The most relevant racing news and reaction for the Cheltenham Festival 2022 from between the 11th and 17th January.
Last Updated: 15:58, 17/01/22
Galvin to head straight to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup
Despite being entered for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Leopardstown, Gordon Elliott has confirmed that Galvin will head straight to the Gold Cup in March.
"He’s in at Leopardstown but I’d imagine he’ll go straight to the Gold Cup. We just stuck him in to give him an option, but he’ll go straight to the Gold Cup."
The eight-year-old ran very well last time out to get the better of A Plus Tard, winning the Savills Chase on the 28th of December 2021. Elliott has since toyed with the idea of an additional pre-Cheltenham run but has decided against it.
Galvin is currently 5/1 second favourite for the Gold Cup, just behind last years winner A Plus Tard who can currently be found at a best price of 7/2.
The Tide Turns has been cut for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle after an impressive victory at Punchestown
The Tide Turns put in an impressive display at Punchestown on Monday and has since been cut for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Before Punchestown, the four-year-old could be found at as long as 20/1 but since his impressive display has been cut to joint-favourite for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at 12/1 with the majority of bookmakers, you can still find Gordon Elliott's horse at 20/1 with one bookmaker.
Lingfield entries throw up likely Cheltenham price movements
There is a strong card at Lingfield Park on Sunday 23rd January which might have some permutations for Cheltenham Festival handicap markets, with Brewin’upastorm, Darver Star, Goshen, Gowel Road and Saint Felicien among those entered for the 2:25 2m3f Hurdle.
Gowel Road, already a winner at Cheltenham this season, is a 25/1 shot for the Coral Cup and could well enhance his claims over this similar distance for the connections who finished third in the race with Ballyandy in 2019.
Meanwhile, the unbeaten Saint Felicien - who holds an entry in the Irish Champion Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival - could be an interesting runner if declared, with the County Hurdle and Martin Pipe potentially on the long term radar should a Champion Hurdle bid (where connections hold an entry) fall through.
Meanwhile, Bristol De Mai, Dashel Drasher, Fakir D’oudairies, Fanion D’estruval and Waiting Patiently have all been entered for the same day's 2m6f Chase and may well be looking to highlight their Ryanair Chase credentials.
Dashel Drasher, who scored at Newbury over hurdles at Christmas time, is currently a shorter price for the Coral Cup (16s) than the Ryanair (25s) though this entry may indicate the plan is to switch to chasing.
Fakir D'oudairies has been fourth in a Supreme Novice Hurdle (2019), second in an Arkle (2020) and second in last year's Ryanair. He is currently a 12/1 shot for this year's Ryanair - a market in dire need of a shake up and currently headed by last year's 12-length winner Allaho (2/1 best price).
Bob Olinger into odds-on for the Turners Novices' Chase after assured display in the Kildare Novice Chase
Bob Olinger kicked clear of Capodanno in the home straight to settle the Kildare Novice Chase in confident style.
Bookmakers have responded by cutting the seven-year-old into odds-on (best price 5/4) for the Turners Novices' Chase in March.
Job done for BOB OLINGER and Rachael Blackmore who win the Kildare Novice Chase.— oddschecker (@oddschecker) January 16, 2022
An assured performance means the 7 year-old is cut to odds-on (best price 4/5) for the Turners Novices' Chase.
Dysart Dynamo impresses in Moscow Flyer victory
Dysart Dynamo has been cut to 9/2 for the Supreme and 5/1 for the Ballymore at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival after a dominant display in the Moscow Flyer at Punchestown.
Willie Mullins' assistant, Paul Casey, had this to say about the next steps for the six-year-old (via irishracing.com): "You’d imagine he’ll go straight to Cheltenham now. Paul Townend said he did everything right and had plenty left."
Horses to watch at Punchestown today
Kildare Novice Chase (14:20 Punchestown)
BOB OLINGER heads into this race as the odds-on favourite and punters will have a close eye on Cheltenham prices in light of his performance today. He’s currently a best price of 6/4 for the Turners Novices Chase and 20/1 for the Arkle in March.
CAPODANNO is another horse who will be looking to prove his Cheltenham credentials. He’s the 5/1 second favourite and has been tipped by Andy Holding in his daily column. The Willie Mullins trained 6 year-old is currently 14/1 for the National Hunt Chase and 20/1 for the Festival Novices Chase.
GAILLARD DU MESNIL completes the top 3 of the market and is another whose connections will have half an eye on Cheltenham. The stablemate of Capodanno could potentially challenge Bob Olinger in the Turners Novice Chase at Cheltenham and is currently a best price of 20/1.
Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle (12:15 Punchestown)
At a best price of 1/2, DYSART DYNAMO is expected to put in a strong performance today at Punchestown. The promising 6 year-old has a number of potential options in March, currently 7/1 for the Ballymore, 14/1 for the Supreme and 20/1 for the Champion Bumper.
