Cheltenham Festival Market Movers - 06/12/21

Largy Debut - Supreme Novices' Hurdle - 66/1 into 16/1

The first Cheltenham festival market mover we want to discuss is the Henry De Bromhead trained Largy Debut, who put his hat seriously in the ring for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

The son of Shirocco in February 2020 was seen for the first time in his career when winning winning a P2P by 13 lengths, he was then given to Henry De Bromhead and made his rules debut in March last year when finishing a good third at Navan in heavy ground.

Waited on for this season, he was entered against Champion Bumper second at Cork on Saturday and in a huge shock went on to win by 10 lengths.

This has saw his price of 66/1 for the Supreme before his on Sunday now into as short as 16/1.

Constitution Hill - Supreme Novices' Hurdle - 40/1 into 4/1

Constitution Hill looks to be a serious animal for Nicky Henderson and owner Michael Buckley, with the £120,000 purchase making an extremely taking rules debut at Sandown on Saturday.

The four year old gelding had been seen once in a point to point before last weekend, when finishing a head second in what might turn out to be a smart P2P.

Heading to Sandown on Saturday he cruised next to the favourite Might I for Harry Fry, who is a good horse in his own right, and having jumped the last impeccably he went on to take the event by 14 lengths.

This has seen Constitution Hill go from a 40/1 outsider for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle to now the general 4/1 second favourite.

Interesting recruit.

Dysart Dynamo - Supreme Novices' Hurdle - 20/1 into 10/1

Another potential runner in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle that caught the eye of ante-post punters at the weekend was the Willie Mullins trained Dysart Dynamo.

The five year old son of Westerner was highlighted by many as a horse to watch stepping over obstacles having been a very smart bumper horse, winning both his events last term by a combined 16 lengths.

Sunday saw him head to Cork for his hurdles debut where he did not disappoint, finishing a whole 19 lengths ahead of the second placed Lucky Tenner.

He is sure to improve for that first experience, and punters believe this aswell with him going from 20/1 to now a best price of 10/1 for the Supreme.

Ferny Hollow - Arkle Challenge Trophy - 9/1 into 4/1

One of the most interesting runners of the weekend was Ferny Hollow, with the gelding making his first start over fences under rules.

The six year old for Cheveley Park Stud was a smart bumper horse finishing second on his first two starts, and then having got off the mark at the third time of asking, he then won the 23 runner Champion Bumper at the 2020 Cheltenham festival.

Stepping up to hurdles last term, he was seen beating the monster Bob Olinger at Gowran Park over two miles but unfortunately after that he was revealed he would be out for the season due to a setback.

Not seen for over a year, he returned on Sunday at Punchestown in a good Beginners chase and having been novicey over his fences to start with, the last four obstacles were jumped excellently and the way he finished his race off was superb.

He took the event by four lengths from the smart Coeur Sublime and Thedevilscoachman and he will certainly come on for that first outing in a while.

His winning run saw him go from 9/1 for the Arkle into 4/1 with most firms and that could get shorter.

Energumene - Champion Chase - 5/1 into 11/4

The final horse we want to mention that moved in the betting for the Cheltenham festival is the superstare Energumene, who took a big step forward in his hunt for the Champion Chase.

Energumene has been very lightly raced for his age, being seen twice in bumpers when looking like a nice prospect and only once over hurdles, when again looking like a very likeable type after bolting up by 19 lengths at Gowran.

Mullins decided to send him chasing last season again at Gowran Park and he went on to hose up in a Beginners Chase over 2m4f by 18 lengths.

When analysing the sectional time of that race the numbers were very smart and it was interesting to see him drop down to, two miles next time out.

He then headed to Naas in a tough Novice Chase against Captain Guinness and stablemate Blackbow and went on to jump the field into submission.

The gelding took his form to the next level next time out when obliterating a good field by 10 lengths eased down in the Grade One Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Having missed the Arkle at the Cheltenham festival through a slight setback, he was last seen in the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown festival and again bolted up with ease.

Back for another season, he was seen in the Grade Two Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday and having obliterated his field by close to nine lengths, the ante-post markets were hammered.

Being the 5/1 second favourite for the Champion Chase he is now a best price of 11/4 to take the Grade One Wednesday feature at Prestbury Park.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing