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Eye On Cheltenham - Five Festival market movers at Punchestown and Kempton

  • Week two of our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Notable Cheltenham Festival market movers from between October 12th and 18th
  • Kempton and Punchestown hosted good-quality jumps meetings this week
  • Galvin, Cape Gentleman and Sceau Royal were amongst this week's market movers
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Daryl Jacob riding Sceau Royal (green) clear the last to win The Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Hurdle at Kempton Park. (Getty)
Jon Vine 19 Oct 2021
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We look back through the last week of results between October 12th and October 18th and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

With all eyes fixed on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, many racing fans probably missed some good National Hunt racing action from around Britain and Ireland over the last seven days. Here are five jumpers who impressed enough to get their Cheltenham Festival odds cut.
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  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
  • Galvin
  • My Mate Mozzie
  • Cape Gentleman
  • Martello Sky
  • Sceau Royal

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On his first start since winning the National Hunt Chase, GALVIN seemingly had a tough task on his hands. Gordon Elliott's chaser was forced to give weight away to both Brahma Bull and Annamix, who'd finished second and third respectively in last month's Kerry National.

Davy Russell took the ride aboard the even-money favourite and, although the weights were stacked against him, Galvin ran out a half-length victor. 

Following that Grade Three triumph, Elliott said the Grand National was Galvin's likely spring objective. William Hill cut Galvin into 10/1 for the Cross Country, while also installing Elliott's seven-year-old as a 33/1 shot in the Gold Cup betting.

My Mate Mozzie

Having impressed with two eight length victories in bumpers last season, MY MATE MOZZIE made a smooth transition to hurdling at Punchestown midweek. Gavin Cromwell's five-year-old went off as the second-favourite behind Barbados, but jumped really nicely at the front and kicked clear to win with ease.

Bet365 acted quickly to install My Mate Mozzie as a 25/1 chance for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, while also entering Cromwell's five-year-old into the Ballymore betting at an opening price of 33/1.

Cape Gentleman

After odds-on favourite, Ballyadam crashed out at the opening flight, CAPE GENTLEMAN ran out an easy winner on his chasing debut at Punchestown. Emmet Mullins' Dovecote winner seemed to take well to chasing, and was quickly cut into 25/1 for the Marsh and 33/1 for the Arkle Novices' Chase.

Martello Sky

The star of the show at Market Rasen on Saturday was Lucy Wadham's MARTELLO SKY, who ran out an easy winner of the feature handicap hurdle. Bryony Frost's mount made smooth progress from the rear down the back straight, opening up a commanding lead on the run to the last before cruising home to win by nine lengths.

Having flopped in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle last spring, Wadham's budding stable star bounced back with a Listed triumph at Cheltenham back in April. Martello Sky could now be campaigned towards the Mares' Hurdle, with Unibet cutting her odds in that Grade One in from 25s to 16/1 after Saturday's romp.

Sceau Royal

SCEAU ROYAL handed a rare Kempton defeat to reigning Christmas Hurdle winner, Silver Streak when the pair met on Sunday. Evan Williams' grey was going for his third-straight win in the Listed feature at Kempton, but was comprehensively outjumped by Sceau Royal, who sprinted clear in the closing stages to win by three lengths.

Alan King's star impressed over hurdles last winter, before going back over fences during the spring. A fourth run in the Champion Chase seems likely and bet365 cut Sceau Royal into 33/1 from 50s in the betting for Wednesday's Championship race. The Ryanair is an option for King to explore too, with bet365 listing Sceau Royal at 25/1 for that two-and-a-half miler.

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