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The festive period added further clues to the Cheltenham Festival jigsaw puzzle, but probably posed just as many questions after an abundance of top-class racing on both sides of the Irish Sea.
On Boxing Day Frodon became a legitimate contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after making all under a brilliant Bryony Frost ride in the marquee King George at Kempton to come in from a previous high of 40/1.
The biggest mover of the Xmas period was Savills Chase hero A Plus Tard who is now in from an incredible 66/1 for the Gold Cup after a sensational finish to Monday’s feature at Leopardstown where he grabbed success in the final strides from Kemboy in a dramatic finish.
The puzzle will continue on ITV on New Year’s Day at Tramore where Gold Cup favourite Al Boum Photo will bid to exhibit that his odds are too big.
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Epatante drifted to 5-2 favourite from 6-4 market leader to retain the Champion Hurdle after her defeat at long odds-on by Silver Streak in the Christmas Hurdle, but then hardened again after Saint Roi fluffed his lines in Tuesday’s Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown which was won for a third successive season by Sharjah.
The latter was runner-up in hurdling’s blue riband in 2020 and halved in price into to go one better, while Silver Streak secured a quote in from 25/1.
There were Queen Mother Champion Chase pointers in Ireland and Britain on Sunday when Chacun Pour Soi firmly became the one to beat after his demolition job in the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown saw him slashed into 7-4 favourite from 11-4 favourite.
Paddy then had to get his knife out again just an hour and 20 minutes later when Altior could not match 20-1 outsider Nube Negra in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton. That reversal saw ‘Chacun’ harden, while Altior doubled in price with his conqueror installed at the same odds.
The Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown saw Appreciate It contract dramatically at the forefront of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market after his easy nine-length victory.
One of the great rivalries of the season between Paisley Park and Thyme Hill means many pundits believe the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle is a match between those two, but Flooring Porter threw his hat firmly into the ring with a six-length victory in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle, earning himself a first show quote in the process.
Appreciate It was further trimmed into 11-4 having begun the day at 12-1 following his impressive win at Leopardstown.
A younger staying hurdler Gaillard Du Mesnil was another huge mover in the Ballymore following a maiden hurdle win on the same card with the four-year-old snipped into from 40/1.
Newbury’s Challow Hurdle had winning trainer Paul Nicholls comparing winner Bravemansgame to the legendary Denman and his odds for the Ballymore also halved into 6-1 favourite. That was too big according to punters since and our odds compilers have subsequently swiped the son of Brave Mansonnien even shorter.
The final day of Leopardstown’s four-day extravaganza saw racing enthusiasts raving about Monkfish who solidified at the front of the RSA Chase market into fav from 11-4 after a stunning win from Latest Exhibition in the top-class Neville Hotels Novice Chase.
The runner-up did his credentials for the ‘novices’ Gold Cup’ no harm as well by getting within three lengths of Monkfish and he halved in price.
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