Road to Cheltenham 2023 updates from 6-12 February, featuring reaction to Jonbon's Warwick win and Blazing Khal's Boyne Hurdle comeback.
Last Updated: 15:49, 12/02/23
- Blue Lord, Facile Vega & Lossiemouth beaten at the DRF
- Editeur Du Gite shakes up the Champion Chase market
Luccia a winner in the 15:30 at Exeter
Luccia, who was previously 3/1 favourite for the Mares' Novice Hurdle, is now as short as 3/2 for the race at Cheltenhan having won the 15:30 at Exeter as 8/13 favourite.
Luccia's trainer Nicky Henderson is convinced she can take on the Mares Novice, as he "was impressed" with her performance.
Blazing Khal as short as 2/1 for the Stayers Hurdle
After taking the win in the 14:40 at Navan, there is a sea of blue for Blazing Khal, who is now as short as 2/1 for the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Saint Sam, who was 12/1 prior to the race, finished 5th of eight, and is now as high as 33/1 for the Stayers' Hurdle, after being dominated in the field at Navan.
Blazing Khal at the Boyne Hurdle today
Today's highlight race see's Blazing Khal, currently a best price 11/2 for the Stayers' Hurdle in March (worst price 9/2), in the 14:40 at Navan. He is up against Saint Sam, who is currently a best price of 12/1 for the same race.
You can also read Architect Tips' placepot tips for the meeting at Exeter here. Luccia, who is 3/1 favourite for the Mares' Novice Hurdle, is racing in the 15:30 at Exeter.
Billaway makes in four in a row
Billaway survives a bad blunder at the ninth fence to win the Naas Farm Machinery Hunters Chase for a FOURTH consecutive year and looks set to defend his Cheltenham festival crown next month.
Jonbon wins to go 2/1 second favourite for the Arkle
Jonbon (1/16f) wins the Kingmaker, but is workmanlike in victory @warwickraces. He is now 2/1 second favourite for the Arkle behind El Fabiolo (7/4f)— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 11, 2023
Theatre Glory wins at Warwick
Theatre Glory - a very smart winner of the Listed Warwick Mares' Hurdle for @sevenbarrows & @NdeBoinville— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 11, 2023
Successive wins for Nicky Henderson in the contest @WarwickRaces
Architect Tips' Ante-Post Treble for the Festival
Architect Tips shares this ante-post treble for the Cheltenham Festival in March with a huge differential between best and worst price, currently priced at over 400/1.
Change of ownership for Champion Bumper second favourite
JP McManus has bought leading Weatherbys Champion Bumper contender A Dream To Share following his win at the Dublin Racing Festival.— Racing Post (@RacingPost) February 10, 2023
He will remain in training with John Kiely. pic.twitter.com/xNaGuBO6gZ
A Dream To Share is a best price 13/2 (worst price 5/1) for the Champion Bumper.
Live Cheltenham contender on show at Uttoxeter?
Ryan Summerville (@ryanOTHx) told us: "Away from the big meetings this weekend we could see a live Cheltenham contender at Uttoxeter in the shape of Mister Coffey (Saturday 14:45).
"He was unlucky when 2nd in the Kim Muir last season when going off favourite and flying up the hill. He’s been entered in a 3m handicap chase at Uttoxeter with Derek O’Connor on who’s come over to prep him for a stab at the National Hunt Chase (best price 16/1)."
Ascot Chase the Ryanair springboard for Shishkin?
Nicky Henderson (via @Sportinglife): "Some people may say I’m mad and that he’s a two-miler, well let’s run him over further and find out.
"Ascot will be a good test (3/1 for the Betfair Ascot Chase) and hopefully we’ll be looking at a Ryanair Chase (best price 8/1) more than the Champion Chase."
Blazing Khal declared for the Boyne Hurdle
There will be nine runners in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.
- Blazing Khal
- Sire Du Berlais
- Highland Charge
- Beacon Edge
- Delta Work
- Dreal Deal
- Grand Roi
- Meet And Greet
- Saint Sam
Two-time Cheltenham winner Blazing Khal is currently a best price 11/2 for the Stayers' Hurdle in March (worst price 9/2). Saint Sam is 10/1 for the same race (worst 10/1).
declared for Sunday's Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 10, 2023
Sire Du Berlais
Meet And Greet
Saint Sam pic.twitter.com/9oUwopvNHq
Boodles clues on Saturday at Naas
Byker and Jazzy Matty are both runners in the 13:05 at Naas and both a best price of 14/1 for the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Nerd alert— Gavin Lynch (@GLynchRacing) February 10, 2023
3 of the last 4 winners of the four year old novice hurdle tomorrow @NaasRacecourse (1.05) went on to win the Boodles in March -
2019 Band Of Outlaws
2021 Druids Altar
Tomorrow’s race is for horses rated 130 or less.
