David Pipe could propel into the foreground this afternoon as the Pond House master will unleash a brace of exciting chasers and the punters are getting stuck into Dynaste, who will be aiming to frank the decision to avoid the RSA Chase by winning the Jewson Novices’ Chase at 1:30pm this afternoon.
Following his emphatic victory in the Feltham Novices’ Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day many had believed he would stay down the three mile route, but Pipe has elected to drop him back in trip to 2m 4f and tackle the opening race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival and bookmakers have been forced to shorten the classy grey considerably for the Jewson.
Having been priced up around the 2/1 by Paddy Power overnight the seven-year-old has been cut to 6/4 by the Irish firm and floods of money continue to be backed on the unbeaten novice chaser, as he looks to hand the Pipe team their first winner of the meeting.
If Pipe can kick-start the day with a winner then the intriguing Ballynagour could see a flurry of cash in the Byrne Group Plate, as the impressive Warwick winner aims to build on that facile victory last month and show that he is still a well handicapped horse. Upped 21lbs for that impressive success, the form has been franked with Golden Chieftain winning earlier in the week and he was third in that aforementioned Warwick contest. At the moment Paddy Power are staying strong at 9/2, but he is already been backed with other firms into 4/1 and his price could capitulate as we get closer to 4:00pm.
Mouse Morris’ decision to hand First Lieutenant the Ryanair Chase assignment rather than the Cheltenham Gold Cup one has proved a popular one and the former Neptune winner has leapfrogged Cue Card to the head of the betting and the Gigginstown House Stud raider is sure to be sent off favourite for the 2:40pm Grade One.
As Cue Card drifts to 4/1 with Paddy Power, they are being forced to trim First Lieutenant into the 9/4 jolly and punters continue to get on the Irish bandwagon and they will be hoping to fill their wallets for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at 3:20pm which is one of the most intriguing renewals in recent memory.
A couple of bigger prices that have seen significant market moves include Texas Jack, who has almost halved in price for the Jewson and he is only around the 9/1 shot with Paddy Power, whilst Pricewise’s Jetson has been cut from 16/1 to 10/1 for the Pertemps Final in a race that sees Sam Winner dominate the head of the market.