Eye On Cheltenham - Greaneteen, Allaho and Protektorat make waves in Festival betting
- Week nine of our Eye On Cheltenham series
- Big meetings took place at Sandown, Aintree and Punchestown between November 30th and December 6th
- Greaneteen jumped into Champion Chase contention after winning the Tingle Creek
- Allaho, Protektorat and Ferny Hollow also made significant moves in the Cheltenham Festival betting
Bryony Frost riding Greaneteen clear the last to win The Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park. (Getty)
We look back through the last week of results between November 30th and December 6th and pick out the main movers in the betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
Sandown's Tingle Creek meeting hogged the racing headlines in Britain this weekend. National Hunt fans also had a high-profile meeting at Aintree to enjoy on Saturday, before Punchestown staged their popular John Durkan meeting on Sunday.
Here are 17 winners who impressed enough this week to see their Cheltenham Festival odds slashed.
- 2022 Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
- Largy Debut
- Dysart Dynamo
- Constitution Hill
- Nell's Well
- Nurse Susan
- Ferny Hollow
- Riviere D'Etel
- Bothwell Bridge
- First Flow
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We'll kick off with the biggest upset of the season so far, as Largy Debut comfortably beat 1/14 favourite Kilcruit in a maiden hurdle at Cork on Sunday. Henry De Bromhead's winner was slashed in from 66s into 16/1 to win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle by bet365, while former ante-post favourite Kilcruit drifted out to 10/1.
Willie Mullins gained quick compensation for Kilcruit's defeat in the following race, as the unbeaten Dysart Dynamo made a winning hurdles debut over two miles. William Hill immediately cut Dysart Dynamo into 10/1 for both the Supreme and the Ballymore Novices' Hurdles.
A week after Jonbon shot to the head of the Supreme betting, Nicky Henderson watched Consitution Hill bound into Cheltenham contention at Sandown. Henderson's four-year-old thrashed Might I by 14 lengths, and now sits just behind stablemate Jonbon in the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, with William Hill offering a top price of 4/1.
Ginto was part of Gordon Elliott's incredible seven-timer at Navan on Saturday, beating Eric Bloodaxe by 11-lengths to win the Grade Two Novices' Hurdle. Bet365 then cut Ginto from 33s into 16/1 to win the 2022 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.
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Sandown's Grade Two feature on Friday, the Winter Novices' Hurd'e was won convincingly by Lossiemouth, who maintained his unbeaten record for the season with a powerful victory. Tom Lacey's charge then entered Paddy Power's betting for the Ballymore at 25/1.
25/1 outsider, Nell's Well hacked up in the three-mile Grade Three Novices' Hurdle at Cork on Sunday. Sean O'Brien's seven-year-old mare was then entered into the Albert Bartlett betting at 40/1 by bet365.
Nurse Susan made it two-from-two over hurdles at Leicester in the week, comfortably beating fellow first-time-out winner Zabeel Champion by three lengths, causing William Hill to clip Dan Skelton's filly into 12/1 for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Despite being passed by Coeur Sublime on the run to the final flight, Ferny Hollow found an extra gear or two to claim victory on his first chase start at Punchestown on Sunday. Willie Mullins' former Champion Bumper winner was then cut into 4/1 from 7s in bet365's betting for the Arkle Challenge Trophy.
Alan King celebrated another Grade One winner on Saturday, as Edwardstone turned Third Time Lucki over in the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown. Edwardstone was immediately cut into 8/1 to win the Arkle by Paddy Power, as Third Time Lucki drifted out from 9s to 33/1.
Gordon Elliott's exciting four-year-old, Riviere D'Etel made it three wins from three over fences with a comfortable triumph in the Grade Three Novices' Chase at Navan on Saturday. Riviere D'Etel was then cut into 12s to win the Arkle, with Paddy Power also quoting odds of 8/1 to win the Mares' Chase.
Bothwell Bridge made a winning debut over fences at Sandown on Saturday, seeing off Mahler's Promise after a solid round of jumping. Nicky Henderson's six-year-old was then handed odds of 25/1 in bet365's betting for the Festival Novices' Chase.
Willie Mullins will have been pleased to see Concertista make a winning chase debut at Cork on Sunday. The former Cheltenham Festival winner was then cut into 5/2 favouritism for the Mares' Chase, with former favourite Elimay drifting out to 8/1 following a poor reappearance at Aintree at the weekend.
All eyes were on Chacun Pour Soi and Nube Negra ahead of the Tingle Creek at Sandown, but it was Bryony Frost and Greaneteen who stole the show, edging out Hitman to win his second Grade One. Paul Nicholls' star was then cut into 6/1 to win the Champion Chase by Betfair. Chacun Pour Soi drifted out to 10s after finishing last of the five, with Nube Negra also slipping back to 12/1 in Betfair's Queen Mother betting.
The following day, Energumene announce his intentions for the season with an easy victory in the Hilly Way Chase. Willie Mullins' unbeaten chaser was then cut into clear second-favouritism for the Champion Chase, with Betfair offering a best price of 5/2.
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Allaho came out on top in a classy renewal of the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown on Sunday. Last year's runaway Ryanair Chase winner was then made a 9/4 shot to defend his crown in 2022 by William Hill.
Envoi Allen, who went off as the favourite on Sunday but could only finish fourth, drifted out to 10/1 in the Ryanair betting and as far as 25/1 to win the 2022 Gold Cup.
A Grade One winner over two miles, First Flow successfully stepped up to two-and-a-half mile at Huntingdon on Sunday, beating Funambule Sivola and Allmankind in the Peterborough Chase. First Flow then entered the Ryanair betting at 20/1 with Paddy Power, as Allmankind drifted right out to 40/1.
With Bridget Andrews in the saddle, Protektorat put the likes of Native River and Simply The Betts to the sword in the Many Clouds Chase, bolting up by 25 lengths. Betfair was impressed enough to cut Dan Skelton's star into 16/1 from 50s in their betting for the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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