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What prices are the 2021 Cheltenham Festival heroes and heroines to reclaim their respective crowns next March?

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Rachael Blackmore onboard Honeysuckle celebrates after victory in the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) during day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Tuesday March 16, 2021.

In March, Henry de Bromhead made Cheltenham Festival history when recording a remarkable hat-trick of wins in the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at the same week.

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Willie Mullins still claimed the scalp as leading trainer, but the championship contests were dominated by the County Waterford yard as Honeysuckle, Put The Kettle On and Minella Indo all took the limelight at Prestbury Park, respectively.

Jockey Aidan Coleman celebrates after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase on Put The Kettle On during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

What influence has this had on next season’s renewal?

We take a look…

UNIBET CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY | Tuesday 15th March 2022 | 3:05pm

The unbeaten Honeysuckle landed an Irish, Cheltenham and Punchestown Champion Hurdle treble last campaign and looks the real deal at two-miles.

WATCH: HONEYSUCKLE CLAIMS HER SECOND CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL WIN IN THE 2021 CHAMPION HURDLE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

She heads the market ahead of stable-mate Bob Olinger, whose route for this upcoming season is yet to be set in stone with novice chasing another likely possibility.

Former Festival hero Ferny Hollow took the Champion Bumper in 2020 but has only had one start, a winning one at that, over hurdles when he beat the aforementioned subsequent Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle victor at Gowran Park in November.

Ferny Hollow wins the 2020 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival
Ferny Hollow beats Appreciate It at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

Not only that, he saw off the Supreme victor and fellow Closutton trained Appreciate It in the National Hunt Flat sphere in Gloucestershire.

Willie Mullins’s representation at the head of affairs for the Champion Hurdle renewal in 2022 continues with Echoes In Rain, who left a taking impression when winning a Grade 1 at Punchestown in April.

BETWAY QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE | Wednesday 16th March 2022 | 3:05pm

The exciting unbeaten chaser Shishkin is a short-priced favourite to follow in the hoof-prints of legendary Seven Barrows contenders Sprinter Sacre and Altior in claiming Champion Chase glory a year on from Arkle success.

WATCH: SHISHKIN IS A DUEL CHELTENHAM FESIVAL WINNER AS HE BIDS FOR A HAT-TRICK IN 2022 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

His battle with Energumene didn’t come to fruition in March with that rival suffering a setback, but Willie Mullins’s charge went onto secure an easy win at Punchestown a month later to set up what will be a mouthwatering clash at the Home Of Jumps Racing.

Box neighbour Chacun Pour Soi wrote the wrongs of his Cheltenham bronze medal with victory back over the Irish Sea but is the lesser fancied of the Closutton pair, although shorter in the market than Ryanair hero Allaho.

2B691J2 Jockey Aidan Coleman on Put The Kettle On after winning the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase on day one of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham.
Put The Kettle On is a general 14-1 shot to retain her crown despite being unbeaten in four course-and-distance appearances

After being downed by Greaneteen at Sandown, 2021 heroine Put The Kettle On has drifted in the market despite the fact she is yet to be dethroned at Cheltenham.

PADDY POWER STAYERS HURDLE | Thursday 17th March 2022 | 3:05pm

Former Albert Bartlett fourth Thyme Hill was a Festival no-show four months ago but secured a first Grade 1 in open company in the Liverpool Hurdle at the Grand National Festival.

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Thyme Hill fought out two epic battles with Paisley Park in 2020 before proving too strong at Aintree for the former Stayers Hurdle winner, who was pulled up

Klassical Dream returned to the course with a bang in County Kildare on his first attempt over three-miles and shares favouritism with Phillip Hobbs’s charge, with last season’s winner Flooring Porter a drifter after his disappointing showing last time out.

WATCH: FLOORING PORTER IS AN EXCELLENT WINNER OF THE STAYERS HURDLE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Martin Pipe winner Gallopin Des Champs proved his worth in top-level company in the aftermath of his Prestbury Park win, with silver medallist and duel Festival winner Sire Du Berlais an expected prominent figure once again.

WELLCHILD CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP | Friday 18th March 2022 | 3:05pm

It could be a case of the proven Minella Indo taking on young pretender Monkfish at next year’s blue ribbon event, with bookmakers unable to separate the Irish duo in the betting.

WATCH: MINELLA INDO AND JACK KENNEDY WIN THE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP [CREDIT: RACING TV]

A Plus Tard chased his Henry de Bromhead counterpart home, and alongside Envoi Allen and Chantry House, completes a strong-line of principals with Cheltenham Festival form aplenty at the head of the bill.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 15, 2019 Al Boum Photo ridden by Paul Townend during the 3.30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Al Boum Photo is a duel winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and finished third in the contest back in March

Despite winning the race on two occasions, Al Boum Photo is as big as 20-1 to reclaim the trophy, just shorter than Allaho to bypass the Ryanair in favour of the week’s, and National Hunt’s, most prestigious race.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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