of the Cheltenham Festival with Unibet.
The last of Gordon Elliott’s eight winners at Down Royal came courtesy of Sir Gerhard, who looked head-and-shoulders above his rivals in the card-closing bumper on Saturday. Elliott’s expensive purchase was immediately pushed to the head of the 2021 Champion Bumper betting, with bet365 going as short as 6/1.
Away from Down Royal, Wetherby staged a popular meeting of their own this weekend. Dan Skelton enjoyed a profitable double on day one, with both Shan Blue and Third Time Lucki securing impressive victories. While Third Time Lucki remains a 25/1 shot for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Shan Blue’s emphatic win saw him enter the 2021 RSA Novices’ Chase betting on a price of 25/1.
The Skelton’s were celebrating again on Saturday, as Roksana ran away with the West Yorkshire Hurdle. Thanks to that ten-length triumph, the former Mares’ Hurdle winner was cut in from 33s to 12/1 by bet365 to win the 2021 renewal of that Grade One.
Despite being written off by experts and journalists alike, Cyrname proved his class with a superb victory in the Charlie Hall Chase.
Paul Nicholls’ chaser jumped as straight as an arrow, holding off well-backed favourite Vinndication with some ease after the last to seal a maiden victory over three miles. Cyrname was then cut into 12/1 for both the Ryanair Chase and the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup, with William Hill also making Nicholls’ star the 7/2 joint-favourite for the 2020 King George VI Chase, alongside two-time winner Clan Des Obeaux.
On Sunday, Imperial Aura registered an impressive penalty-carrying display to win the Listed Intermediate Chase at Carlisle, forcing Betfair to cut Kim Bailey’s Cheltenham Festival winner into 12/1 for the Ryanair Chase. Another chaser to impress this week was Latest Exhibition, who saw his odds for the RSA cut from 14s to 10/1 after making a winning start over fences at Punchestown.
Cyrname2021 Cheltenham Gold CupGET 14/1 HERE
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