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The Road to Cheltenham: Another Festival contender leaps off the Mullins production line

Is Cheltenham master Willie Mullins going to open up the 2018 Festival with a win?
Is Cheltenham master Willie Mullins going to open up the 2018 Festival with a win?
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With another week of racing gone by and just under two months until the Festival takes place, the Betfair Follow The Money team take a look at the notable moves from the major Cheltenham markets

"In a race previously won by Douvan and Vautour, the Rich Ricci-owned horse led all the way and quickened up well from the talented but headstrong Mengli Khan. Trading at [16.0] before the race, Getabird is now as short as [4.3]."

Bird flies into Supreme favouritism

With Tuesday March 13 creeping closer and closer, the opening race at Prestbury Park finally has a clear favourite. Willie Mullins' Getabird now heads the Supreme Novice Hurdle market after winning the Moscow Flyer hurdle at Punchestown in impressive fashion. In a race previously won by Douvan and Vautour, the Rich Ricci-owned horse led all the way and quickened up well from the talented but headstrong Mengli Khan. Trading at [16.0] before the race, he's now as short as [4.3].

Invitation Only a JLT mover

Also on Punchestown on Saturday Invitation Only was backed in to [18.0] from [10.5] for the JLT after winning the Grade 3 Total Even Rental Novice Chase in a likeable manner. With David Mullins on board the seven-year-old travelled well throughout and readily beat stablemate Koshari by two-and-a-half lengths. It could be the case that he is better over the larger obstacles than hurdles.

Jefferson soars into Ryanair reckoning

Across the pond, Waiting Patiently won at Kempton over two-and-a-half miles in striking fashion, defeating Art Mauresque by eight lengths. With solid yardsticks God's Own and Smad Place in behind, the form looks quite decent. The Malcom Jefferson-trained horse is now available at [10.0] for the Ryanair Chase, having been as big as [24.0]. However, Waitting Patiently relishes ground with a bit of cut in it and connections have indicated that he may not take his place at the festival, if conditions are unfavourable.

Redicean an attractive Triumph bet

Juvenile Hurdles may not be everybody's cup of tea but Redicean at [11.0] for the Triumph Hurdle may prove to be a bit of value. Alan King knows how to train a juvenile and the four-year-old showed a good engine carrying a penalty to win at Kempton, defeating Vaziani by 10 lengths easily. If he can improve his jumping, the Medicean-gelding could be in the shake-up come March 16th.


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