Cheltenham Festival 2024: Ante-Post Market Movers
Let’s get straight into the performances that have had the biggest impact on ante-post Cheltenham Festival markets over the last seven days.
As you might expect, quite a few ante-post Cheltenham markets have been shaken up with betting sites after another top-class weekend of action.
As ever, there is a full list of all the ante-post market movers from the last seven days at the bottom of the page.
Edwardstone Back To His Brilliant Best
Edwardstone is now well and truly back in the Champion Chase picture after sailing to victory in the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Saturday.
Stepping up in trip, connections decided it was time to ride him more forcefully rather than hold him up and the switch in tactics paid off handsomely.
Edwardstone jumped and travelled like the horse we know he can be and never saw another rival, although with Boothill falling and the well-backed Amarillo Sky being pulled up, it’s fair to say the race fell apart in behind him.
Credible champion chase rivals to El Fabiolo (4/9 fav) are thin on the ground but a peak-form Edwardstone would have to be a threat to the market leader, and he’s now just 9/1 (from 20/1) to make up for last season’s bitterly disappointing Champion Chase performance.
Teeshan Looks The Real Deal
The dogs were barking about Teeshan ahead of his rules debut for Paul Nicholls at Exeter on Sunday and he didn’t disappoint his many backers.
Teeshan, who bolted up in an Irish point in October, never looked in any sort of danger under a confident Harry Cobden and the son of Westerner made light of the very testing ground by skipping clear in the closing stages to score by a handsome seven lengths.
It didn’t look a particularly strong bumper on paper but that didn’t stop the layers slashing Teeshan into as short as 7/1 (from 16/1) in the Cheltenham odds for the Champion Bumper.
He represents the same connections’ Captain Teague, who finished third in last year’s Champion Bumper, and it looks like the Ditcheat team are going to let him take his chance.
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Brighterdaysahead Shines In Apple’s Jade
The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is shaping up to be quite the clash between the likes of Brighterdaysahead, Jade De Grugy and Dysart Enos but it’s going to take a good mare to beat Gordon Elliott’s charge.
Brighterdaysahead is now five from five after strolling to a 12-length success in the Listed Apple’s Jade Mares Novice Hurdle at Navan on Saturday and she’s just 3/1 to keep her perfect record intact at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
Fellow Irish raider Fun Fun Fun also looks on track for a tilt at the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle after scoring at Exeter on Sunday.
A rare Willie Mullins-trained raider at that course, Fun Fun Fun needed to pull out plenty to repel the challenge of Favour And Fortune but she showed a good attitude on ground that would surely not have been ideal. She was clipped into 8/1 for the festival.
Lord Continues Ascent Through Ranks
Iberico Lord is a two-mile hurdler firmly on the rise after coming from well off the pace to land Saturday’s £155,000 Betfair Hurdle.
The progressive JP McManus-owned six-year-old was 8lb higher than when running away with the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier in the season but that didn’t stop him making up a huge amount of ground in the home straight to run down L’Eau Du Sud and score by two and a half lengths.
Connections are now eyeing a tilt at one of the festival handicaps and the layers have trimmed him into 8/1 for both the County Hurdle and the Martin Pipe.
The County Hurdle, which is run on the stiffer new course, should suit him well and, even off a mark pushing 140 he should have a great chance of following in the footsteps of Saint Roi, who won the County Hurdle for JP McManus in 2020.
Vassy Back In The Groove At Naas
A change in work rider was put forward by Willie Mullins as a possible explanation for Allegori De Vassy’s upturn in fortunes at Naas on Saturday.
Last year’s Mares’ Chase runner-up has proved a bit hit and miss this season and her trainer was concerned that she was becoming a bit lazy at home but, after running a long way below par behind Riviere D’etel at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day, she turned that form on its head without seemingly breaking sweat.
Confidence in her Cheltenham Festival prospects is reflected in her 4/1 (from 6/1) Mares’ Chase odds with horse racing betting sites, with only stablemate Dinoblue (6/5) ahead of her in ante-post lists.
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Round-Up Of This Week’s Cheltenham Festival Market Movers
📉 Edwardstone – 9/1 (from 20/1) for the Champion Chase
📉 Brighterdaysahead – 3/1 (from 7/2) for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
📉 Fun Fun Fun – 8/1 (from 10/1) for the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle
📉 Teeshan – 7/1 (from 16/1) for the Champion Bumper
📉 Shishkin – 9/1 (from 10/1) for the Gold Cup
📉 Iberico Lord – 8/1 (from 12/1) for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
📉 Iberico Lord – 8/1 (from 12/1) for the County Hurdle
📉 Allegorie De Vassy – 4/1 (from 6/1) for the Mares’ Chase
📉 Billaway – 8/1 (from 14/1) for the Hunters Chase
📉 American Mike – 16/1 (from 25/1) for the Turners Novices’ Chase
📉 Handstands – 10/1 (from 20/1) for the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle
📉 Shallow River – 20/1 (from 33/1) for the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle
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