Last Updated: 15:17, 31/01/22

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Classic Getaway shortened for Ballymore Novices' Hurdle and Albert Barlett Novices' Hurdle 

Six-year-old Classic Getaway has been shortened for the Ballymore and Albert Barlett Novices' Hurdle after picking up a win at Punchestown. 

Classic Getaway was looking to build upon his encouraging hurdles debut where he finished second at Clonmel over three weeks ago. Willie Mullins horse has now seen his odds shorten from 33/1 to as short as 12/1 for the Albert Barlett Novices' Hurdles. There has also been some movement in the Ballymore market as well, with the six-year-olds odds also shortening to a best price of 25/1 but can be found as short as 16/1 with a handful of bookies.

Kilcruit shortened for Supreme Novices' Hurdle after Willie Mullins "imagines" that will be his Cheltenham destination

Seven-year-old Kilcruit has shortened for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle after his trainer Willie Mullins told Racing TV that he "imagines" the Bay Gelding will go straight to the Supreme Hurdle in less than six weeks' time. 

Kilcruit was 33/1 for the race, but - after another impressive win at Punchestown and the subsequent comments from Mullins - he has shortened into to a best price 16/1

Andy Holding: Pied Piper the one to beat in the Triumph Hurdle

"The pick (of the weekend) arguably came courtesy of Pied Piper in the Grade 2 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial. On the evidence of what we saw of Gordon Elliott's gelding, he looks the one to beat in the big one itself on the final day of the meeting.

"The way he cruised to the front and quickened away from his toiling rivals was one of the images of the day and his time figure superseded anything that his stablemate Fil d'Or has achieved so far."

Click here for more from Holding on the weekend's action.

He also assesses the chances of Champ bouncing back enough to win a Stayers' Hurdle and why 'workmanlike' Chantry House now looks unlikely for a Gold Cup win at Cheltenham.

Sharjah and Appreciate It to skip Leopardstown?

Patrick Mullins provides updates on the Dublin Racing Festival as part of an interview for Sporting Life Racing.

On Sharjah: "We might just go straight to Cheltenham and catch the mare (Honeysuckle) in March..."

Appreciate It, meanwhile, could run in the Grade 2 Red Mills Hurdle at Gowran Park (Feb 19) rather than line up against Honeysuckle at Leopardstown on Sunday.

However, he added On Chacun Pour Soi: "He's back on the gallop, he's in full work. I expect him to run and win at Leopardstown."

Betfred announce Non-Runner No Bet promotion for all races at the Cheltenham Festival

oddschecker provide the latest on which bookmakers are offering Non-Runner No Bet promotions for the Cheltenham Festival 2022. Betfred have just announced that they will be offering Non-Runner No Bet on all 28 races at Cheltenham in March. 

If you back a horse in any of the 28 races at Cheltenham and the horse does not run, then your bet will be voided and your stake returned. 


Architect Tips assesses Stattler's Cheltenham chances after tipping him in his daily oddschecker column

"That was a proper-staying chase display from Stattler in the Grade 3 at Naas, who justified favouritism and bolstered his credentials for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival by getting the better of Farouk D'alene in a duel to the line. The Willie Mullins’ charge has long been regarded as a staying chaser in the making by his masterful trainer and, having impressed on chase debut, he was made to work a lot harder on this occasion but responded well to Paul Townend’s urgings to deny his gutsy rival, with last year's Albert Bartlett winner Vanillier well held in third."

"He did really well to pick up in the latter stages under a well-judged ride form the champion jockey considering he was a bit novicey at a couple of the fences but that was just his second start over fences and going over a longer trip, which is likely to be run at a sedate pace, will be right up his street. This will essentially benefit him in the jumping department, while the possible assistance of Patrick Mullins on his back in the marathon event at the festival would be no negative, either."

"He's shortened into 7/2 in the aftermath of this victory for the National Hunt Chase with some firms even going 3/1 in places. I think that’s quite a respectable price as I have firmly had him on my radar for this event ever since his final hurdle start and carrying the colours of last year’s winning owners courtesy of Galvin’s victory, who is second-favourite for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, he’s got an excellent chance of landing the finale on the opening day of the four-day prestigious fixture."

