It was another cracking day for the Irish at the Cheltenham festival and they are now 1/12 to win the Prestbury Cup by having more winners than team GB.
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Ruby Walsh, normally the bookies’ nemesis saved William Hill a multi-million pound payout today when winning the Mare’s Hurdle on Benie Des Dieux (FR). The firm were looking at a number of accas rolling up on Apple’s Jade – many people’s banker of the week in the Mare’s Hurdle - but Ruby Walsh secured his second winner of the day.
William Hill are gearing up for their busiest week of the year with the Cheltenham festival kicking off on Tuesday. Hills alone expect to take £50 million and predict an industry turnover in the region of £250 million. The festival starts with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the bookies face the prospect of a shocking start should the red hot 11/8 favourite Getabird get punters off to a flyer. Getabird is followed by three other massive festival fancies and therefore the bookies are facing the prospect of a total meltdown.
For the fourth time in 10 days, William Hill have cut the price of Arsene Wenger being the next Premier League manager to go and he is 6/1 from 8/1 to be the next out. Ancelotti is the 4/1 favourite to be his replacement and it is 4/9 that he is gone before the start of next season.
Five of the six major Oscars look done and dusted with very strong favourites Gary Oldman 1/25, Guillermo Del Toro 1/16, Frances McDormand 1/16, Sam Rockwell 1/8 and Allison Janney 1/8. Only the Best Picture looks close with Three Billboard 10/11 and The Shape of Water just behind at 11/8.
Arsene Wenger is now 8/1 from 16/1 (on Tuesday) to be the next manager to leave his role and it is 8/15 that he is NOT in charge of Arsenal on day one of next season.
“Judging by the attendance and the number of fans left in the stadium - they have lost confidence in Mr Wenger,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
William Hill make Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri their 4/5 favourite to win the best picture Oscar, but the move continues for Lady Bird (9/1) and Get Out which is 12/1. Meanwhile there have also been a number of small bets on the winner of any of the Big Four Oscars (Picture, Actor, Actress, Director) being incorrectly announced.
The Emoji Movie is the red hot 4/6 favourite to win this year’s Worst Picture Razzie in what looks a strong year with Baywatch (11/4) and Fifty Shades Darker offered at 6/1. Katherine Heigl is 6/5 for Worst Actress for Unforgettable and Tom Cruise (6/4) could win his first for The Mummy.
Arsene Wenger is odds on (8/13) NOT to be in charge of Arsenal on the first day of next season and as it stands Carlo Ancelotti is the 4/1 favourite to replace Mr Wenger. Fan favourites Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry & Patrick Vieira are all offered at 16/1, whilst Sol Campbell is a 66/1 outsider.