Horses To Back When Firms Go Non Runner No Bet For The Cheltenham Festival

Constitution Hill - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

The current favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle is Constitution Hill for Nicky Henderson with the Grade One winner the current 2/1 market leader for the first race of the meeting.

However, there has been talk throughout the last few weeks that the star could be moved to the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle for specific reasons and with NRNB now coming into effect, for those in a nice position with him for the Supreme it may be worth covering yourself and backing him now for the Wednesday opener as a saver.

Although it does look like it would be silly not to run him in the Supreme, with stablemate Jonbon a certainty for the Tuesday opener looking more a two mile horse for the same trainer, Henderson could split them up.

Constitution Hill has shown that he might be a horse to go over a trip going forward which makes you think the Ballymore could still suit him and for that reason he is worth backing for the event at 9/1 with Sky Bet as a cover.

Journey With Me - Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Another horse that could be switched into the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle market and is worth backing NRNB is the talented Journey With Me for Henry De Bromhead.

Winning a PTP over three miles he was then bought by Robcour and given to De Bromhead where he has since gone on to win a bumper in emphatic fashion and over hurdles, seeing off next time out winner Minella Crooner and Punchestown festival Champion Bumper winner Kilcruit.

Having only ever ran over a similar distance to the Ballymore trip over hurdles, many would think this would be his most likely race.

However, having gone from 33/1 into 16/1 for the Albert Bartlett before ever jumping a hurdle and now a best price of 6/1 for the Friday event, many think that is the race to him.

With NRNB this now allows you to hedge your bets if you like the horse for the Cheltenham festival being 6/1 with Sky Bet for the Wednesday event.

There is a big possibility he could end up in this race with him set to run once more before March and that should tell us more, but being sensible this is a way to cover your bets.

Galopin Des Champs - Turners Novices' Chase

Galopin Des Champs looks a certainty to run in the Grade One Festival Novices' Chase at the festival making an emphatic chase debut over three miles at Leopardstown over Christmas, but in recent weeks this has been put into doubt.

The Cheltenham festival winner is now unbeaten in his last three events having won the Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham festival, then heading to the Punchestown festival on his first step up to three miles to land the Grade One Novice Hurdle by 12 lengths.

A horse Willie Mullins has always been excited about going over fences, he did not disappoint on debut when landing a 2m5f Beginners Chase by 22 lengths, giving one of the best jumping performances seen by a novice.

However, although looking set to head to the Festival Novices' Chase at the festival in March, it is now worth backing him for the Turners Novices' Chase over 2m4f.

The Turners is a much weaker event on the whole, looking a one horse race at the minute with Bob Olinger a strong even money favourite at the top of the market.

Where as the Festival Novices' Chase looks a highly competitive event with Bravemansgame, Ahoy Senor and Fury Road all holding some strong form.

At 9/2 with Sky Bet for the Turners, it is worth having a cover bet on Galopin Des Champs to head to this race as he is entered over 2m5f once more before the festival and having not ran over three miles prior to March, the Mullins camp might be inclined to run him over the shorter trip.

James Mackie

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