American Mike's Ballymore price after Sunday?
American Mike was second to Facile Vega in the Champion Bumper at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He can be backed at a best price 20/1 for the Ballymore (worst price 10/1).
Gordon Elliott on AMERICAN MIKE:— Road To Cheltenham (@RoadCheltenham) February 9, 2023
"He's a very classy horse. The plan is to have a prep run at Navan this weekend and then go for the Ballymore.
"He's a really good horse, Jamie Codd rode him throughout his bumper campaign and he is mad about him."
(via @tattscheltenham) pic.twitter.com/fcWkHkSQ6l
Spanish Harlem drifts to 20/1 for the Martin Pipe
Riaan (8/1) lands the Leugh Rated Novice Hurdle at Thurles with Spanish Harlem (8/11) back in second place.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 9, 2023
The runner up is out to 20/1 for the Martin Pipe having been as short as 8s this morning.
Click here for the latest Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle odds.
Marble Sands defeats Cheltenham hopeful Rare Edition
Marble Sands (9/2) causes an upset at Huntingdon to defeat Cheltenham hopeful Rare Edition.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 9, 2023
Rare Edition is now out to 33s for both the Supreme & Ballymore.
Bialystok out to 150/1 for the Supreme after 4th at Thurles
Coolmeen Park 50/1— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 9, 2023
Soldier Solid 40/1
A huge priced winner at Thurles as Rich Ricci's Bialystok disappoints in the home straight.
The forecast would have paid a massive 1115/1.
A new contender for the Stayers' Hurdle
Trainer Gabriel Leenders has confirmed he looks to supplement Gold Tweet for the Stayers' Hurdle in March. [@RacingPost]— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 9, 2023
Best price | 8/1 (NRNB)
Worst price | 5/1https://t.co/5yetsgDYUa pic.twitter.com/l8qxYACsjH
Seven declared for the Betfair Denman Chase
- Eldorado Allen - 162
- Hitman - 160 (33/1 for the Ryanair)
- Sam Brown - 159
- Fanion d'Estruval - 158 (40/1 for the Ryanair)
- Does He Know - 158 (16/1 for the Ultima)
- Kalashnikov - 150
- Zanza - 143
Glory And Fortune to defend Betfair Hurdle crown
The eight-year-old Glory And Fortune, trained by Tom Lacey, will face 17 others in his bid to defend the Betfair Hurdle title he won at Newbury 12 months ago. He followed up last year's win by finishing 5th of 10 in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Supreme 'longshot' set for Thurles run
Bialystok makes his 2nd appearance for Willie Mullins in the 14:40 at Thurles.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 9, 2023
Owner Rich Ricci has labelled him as an "lively longshot" for the Supreme in March. [33/1 NRNB]
Here he is finishing third at Leopardstown last month.
Betfair Hurdle boost for Filey Bay
The seven-year-old Filey Bay has come in from 11/4 to 5/2 with one bookmaker for the Betfair Hurdle (3/1 best price) after the news about second favourite Gin Coco. Filey Bay is a 10/1 chance for the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, with Gin Coco at 20/1.
Via @HarryFryRacing1, GIN COCO will skip the Betfair Hurdle and go straight to the County Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival. pic.twitter.com/QudTIvSDOM— Road To Cheltenham (@RoadCheltenham) February 8, 2023
Will Facile Vega be ready for the Festival opener?
Willie Mullins has confirmed Facile Vega was lame following his run in the Ireland Novice Hurdle.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 8, 2023
He's now between 5/2 and 7/2 for the Supreme. pic.twitter.com/D6ih9lgDmU
GYTO Joe eyes foot perfect showing for Jonbon at Warwick
Joe Norris (@GetYourTipsOut) is looking forward to seeing the response of Arkle ante-post favourite Jonbon to El Fabiolo's impressive showing at Leopardstown.
He said: "I’ll be hoping Jonbon jumps round safely in the Kingmaker on Saturday to set up a mouthwatering clash with Leopardstown winner El Fabiolo in the Arkle next month. I’ve backed Jonbon at 9/2 and I’m still confident he is the one to beat so hopefully he is foot perfect at Warwick.
"Blazing Khal is a fascinating entry in Ireland on Sunday given we haven’t seen him since December 2021. If he wins that well his price could tumble for the Stayers' given it looks to lack strength in depth this year.
"I know Charles Byrnes has been quoted as saying he is 50/50 to make the Festival though so tread carefully. Personally I really like Teahupoo and I’m glad to see him backed into 5/2 (from 7/2) after winning the Galmoy Hurdle last month."
Lot Of Joy nibbled into 8s after Fairyhouse win
Paddy Power have come in from 10/1 to 8/1 for Willie Mullins' Lot Of Joy to win the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham after an easy win at Fairyhouse. The five-year-old remains a best price 14/1 for the race through oddschecker.
Another Cheltenham Festival contender for Willie Mullins?— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 8, 2023
Lot Of Joy is useful on the Flat and confirms earlier hurdling promise with an easy win at @Fairyhouse. She's entered in next month's Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle. pic.twitter.com/iz0vqTEkgY
Byker and Jazzy Matty entered for Boodles Trial at Naas
Brazil was the 9/4 winner in the Novice Hurdle at Naas last year (1:05 Saturday), before edging out hot favourite Gaelic Warrior in the Boodles at Cheltenham just over four weeks later. Byker and Jazzy Matty are both 14/1 best price for the same race at this year's Festival.
IRISH RUNNERS TO NOTE— Off To The Races (@OTTR_Elliot) February 8, 2023
Lot Of Joy (3:20) - 14/1 Mares Novice dark horse?
Bialystok (2:40) - Labelled by Ricci as lively longshot for Supreme
Spanish Harlem (3:15) - 4th hurdle run, qualifies for Festival H’caps
Boodles Trial (1:05) - 3 winners won this
Minella Crooner beaten at Fairyhouse
Minella Crooner (8/13) beaten at Fairyhouse as Velvet Elvis lands the spoils.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 8, 2023
Gordon Elliott's 7-Y-O has drifted slightly to 12/1 for the Kim Muir with Velvet Elvis now 20/1.
Mares' Chase outsider seals 'workmanline' Fairyhouse win
Instit (2/7) lands the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse under Paul Townend.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 8, 2023
A best price of 33/1 is available for the Mares Chase at Cheltenham whilst she's been cut to 16/1 in places.
Instit is a best price 33/1 (worst price 16/1) for the Mares' Chase at Cheltenham.
Key horses to follow at Navan on Sunday?
The following horses still have entries for the Grade 2 William Hill Boyne Hurdle or the Grade 2 William Hill Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan on Sunday.
William Hill Boyne Hurdle
- Blazing Khal - 11/2 Stayers' Hurdle
- Churchstonewarrior - 14/1 National Hunt Chase
- Delta Work - 11/10 Cross Country Chase
- Saint Sam - 12/1 Coral Cup
William Hill Ten Up Novice Chase
- Mahler Mission - 9/1 National Hunt Chase
- Idas Boy - 16/1 Plate Handicap Chase
- Minella Crooner - 10/1 Kim Muir
Selected potential market movers at Fairyhouse today
|Name||Trainer||Race Time||Fairyhouse Odds||Cheltenham Odds|
|Instit||Willie Mullins||12:45||4/11||33/1 Mares' Chase|
|Minella Crooner||Gordon Elliott||13:45||5/6||10/1 Kim Muir|
|Lot Of Joy||Willie Mullins||15:20||2/9||14/1 Mares' Novices' Hurdle|
Queens Gamble drifts for Champion Bumper
After losing to Dysart Enos at Market Rasen, Queens Gamble has drifted from 6/1 this morning to 25/1 for the Champion Bumper. If you fancy Dysart Enos you can still back the five-year-old at 16/1 for the same race at the Cheltenham Festival.
Dysart Enos (3/1) lands the Listed Alan Swinbank Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Market Rasen.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 7, 2023
Queens Gamble (8/11) beaten. As short as 6/1 this morning she's now as big as 25/1 for the Champion Bumper.
Small setback for Champion Chase challenger
Edwardstone has suffered a "small setback" according to trainer Alan King ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. [@RacingPost]— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 7, 2023
The Tingle Creek winner is currently 2/1 second favourite for the Champion Chase next month.https://t.co/HJI5AcCqv2 pic.twitter.com/1zB6Ywwu7y
Ante-post fancy American Mike gets Navan entry
Best prices for American Mike at the Cheltenham Festival:
- 12/1 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle
- 14/1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle
- 20/1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
After his no-show at the Dublin Racing Festival, AMERICAN MIKE has been entered in the Listed novice hurdle over 2m at Navan on Sunday.pic.twitter.com/GT8xEFGhnO— Road To Cheltenham (@RoadCheltenham) February 7, 2023
Elliott facing punishment over Zanahiyr positive test
Gordon Elliott is facing a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday over a positive drugs test for Zanahiyr, who finished 3rd in the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He will face an independent panel after the case was referred by the British Horseracing Authority.
