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Eye On Cheltenham Week 7 – Chacun Pour Soi, Min and Allmankind backed following weekend wins

  • We bring you the seventh installment in our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Min's third victory in the John Durkan saw his odds in the Ryanair Chase get cut
  • Chacun Pour Soi and Politologue were both backed in the 2021 Champion Chase betting
  • Allmankind and Star Gate also impressed at Sandown
Harry Skelton riding Allmankind to victory in the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown. (Getty)
Jon Vine 08 Dec 2020
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In week seven 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.
Thick fog meant that Sunday’s card at Punchestown had to be abandoned after just three races, but not before the 2020 John Durkan Memorial Chase was handed out. Those anticipating a thrilling race were disappointed, as weather conditions meant viewers missed most of the race, but we saw enough to know that Min had become the first horse to win the John Durkan three years in a row.

After seeing offer stablemate Tornado Flyer in a real battle for the title, Min was made the 7/1 favourite to defend his crown in the Ryanair Chase. Tornado Flyer entered the 2021 Ryanair Chase betting on 20/1, while Allaho and Chris’s Dream dropped down the Cheltenham Festival betting, after labouring to lengthy defeats.

Chacun Pour Soi made his reappearance at Cork on Sunday, and Paul Townend’s mount wasted little energy in getting his season off to a winning start in the Hilly Way Chase. Although he beat a far inferior field, William Hill cut Chacun Pour Soi into 5/2 from 7/2 to win the 2021 Champion Chase.

Reigning Champion Chase, Politologue also made a winning return to action this weekend, powering to victory from the front in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. Betfair then cut Politologue in from 20s to 6/1 to win back-to-back Queen Mothers. Altior, who was a late withdrawal from the Tingle Creek on account of the heavy ground, remains a 7/1 shot in the Champion Chase betting, and will now make his reappearance in the Desert Orchid at Kempton after Christmas.

Allmankind extended his unbeaten record over fences with a thrilling victory in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, making all and staying strong on the run to the line to beat Hitman by three lengths. Dan Skelton’s four-year-old is now a Grade One winner over both hurdles and fences, and Paddy Power made Allmankind their 10/1 second-favourite for the Arkle behind hot-favourite Shishkin.

Low sun at Aintree meant only a handful of fences were tackled in the Many Clouds Chase. All eyes were on Santini, Frodon and Native River at the head of the market, but it was Lake View Lad who prevailed in a bizarre running of that Grade Two.

Lake View Lad (near) beating Santini (far) and Native River (right) in the Many Clouds Chase. (Getty)

Santini, who looked in desperate need of the outing, initially drifted out to 10/1 in the 2021 Gold Cup betting following that narrow defeat, but he was soon pulled back in to 8/1. Native River was cut into 33/1 from 40s after his third-place finish, while Lake View Lad was installed as a 25/1 shot in the betting for the 2021 Grand National.

The main event at Sandown on Friday was the Winter Novices’ Hurdle, and it was odds-on favourite Star Gate who prevailed. Evan Williams’ four-year-old looks a gelding with plenty of promise, and Paddy Power slashed Star Gate’s price in the 2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in from 40s to 20/1.

Colin Tizzard decided to test The Big Breakaway’s speed at Exeter last week. The 1/5 favourite was very keen, jumped poorly, and was eventually headed on the run to the line by Bold Plan. The Big Breakaway then drifted out from 8s to 14/1 in the 2021 RSA Novices’ Chase betting, and was made a 33/1 shot for the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

Another moving in the opposite direction this weekend was Paros, who could only finish fourth on his stable debut for Nicky Henderson, and drifted out from 16s to 40/1 in Unibet’s market for the Triumph Hurdle. The Big Getaway also suffered a comprehensive defeat on his first start over fences, and Willie Mullins’ charge drifted out to 33/1 in the betting for the Marsh, RSA and the National Hunt Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

ITV racing viewers watched Sayce Gold seal a comfortable Grade Three triumph at Cork on Sunday, and Michael Winter’s mare was cut into 16/1 to win the Albert Bartlett with bet365. Another moving in the right direction in the Albert Bartlett market was Oscar Elite, who entered the betting at 33/1 after winning a three-mile novices’ hurdle at Chepstow.

Andy Dufresne remains unbeaten over fences after a Grade Three victory at Navan on Saturday, and Gordon Elliott’s novice was cut into 16/1 to win the 2021 Arkle by Paddy Power. 

We also have two movers in the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market to report. Adrimel entered the betting at 33/1 after making it two-from-two over hurdles at Haydock, while Smurphy Enki was also installed as a 33/1 shot for the Supreme following a victory on his hurdles debut at Plumpton on Monday.


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