Cheltenham betting shaken up after Tizzard favourite departs

Up until recently there were two neighbours fighting for supremacy in a small Somerset village just three miles of Sherborne, but the trainer got the better of the designer as MIlborne Port gets behind Colin Tizzard and his string of Cheltenham hopefuls.

While fashion designer and Debenhams cash cow Jasper Conran upset the locals playing lord of the manor in his £8.5m Grade 1 listed Ven House, Tizzard quietly prepared a string of horses for an assault on Cheltenham – an assault which will put Milborne Port on the map.

When the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks off the 2011 Cheltenham Festival in 12 days time, the whole of the Somerset village will be glued to their television sets in the hope that Cue Card can justify his 9/4 favouritism.

But the village suffered a setback today when Jewson Novices’ Chase favourite Hell’s Bay had to withdraw due to a leg injury.

Hell’s Bay had been 10/1 to win the Jewson and his withdrawal has seen the Jewson Novices’ odds change dramatically.

Wishful Thinking is now the 6/1 favourite with Captain Chris and Noble Prince available at 7/1, but Quel Esprit is out to 25/1 to win after being supported into 10/1 for the National Hunt Chase.

The Jewson Novices’ Chase is a new event for the Cheltenham Festival and the race could potentially provide us with future Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, but while the Tizzard’s hopes in the Jewson have been dashed, they have plenty of opportunities elsewhere.

Third Intention is a 14/1 shot for the JCB Triumph Hurdle and his impressive jumping makes him a strong contender in the race.

Third Intention has run just three times over hurdles and has finished 1st, 2nd and 2nd, including a second place at Cheltenham in January.

There are also entries for Inside Dealer, Cannington Brook, Ohio Gold, Hey Big Spender and Oiseau De Nuit as Colin Tizzard prepares his string, and his village, for a Cheltenham takeover.

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