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Eye on Cheltenham – Betfair Chase results shakes up Gold Cup betting as Politologue enhances Ryanair claims

Jonathan Vine in News 27 Nov 2018
Daryl Jacob and Bristol De Mai secure their second-straight victory in the Betfair Chase.

We bring you the latest news and developments in the 2019 Cheltenham Festival markets after a big weekend of racing at Haydock and Ascot.

Bristol De Mai stole the show this weekend, retaining his Betfair Chase crown with a fantastic display of jumping around his beloved Haydock. If you want to relive the race, check out this link, but we’re here to discuss the Cheltenham Festival and the Gold Cup market was shaken up a little after the events that unfolded on Merseyside.

Despite the impressive nature of his victory, bookmaker’s clearly feel Bristol De Mai is a one-trick pony, clipping his Gold Cup odds only slightly into around 20/1. Ladbrokes were suitably impressed with Native River’s run when coming second, clipping the Gold Cup king's odds in from 7s to 6/1, whereas Might Bite's odds took a tumble after a terrible jumping display, with Betfair pushing the King George winner out from 6s to 9/1.

Thistlecrack too was a little cumbersome over the fearsome Haydock fences, before staying on really nicely in the closing stages to finish third. Betfair slashed Thistlecrack’s Gold Cup odds into 25s from 40/1 following that performance, while also handing Colin Tizzard’s charge fresh quotes of 25/1 to win the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Politologue was the headline act on Ascot's card this weekend and Paul Nicholls’ chaser claimed a good victory in the 1965 Chase, holding off Charbel in the closing stages when giving seven pounds to his rival. The King George will likely be Politologue’s next assignment, but William Hill is sure he will drop back in trip and enter the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, cutting his odds in from 12s to 8/1 for the St. Patricks’ day spectacular.

Politologue leaps the last on his way to winning the 1965 Chase.


Another warm favourite to reward his backers at Ascot was If The Cap Fits, who eventually secured a comfortable victory in the Ascot Hurdle after seemingly struggling on the turn for home. Harry Fry’s charge was cut in from 33s to 25/1 by Betfair in the Champion Hurdle betting, with BetVictor installing If The Cap Fits as a 16/1 shot to win the three-mile Stayers’ Hurdle.

Earlier in the day at Haydock, Paisley Park enhanced his Stayers’ Hurdle credentials with a powerful finish to win the Grade Three Handicap, forcing William Hill to clip his Cheltenham Festival odds into 25s from 33s. Hazzaar brought Ascot’s card to a close with an impressive victory in a flat race and BetVictor were watching closely, installing Tom Lacey’s charge as a 33/1 shot in the Champion Bumper.

Ascot Hurdle weekend got off to a flying start on Friday, as Didtheyleaveuoutto got the better of Thomas Darby in a thrilling two-mile Introductory Hurdle. Nick Gifford’s winner moved into Supreme Novices’ Hurdle contention, with Betfair cutting his odds in from 20s to 12/1. Despite coming out second best, Thomas Darby was handed fresh quotes 12/1 to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle by Betfair, after shaping like he needed a step up in trip.

Paloma Blue headlined the entries at Navan on Sunday, with many expecting Henry De Bromhead’s charge to enforce his position near the head of the Arkle betting. Yet, a limp chasing debut saw the favourite finish fourth behind Jetz – who himself was handed fresh quotes of 50/1 in the Arkle – a run which resulted in Paloma Blue slipping down to 20s from 12/1 in Paddy Power’s Arkle market.

Defeats for Danny Kirwan on Monday and Dinons on Sunday saw both slip back to 33/1 in the betting for the Supreme and Albert Bartlett betting respectively. Lil Rockerfeller was one of the few runners to enhance his Festival chances on Sunday, with BetVictor cutting his odds in the RSA into 25/1 from 40s after extending his unbeaten record over fences at Exeter.

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Eye on Cheltenham – Betfair Chase results shakes up Gold Cup betting as Politologue enhances Ryanair claims

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