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    Zanahiyr Steals the Spotlight in Turners Novices Chase
Zanahiyr Steals the Spotlight in Turners Novices Chase
Zanahiyr (red cap) jumping over a fence Cheltenham. Source: Patrick McCann

Zanahiyr Steals the Spotlight in Turners Novices Chase

Punters have shown keen interest in Gordon Elliott's Zanahiyr in the opening race at Cheltenham today, as the gelding's odds have dropped significantly from 20/1 to as low as 9/1 with bookmakers this morning.

Zanahiyr, who has secured placements in two Champion Hurdles at the Festival, aims to secure Elliott's first victory at Cheltenham this week. The trainer has seen seven placed horses over the first two days without clinching a win.

There is a potentially significant day ahead for the Elliott team, with two strong contenders later in the day. Teahupoo is a favourite in the Stayers' Hurdle, while Brighterdaysahead is favoured in the Mares Novices' Hurdle.

Market activity has been noted for two of Nigel Twiston-Davies' horses in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final. Gowel Road, previously an outsider at 40/1, has seen its odds shortened to 20/1 with most bookmakers. Meanwhile, the stable's lead runner Cuthbert Dibble has moved from 7/1 to 9/2, making a strong position in the market.

Ted Walsh's Gaoth Chuil has also drawn attention in the Pertemps, with odds cut from 15/2 to a general 6/1.

The Henry de Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore partnership, successful twice this week, is gaining punters' support. Their horse Arctic Bresil, initially at 11/1, has seen odds shorten to 15/2 in the TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase.

Owner JP McManus and Amateur rider Derek O'Connor, previous winners in the National Hunt Chase with Corbetts Cross, are anticipated to repeat their success. Inothewayurthinkin has strengthened from 3/1 to a solid favourite at 2/1 for the Kim Muir Handicap Chase, according to the betting trends.

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