The Road to Cheltenham: Will 2017 be the year of the Fox?

Thistlecrack ploughed through a few fences in a not entirely convincing jumping performance
Thistlecrack ploughed through a few fences in a not entirely convincing jumping performance

A big three days of racing at Cheltenham's Open Meeting has resulted in a few movers in the big Festival markets. Betfair's Follow The Money team fill us in...

"Odds-on backers had moments of worry as this son of Kayf Tara attempted to leave his hind legs in a few of Prestbury's Park famous fences."

Gold Cup - Thistlecrack 5.24/1 from 4.77/2

Flashy Fox catches the eye


Fox Norton won for the second time this season over the Champion Chase course and distance but his latest victory was under the care of his new trainer Colin Tizzard. A nine length romp, beating solid yardstick Simply Ned into second place, coupled with the retirement of his antepost market rival Sprinter Sacre has seen this rapidly improving six-year-old's price tumble from 16.015/1 into 7.87/1.


Punters having a Crack at Gold Cup favourite


Now we move to the Gold Cup where World Hurdle hero Thistlecrack made his second appearance over the larger obstacles at Cheltenham on Saturday. Odds-on backers had moments of worry as this son of Kayf Tara attempted to leave his hind legs in a few of Prestbury's Park famous fences. There is no doubting this high profile horse's engine, but punters were unimpressed by his sketchy round of jumping and has now drifted for Friday's March showpiece from 4.77/2 out to 5.24/1.


Cheltenham Festival Market Moves
Champion Chase - Fox Norton 7.87/1 from 16.015/1
Gold Cup - Thistlecrack 5.24/1 from 4.77/2

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