GRINGO DAUBRELLE is another to keep an eye on as a big performance day could see his Supreme odds move significantly. Trained by Gordon Elliott, Gringo Daubrelle is currently best odds of 25/1 for the Supreme in March.
Sporting John wins the Pertemps Hurdle Series and is cut for the Pertemps Network Final
Sporting John wins the Pertemps Hurdle Series at Warwick on Saturday and qualifies for the Pertemps Network Final at Cheltenham.
Along with Sporting John, The Jam Man, Third Wind, Sire Du Derlais, Alaphilippe and Keeper Hill all qualifying or Cheltenham, as pre-race-favourite Riggs misses out on the final.
Sporting John has now been cut to joint-favourite joining Dunboyne with most bookies pricing the two at 10/1. The seven-year-old can be found at a best price of 12/1, whilst Dunboyne can be found at 11/1.
SPORTING JOHN 3/1 travels strong to win the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at @WarwickRaces...— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) January 15, 2022
He has shortened to a 8/1jf (best price 12/1) for the Pertemps Network Final in March.pic.twitter.com/nXoVpGzNcD
Eldorado Allen has drifted for the Ryanair Chase while winner Mister Fisher has been cut
Eldorado Allen came in second behind Mister Fisher in the Grade 2 event held at Kempton on Saturday. Before the race began Eldorado Allen had an opportunity to state his Cheltenham credentials for the Ryanair Chase and could be found at 28/1 but now has drifted to 33/1 after the loss on Saturday.
The eight-year-old has also been entered into next week Clarence House Chase but it is unlikely that the Haldon Gold Cup winner will make an appearance after running today.
The winner of the Silviniaco Conti Chase Mister Fisher has been cut for the Ryanair chase, before the race got underway Mister Fisher could off been found at 33/1 but now can be found at 8/1 for the Ryanair Chase.
MISTER FISHER shortens from 33/1 yesterday to 8/1 for the RyanAir Chase after winning the Grade 2 Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase earlier today.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) January 15, 2022
One bookmaker still has him priced up at 25/1 for the race in March...
Threeunderthrufive has been cut for both the NHC and the Festival Novices' Chase after winning at Warwick
Threeunderthrufive has been cut in both the National Hunt Chase and the Festival Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.
It is believed that the seven-year-old will be running in the Festival Novices Chase after owner Max McNeill has said jockey Adrian Heskin being available to ride is the 'deciding factor' between the two events at Cheltenham.
Threeunderthrufive put in an impressive performance at Warwick and before the race was 33/1 to win the Festival Novices' chase but can now be as short as 10/1 but has a best price of 16/1. You can also back the Paul Nicholls' horse for the National Hunt Chase where he can be found at a best price of 10/1.
Shishkin confirmed for Clarence House Chase next Saturday at Ascot
Shiskin has been confirmed to make an appearance at the Clarence House Chase next Saturday at Ascot (15:35). The eight-year-old is currently the outright favourite to win next weeks grade one event and can be found at a best price of 1/1.
This will be a good opportunity for the Nicky Henderson trained horse to extend its credentials before he makes his appearance in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, where Shiskin is also the favourite at 11/10.
Andy Holding has his say for the Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick (15:35)
The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle is today and our horse racing expert Andy Holding gives us his in-depth analysis on who he thinks will win & book their place for Cheltenham in two months time.
Andy Holding had this to say:
As ever, a tricky affair to decipher due to the very nature of the qualifying system, so as a result, a race not to get too heavily involve in. That said, Riggs probably holds the strongest claims taking away any potential hidden agendas, with his runner-up spot behind Dan Le Vent at Haydock last time coming out well on the figures. That effort also proved he stays three miles well and being locally trained, anything Dan Skelton runs at the track always has to be respected.
Of the rest, it will be interesting to see how the market reacts to Irish raider, The Jam Man. If allowed to run on his merits, he would have a decent chance, but as with most of Ronan McNally's horses, the betting will probably tell you all you need to know.
Having won the final of this series twice before, Sire Du Berlais has to be worth watching with a view to Cheltenham, while JP's other representative, Sporting John, holds strong claims on his victory at Cheltenham earlier in the season.
Third Wind was a creditable fourth in the final two years ago, so a good run here will presumably book his ticket in two month's time, while the lightly-raced Alaphilippe comes into the reckoning on the basis of his fine fifth in the Albert Bartlett - it's just a question of whether he's fully geared up for today after a long absence.
Threeunderthrufive will be aiming for the Festival Novices' Chase Rather than the National Hunt Chase
Threeunderthrufive was originally tipped to run in the 3m6f National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but owner Max McNeill has said jockey Adrian Heskin being available to ride is the 'deciding factor' between the two events at Cheltenham.
