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CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2022: Grade 1 Novice Chases | Antepost

Current antepost odds for the Grade 1 novice chases at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival

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2DYP23A Paul Townend riding Appreciate It after winning the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin.

Three 2021 Cheltenham Festival-winning hurdlers head the market for all of next season’s trio of Grade 1 novice chases at Prestbury Park.

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With plenty of focus shifting to the flat across the summer months, we’ve taken a look ahead to the intriguing betting ahead of next season’s prestigious events for the newbies to fences, with the current favourites bidding for a second victory at the Home of Jumps Racing.

WPG583 A view of Cheltenham Racecourse and Cheltenham Spa from Cleeve Hill, England
2022 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 15th and Friday 18th March
SPORTING LIFE ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY STEEPLE CHASE | Tuesday 15th March 2022 | 1:55pm

Supreme victor Appreciate It is top of the bill following his impressive win at Cheltenham earlier this year for Willie Mullins.

WATCH: FERNY HOLLOW AND APPRECIATE IT COULD REOPPOSE IN NEXT YEAR’S ARKLE AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He finished second in the Champion Bumper the year previously behind stable-mate Ferny Hollow, who also features in the market despite only having one start over hurdles last year due to injury.

Triumph Hurdle victor Quilixios was disappointing on his last start at Punchestown but that could have been down to a long season and he was ultra-impressive in Gloucestershire in March and looks a scopey prospect for the larger obstacles.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 19, 2021 Rachael Blackmore riding Quilixios wins the 1.20 JCB Triumph Hurdle Pool via REUTERS/Alan Crowhurst
Quilixios lands the Triumph Hurdle under Rachael Blackmore

Fellow Henry de Bromhead representatives Bob Olinger and Honeysuckle, who both also landed glory at Cheltenham three months ago, with Grand National Festival successors My Drogo and Monmiral sandwiching the County Waterford pair.

BROWN ADVISORY NOVICES’ CHASE | Wednesday 16th March 2022 | 1:55pm

Closutton took this renewal in March and Galopin Des Champs proved his worth at Grade 1 level at the Punchestown Festival after he took the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham.

WATCH: GALOPIN DES CHAMPS SECURES A CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL SUCCESS IN THE MARTIN PIPE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He will look to battle with Albert Bartlett hero Vanillier who ran out an impressive successor of the three-mile hurdle race at National Hunt’s showpiece under Mark Walsh, with the aforementioned My Drogo and Appreciate It considered to be possibilities to take the step up in trip.

My Drogo was unbeaten over hurdles and is likely to next be seen over a fence for Dan Skelton

Bob Olinger proved too strong for Bravemansgame up the famous hill and the current betting reflects that with Thyme Hill a double-figure price to write his name amongst steeple-chasing greats.

MARSH NOVICES’ CHASE | Thursday 17th March 2022 | 1:20pm

Despite appearing in the previous markets, Bob Olinger is shortest priced for this race of the three at the trip in which he appeared to excel the most for connections last campaign.

WATCH: BOB OLINGER IS AN EMPHATIC WINNER OF THE BALLYMORE IN 2021 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He may contest with fellow Festival gold medalist Appreciate It with My Drogo once again not taken lightly by bookmakers.

Klassical Dream was the star of the 2019 Supreme and bounced back with a bang at Punchestown last time out, adjudged to be a potential candidate to novice chasing next season.

Trainer Willie Mullins after Turban won the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ratoath, Ireland.
Willie Mullins holds a strong card in next season’s Marsh Novices’ Chase

Chasing him home in County Kildare that day was James Du Berlais, who has only had two starts for Willie Mullins since being recruited from France.

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