Three 2021 Cheltenham Festival-winning hurdlers head the market for all of next season’s trio of Grade 1 novice chases at Prestbury Park.
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.
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Supreme victor Appreciate It is top of the bill following his impressive win at Cheltenham earlier this year for Willie Mullins.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.