The seven-year-old and jockey Adrian Heskin have won eight times together and would appear better suited to the 3m length of Festival Novices Chase having won four times at that distance in its career.
There is currently a huge disparity for Threeunderthrufive for the Festival Novices Chase with two bookies pricing at the best price of 33/1 and one as low as 14/1.
Early NHC favourite Stattler likely to run at Naas
Stattler is "likely" to run in the Grade 3 3m1f Novice Chase at Naas on January 30th to qualify for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, according to a tweet from @RacingJosh.
The seven-year-old Willie Mullins-trained Stattler is already one of the short odds favourites (best price 5/2) for the National Hunt Chase - the final race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival 2022.
Meanwhile, the same tweet predicted that the 3m Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan on February 20th is the more likely destination for En Beton, currently best priced 12/1 for the same race at Cheltenham.
Stattler will ‘likely’ run in the Grade 3 3m1f Novice Chase at Naas (Jan 30) to qualify for the National Hunt Chase— Joshua Stacey (@TheRacingJosh) January 13, 2022
The 3m Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan (Feb 20) is the more likely destination for En Beton
Seven horses entered for the Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick, with the top six qualifying for Cheltenham
Seven horses have been entered for Saturday's Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (15:35) at Warwick, with the first six finishers qualifying for the final Pertemps Network Final at Cheltenham.
Harry Skelton's Riggs is the bookies favourite to win on Saturday's qualifier and can be found at a best price of 3/1. The bookies have suggested that 11-year-old Keeper Hill will be the one to miss out on Cheltenham with best odds of 16/1.
Gordon Elliott suggested that he would enter up to nine horses for this weekend qualifier but has only entered Sire Du Berlais (12/1).
Pertemps favourite Dunboyne has already qualified for the Final at Cheltenham and has shorted from 14/1 yesterday to as low as 8/1 today with a best price of 11/1 available with one bookmaker.
Paul Nicholls looks set to run Greaneteen in the Dublin Chase
According to the Racing Post, trainer Paul Nicholls plans to run Greaneteen in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival taking place on the first weekend of February. Many trainers tend to err on the side of caution prior to the festival by resting their horse(s), however Nicholls is allowing Greaneteen to stretch his legs in a 2m1f warm-up before March.
Nicholls will be looking to see progression from Greaneteen ahead of the Cheltenham Festival where you can back the eight-year-old for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at best odds of 14/1 and worst odds of 9/1.
Elliott enters nine in Saturday's Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick
All eyes are on Warwick this weekend, after 19 horses were entered into the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (15:35), a qualifier for the Pertemps Network Final on day three at the Cheltenham Festival.
Gordon Elliott is responsible for nine of them - including Ardhill and Mr Fred Rogers (currently 12/1 joint favourites for the race at Cheltenham), Grand Roi (best price 25/1) and Chemical Energy - who is 16/1 for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle on the following day at the Festival.
Easysland on track for Cross Country Chase redemption bid?
The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old Easysland has recovered from injury and joined Jonjo O’Neill’s stable ahead of the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham.
Currently best price 8/1 for the day two race, Easysland was trained by David Cottin in France when he defeated dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll by 17 lengths in the Cross Country Chase at the 2020 Festival.
He has, however, been beaten in both runs since, including at the same race last year when Tiger Roll took his revenge with a stunning 18-length win.
Meanwhile, the McManus team are also waiting for the arrival of French import Prengarde, best priced 5/1 in the Cross Country, even though connections have not yet mapped out a race programme for the six-year-old.
Wonderwall cut for the Ballymore following Doncaster win
Following Wonderwall's win in the 13:05 at Doncaster, he has been cut from 33/1 to 20/1 for the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. After chasing the leaders, the 6yo came fro the pack to lead over the last before staying on readily to make into the winners' enclosure.
Trainer Richard Spencer spoke after the race confirming that they're planning Wonderwalll for the Ballymore this year and that he could get another run either on Trials Day at Cheltenham or at Huntingdon in February.
Having finished 7th in the Champion Buper at Cheltenham in 2021, Spencer also believes Wonderwall is a Gold Cup horse in the making.
He has moved to 20/1 in most places on the Oddschecker grid for the Ballymore after today's win but can still be backed at 33/1 with multiple firms.
Constitution Hill leading the way for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
The outstanding Constitution Hill cemented his place as favourite for the Grade 1 Hurdle on the opening day at the Cheltenham Festival 2022.
He put in a strong performance in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle on Saturday, convincing punters that he is the horse to beat when it comes to the big race in March.
As expected after his straightforward success over the weekend, his odds for the Supreme Novices’ hurdle shortened into 2/1 with most bookmakers.
Many had expected a sterner test with the heavy ground in play, but he coasted to victory by 12 lengths showing his class once again.