Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

Rumbles in Arkle and Triumph Markets

Bivouac proved a good winner of the opening contest at Kempton on Saturday, the William Hill – Bet & Watch Juvenile Hurdle, and is now 20-1 from 25-1 for the Triumph Hurdle. A lot of the way San Benedeto looked the most likely winner, but faded in the closing stages – however he’s been quoted at 33-1 with William Hill to seek compensation in the Triumph in March.

“Bivouac landed the battle today, but San Benedeto travelled well and could be a big price for success at Cheltenham,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Vibrato Valtat landed the two mile Novices’ Chase (Wayward Lad) in good fashion, finally showing the resolution to win his race when hitting the front, having previously needed to be delivered right on the line to win. Paul Nicholls’ winner is now 12-1 from 14-1 for the Arkle, while John Ferguson’s Three Kingdoms who pressed the winner right to the line is a new addition in the betting at 16-1.

“The novices’ chase may have thrown up some Arkle contenders, with Vibrato Valtat looking an exciting prospect for the Festival,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Triumph: 11-4 Peace And Co, 12-1 Hargam, Kalkir, 20-1 Bivouac, Fiscal Focus, Golden Doyen, Karezak, 25-1 Chatez, Theophilus, 33-1 Chartbreaker, Old Guard, San Benedeto, Top Notch, 40-1 Zarib, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Arkle: 5-2 Un De Sceaux, 7-1 Vautour, 8-1 Ptit Zig, 10-1 Clarcam, Josses Hill, Valseur Lido, 12-1 Gilgamboa, Vibrato Valtat, 16-1 Abbyssial, Sgt Reckless, Three Kingdoms, 20-1 The Tullow Tank, 25-1 Court Minstrel, Dunraven Storm, God’s Own, 33-1 Chancol, Melodic Rendezvous, 40-1 Grumeti, 50-1 Shanahan’s Turn, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)