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Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Market Movers - Kalashnikov Well Backed In Wide Open Arkle, But Benie Des Dieux On The Drift

Tuesday 12th March 2019
Kalashnikov has been well supported in the Arkle Challenge Trophy betting
Kalashnikov has been well supported in the Arkle Challenge Trophy betting

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse announced on Tuesday morning that Cheltenham had a dry night, but a deluge of rain is expected before the start of racing and with the ground softening by the minute then it's had a significant factor on the betting, with soft ground horses sure to be supported.

With the rain-softened there could be some shock Cheltenham Festival results, but in the meantime we shall assess some of the early market movers and discuss which horses have been well backed.

Steamers

Kalashnikov (Arkle Challenge Trophy) - 9/1 into 15/2

Amy Murphy's stable star Kalashnikov has drifted in the Arkle betting over the last couple of months, but last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up has been supported in the betting on Tuesday morning, and having been a 9/1 shot overnight it's now into as short as 15/2 with some bookmakers.

Many had wondered whether the 2018 Betfair Hurdle winner would lack the speed for an Arkle, so this wet weather should see the field go a little slower from the flag fall, so he could be able to stay just off the pace before showing his stamina in the closing stages.

Good Man Pat (Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase) - 14/1 into 10/1

Last seen finishing third in the Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton Park, Good Man Pat will drop back into handicap company at 4:50pm this afternoon, and he has been well supported on Tuesday morning.

A horse with winning form on soft and heavy going, the Alan King-trained six-year-old will carry a relatively low weight in the penultimate race of the day, and could be challenging for favouritism if this early gamble continues.

Vintage Clouds (Ultima Handicap Chase) - 25/1 into 16/1

Sue Smith's Vintage Clouds may not have tasted victory on many occasions recently, but his strong suit is stamina, as he showed when finishing third in last season's Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

Backed into 16/1 from an overnight price of 25/1 this dour stayer has winning form on soft ground, and could prove to be a lively outsider in what is a wide open renewal of the Ultima Handicap Chase at 2:50pm.

Drifters

Angels Breath (Supreme Novices' Hurdle) - 4/1 to 11/2

Nicky Henderson has spoken fondly of Angels Breath's chances in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, which kicks off the card at 1:30pm, but the Seven Barrows inmate has been on the slide on Tuesday morning and is unlikely to be sent of favourite for the curtain-raiser.

As Al Dancer and Klassical Dream remain fairly solid at the head of the betting, Angels Breath has eased to 11/2 in the latest odds, and the lightly-raced horse may find life difficult on the ground at Prestbury Park.

Benie Des Dieux (Mares' Hurdle) - 10/11 to 11/10

Bookmakers will be out to get Benie Des Dieux beaten in the Mares' Hurdle at 4:10pm, and the Willie Mullins-trained starlet has gone from odds-on to odds-against in the early part of Tuesday morning.

Impressive when winning the race last season, Benie Des Dieux will be making her seasonal reappearance in this year's race, so punters could be going on the basis that she may lack fitness and are willing to take her on, so the 11/10 on offer could drift further throughout the morning.

2019 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds

Al Dancer Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies 9/2 9/2 4 9/2 4 9/2 9/2 4
Angels Breath Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 4 9/2 9/2 9/2 5 9/2 4 4
Klassical Dream R Walsh / W P Mullins 7/2 9/2 4 9/2 5 5 4 9/2
Fakir DOudairies Mr J J Slevin / Joseph P O'Brien 13/2 13/2 11/2 13/2 13/2 6 13/2 6
Vision DHonneur J W Kennedy / G Elliott 11 9 11 10 12 11 11 10
Elixir De Nutz Non Runner / C L Tizzard 10 10 8 11 11 10 11 16
Mister Fisher Mr J C Bowen / N J Henderson 12 11 14 14 14 14 14 12
Grand Sancy Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 14 14 12 14 14 14 14 12
Aramon P Townend / W P Mullins 14 12 14 14 14 14 14 12
Felix Desjy S W Flanagan / G Elliott 25 25 25 25 25 22 25 22
Thomas Darby R Johnson / Olly Murphy 25 20 25 25 28 22 25 22
The Big Bite N D Fehily / T R George 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 22
Brandon Castle Miss B Frost / N B King 28 20 25 25 28 25 28 22
Itchy Feet G Sheehan / Olly Murphy 33 28 33 33 33 28 33 33
Tokay Dokey Harry Skelton / D Skelton 80 66 100 80 100 80 80 80
Beaufort West R M Power / C L Tizzard 200 100 200 200 200 200 200 150
The Flying Sofa J E Moore / G L Moore 200 150 200 200 250 250 200 150
Normal Norman P J Brennan / J Ryan 200 150 200 250 250 250 200 150
Each Way Terms 5
1/5
7
1/5
- 4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
5
1/5
5
1/5

2019 Supreme Novices' Hurdle Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Al Dancer Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies
9/2
FREE BET ODDS
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
4
4
4
2. Angels Breath Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson
5
FREE BET ODDS
5
9/2
9/2
9/2
4
4
4
3. Klassical Dream R Walsh / W P Mullins
5
FREE BET ODDS
5
5
9/2
9/2
9/2
4
4
7/2
4. Fakir DOudairies Mr J J Slevin / Joseph P O'Brien
13/2
FREE BET ODDS
13/2
13/2
13/2
13/2
13/2
6
6
5. Vision DHonneur J W Kennedy / G Elliott
12
FREE BET ODDS
12
11
11
11
11
10
10
9
6. Elixir De Nutz Non Runner / C L Tizzard
16
FREE BET ODDS
16
11
11
11
10
10
10
8
7. Mister Fisher Mr J C Bowen / N J Henderson
14
FREE BET ODDS
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
11
8. Grand Sancy Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls
14
FREE BET ODDS
14
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
9. Aramon P Townend / W P Mullins
14
FREE BET ODDS
14
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
10. Felix Desjy S W Flanagan / G Elliott
25
FREE BET ODDS
25
25
25
25
25
25
22
22
11. Thomas Darby R Johnson / Olly Murphy
28
FREE BET ODDS
28
25
25
25
25
22
22
20
12. The Big Bite N D Fehily / T R George
25
FREE BET ODDS
25
25
25
25
25
25
25
22
13. Brandon Castle Miss B Frost / N B King
28
FREE BET ODDS
28
28
28
25
25
25
22
20
14. Itchy Feet G Sheehan / Olly Murphy
33
FREE BET ODDS
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
28
15. Tokay Dokey Harry Skelton / D Skelton
100
FREE BET ODDS
100
80
80
80
80
80
66
16. Beaufort West R M Power / C L Tizzard
200
FREE BET ODDS
200
200
200
200
200
150
100
17. The Flying Sofa J E Moore / G L Moore
250
FREE BET ODDS
250
250
200
200
200
150
150
18. Normal Norman P J Brennan / J Ryan
250
FREE BET ODDS
250
250
250
200
200
150
150
Odds correct as of 10th Apr, 17:57 . Odds are subject to change.
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