Elliott was earlier responsible for 21 of 85 entries for the Grand National.
Top five most backed ante-post for Cheltenham
With five weeks to go until the start of the Cheltenham Festival 2023, Architect Tips rounds up the five horses most backed ante-post since the start of the Jump Season in October. A few of these might not make the next edition of this list after what happened at Leopardstown...
Brown Advisory winner scratched from 2023 Gold Cup
L'Homme Presse is one of four removed from the Cheltenham Gold Cup market at the scratching stage for the following races at the Festival in March:
- Champion Hurdle
- Mares' Hurdle
- Champion Chase
- Ryanair Chase
- Stayers' Hurdle
- Cheltenham Gold Cup
Scratchings from selected 2023 #CheltenhamFestival races:— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 7, 2023
The Big Breakaway
Get A Tonic
Santa Rossa pic.twitter.com/t2HUicXTmA
Just five weeks to go until the Cheltenham Festival
5 weeks to go until the #CheltenhamFestival!— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 7, 2023
Here's how the ante-post markets look on the opening day of this year's Festival. [Best NRNB odds] pic.twitter.com/dIaERzqkSI
Honeysuckle looks for final Cheltenham flourish
One last hurrah for Honeysuckle! Barring accidents, injury, illness or extremes of ground she will be prepared for another tilt at The Close Brothers Mares Hurdle Gd1 @CheltenhamRaces on Tuesday 14th of March. pic.twitter.com/CS7nPMb1I2— Peter Molony (@Pmolony1Peter) February 7, 2023
Gaelic Warrior gets 10lb hike after Leopardstown win
Perceval Legallois and Gaelic Warrior (5/1 for the Ballymore) have been bumped up 10lbs in the latest Irish handicap amends having won the Handicap Hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Gentleman De Mee (into 9/1 for the Champion Chase) is up nine pounds after beating Blue Lord in the Dublin Chase and there is the same hike for Handicap Chase winner The Goffer (12/1 second favourite for the Ultima Handicap Chase).
Boodles favourite Tekao (best price 6/1) and Absolute Notions - second to Ballymore third favourite Good Land at Leopardstown - have gone up by seven pounds.
Irish Handicap Amends— Jake Price (@JakePriceRacing) February 6, 2023
Absolute Notions 138 (+7)
Adamantly Chosen 152
Appreciate It 152
Ciel De Neige 147 (-1)
Cool Survivor 135 (-1)
Dark Raven 140
Dysart Dynamo 152
El Fabiolo 159
Gaelic Warrior 153 (+10)
Gala Marceau 134
Gentleman De Me 167(+9)
Gerri Colombe 155
Mares' Hurdle challenger gets Warwick entry
Last year's Mares' Novice Hurdle winner Love Envoi will face a maximum of seven rivals in the Virgin Bet Mares' Hurdle at Warwick. The seven-year-old mare is a best price 9/2 for the Mares' Hurdle (behind only Honeysuckle, Marie's Rock and Brandy Love).
County Hurdle second favourite entered in the Betfair Hurdle
The Emmet Mullins trained seven-year-old Filey Bay is one of 23 entered for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday. He is a best price 10/1 for the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Arkle favourite Jonbon gets two Saturday entries
Jonbon is one of five entries for the Virgin Bet Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick on Saturday— Racing Post (@RacingPost) February 6, 2023
The Arkle favourite also has the option of the Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase at Newbury, where he could face Greaneteen pic.twitter.com/i2kCgWWnzA
What did we learn from the Dublin Racing Festival?
Architect Tips rounds up a dramatic two days of top tier racing action at Leopardstown for the Dublin Racing Festival.
Click here for more on the following key stories and how the ante-post markets have reacted, just five weeks out from the Cheltenham Festival.
- Good Land to take aim at the Ballymore
- Gala Marceau gains revenge on Lossiemouth
- El Fabiolo the biggest danger to Jonbon
- Galopin Des Champs too short for Gold Cup
- Mighty Potter too good for Mullins five
- Gentleman De Mee bounces back to form
- State Man enhances Champion Hurdle claims
Epatante aimed at the Mares' Hurdle
The Nicky Henderson trained nine-year-old is a best price 4/1 for the race.
Nicky Henderson confirmed on today's podcast that the Mares Hurdle is currently Epatante's preferred target @CheltenhamRaces:https://t.co/KWGxreCtAP— Nick Luck (@nickluck) February 6, 2023
Nine of the last 10 Supreme winners won their last run
After a dramatic two days at Leopardstown, we asked Ryan Summerville (@ryanOTHx) how many of Blue Lord, Lossiemouth and Facile Vega - three of the weekend's most disappointing performers - he expected to still win at Cheltenham in March.
He replied: "I’m going with possibly only one in Lossiemouth. I thought Blue Lord was really poor, (Paul) Townend made it clear he thought it was a bad run, he was never happy from a long way out and said he ran flat. He also suggested the serious performance he put in over Christmas might have left it’s mark, so I don’t even think he will be coming over.
"Lossiemouth (now 7/4 for the Triumph Hurdle) was easily the best horse in the race being hampered with at least two maybe even three times and being forced wide. I’d be confident she’d win that race if it was ran again and Cheltenham will suit her.
"Facile Vega I couldn’t have at all now, nine of the last 10 winners won on their last run before the Supreme, with the outlier being Labaik who refused. For any novice hurdle or novice chase at the Festival you want a horse coming into the race in form on an upward curve, not beaten 20 lengths with big questions to answer."
Big price differential for the Festival opener
The Supreme market is opening up after Facile Vega's run yesterday.— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 6, 2023
The Nicky Henderson trained Luccia is now as short as 7/1 but still 33/1 with a couple of bookmakers. pic.twitter.com/RcafwVDLxT
Where does Gaelic Warrior go at Cheltenham?
Latest best prices for Gaelic Warrior at the Cheltenham Festival 2023:
- Supreme Novices' Hurdle - 6/1
- Ballymore Novices' Hurdle - 5/1
- Coral Cup - 6/1
- County Hurdle - 6/1
- Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle - 4/1
Willie Mullins on GAELIC WARRIOR:— Road To Cheltenham (@RoadCheltenham) February 5, 2023
"He's in the Supreme and Ballymore. I'll have a good chat with Paul later on and see what direction we go with him.
"We'll see what the fallout of this weekend is and see what we have for different races." pic.twitter.com/j8t8cZmuAe
Two novice chasers catch Steve Ryder's eye
Steve Ryder (@SteveRyder13) reacted to the weekend's action in Leopardstown: "The Dublin Racing Festival results have hugely impacted on the antepost markets for the Cheltenham Festival and two horses that have changed my opinion of them are both novice chasers.
"The first was El Fabiolo in the Irish Arkle who ran out an impressive 10 length winner. Stablemate Dysart Dynamo ensured there was no hiding place in the race and El Fabiolo passed that test with his only blemish coming at four out. It looked a race full of depth and he will sure Jonbon doesn’t have things all his own way in the Arkle at Cheltenham.
"The second was Mighty Potter in the Ladbrokes Novice Chase who beat five Willie Mullins trained runners easily by 8 1/2 lengths. This was his his fourth Grade 1 win of his career and he easily confirmed form with Gaillard Du Mesnil from the Drinmore Chase last time.
"He can be forgiven his effort last year in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle as he made a bad mistake early on in the race and he now looks the rightful favourite for Turners Novices' Chase at the Festival."
Facile Vega too fast from the start?
Having started the weekend odds on for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle (5/6 best), Facile Vega can now be backed at a best price of 11/2 through oddschecker for the Festival opener.
Facile Vega yesterday was 4 seconds (16L) quicker than State Man to the 3rd.— Gavin Lynch (@GLynchRacing) February 6, 2023
24L quicker to the 4th, 5th & 6th and 28L quicker to the 7th.
60L in a furlong.
Novice hurdle finished 16L ahead (taken from the starter).
Both races the same time from the last which is interesting
Honeysuckle owner rules her out of the Champion Hurdle
Honeysuckle is a 4/1 shot for the Mares' Hurdle (7/1 best price before yesterday).
"I don't think she could win it now."#Breaking - owner Kenny Alexander rules Honeysuckle out of the Champion Hurdle @CheltenhamRaces - with either the Mares' Hurdle or retirement now under consideration#DublinRacingFestival pic.twitter.com/nD9haCLcdw— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 5, 2023
Gaelic Warrior single figure odds for five races at Cheltenham
Gaelic Warrior makes a mockery of his handicap mark to win the Liffey Handicap Hurdle in good style to give Willie Mullins another #DublinRacingFestival success @LeopardstownRC— oddschecker Racing (@oddsRacing) February 5, 2023