Cheltenham Festival Market Movers - 10/01/22

Constitution Hill - Supreme Novices' Hurdle - 4/1 into 9/4

The first Cheltenham festival market mover we are highlighting this week is the superstar Constitution Hill for Nicky Henderson who sent himself to the top of the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the weekend.

The gelding looks to be a serious animal for owner Michael Buckley, with the £120,000 purchase making an extremely taking rules debut at Sandown in December.

He had been seen once in a point to point before his rules debut, when finishing a head second in what might turn out to be a smart P2P.

Heading to Sandown in a Novices' Hurdle, 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 saw Constitution Hill go from a 40/1 outsider for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle to then the general 4/1 second favourite.

Targeted at the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle, he was seen at the track on Saturday and tsaking on five other runners, he never came off the bridle to power clear by 12 lengths in testing conditions.

This has now seen him move again, from 4/1 into 9/4 favourite, with some firms going 7/4.

Prengarde - Cross Country Chase - 20/1 into 9/2

Next up is a very strange market mover, with Prengarde never being seen in the UK or Ireland to date but has now moved from 20/1 into 9/2 for the Cross Country Chase on the Thursday of the festival.

This horse is a thorough stayer racing at Compeigne for his last five events and he has been seen winning all five of his races in taking style.

Off the back of these runs it has seen leading owner JP McManus buy the horse for a decent fee and give it to Enda Bolger and with the Cross Country Chase being the nominated target, punters have got behind him and he is now the new favourite for the quirky race.

Very interesting purchase by the Irishman and one to keep an eye on.

Dinoblue - Mares Novices' Hurdle - 25/1 into 10/1

The final horse is another of JP McManus' battalion of Cheltenham festival runners and Dinoblue for Willie Mullins looks a very likeable mare.

The five year old was seen for the first time in her life at Clonmel last week and against her stablemate La Prima Donna, she went on to jump beautifully and breezed clear in the final stages to take the event over two miles by 15 lengths.

That run came on heavy ground making it an even slicker performance with her showing stamina and speed and off the back of it she went into 10/1 from 25/1 for the Mares Novices' Hurdle.

She looks a very exciting prospect.

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing