Cheltenham 2020 betting: Weekend evaluate twenty third and 24th November
A weekend of status-quo shattering showings in the UK and Ireland saw the Cheltenham 2020 betting markets shaken up huge time.
Two chic racing duels lit up a cold November Saturday afternoon at Ascot and Haydock as champions were dethroned and Cheltenham Festival markets had been all shaken up.
Say my Name, Altior
It was billed as a monstrous clash and it lived up to the hype. Definite proof that an excellent race doesn’t require an enormous field as Cyrname and Altior locked horns a good distance in front of their sole rival Solomon Grey in an exciting Christie 1965 Chase at Ascot.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname lived as a lot as his pre-race hype but maybe not fairly as anticipated.
Harry Cobden set relatively mundane fractions in front as Altior and Nico De Boinville tracked his every transfer. There gave the impression to be every opportunity for the hitherto unbeaten jumper to prove himself at his first go over the 2m5f journey, however it didn’t work out.
Nicky Henderson’s star never really appeared like going past when push got here to shove and it was all over a number of strides after the final obstacle, clear as it was that Cyrname was finishing best.
As a result, Altior now finds himself the 2/1 favorite with Slot Online for a third crown at Cheltenham come March, while he’s out to 16/1 to win the.
Henderson revealed tentative plans to maintain the King George as his next goal as he reflected on Sunday, however there are many questions now for Altior and his aims for more prolonged trips this season.
Cyrname is certainly Kempton bound (9/4 favorite for the King George) however his Cheltenham target is anybody’s guess regardless of his authoritative show.
The Queen Mother (2m) seems a bit short whereas the Gold Cup (3m2f) would be a trip into unknown territory. The Ascot hero finds himself shortest in the Ryanair Chase betting at 8/1 following his newest efficiency on the Berkshire layout.
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Not Lost on anyone
When Cyrname races subsequent, he is likely to have Betfair Chase winner Lostintranslation in opposition at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Colin Tizzard’s rising star took the Haydock Grade 1 crown from reigning kingpin Bristol De Mai with a wise performance.
Robbie Power is driving with unbridled confidence and he anchored Lostintranslation behind his three rivals as Bristol De Mai minimize out the working.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ grey didn’t get the type of bottomless ground he may need thrived on and Lostintranslation arrived to challenge stuffed with operating within the house straight.
Power instructed afterwards that his mount received there sooner than he’d have appreciated because of his supreme fencing and cruising pace, but it was a efficiency that drew loads of plaudits.
Tizzard has trained the likes of Cue Card and Thistlecrack however the shrewd Dorset handler feels Lostintranslation may be his greatest yet. He’s now the clear 7/2 favourite for Gold Cup glory at Cheltenham in March after his spectacular Haydock success.
His trainer has made it clear he’ll be going to Kempton at Christmas and Lostintranslation is now 8/1 to win the Triple Crown by adding the King George and the Gold Cup to Saturday’s spectacular success.
Laurina makes flying begin
Laurina is the clear favourite at 4/1 for the Arkle Trophy on the Cheltenham Festival after a wise show on her chasing debut at Gowran Park on Saturday.
The Willie Mullins-trained mare held off Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo with plenty up her sleeve having gone off the odds-on favourite for a Beginners’ Chase.
Paul Townend’s mount jumped beautifully and had no trouble in coming house eight-lengths forward of the Henry De Bromhead-trained runner-up.
Laurina failed to fireplace within the back in March having been heavily touted but she’s already a Cheltenham winner having gained the Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March 2018 by a wide margin.
A return to the Cotswolds within the spring seems very much to be on the cards now.
Cap Fits for Stayers’ crown
If The Cap Fits put himself front and centre in the betting for the at the Cheltenham Festival after he retained the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.
Harry Fry’s charge was an easy-to-back 3/1 probability for the Grade 2 as Nicky Henderson’s Call Me Lord went off favourite.
The Seven Barrows inmate travelled powerfully into the race but If The Cap Fits improved with every passing yard and held on for a half-length success.
Winner of the Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree final season on his only try at the trip, If The Cap Fits is now 8/1 to take the Cheltenham version from last season’s winner Paisley Park come March.
The Emma Lavelle runner is scheduled to reappear at Newbury in the Long Distance Hurdle in December and is powerful out there at 2/1 to maintain his grip on the Festival race he received so impressively last time around.
On the evidence of his gritty success over the weekend, If The Cap Fits may show a worthy adversary should their paths cross later in the season over three-miles.