Fishers slashed for Albert Bartlett
Ken Dickson with the latest Cheltenham Festival ante-post market moves from the Sky Bet trading room.
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It's been a busy time for our traders recently with many a change in the Cheltenham Festival ante-post markets following recent performances.
The most drastic cut was At Fishers Cross who is now 5/1 from 14/1 for the Albert Bartlett. He started the season winning a handicap off a mark off 122 but is rapidly improving and won a warm trial. He showed stamina up the hill suggesting the Albert Bartlett may be the better target but he'll be of interest whichever race he goes for. In the same race, we also trimmed Willie Mullins' Ballycasey to 7s from 8/1.
Here are the other most significant changes in the last week:
Sprinter Sacre - 2/7 from 2/5
Another impressive performance and struggling to find any weaknesses. What will chase him home?
Katenko - 33/1 from 66/1
Ex-French and relishes soft conditions. Improving all the time but will need another step up to trouble the current market leaders especially on better ground.
Cape Tribulation - 25/1 from 100/1
Outstayed rivals in the Argento. A consistent stayer but more than likely to be outclassed at the Festival.
Imperial Commander - 25/1 from 50/1
Ran a gallant race in the Argento after almost two years off. Will need to come out of the race well and 12-year-olds don't have a great record in the Gold Cup.
Hurricane Fly - 5/2 from 7/2
Another facile success in a Grade 1 and looked somewhere back to best. Finished third in last year's Champion but unbeaten since and has got a great chance of winning his crown back this year.
Oscar Whisky - 4/1 from 6/1
Travelled well and at last confirmed he stayed the trip. Probably the one to beat on likely better ground at the Festival.
Reve De Sivola - 9/2 from 7/1
Revitalised back over hurdles this season, stays all day but acts on better ground and will have a solid each-way chance come March.
Rolling Star - 6/1 from 10/1
Highly touted Nicky Henderson recruit, confirmed his useful reputation beating a usual rival in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. Will be faced with different conditions in the Triumph itself but looks worthy of position at the head of market.
Pont Alexandre - 3/1 from 8/1
Highly thought of by Willie Mullins and maintained unbeaten record with an easy victory in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown. With Ballycasey likely to be aimed at Albert Bartlett and with doubts over Champagne Fever, should be connections best chance in the Neptune this season.