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Eye On Cheltenham - A Plus Tard clear Gold Cup favourite after Betfair Chase romp

  • Week seven of our Eye On Cheltenham series
  • Big meetings took place at Haydock, Ascot and Navan between November 16th and 22nd
  • A Plus Tard was cut into 3/1 for the Gold Cup after winning the Betfair Chase
  • Hollow Games, Buzz and Run Wild Fred also made significant moves in the Cheltenham Festival betting
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Rachael Blackmore aboard A Plus Tard. (Getty)
Jon Vine 23 Nov 2021
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We look back through the last week of results between November 16th and 22nd and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

This first Grade One of the British National Hunt season took place at Haydock this weekend, where the Betfair Chase was handed out. Ascot and Navan also hosted important cards this weekend too, and we have seven notable Cheltenham Festival market movers to report.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
  • Hollow Games 
  • Buzz
  • Bob Olinger
  • Bravemansgame
  • Run Wild Fred
  • A Plus Tard
  • Lostintranslation

2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers


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Hollow Games 


Hollow Games' task in Sunday's Monksfield Hurdle was made easier when stablemate Ginto was withdrawn, but Gordon Elliott's novice still impressed by claiming a comfortable three-length win. Although that Grade Three was run over two-and-a-half miles, it's clear Hollow Games is an out-and-out stayer, and bet365 were quick to cut Elliott's unbeaten gelding into 8/1 favouritism for the Albert Bartlett.

Buzz


Nicky Henderson's Cesarewitch winner, Buzz made a successful return to hurdling at Ascot on Saturday, seeing off Song For Someone and Goshen to claim an easy victory in the Coral Hurdle. Connections again reiterated that the Stayers' Hurdle is the big aim for the season and Unibet were one of many firms who cut Buzz's Cheltenham Festival odds, clipping Henderson's hurdler in from 14s to 13/2 third-favouritism.

Bob Olinger


All eyes were on Bob Olinger as Henry De Bromhead's star made his first start over fences at Gowran Park on Saturday. Apart from a couple of sloppy jumps at the final two flights, Bob Olinger jumped beautifull as he sealed a simple six-length success, causing bet365 to cut last year's Ballymore winner in from 11/4 to 9/4 favouritism for the Marsh Novices' Chase.

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Nico de Boinville riding Buzz (green) clear the last to win The Coral Hurdle. (Getty)

Bravemansgame


Bravemansgame maintained his unbeaten start over fences with a superb display at Haydock on Saturday, seeing off a former Grade One winner in Itchy Feet without breaking a sweat. Paul Nicholls said prior to that race that Bravemansgame coupld skip Cheltenham in favourite of a run at Aintree, but that didn't stop Paddy Power cutting Nicholls' budding star into 5/1 for the Festival Novices' Chase.

Run Wild Fred


Gordon Elliott's star claimed an overdue first win over fences at Navan on Sunday, making all the running and kicking clear of stablemate Farclas to win the lucrative Troytown Handicap. Run Wild Fred will retain his novice status throughout the upcoming season and bet365 were quick to cut Elliott's charge into 5/1 favouritism for the 2022 National Hunt Chase.

A Plus Tard


Last year's Gold Cup runner-up, A Plus Tard could hardly have made a more impressive return to action at Haydock this weekend. Rachael Blackmore's mount travelled comfortably behind the leaders throughout and surged clear down the home straight to win the Betfair Chase by a whopping 22 lengths.

De Bromhead said it would be the Savils Chase next before returning to the Gold Cup. A Plus Tard is now the clear favourite for the 2022 Gold Cup across the boards, with bet365 offering a best price of 7/2.

Lostintranslation


Another mover in the Gold Cup market was Lostintranslation, who returned to winning form in the 1965 Christy Chase. Colin Tizzard's star, who finished second to Al Boum Photo in the feature at Cheltenham two years ago, endured a torrid campaign last season, but was cut in from 50s to 25/1 for the 2022 Gold Cup by Unibet after rediscovering his best form this weekend.
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