Altior showed why he was 1/3 fav for a reason when he won the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury. Ridden by Nico de Boinville for trainer Nicky Henderson, the two-time Queen Mother Champion Chase winner at Cheltenham finished superbly to win by three and a quarter lengths and is now into 2/1 joint favourite to make it a three-peat in the Champion Chase next month.
Native River landed the Betfair Denman Chase for the third time at Newbury on Saturday but it wasn’t anything our traders weren’t expecting. He’s unchanged at 12/1 to win the Gold Cup while we’re in to 16/1 on him galloping to Grand National success (if he goes there) after Cheltenham. Native River met a couple of fences wrong on ground quicker than ideal but Colin Tizzard’s 10-year-old never looked in danger.
Eased home to win at Warwick on Saturday in comfortable style, Clondaw Castle caught the eye of our traders. Cut from 25s into 16s to win the 2m 4f handicap on the Thursday of the Festival.
After breezing home to win at Warwick by six lengths, we make Indefatigable 12/1 to win the Mares Hurdle next month on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
Rouge Vif strengthened his claims for the Racing Post Arkle with a strong display in the Agetur UK Kingmaker Novices’ Chase. An easy seven-length success over Nube Negra meant we shortened Rouge Vif to 20/1 from 33/1.
First show at 14s from our traders after One For The Team strolled to victory at Newbury.
Chantry House will be looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival after maintaining his unbeaten record at Newbury. The six-year-old followed up his debut triumph over hurdles at Cheltenham with a facile success under a penalty in the extended two mile prize – and is now 10s in from 20s to win the Ballymore Novices.
The Nicky Henderson-trained horse is also 10s to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle when Henderson has a stack of leading contenders.
Prices and entries are correct at time of publication in the ante post markets.