The Road to Cheltenham: A trio of movers as the Festival approaches

We're just over a week away from the start of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival
We're just over a week away from the start of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival
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A very quiet week on the racing front with the Festival being just around the corner, but there were still some market movers for the Follow The Money team to report...


Cheltenham Festival Movers

- Limini - Champion Hurdle [20.0] into [9.6]
- Neon Wolf - Neptune Novices Hurdle [5.0] into [3.95]
- Whisper - RSA Novices Chase [18.0] into [9.6]

Last year's Mares Hurdle winner Limini continues to be well backed for the Champion Hurdle after her impressive victory over Apples Jade a fortnight ago. Although she still needs to be supplemented for the race it would be a shock if she wasn't with connections attempting a three in a row after the victories of Annie Power and Faugheen. The race has an unusual open look to it this year and punters look keen the keep the Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh combo on side with the mare now trading at [9.6] having been available at [20.0] after her recent success.

Neon Wolf looks set to be one of the bankers of the meeting with trainer Harry Fry nominating the Neptune Novices Hurdle as his target. The six-year-old is yet to taste defeat and he showed his class last time out with an easy victory in the Grade 2 Rossington Main Novices hurdle at Haydock. With market rival Finians Oscar's form taking another hit over the weekend after the poor efforts form Capitane and Chalonnial this race could develop into a match with the best of the Irish in Bacardys. Available at [5.0] during the week he now heads the market at [3.95].

The RSA Novices Chase lost one of its leading contenders during the week with Coney Island being ruled out due to a bruised foot. The biggest market mover was the Dai Walters owned Whisper who had been considered for the JLT but looks set to take on stablemate and favourite in Might Bite. The nine-year-old has put last year's disappointing hurdling campaign behind him with dual victories over the larger obstacles at HQ this season and looks set to have a leading chance come the Wednesday of the festival. Having been as high as [18.0] before the defection of Coney Island, Whisper is now second favourite at [9.6].


Cheltenham Festival Movers

Limini - Champion Hurdle [20.0] into [9.6]
Neon Wolf - Neptune Novices Hurdle [5.0] into [3.95]
Whisper - RSA Novices Chase [18.0] into [9.6]


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