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Eye On Cheltenham - 15 market movers from last two weeks

  • Week four of our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Big meetings took place at Cheltenham, Ascot and Down Royal between October 19th and November 1st
  • Envoi Allen shortened for several markets after making a winning return at Down Royal
  • Third Time Lucki and Allmankind scored impressive wins for Dan Skelton
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Harry Skelton riding Third Time Lucki clear the last to win The squareintheair.com Novices' Chase at Cheltenham. (Getty)
Jon Vine 02 Nov 2021
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We look back through the last two weeks of results between October 19th and November 1st and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

As I was on holiday during the early part of last week, the third installment of this series didn't get published. So, for week four, we've got plenty of action to get through, after stellar meetings took place across Britain and Ireland.

The first Grade One of the jumps season was won at Down Royal on Saturday, as the plucky Frodon outlasted Galvin and Minella Indo to win the Ladbrokes Champion Chase. Here are 15 other winners who impressed enough over the last two weeks to get their Cheltenham Festival odds slashed.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
  • Hollow Games
  • Mighty Potter
  • American Mike
  • Fil Dor
  • Porticello
  • Stage Star
  • Kandoo Kid
  • Zanahiyr
  • Molly Ollys Wishes
  • Third Time Lucki
  • Allmankind
  • Cape Gentleman
  • Minella Drama
  • Millers Bank
  • Envoi Allen

2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers

Hollow Games

Hollow Games2022 Albert Bartlett Novices' HurdleGET 16/1 HERE
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Gordon Elliott usually farms the novice contests at Down Royal autumn meeting, and this year was no different. The first to impress was Hollow Games, who romped to victory in the 22-and-a-half novices hurdle on Friday. Elliott's unbeaten youngster was immediately cut into 16/1 for the Albert Bartlett by William Hill and 33/1 for the Ballymore. 

Mighty Potter

Stablemate Mighty Potter was even more impressive, cruising to a near 30-length triumph in Saturday's two-mile Maiden Hurdle. Elliott's four-year-old was then cut into 20/1 for both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Ballymore, having sat at 40s and 50s prior to that winning hurdles debut.

American Mike

Gordon Elliott then watched newcomer American Mike hack up in the card-closing bumper at Down Royal, wheeling clear under Jamie Codd to claim a seven-length success. Sir Gerhard won the same race before scoring in the Champion Bumper, and American Mike has been made the early 7/1 favourite for that Grade One by most bookmakers.

Fil Dor

Fil Dor2022 Triumph HurdleGET 12/1 HERE
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Another debutante to make a winning start to the season for Gordon Elliott was juvenile Fil Dor, who bolted up in the Value Cab 3YO Hurdle. On the back of that 16-length success, Fil Dor jumped to the head of the Triumph Hurdle betting, with Paddy Power quoting a top price of 12/1.


Fil Dor leapt ahead of Porticello, despite the latter keeping on to win the Listed Wensleydale Hurdle at Wetherby on Friday. William Hill then cut Gary Moore's juvenile in from 20s to 14/1 second-favouritism for the Triumph Hurdle.

Stage Star

Another novice to impress on British soil over the last two weeks was Stage Star, who eased to a six-length victory on his hurdles debut at Chepstow. Paul Nicholls' five-year-old, who placed behind stablemate Knappers Hill in two high-profile bumpers last season, was cut into 25/1 from 50s in the Ballymore betting by Unibet.

Kandoo Kid

Another Ditcheat inmate to make a winning hurdles debut this week was Kandoo Kid, who got up late on to score at Ascot, despite drifting out to 11/1 before the off. Kandoo Kid then entered the Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting on 25/1 with Betfair.


Back to Down Royal now, where Zanahiyr gave plenty of weight and a sound thrashing to Cask Mate when winning the Grade Two WKD Hurdle. Last year's beaten Triumph Hurdle favourite was immediately cut into 20s from 25/1 to win the Champion Hurdle by race sponsors Unibet.

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Molly Ollys Wishes will be sent down the Mares' Hurdle route this season. (Getty)

Molly Ollys Wishes

On Saturday, Harry Skelton gave Molly Ollys Wishes an enterprising ride to win the Listed Mares' Hurdle at Wetherby by a convincing five lengths. Dan Skelton then said he hoped this improving mare would fill the void left by former Mares' Hurdle winner Roksana, who was retired earlier in the week, and Paddy Power moved quickly to install Molly Ollys Wishes as a 20/1 shot in the betting for that Grade One.

Third Time Lucki

Third Time Lucki2022 Arkle Challenge TrophyGET 14/1 HERE
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The best performance of Cheltenham's Showcase Meeting was produced by Third Time Lucki, who ran up to an RPR of 155 when blowing his rivals away on his chasing debut. Bet365 then cut Dan Skelton's six-year-old in from 50s to 14/1 fifth-favouritism for the Arkle Challenge Trophy.


Another of Skelton's stable stars, Allmankind claimed his fourth Graded prize over fences at Aintree last weekend, making all to win the Old Roan Chase. Allmankind was then cut into 16/1 for the Ryanair Chase by bet365, and 20/1 for the Champion Chase.

Cape Gentleman

At Cork on Sunday, Cape Gentleman made it two-from-two over fences with an effortless triumph over Run Wild Fred in the Grade Three Novices' Chase. Emmet Mullins' Adonis Hurdle winner was then cut into 16/1 for the Marsh Novices Chase, and 25/1 for the Arkle by Unibet.

Minella Drama

Mersey Novices' Hurdle runner-up, Minella Drama powered to victory on his chase debut at Uttoxeter at the weekend, pulling eight-lengths clear under Brian Hughes. Donald McCain's budding stable star was cut into 25/1 for the Arkle by Paddy Power, while also entering the Festival Novices' Chase betting at 20/1.

Millers Bank

Despite a small drift before the off, Millers Bank bolted up on his chase debut at Huntingdon last week, powering eleven lengths clear of his nearest rival on the run to the line. Alex Hales' star, who shocked everyone when following Abacadabras home in the Aintree Hurdle back in April, was then cut into 33/1 from 50s in Unibet's betting for the Marsh Novices' Chase.

Envoi Allen

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All eyes were on Envoi Allen as Henry De Bromhead's star made his return from injury at Down Royal on Saturday. The two-time Cheltenham Festival winner has failed to finish his last two starts in the spring, before undergoing an operation for a chipped joint. 

With Rachael Blackmore in the saddle for the first time, Envoi Allen jumped beautifully on his return, stretching to an easy 22-length success. Paddy Power then cut Envoi Allen in from 12s to 15/2 to win the 2022 Ryanair Chase, while also cutting De Bromhead's star into 8/1 for the Gold Cup and 16/1 for the Champion Chase.

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