The Road to Cheltenham: Alan King has another potential Triumph star

The Paul Nicholls trained Old Guard
Paul Nicholls' Old Guard was successful in the National Spirit Hurdle on Sunday

With just two weeks until the Cheltenham Festival, the Follow The Money team return with a pair of major moves in the Stayers' and Triumph Hurdle markets...

"The Paul Nicholls trained Old Guard has traded as big as 570.0 but now sits at 28.0 for the Stayers' Hurdle at the Festival after this victory."

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is just a little over two weeks away. The excitement is building with many Cheltenham preview nights held across Britain and Ireland in the coming weeks. The Betfair Cheltenham preview night will be held at the Emirates on the 28th of February at 19:30 with Betfair ambassadors Paul Nicholls, Gordon Elliott and Olly Murphy in attendance.

It was a relatively quiet weekend for Cheltenham runners but there were still some major moves in both the Triumph Hurdle and Stayers' Hurdle markets...

Redicean made it three out of three over hurdles on Saturday at Kempton. The Alan King trained juvenile ran out an easy seven-length winner of the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, beating nearest rival Malaya. He now sits second favourite to Apple's Shakira at the top of the market for the JCB Triumph Hurdle. He was trading at around 13.0 before the race. He is now trading at 5.9 to come out on top on the 16th of March.


Meanwhile in Ireland, Mitchouka won the Grade Three Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse, giving weight to his rivals, running out a two and a quarter length winner. Trading at around 27.0 for the Fred Winter before the race. He now trades at 14.0 for trainer Gordon Elliot.

Lil Rockerfeller and Old Guard went head to head at Fontwell in the Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle on Sunday with the latter coming out on top by one and a half lengths. The Paul Nicholls trained Old Guard has traded as big as 570.0 but now sits at 28.0 for the Stayers' Hurdle at the Festival after this victory. Lil Rockerfeller, who was second in the Stayers' last year, trades at 21.0 for the three mile hurdle race.

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