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08:30 am: Supreme departure
Looks like DYNAMO DYSART will start favorite for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, which is only a five-hour drive away. It has been reduced to 2/1 by several companies this morning and the only other mover at the prices is Gary Moore DO WE NEED TO HAVE ONE MOREwho was beaten last time but is obviously held in very high regard.
In the Ultimatea few early players are emerging now, and one of them isn’t exactly a surprise.
FRODOwhose Cheltenham form is outstanding although largely on the new course (is however a course and distance winner), is as short as 10/1 for Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost. Nicholls writes in his Betfair column“The way the ground is drying out at Cheltenham will help Frodo who looks great, retains all his enthusiasm and worked very well on Saturday morning. While Frodo looks like he has a lot to do, he is an amazing horse, he continues to surprise us and is able to run another great race.”
The other is CHARLEY GRUMPY, who was third of three finishers behind Bravemansgame at Newbury. He is 12/1 against 28/1 in places although he apparently has a bit to prove on decent ground, his wins so far all in Test conditions.
Sky Bet pays out seven places on this race.
0810: Stone wall certainty or there to get shot at?
EDWARDSTONE is a rare thing indeed: a British-bred favourite, who has raced five times this season. He brings his experience and form to the table, with Timeform Adjustment Notes placing him in the lead on 177 in front of the Sporting Life Arkle, a race we are delighted to sponsor. But is he vulnerable to an Irish enhancer?
This is a difficult question to answer, with many good judges arguing for Saint Sam and Haut En Couleurs. Indeed, at a preview night in Leeds last week, Graham Cunningham hoped Edwardstone would win but expected Saint Sam to perform well, while Timeform’s Billy Nash pleaded for Haut In Colors finds the necessary improvement.
Courtesy of our social team, here’s a great look at the top contenders from those who know them best.
0757: David versus Goliath
No, not a new feature in which our race editor Ord picks selections for the old-fashioned 247-line multiple bet, but a metaphor for the battle of the United Kingdom against the power of Ireland, which simply must take a good start. .
Whisper it, but it’s possible the top three races will go to the home team, with two of the top three in the market for the Sky Bet Supreme, Sporting Life Arkle favorite Edwardstone, then the likes of Corach Rambler, Our Power, Frodo and Gericault Roque in the Ultimate.
There’s also the terrifying prospect of something that hasn’t happened yet: a clean sweep for the Irish. If one of the four runners run by Dysart Dynamo wins the first game, beats Edwardstone and Gordon Elliott steals a handicap that the UK usually dominates, the white flag will fly over Prestbury Park.
After these three races, Ireland has control over all the markets.
0743: The calm before the storm
Market movers are thin on the ground so far, but David Ord will no doubt bring you plenty of betting news later this morning.
It is worth saying that of all the favorites of the day perhaps RUN WILD FRED in the closure National hunt is the strongest at the moment in terms of Betfair Exchange prices compared to what you can get with fixed odds companies, and it’s easy to see the general 7/4 under pressure.
work backwards, gaelic warrior is currently trading at 3.75 for the Fred Winter and the vibes are clearly strong.
Willie Mullins told us: “He seems to have a very nice handicap mark. He jumps well – his French jump was fantastic and we trained him over the Irish hurdles at home and he did it well. I hope he doesn’t will have no problem with the obstacles here.
“He’s a good strong guy and I hope he stays well. He looks good in the weights and he’s a horse we have plenty of time for.”
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0728: Cheltenham Update
No change for the night with the Old Course in Cheltenham good to mild, confirms race director Jon Pullin. It also promises 14 or even 15 degrees, which means spring is officially here, and it’s shaping up to be a fabulous day for running.
07:10: Best bets for the first day at Cheltenham
We’ll begin a tour through some of our preview content with a preview filmed at our fabulous new studio, which sees some of the sharpest racing brains from Sporting Life and Timeform join forces.
Find out what Matt Brocklebank, Ben Linfoot and David Johnson are up to on day one and when it’s over in about 18 minutes, I’ll introduce you to the eye-catching overnight movers.
Cheltenham Festival 2022 | Day One Best Bets
07:00: The countdown begins…
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Cheltenham Festival. It’s going to be a dizzying four days of sports drama, and you’ve come to precisely the right place to watch it unfold.
Here is our program for the day ahead…
- 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Breaking news, early news and notable non-runners
- 9am-1pm: Market movers and all the latest track news from Ben Linfoot and David Ord
- 1-6pm: Insights, Tips, Action, Results and Reaction with Matt Brocklebank
To join in the conversation, whether it’s the winners or the right words or both, email [email protected] or tweet @SportingLife but for now, we’ll bring you some key previews, check out what’s happening, and keep an eye out for news and non-racers.