Eye On Cheltenham Week 8 – Song For Someone, Mister Fisher and Chatham Street Lad backed for the Festival
- We bring you the eighth installment in our Eye On Cheltenham series
- Song For Someone was cut for the Champion Hurdle following his International Hurdle win at Cheltenham
- Mister Fisher was backed for the Ryanair Chase this weekend
- Chatham Street Lad was also supported after a stunning performance in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
Song For Someone (left) winning the International Hurdle at Cheltenham. (Getty)
In week eight 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.
Song For Someone2021 Champion Hurdle Market MoverGET 14/1 HERE
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Cheltenham’s International Meeting was the main event this week. All eyes were on Goshen in the namesake race of the meeting, the International Hurdle, but the favourite flopped as Song For Someone prevailed. Tom Symonds’ charge only had to jump four hurdles to get the win, thanks to the low sun. That didn’t stop Unibet cutting Song For Someone into 14/1 for the 2021 Champion Hurdle, with Goshen slipping out to 25/1 from 10s.
Michael Winters’ raider, Chatham Street Lad ran away with the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, winning by a wide margin. Winter’s novice was immediately backed into 16/1 for both the Marsh and the RSA Novices' Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.
Fusil Raffles won a messy novices’ chase over two-and-a-half miles, where favourite Chantry House failed to impress. Nicky Henderson’s winner was then cut into 16/1 for the 2021 Marsh Novices' Chase, as Chantry House drifted right out to 33/1.
Adagio earned quotes of 20/1 for the Triumph Hurdle following an impressive victory in Saturday’s opener. Make Good then entered the Albert Bartlett betting at 25/1 following an impressive win in the Bristol Novices’ Hurdle. William Hill also made Sky Pirate their 16/1 favourite for the Grand Annual Handicap Chase, following a bloodless triumph on his first start over two miles.
Mister Fisher prevailed in the rescheduled Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham on Friday, holding off Kalashnikov to win in good style. Nicky Henderson’s chaser was then cut into 20/1 from 33s to win the 2021 Ryanair Chase with bet365.
Happygolucky proved he was a strong stayer with a comfortable novice chase win at Cheltenham, and was immediately cut into 16/1 for the National Hunt Chase. Some Neck snatched a narrow victory in the Cross Country Handicap on Friday too, earning a fresh price of 14/1 to win the 2021 Cross Country at the Festival.
Doncaster handed out two Graded prizes on Saturday, with the first going to Hurricane Harvey, who earned quotes of 33/1 to win the 2021 RSA Novices’ Chase following a narrow win in the December Novices’ Chase. Monmiral then lived up to his odds-on price tag when securing a comfortable victory in the Summit Juvenile Hurdle, forcing bet365 to cut Paul Nicholls’ charge into 10/1 to win the Triumph Hurdle.
Former flat racer, Sextant entered the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting on Sunday, after a comfortable victory at Carlisle. Captain Zebo claimed his fifth victory in a row when winning the Pertemps Qualifier on Sunday, and John Dixon’s eight-year-old was cut into 28/1 to win the Final at the Festival.
Boothill and Atholl Street both caught the eye when winning novice hurdles at Taunton on Thursday, and both entered the 2021 Supreme Novices' Hurdle betting at 25/1. Gary Moore’s Nassalam then secured a second emphatic victory in juvenile company at Fontwell last Tuesday, and was immediately cut into 14/1 for the Triumph.
The first big card in Ireland this week took place at Punchestown on Tuesday. Emmet Mullins’ Cape Gentlemen secured a styling victory in the maiden hurdle, earning quotes of 16/1 for the Ballymore. Eklat De Rire then impressed on his chasing debut over three miles, and Henry De Bromhead’s novice was cut into 33/1 for both the RSA and the National Hunt Chase by William Hill.
Captain Guinness made up for a terrible chasing debut at Punchestown on Friday, cruising to a comfortable victory over two miles. Rachael Blackmore’s mount was then cut back into 16/1 to win the 2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy.
Delvino upset two fancied horses to win at Naas on Monday, and was immediately handed quotes of 16/1 to win the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle. Espanito Bello also took advantage of some floundering favourites to score in a novice chase, and Barry Connell’s charge entered the Marsh market on 33/1.
Willie Mullins’ Take Tea cruised to victory in the card-closing flat-race at Naas, earning quotes of 16/1 to win the Champion Bumper. Brandy Love also earned similar quotes in the Champion Bumper betting, after a taking performance in the mares’ bumper at Fairyhouse on Saturday.
Captain Guinness2021 Arkle Challenge Trophy Market MoverGET 16/1 HERE
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