Ballymore Novices' HurdleSee All Odds

The first day of the Dublin Racing Festival saw some sensational performances which had big impacts on the markets for Cheltenham.  

Here are the big five movers from brilliant day of racing in Ireland. 

Gaillard Du Mesnil got things underway at Leopardstown with a brilliant performance in the opener. The five-year-old was cut into favourite with most bookmakers for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle off the back of his run. 

8/1 before the race, he’s now a best price of 7/2 and 3/1 with a number of firms. 

Sent off 13/8 favourite earlier today, he travelled well throughout the contest under Paul Townend, before powering clear of his rivals approaching the final flight of hurdles. He stayed on strongly and it was no surprise to see his odds half off the back of that performance.

Gaillard Du Mesnil
Ballymore Novices Hurdle

Champion ChaseSee All Odds

Next up it was the Dublin Chase, and despite Min being pulled up, Chacun Pour Soi was still very impressive in retaining his crown. 

He’s now odds-on with every bookmaker bar one for the Champion Chase, having been around the 11/10 mark before the race. 

SkyBet are a stand out 1/1 on Chacun Pour Soi. 

Chacun Pour Soi coasted past Notebook and Fakir D’Oudairies with ease and then galloped clear to the line in stunning fashion. 

Chacun Pour Soi
Champion Chase

Arkle ChaseSee All Odds

It was then Enugumene’s turn and he too didn’t disappoint. 

5/1 quotes about Enugumene for the Arkle were widely available this morning but bookmakers slashed his price into 5/2 and 9/4 following his electric victory. 

The Tony Bloom owned seven-year-old didn’t jump with fluency during the race but showed his tremendous engine when flying home.

Shishkin is still favourite for the race but has been pushed out to 10/11 off the back of Enugumene’s effort. It is set to be a mouth-watering clash next month if they both line up. 

Arkle Chase

Champion HurdleSee All Odds

Honeysuckle then won the Irish Champion Hurdle, blitzing the field under Rachael Blackmore. 

In turn, she was slashed for the Champion Hurdle, with connections now surely likely to go down that route, such was the manner of her victory. 

As big as 10/1 for the feature race on the opening day of the Festival, the superstar mare is now joint-favourite with Epatante for the Champion Hurdle.

A best price of 5/2 is available on Honeysuckle.  

In making it a perfect ten wins from ten runs, Henry De Bromhead’s mare has set up a potential clash with Epatante.

Champion Hurdle

Champion BumperSee All Odds

The day ended with arguably the most impressive display of them all when Kilcruit bolted up with Patrick Mullins not having to move a muscle. He disposed of a high quality field with total ease and in the process saw his Champion Bumper odds slashed. 

He’s now the 7/4 favourite for the race, having been available at 10/1 before he ran today. In turn, Sir Gerhard has drifted out to 3/1 second-favourite. 

Yet again, the Irish will arrive at Cheltenham holding a very strong hand. 

Champion Bumper