The new year is finally upon us and we are eagerly getting closer to the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, and here with the latest market moves is the Follow the Money team...
The action packed Christmas period is over which led us to racing on New Year's Day. The feature racing of the day was at Cheltenham and it was the rematch of Yanworth and Willoughby Court in the Grade 2 Dipper Novices Chase. Yanworth dug deep to fend off a surprising challenge from Sizing Tennessee in second while Willoughby Court was a disappointing third far. Yanworth has shortened from [18.0] to [11.0] in the RSA Novice Chase while Willoughby Court looks likely to go for the JLT Novice Chase trading at [7.8].
The rearranged Chepstow Grand National Meeting featured the Grade 1 Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle and the highly thought of Nicky Henderson horse, We Have A Dream came out on top in a very tight finish with Sussex Ranger. We Have A Dream seems likely to go for the Triumph Hurdle and be a contender to Apples Shakira shortening from [14.0] to [9.0].
Another to note from the meeting was the impressive nine length winner Good Boy Bobby in the bumper. Currently trading at [15.0] for the Champion Bumper.
The Tolworth Novice Hurdle is often a good indicator towards the winners of the novice hurdles at Cheltenham. Previous winners of the race Yorkhill, L'Ami Serge and Finians Oscar have progressed on to further grade 1 wins. This year saw a potential future star in Summerville Boy who was an impressive four length winner over Kalashnikov. Considering the role of honour mentioned, Tom George's exciting novice looks a huge price in both the Supreme Novice Hurdle at [55.0] and Ballymore Novice Hurdle at [26.0].
Across the water, Sunday saw the Grade 1 Lawlor's Novice Hurdle at Naas. The exciting Next Destination headed the market and justified favouritism winning by just a length. The second and third home, Cracking Smart and Duc Des Genievres are maybe more to take note of though with Cracking Smart a big mover in the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle, [18.0] to [9.2], and Duc Des Genievres entering the frame for the Ballymore Novice Hurdle at [26.0] after just his first run since joining Willie Mullins. One to maybe keep a keen eye on.