No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Eye on Cheltenham week eight – Frodon and Brain Power backed cut for Festival after International meeting success

Jonathan Vine in News 18 Dec 2018
Brain Power crosses the line after winning the International Hurdle.

We bring you the latest news and betting developments in the 2019 Cheltenham Festival markets between after the weekend’s racing at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Navan on Saturday 15th December.

There was an air of disappointment at Cheltenham when the International Hurdle contenders hit the track. Willie Mullins decision to pull Laurina the day before the race left the Grade Two looking decidedly open and it was Brain Power who took advantage. On his first start over hurdles for the best part of two years, Nicky Henderson’s charge tanked through the race and held on from Silver Streak in the closing stages to claim victory.

As a result, Brain Power’s odds in the Champion Hurdle betting were slashed. William Hill went as short as 16/1 from an original stand-point of 50s, with most bookmakers choosing to remain around the 20/1 mark.

The star performer at Prestbury Park this weekend was undoubtedly Frodon, who regained the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup crown under Bryony Frost in fantastic fashion. Frodon was rather friendless in the build-up to the race, with many fearing top-weight may scupper his chances. Yet, Paul Nicholls’ chaser proved he was, by far, the best horse in the race with a wonderful front-running success.

The handicappers hike now means Frodon shares a similar rating as last year’s Ryanair winner, Balko Des Flos and Nicholls identified that Grade One as Frodon’s new Cheltenham Festival goal. A 25/1 outsider before the race, the bookie’s in unison slashed Frodon’s Ryanair odds, with Unibet listing him as a 10/1 shot.

Earlier in the afternoon, Rockpoint ran out the worthy winner of the Albert Bartlett Trial at Cheltenham. He’s been backed to follow in the footsteps of last year’s victor and stablemate, Kilbricken Storm, with Colin Tizzard’s coming into 20/1 joint ante-post favouritism for the Albert Bartlett by Ladbrokes

At Doncaster, Rocky’s Treasure continued his excellent chasing form with victory in the December Novices’ Chase. Kim Bailey’s charge was pulled into 20s for the RSA, with William Hill and Ladbrokes entering Rocky’s Treasure into the National Hunt Chase betting on a price of 16/1. Quel Destin was another star performer at the Yorkshire venue, battling valiantly to win the Summit Juvenile Hurdle and he was cut into 16/1 to win the Triumph Hurdle with William Hill.

The first day of Cheltenham’s International Meeting featured several excellent races, with The World’s End’s sparkling, 30-length victory in the Neville Lumb Novices’ Chase the performance of the day. Tom George’s chaser was cut into 14/1 for the RSA with William Hill, who also slashed The World’s End’s odds in the National Hunt Chase in from 25s to 12/1.

Another impressive winner on Friday’s card was Al Dancer, who stormed clear of his rivals to win a valuable handicap by 11 lengths. Nigel Twiston-Davies charge will drop back into novice company at the Festival and Al Dancer was clipped in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle betting, coming into 16s from 25/1 with Unibet.

There was plenty of high-quality action to take in at Ireland over the weekend, with Navan’s card on Sunday featuring a couple of Graded races. Easy Game cruised to the Navan Novice Hurdle for Willie Mullins, but it was Battleoverdoyen – who powered to a convincing victory in the preceding maiden – who made the biggest move in the Festival betting.

Gordon Elliott’s former pointer cut an imposing figure in the prelims and wasted no time in storming to a 13 length success. While William Hill cut Battleoverdoyen’s price in the Supreme in from 33s to 16/1, the Ballymore looks his most likely Cheltenham destination, with Ladbrokes quoting fresh odds of 12/1 on Elliott’s charge scoring in the two-and-a-half miler.

Battleoverdoyen’s stablemate, Envoi Allen extended his unbeaten record on the flat with a comfortable five-length success. William Hill quickly cut Envoi Allen’s odds in the Champion Bumper into 5/1 from 7s, but Gordon Elliott said earlier in the month that it’s extremely unlikely Envoi Allen would make an appearance at Cheltenham this year.

Peter Fahy watched Dunvegan make a successful start to life over hurdles at Fairyhouse on Saturday and Paddy Power was quick to enter him into the Ballymore betting on a price of 33/1. Campeador also returned to action with a win in a Beginners Chase on the same card and William Hill reacted, halving his odds in the Arkle into 20/1.

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Eye on Cheltenham week eight – Frodon and Brain Power backed cut for Festival after International meeting success

We bring you the latest news and betting developments in the 2019 Cheltenham Festival markets between after the weekend’s racing at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Navan on Saturday 15th December.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages