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.
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Samcro back into the Supreme betting at 6/4, some suggestion if the ground ends up soft then Elliott/Gigginstown might have a rethink over which race he goes for.
It’s the biggest betting week of the year as the four-day Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday, with William Hill predicting bookmakers will take over £350million in wagers.
William Hill fear it could be ‘Blak Saturday’ this weekend, with a succession of favourites led by Blaklion in danger of dashing the bookies.
Yanworth is 4-6 with William Hill to win the Kingwell Hurdle this weekend
Blaklion has nearly halved in price for this weekend’s Grand National Trial, with William Hill axing his odds to 11-2 favourite from 10-1 just 24 hours ago.
Don Poli and The Last Samuri head the betting at 16-1 with William Hill for this year’s Randox Health Grand National
Cue Card is odds-on favourite for this weekend’s Ascot Chase.
Ballyandy proved Nigel Twiston-Davies correct by bolting up in the Betfair Hurdle and is now 10-1 from 20-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Altior is just 1-4 (from 1-2) with William Hill following a highly impressive victory at Newbury in the Game Spirit Chase. The Nicky Henderson-trained chaser was superb and has also shortened for the Queen Mother Champion Chase to 9-4 from 7-2.