We’ve scoured the antepost markets for Cheltenham to find which horses have sustained substantial support or surprised the bookmakers in their targets.
We’ve found five Cheltenham Festival market movers which have moved in recent weeks and are worth a second look.
12/1 into 5/1
Runs in: Grand Annual Challenge Cup
Available at 12/1 in places last week, trainer Paul Nicholls won this same race last year. Daryl Jacob has been very complimentary about him at preview nights and the form of his win last month looks solid.
14/1 into 9/2
Runs in: Mares Novices Hurdle
No doubt her price has shortened partly thanks to Honeysuckle’s non participation, but there was already significant money from the end of February for Posh Trish.
Having not been seen on track since an easy Listed win in December, she drifted slightly from her 10/1 opening price but has been popular ever since. Like Magic Saint, she is trained by Paul Nicholls who will be hoping to break Willie Mullins’ hold on this race.
12/1 into 5/1
Runs in: Ryanair Chase
Far from unusual for a Gigginstown horse to have an unknown target, Road To Respect shortened immediately after trainer Noel Meade announced he was likely to go for the Ryanair last week.
The multiple Grade 1 winner was fourth in the Gold Cup here last year having won the Plate Handicap Chase in 2017. With his trainer feeling he “just didn’t quite get home in the Gold Cup”, this decision appears a logical step.
12/1 into 8/1
Runs in: Champion Bumper
A rare British jumps runner for Michael Tabor – just his second in the last five years in fact, the last being West Coast Time who finished down in the field in this race in 2017.
He defied odds of 20/1 to run Envoi Allen close at Leopardstown last month, finishing just over a length back but closing towards the line.
He was getting three pounds that day but the extra stamina test of the Cheltenham hill and a more truly run race could see him improve substantially.
25/1 into 12/1 (in places)
Runs in: RSA Chase
Switching to the bigger obstacles has made all the difference for Colin Tizzard’s charge. Three wins – including the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot – plus a third have seen his handicap mark rise from 126 to 148.
Unsurprisingly, market support has following, helped by Colin Tizzard stating he “has just developed into a proper stayer”.
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