Cheltenham Festival Market Movers - 03/01/21

Ginto - Ballymore Novices Hurdle - 16/1 into 8/1

The first horse that we a re highlighting as a market mover for the Cheltenham festival from the weekend is the Gordon Elliott trained Ginto.

The £470,000 purchase for Bective Stud, left a bit to be desired as a bumper horse, but since being sent over hurdles this term looks a superb animal that is now a 8/1 shot for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.

Ginto this season was sent over 2m4f at Navan and went on to bolt up by close to six lengths in a decent event.

He made it back to back wins next time out over the same course and distance, this time in Grade Two company, seeing off the smart Eric Bloodaxe by 11 lengths.

With the Joseph O'Brien horse since franking the form, Ginto went into the Grade One Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle with a huge chance and overall he dominate proceedings to make it a hat-trick of wins over obstacles and still unbeaten.

All these wins, especially the Grade One last time out, have seen his price has been halved into 8/1 for the Ballymore from 16/1.

Blue Lord - Arkle - 12/1 into 8/1

The second horse to take notice of from the weekend in regards to the Cheltenham festival is the Simon Munir and Isaac Souede trained Blue Lord.

The seven year old was a very smart novice hurdler, set to finish second in the Supreme Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival before falling, but since going over fences this term looks even better.

Seen twice over the bigger obstacles, he was first seen at Fairyhouse over two miles when beating stablemate El Barra by close to six lengths.

At the weekend he was seen for a second time and was even more impressive, jumping fluently and then breezing away from a smart horse in Lifetime Ambition to take the Novice Chase at Naas by 20 lengths.

He is set for the Arkle in March and has been edged into 8/1 from 12/1 off the back of that run.

Massive each way player.

L'Homme Presse - Turners Novices' Chase - 20/1 into 8/1

The final horse that has been focused on for the Cheltenham festival is the Venetia Williams trained L'Homme Presse who is now three from three over fences.

The French exploit made a great hurdles/British debut last term but was well beat on only his second run in a good handicap hurdle.

Always set to be a chaser he has been top class this term, landing a hat-trick of wins at Exeter, Ascot and last time out at Cheltenham in the Grade Two Dipper Novices' Chase.

He has improved massively with every run, with his jumping a huge asset of his and giving weight to The Glancing Queen and still beating her by 10 lengths on New Year's Day looks huge form.

Off the back of his hat-trick win at the weekend he went from 20/1 into 8/1 for the Turners Novices' Chase, with him now looking a big threat to the superstar Bob Olinger.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing