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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Betting news, going updates and non-runners

Cheltenham: the scene from Cleeve Hill at the end of the first day
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Wednesday’s big question is will Willie Mullins join the party that Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott started in spectacular fashion on Tuesday?

Ireland’s champion trainer endured his first blank Tuesday in nine years and today tries to fill in one of the races missing from his festival roll of honour the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Douvan is his champion back for a third year after success in the Supreme and Arkle in the last two years and looking to stretch his unbeaten run to 15 and a ninth Grade 1.

Nicky Henderson has more chances to make it another memorable festival with the likes of Might Bite in the RSA and Divin Bere in the Fred Winter.

The all-time leading festival trainer is fully plugged in after his Champion winner Buveur D'Air and Arkle hero Altior both wore ear plugs. 

Gordon Elliott will be looking to hit back with another Gigginstown House Stud contender Tombstone, who dodged the Champion Hurdle after connections felt the handicapper had been kind to him in the Coral Cup.

Today’s Cheltenham races

1.30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 4yo+ 2m5f26yd
2.10 RSA Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 5yo+ 3m80yd
2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 4yo+ 2m5f26yd
3.30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 5yo+ 1m7f199yd
4.10 Glenfarcas Chase (A Cross Country Chase) 5yo+ 3m6f37yd
4.50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 4yo 2m87yd
5.30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 4-6yo 2m87yd

Going update

Cheltenham: Good to soft (good in places); cross-country course: good, good to soft in places. From good to soft and cross country good to soft good in places.
Huntingdon: Good to soft, taking out the soft in places
Newcastle: Standard on the Tapeta
Southwell: Standard on the Fibresand

2.50 Carrig Cathal (self-cert, stiff)
5.30 Someday (s-c, lame)

Confirmation that both The New One and Un Temps Pour Tout will not be turning out again after Tuesday's exertions in the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle on Thursday for which they were declared at the 48-hour stage.

5.05 Fact Flow

3.15 Chestnut Storm
3.55 Vroom
4.35 Captain Joe
5.15 Stun Gun

Market movers
Celebrations clearly carried on well into the night as there are no discernable early betting moves apart from Might Bite (3 from 7-2) being trimmed by Totesport although there is still 4-1 elsewhere.

As punters started to blink Gordon Elliott's brilliant first day has brought interest in his runners on Wednesday with Shattered Love (1.30) into 8 from 11 and Tombstone 7-2 from 9-2 in the Coral Cup.

Bet Victor report good money for Gods Own (11 from 14) against Douvan.

Divin Bere is 9-2 from 11-2 in the Fred Winter and Peregrine Run 8 from 10 in the Coral Cup. 

1.45 So Celebre 5-4 from 9-4
3.45 Quill Art 3 from 4

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Nicky Henderson has more chances to make it another memorable festival with the likes of Might Bite in the RSA and Divin Bere in the Fred Winter.

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