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CHELTENHAM NEWS AND MOVERS: Latest daily Cheltenham news and our biggest ante-post mover each day.

THIS COMPLETES OUR 2018 FESTIVAL COUNTDOWN. NOW FOR THE ACTION… 


MONDAY 12 MARCH (1 DAY to go)

  • The going at Cheltenham on the eve of the Festival is now heavy, soft in places.
  • Getabird is one of 20 runners in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
  • Buveur D’Air will face 12 rivals when he defends his crown in the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Coo Star Sivola 13/2 > 5/1 (Ultima)
Vintage Clouds 14/1 > 10/1 (Ultima)
Continued and sustained support for the pair in tomorrow’s Ultima.


SUNDAY 11 MARCH (2 DAYS to go)

  • Nicky Henderson hopes the weather stays dry as the countdown begins for Might Bite’s big day in the Gold Cup.
  • On The Blind Side will not run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.
  • Noel Meade is “very hopeful” Road To Respect will stay the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup distance on Friday.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Douvan 4/1 > 9/4 (Ryanair)
Owner Rich Ricci has confirmed Douvan could sidestep the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in favour of the Ryanair.


SATURDAY 10 MARCH (3 DAYS to go)

  • Yorkhill looks set to contest the Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday.
  • Last year’s winner Un De Sceaux is one of 14 confirmations for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.
  • Harry Fry believes Unowhatimeanharry can do himself justice when he has a second attempt at glory in the Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Thursday.

DAILY STAR MOVER

King’s Socks 10/1 > 8/1 (Brown Advisory)
Momentum starting to build on what looks a typical Pipe gamble.


FRIDAY 9 MARCH (4 DAYS to go)

  • Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John has been ruled out of the Festival by trainer Jessica Harrington.
  • Amy Murphy admits it is “surreal” to be heading to the Cheltenham Festival with a leading fancy.
  • Samcro is the headline act amongst 38 horses confirmed for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Snow Falcon 14/1 > 11/1 (Ultima)
Very good hurdler who is running off 8lb lower mark over fences.


THURSDAY 8 MARCH (5 DAYS to go)

  • Trainer Kim Bailey has decided to miss the Cheltenham Festival with his rising star Vinndication.
  • Nicky Henderson has ruled Top Notch out of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham next week.
  • Top-class mare Vroum Vroum Mag will miss next week’s Cheltenham Festival and has been retired from racing.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Un De Sceaux 2/1 > 13/8 (Ryanair Chase)
Continued support and firmed up on news that Top Notch misses the race.


WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH (6 DAYS to go)

  • Derek O’Connor is set to continue his association with Edwulf in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday week.
  • Hunters Call has been ruled out of the Randox Health County Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday week.
  • Elgin has been supplemented for the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

DAILY STAR MOVER

First Flow 20/1 > 16/1 (Supreme Novices’)
We saw money for it this morning, since then Kim Bailey has confirmed that he’s an intended runner. In addition to the strong possibility that the ground could ride soft, his ideal conditions, we decided the price needed a trim.


TUESDAY 6 MARCH (7 DAYS to go)

  • Nicky Henderson reports all to be well with Altior as last year’s Arkle looks to win the Champion Chase on Wednesday week.
  • Harry Cobden believes Old Guard can stay the trip in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
  • Friday Night Light could try to book a last-minute ticket to the Cheltenham Festival at Sandown on Saturday.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Dounikos 20/1 > 10/1 (RSA Chase)
Money for it, has to be respected as it’s Gigginstown, it’s favourite for the National Hunt Chase but this move could point to its intended target having changed.


MONDAY 5 MARCH (8 DAYS to go)

  • Alan Fleming has high hopes for his team of five heading to the Cheltenham Festival, headed by his 2017 hero Tully East.
  • Peter Fahey is anxiously waiting for the weather to dry up so he can make plans for Cheltenham entry Peregrine Run.
  • Connections of Terrefort are leaning towards giving him an outing in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday week.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Saint Calvados 9/2 > 3/1 (Arkle)
On back of Sceau Royal coming out.


SUNDAY 4 MARCH (9 DAYS to go)

  • Henry de Bromhead has confirmed the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase as the preferred Cheltenham Festival target for Monalee.
  • Cracking Smart has suffered a setback which will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
  • Peter Fahey is leaning towards the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle for Mine Now.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Act Of Valour 10/1 > 9/1 (Fred Winter)
Seen money for this one in a race where trainer Paul Nicholls has a very good record.


SATURDAY 3 MARCH (10 DAYS to go)

  • Harry Fry is pleased Unowhatimeanharry is heading to the Cheltenham Festival under the radar this year.
  • Brian Ellison is to send Definitly Red on the short journey to his neighbour Richard Fahey’s stables for a Gold Cup workout.
  • Donald McCain believes the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase is the “obvious” target for Testify at the Cheltenham Festival.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Burning Ambition 7/2 > 11/4 (Foxhunters)
Very live money from punters we have the utmost respect for forced us to wave the white flag.


