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Eye on Cheltenham Week 5 – Ferny Hollow, Imperial Aura and Shishkin new Festival favourites after impressive wins

  • We bring you the fifth article in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Shishkin was cut into 7/4 for the Arkle after making a winning debut at Kempton on Monday
  • Ferny Hollow remained at the head of the Supreme market after beating Bob Olinger at Gowran Park
  • Imperial Aura shot to the top of the Ryanair betting followin an impressive win at Ascot
Shishkin flies over a fence during his winning chase debut at Kempton. (Getty)

In week five 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.

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The first Grade One of the British jump’s racing season was handed out at Haydock on Saturday. Having been beaten when going for a hat-trick in the race 12 months ago, Daryl Jacob and Bristol De Mai gained revenge in the Betfair Chase, making all to beat Clan Des Obeaux and last year’s winner Lostintranslation.

Bristol De Mai was then cut into 33/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while also having his odds trimmed for the 2021 Grand National. Lostintranslation, who clearly didn’t enjoy the heavy ground at Haydock, drifted out to 16/1 in the Gold Cup betting.

Minella Indo made it two-from-two this season with a bloodless Grade Two triumph at Navan on Sunday, causing his odds to shorten from 10s into 8/1 for the Gold Cup with bet365. Presenting Percy claimed an overdue victory at Thurles on Thursday afternoon and he too was backed for the Gold Cup, coming in from 33s to 16/1. 

At Ascot on Saturday, Imperial Aura built on his Listed win at Carlisle earlier this month with an excellent win in the 1965 Chase, defeating Itchy Feet and Real Steel. Kim Bailey’s charge was then cut into favouritism for the 2021 Ryanair Chase, with William Hill cutting his odds in from 14s to 6/1.

Song For Someone made all to beat Call Me Lord and Laurina in the Ascot Hurdle, a performance which saw his odds for the Champion Hurdle cut from 33s into 20/1. Richard Spencer’s Wonderwall got off to a winning start in the card-closing flat race at Ascot on Saturday, and the bookies were impressed enough to shorten his Champion Bumper odds into 20/1.

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Imperial Aura jumps the last on his way to winning at Ascot. (Getty)

Main Fact extended his winning run into an incredible ninth race in the Grade Three Handicap Hurdle at Haydock. Connections mentioned the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle as the new goal for this winning machine after the race, and Main Fact was smashed in from 50s to 16/1 by Unibet in the betting for the feature on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

Notebook got the better of Fakir D’Oudairies to win the Poplar Square Chase at Navan on Saturday. Henry De Bromhead’s charge was then cut into 12/1 to win the 2021 Champion Chase with Unibet. Fakir D’Oudairies, who looked a little rusty on his reappearance, drifted out to 33/1 for the Champion Chase, and 20/1 for the Ryanair.

Gabynako and Call Me Lyreen earned quotes of 33/1 and 25/1 respectively for the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle after claiming impressive wins at Navan. Janidil made a winning start over fences later on Saturday’s card, and Willie Mullins’ novice was clipped into 16s from 33/1 in Unibet’s market for the 2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase.

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The action at Navan rolled into Sunday, and it was Gordon Elliott’s Fakeira who won the feature, beating Fire Attack in the Monksfield Novices’ Hurdle. Fakeira was then cut into 25/1 for the Ballymore and 16/1 for the Albert Bartlett. Fire Attack did brilliantly to finish second on his hurdling debut, and was clipped into 25/1 for both the two-and-a-half miler and the three miler at Cheltenham. Beaten favourite, Farouk D’Alene drifted out to 33/1 in the Albert Bartlett betting on the back of that fourth-place finish.

Appreciate It got off to a winning start over fences at Cork on Sunday, cruising to victory in a very modest maiden. Willie Mullins’ charge saw his odds clipped for all three of the Grade One novice hurdles at Cheltenham on the back of that display. Paddy Power make Appreciate It a 12/1 shot for both the Supreme and the Albert Bartlett, and the 10/1 second-favourite for the Ballymore.

Ferny Hollow, who beat Appreciate It in the Champion Bumper, overcame a promising rival in Bob Olinger to win on his maiden hurdles debut at Gowran Park on Friday. William Hill then made Ferny Hollow their 8/1 favourite for the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Bob Olinger, who lost nothing in defeat, was cut into 16/1 for the Ballymore and 20s for the Albert Bartlett.

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Nico De Boinville looks behind him for rivals at Chantry House makes a winning chase debut at Ascot. (Getty)

Annamix hacked up in a chase at Gowran Park, causing his odds for the Ryanair to tumble into 25/1. Another Willie Mullins chaser to impress on Friday was Energumene, who was cut into 12/1 for the Marsh Novices’ Chase following an emphatic win on his stable debut.

Chantry House was the star attraction at Ascot on Friday, winning the opening Beginners’ Chase by a wide margin. Nicky Henderson’s star was cut into 10/1 for the Marsh Novices’ Chase by William Hill following that display. Harry Fry’s Metier also impressed at Ascot, powering to a second-straight victory over hurdles, forcing Unibet to cut his odds in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting in from 40s to 20/1.

Blackbow impressed on his chasing debut at Navan on Sunday, and bet365 were quick to cut his Arkle odds in from 50s to 20/1. Tamaroc Du Mathan was installed as a 33/1 shot for the Arkle after an easy win at Wincanton on Thursday. The day before at Warwick, Phoenix Way made a winning start to life over fences, after which he was handed quotes of 33/1 in the Marsh Novices’ Chase betting by bet365.

The Glancing Queen won easily on her first start over hurdles at Warwick, forcing William Hill to cut her into 12/1 to win the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. Monmiral earned quotes of 16/1 to win the 2021 Triumph Hurdle, after winning on his stable debut at Exeter on Sunday. L'air Du Vent was the star performer on the afternoon at Exeter, and Colin Tizzard’s youngster was immediately cut in from 66/1 to 25/1 to win the National Hunt Chase.

What better way to end the week than with Shishkin’s chase debut at Kempton on Monday. Nicky Henderson’s Supreme winner faced little in the way of competition, but barely brushed the birch on his way around, and was still hard on the bridle as he crossed the line 23-lengths ahead of Mick Pastor.

Shishkin was already William Hill’s 5/2 favourite to win the 2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy. After Monday’s masterclass, Henderson’s budding star was cut into 7/4, and will be amongst many people’s banker 2021 Cheltenham Festival tips.

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