Find Architect Tips' daily column every morning here.

Anyharminasking shortens for the County Hurdle and Martin Pipe after cruising to victory at Sedgefield

The Jonjo O'Neil trained five-year-old is one to keep an eye on in the run up to the Cheltenham Festival after proving his credentials at Sedgefield on Saturday.

Anyharminasking is the only horse to have beaten the Constitution Hill, the well backed 2/1 favourite for the Supreme.

The five-year-old defied a 13lb raise and has subsequently been cut to 16/1 for the Martin Pipe.

Stattler clipped into a best price of 7/2 for the National Hunt Chase after win at Naas

Question marks over Stattler's ability to stay a 3m+ trip were answered in Saturday's opener at Naas as the Willie Mullin's trained seven-year-old battled well to hold off a challenge from Farouk D'Alene.

Bookmakers have responded by clipping his price for the National Hunt Chase in March and he's now a best price of 7/2 to win.

Speaking to Racing TV jockey Paul Townend was pleased with the performance, "He's dug in and I think that is the sign of a proper stayer."

Trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed that the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is the aim, “I suppose it was a big step up in class from his first win. That will probably put him into the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and a longer trip going a bit steadier will suit him."

Run Wild Fred remains the ante-post favourite at a best price of 3/1 in what is shaping up to be a fascinating contest.

Paisley Park wins the Cleeve Hurdle and subsequently, odds have shortened for the Stayers' Hurdle

The Emma Lavelle-trained 10-year-old returned to the winner's enclosure on Saturday afternoon after winning the Cleeve Hurdle for the third time. It was a special moment as a fan favourite was greeted with rapturous applause following his surprise victory at Cheltenham.

Beating a strong odds-on favourite on the day in Champ has shaken the Stayers' ante-post market up with plenty of movement. 

Paisley Park has been cut from 25/1 to as short as 11/2 (best price 8/1) for the Stayers' Hurdle which he previously won in 2019. He couldn't possibly do it again, could he? 

Meanwhile, Champ's defeat has seen him drift out to 6/1. Favourite for this one remains Flooring Porter at 7/2

This comes just days after the heavily-fancied Klassical Dream was convincingly beaten by Royal Kahala. Who knows how it will pan out once the festival rolls around but what we do know is we're sure to get an extremely competitive race.

Big market shake-up for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle

Allegorie De Vassy put in a strong performance to claim victory in the Solerina Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse with her stablemate Brandy Love struggling over fences. It was somewhat of an erratic performance Willie Mullins-trained mare. 

Three notable names were running in this one and as a result, there has been plenty of movement in the market for the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. 

The winner Allegorie De Vassy has been cut into 5/2 with some bookies having been out at 4/1 with most bookies before her victory. The aforementioned Brandy Love has shortened into 4/1 with several bookmakers despite her shaky jumping. 

Elsewhere Grangee was a casualty after falling before the finish and as a result, she has drifted out to 12/1 with seven bookies. She will be checked over but the general consensus is that she is injury-free after her fall. 

Pied Piper cut into 5/2 favourite for Triumph Hurdle but could we see him running in the Supreme?

Pied Piper won convincingly at Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon in the Grade 2 Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle. He started at 10/1 pre-race and after his strong performance has now been cut into 5/2

However, trainer Gordon Elliott had this to say post-race: "They both will likely run in the Triumph Hurdle. Pied Piper also has the option of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle - I wouldn’t completely rule that out. At home, I’d say Fil Dor is the better horse.”

Pied Piper is currently 20/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. 

Bet365 and William Hill have announced Non-Runner No Bet on all 28 races at Cheltenham 2022

oddschecker provide the latest on which bookmakers are offering Non-Runner No Bet promotions for the Cheltenham Festival 2022. Bet365 and William Hill have just announced that they will be offering Non-Runner No Bet on all 28 races at Cheltenham in March. 

If you back a horse in any of the 28 races at Cheltenham and the horse does not run, then your bet will be voided and your stake returned. 

Andy Holding picks two at big prices in his Triumph Hurdle ante-post preview

Our tipster Andy Holding has treated us to a bumper ante-post preview covering the Triumph Hurdle. He's picked out two tips at 14/1 and 33/1 ahead of both horses making appearances across the next two weekends.