FRIDAY 2 MARCH (11 DAYS to go)

  • Liz Doyle is favouring the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at Cheltenham for Last Goodbye.
  • Jedd O’Keeffe has hailed Joe Colliver’s influence on the rise to prominence of Sam Spinner ahead of the Stayers’ Hurdle.
  • There will be no turf racing in Britain until Sunday at the earliest after Saturday’s meeting at Doncaster was abandoned.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Wicklow Brave 20/1 > 12/1 (Champion Hurdle)
We have laid it to decent money to what we’d describe as ‘live’ accounts. We feel that this is a good indication that it’s a definite runner so given that feel that the other Mullins entries could well go elsewhere. We’re happy to duck down to 12/1 for the time being after getting him in the book at 20/1.


THURSDAY 1 MARCH (12 DAYS to go)

  • Harry Whittington believes the prospect of quicker ground could jeopardise Saint Calvados’ Racing Post Arkle chance.
  • Mala Beach would have to carry top weight in the Ultima Handicap Chase if Gordon Elliott decides to run him there.
  • Cheltenham clerk of the course Simon Claisse expects much milder weather during Festival week.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Oistrakh Le Noir 14/1 > 10/1 (Close Brothers)
We’ve well laid it and have decided to be with it at present.


WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY (13 DAYS to go)

  • Ben Pauling has admitted defeat in his attempt to get Willoughby Court to the Cheltenham Festival.
  • The weather continues to wreak havoc with the pre-Cheltenham racing schedule with a resumption in turf racing possibly not until next week.
  • Jessica Harrington is confident Sizing John will bounce back to his best when he bids to defend his crown in the Gold Cup.

DAILY STAR MOVER

De Plotting Shed 9/1 > 6/1 (Close Brothers)
After weights publication today stays on mark of 143 which many are taking the view is lenient.


TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY (14 DAYS to go)

  • Paul Nicholls is planning to bypass the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at next month’s Cheltenham Festival with Danny Kirwan.
  • Douvan’s chances of running in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase are now “better than 50-50”.
  • Willie Mullins is unsure when Ruby Walsh will make his competitive return ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Un De Sceaux 3/1 > 9/4 (Ryanair Chase)
Fox Norton has come out and looking at the opposition or rather lack of it we’ve just realised it’s a certainty!


MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY (15 DAYS to go)

  • Apple’s Shakira is one of 13 Nicky Henderson-trained horses set to take part in a gallop at Kempton on Tuesday.
  • Nico de Boinville feels that triple Grade One winner Might Bite is exactly where he needs to be ahead of the Gold Cup.
  • Gordon Elliott insists Samcro will need to improve to extend his unbeaten record at the Cheltenham Festival.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Redicean 8/1 > 5/1 (County)
Destroyed the field in the Adonis at the weekend and is now second favourite for the juvenile showpiece behind Apple’s Shakira.


SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY (16 DAYS to go)

  • Cue Card will run in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, trained Colin Tizzard has announced
  • A Cheltenham Festival appearance from Master Dee is “very unlikely” according to Fergal O’Brien.
  • Nicky Henderson described himself as “one happy trainer” after leading Cheltenham Festival candidates Buveur D’Air and Might Bite enjoyed a gallop after racing at Kempton.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Global Citizen 33/1 > 12/1 (County)
Obliterated the Dovecote field at Kempton yesterday and looks potentially lined up for a tilt at the Imperial Cup and County Hurdle double.


SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY (17 DAYS to go)

  • Carntop bids to keep his Cheltenham Festival dream alive in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton today.
  • Ruby Walsh will not make his long-awaited return to action this weekend.
  • Mitchouka is odds on for the opening Grade 3 at Fairyhouse today and hold entries for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Boodles Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle and the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Getabird 15/8 > 6/4 (Surpreme)
Getabird has strengthened up at the head of the market following the news that 6/1 chance, If The Cap Fits won’t be making the Festival.


FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY (18 DAYS to go)

  • If The Cap Fits has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a setback.
  • Nigel Twiston-Davies plans to employ more patient tactics with The New One in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle.
  • Gary Moore has decided against running Benatar this weekend and will head straight to the JLT at Cheltenham.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Barney Dwan 10/1 > 8/1 (Close Brothers Handicap Chase)
Supported this morning by people that rarely leave it behind.


THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY (19 DAYS to go)

  • Colin Tizzard has warned Cue Card is far from certain to contest the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 16.
  • Robbie Power will have the pick of the horses running in the colours of late owners Ann and Alan Potts at Cheltenham.
  • Colin’s Sister will sidestep her weekend engagement at Fontwell and instead head straight to the Cheltenham Festival for the Sun Bet Stayers’ Hurdle.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Yanworth 7/1 > 4/1 (Stayers’ Hurdle)
Owner JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry has confirmed Yanworth for the 3m Stayers’ hurdle with Alan King’s stable star taken out of the novice chase events.


WEDNESDAY 21 FEBRUARY (20 DAYS to go)

  • Timico Gold Cup favourite Might Bite’s work at home has been “vastly superior” to anything he produced last year.
  • Nicky Henderson is praying for some help from the weather to allow Buveur D’Air to work at Kempton on Saturday.
  • Ruby Walsh is back riding work as his return from injury gathers pace.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Our Duke 12/1 > 7/1 (Gold Cup)
Continued support after returning to winning form in the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.


TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY (21 DAYS to go)

  • Petticoat Tails will swerve an outing at the Cheltenham Festival in favour of a Newbury prize.
  • Joseph O’Brien is in no rush to decide whether Edwulf will run in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup next month.
  • Yanworth will run in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next month.

DAILY STAR MOVER

William Henry 10/1 > 8/1 (Coral Cup)
Early move on Tuesday for Nicky Henderson’s Lanzarote winner.


MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY (22 DAYS to go)

  • Espoir D’Allen will not run at the Cheltenham Festival after being taken out of both the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
  • Fergal O’Brien anticipates a bold show from Barney Dwan on his return to the Cheltenham Festival next month.
  • Dan Skelton will switch back to hurdles with Long House Hall at the Cheltenham Festival before a Grand National tilt.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Cue Card 50/1 > 25/1 (Gold Cup)
Renewed interest after his big run in the Ascot Chase on Saturday.


SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY (23 DAYS to go)

  • Waiting Patiently is by no means certain to line up for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham despite maintaining his perfect record over fences in the Betfair Ascot Chase.
  • Noel Fehily is set to partner Our Duke in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at next month’s Festival.
  • Willie Mullins would have no qualms about Douvan and Min taking each other on in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Elgin 20/1 > 14/1 (County Hurdle)
Sprung something of a surprise by winning yesterday’s Kingwell Hurdle.


SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY (24 DAYS to go)

  • Douvan is set to head straight to the Cheltenham Festival after Willie Mullins decided against running his long-absent stable star in Saturday’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.
  • David Pipe will make a decision closer to the time on which race 2015 Champion Bumper winner Moon Racer will contest at next month’s Cheltenham Festival.
  • Peter Fahey has revealed that Peregrine Run could return to action at the Cheltenham Festival if conditions are suitable.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Presenting Percy 3/1 > 5/2 (RSA Chase)
Been backed into strong favouritism (5/4 from 7/4) for today;s Red Mills Chase at Gowran with the shorter trip likely to be useful in sharpening up his jumping before the 3m test at Cheltenham.


FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY (25 DAYS to go)

  • Willie Mullins has decided against running Douvan in Saturday’s Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.
  • Willie Mullins has confirmed Total Recall an intended runner in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
  • Poetic Rhythm will race over three miles for the first time under Rules in the Albert Bartlett Novices’.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Waiting Patiently 8/1 > 6/1 (Ryanair Chase)
Well backed in anticipation of a big run in Saturday’s Ascot Chase.


THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY (26 DAYS to go)

  • Ruby Walsh hopes to be riding out by the end of next week with a return to the track imminent.
  • The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup remains the priority for Grand National top weight Definitly Red.
  • Nigel Twiston-Davies feels running The New One in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham will be an “interesting experiment”.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Saint Calvados 7/1 > 11/2 (Arkle)
Each way money arrived for what looks the ew steal of the first day.


WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY (27 DAYS to go)

  • Might Bite is one of 27 horses still in contention for the Timico Gold Cup following the latest scratchings stage.
  • A total of 11 horses have been scratched from the Gold Cup including Bristol De Mai, Cloudy Dream and the 2015 Gold Cup hero Coneygree.
  • Play The Game appears unlikely to take up his entry in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Douvan 12/1 > 8/1 (Ryanair)
Entered this weekend for 2m 4f Red Mills Chase race at Gowran Park.


TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY (28 DAYS to go)

  • Paul Nicholls feels the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival is the obvious target for Modus.
  • Henry de Bromhead expects Petit Mouchoir to “improve plenty” for his recent comeback second to Footpad at Leopardstown.
  • Our Duke could head for the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday ahead of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

DAILY STAR MOVER

Kalashnikov 10/1 > 7/1 (Supreme)
Continued support after Saturday’s convincing win in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

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