On his 14/1 pick he said: "Clocking a big speed figure, he achieved that UK debut success with plenty to spare and, while it would be tempting to go back to the Sunbury track for relatively easy pickings in the Adonis next month, the fact connections are willing to sacrifice that project and come to Cheltenham for Trials Day, has to be a seen as a big signal of intent."

Meanwhile this 33/1 shot is tipped for big things: "Based on the time figure he achieved and attitude he showed at the Co Meath venue, he certainly won’t be out of place at Grade 1 level."

You can read his full ante-post preview and back the tips at the best price here.

Cheltenham Trials previewed by Andy Holding, Ed Quigley and Barry Geraghty on the oddschecker Betting Show

Which horse does Andy Holding reckon is value for the Triumph ahead of Saturday's trial? Ed Quigley picks out a Ben Pauling runner with the nod from Andy too. Plus, a double figure priced horse which Andy believes should be favourite.

This week's edition of the oddschecker Betting Show focused on Saturday's card at Cheltenham. Host George Elek was joined by tipster Andy Holding and broadcaster Ed Quigley to discuss their best bets on Trials Day.

Meanwhile, George caught up with 888sport ambassador Barry Geraghty to hear his review of the weekend just gone and his thoughts on Saturday's likely star performers.

You can watch the full show and subscribe to get it every week on YouTube and podcast platforms.

Arkle Chase favourite Ferny Hollow has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival due to injury

It has been confirmed that the Willie Mullins trained seven-year-old has suffered a "minor suspensory ligament issue" and has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival.

The favourite for the Arkle Chase had taken 66% of bets in the last 30 days through oddschecker.

Blue Lord has become the new favourite at a best price of 7/2, followed by Edwardstone at a best price of 4/1.

Andy Holding tip puts the cat among the Stayers' Hurdle pigeons

Regular readers of Andy Holding's tips would have seen him take a chance on Royal Kahala causing a shock against Klassical Dream at Gowran Park.

Now that this shock result has indeed played out, he had this to say:

"Royal Kahala very much put the cat among the Stayers' Hurdle pigeons with her win in the Galmoy Hurdle and there was no fluke about her performance.

"As she’s proven many times in the past, she’s a real big time operator under testing conditions and she now provides connections a real headache with regards to Cheltenham Festival plans.

"Originally the Mares' Hurdle was the target but after today they may need a rethink. Ultimately the ground nearer the time will be the determining factor as she will need soft ground to be at her best (she was below par on good at last year's Festival)."

Klassical Dream drifts to 6/1 for the Stayers'

Five-time Grade 1 winner Klassical Dream, an 11/4 favourite for the Stayers' Hurdle at the start of the day, has drifted to a best price 6/1 after finishing fourth in the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park - won by Royal Kahala. Champ is now the 11/4 favourite.

Stayers' second favourite Champ leads Cleeve Hurdle market

Architect Tips: Festival Market Movers on Cheltenham Trials Day

Architect Tips is hunting Festival clues as he casts his eye over Cheltenham Trials Day, while taking an in-depth look at the Stayers’ Hurdle picture.

He discusses Eskylane's return to Cheltenham, a clash between two Triumph Hurdle hopefuls Iceo and Pied Piper, a challenge for Gold Cup hopeful Chantry House and why Champ will take some beating ahead of his potential crack at the Stayers’.

For all that and more, click here.

Sky Bet have announced Non-Runner No Bet on all 28 races at Cheltenham 2022

oddschecker provide the latest on which bookmakers are offering non-runner no bet promotions for the Cheltenham Festival 2022. SkyBet have just announced that they will be covering all 28 races at Cheltenham 2022. If you back a horse in any of the following races and the horse does not run, then your bet will be voided and your stake returned. 

So whether fancy backing Constitution Hill for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, Ferny Hollow for the Arkle Chase or A Plus Tard for the Gold Cup and they do not run your bet will be covered and your stake returned. 

61 entries for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle including ante-post market leaders Constitution Hill, Jonbon, Dysart Dynamo and Sir Gerhard

There have been 61 entries for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham and among the entries market leader Constitution Hill who can be found at a best price 9/4 but as short as 7/4. 

The five-year-old is also joined by Jonbon who recently put in an impressive display at Haydock and can be found at 4/1. Along with Nicky Henderson's pair, you can find Dysart Dynamo who is currently second in the market at a best price of 7/2. Our daily columnist Architect Tips backed Sir Gerhard for this race and the seven-year-old can be found at best price of 7/1.

Kilcruit has been entered for the two mile Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse

Seven-year-old Kilcruit has been entered into the Maiden Hurdle (14:50) at Fairyhouse this Saturday. This will be an intriguing test for Willie Mullins horse as it is currently unclear what race Kilcruit will run at Cheltenham in under seven weeks time. 

Depending on the result on Saturday it could mean Kilcruit is a second supreme dart with one of Dysart Dynamo or Sir Gerhard moving to the Ballymore pending the Dublin Racing Festival. However, there has been some chat about Kilcruit going up in trip to 2 1/2m or 3m (Ballymore, Albert Bartlett) all will depend on how Kilcruit goes at the weekend.

Sam Turner on the ‘scary thing’ for Energumene connections

Sam Turner leaves Racing Weekly viewers in no doubt over his pick for the Shishkin and Energumene rematch in the Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

“Energumene had the clean run of the race; he jumped beautifully in the main, while Shishkin edged out to his left a little bit and made a fair few mistakes. That would be the scary thing for Energumene connections - things went pretty much perfectly for him, whereas Shishkin had to overcome one or two issues and still won a cosy length.”

Klassical Dream has been declared for the Galmoy Hurdle this Thursday at Gowran Park

Klassical Dream has declared for the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park this Thursday and will be in the field with nine other horses. One thing of note was that stablemate Al Boum did not also declare for Gowran Park as many believed he would but is still entered for the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle in Leopardstown on Saturday 5th and could make one last appearance then before Cheltenham.  

This will be perfect preparation for the eight-year-old, who has declared for the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham this year and is currently the betting favourite at a best price of 11/4

Bob Olinger heading straight to Cheltenham

Bob Olinger will skip next weekend's Dublin Racing Festival and go straight to Cheltenham for the 2m4f Turners Novices' Chase at the Festival, confirmed trainer Henry de Bromhead. He is 11/10 best price for the race on oddschecker.

Entry lists for the two-day Dublin Racing Festival

Find entries via the tweet below for next weekend's Dublin Racing Festival:

Number of notable entries for upcoming races including Champ & Paisley Park both in the Cleeve Hurdle

A number of Cheltenham hopefuls have been entered for the upcoming Cotswold Chase, Cleeve Hurdle, Classic Novices' Hurdle and Triumph Trial. See below for entries 

  • Ahoy Senor, Chantry House & Santini - Cotswold Chase 
  • Champ, McFabulous & Paisley Park - Cleeve Hurdle
  • Blaco Coastal, A Different Kind, Hillcrest & Peking Rose - Classic Novices' Hurdle
  • Pied Piper & Iceo - Triumph Trial

Andy Holding on the win for Shishkin and Festival betting clues

"Considering Shishkin made one or two notable errors on the way around, his effort in victory was even more commendable. While connections of the runner-up, Energumene, will fancy their chances in the rematch at the Cheltenham Festival, it's still hard to see him turning around the form with his great rival."

For more from Andy Holding on the weekend's 'heavyweight clash', click here

"The other big headline act over the weekend was Jonbon in the Grade 2 Rossington Main at Haydock, and while he didn't impress every observer with his performance - particularly some bookmakers - he did run to a career-high level." 

Holding has more on why Jonbon shouldn't be underestimated come the Festival

"If there were Festival clues aplenty last week, the next fortnight promises even more valuable insight, with trials day at Cheltenham next weekend followed by the Dublin Racing Festival seven days later. 

"Looking towards the later two-day event, it is hoped the Spring Juvenile will start to make some sort of sense to a rather modest-looking four-year-old hurdle category so far this season, with the likes of Fil D'Or, Icare Allen, Vauban, Pied Piper and Ben Siegel all set to take their chance in the Grade 1."