Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookies Dodging A Hare Breath

Friday’s big TV races at Cheltenham kick-off with a horse associated with one of the gambles of the National Hunt season so far; A Hare Breath who is favourite for the 1.10pm. Trained by Ben Pauling, A Hare Breath was punted from 25-1 in to 6-1 before winning at Cheltenham last time, but the bookies are certainly ducking a repeat as he is 3-1 favourite with William Hill to win again.

“Bookmakers will be paying close attention to A Hare Breath after the big gamble on him last time out,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Vieux Lion Rouge heads a competitive Grade 3 at 1.45 and is 9-2 favourite for the Ryman Stationery Handicap Chase, ahead of Knock House at 5-1 and Sausalito Sunrise who is an 11-2 chance with William Hill.

Any Currency leads the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase betting at 2-1 after finishing runner-up to Josies Order at Cheltenham last month. The victor is 4-1 to come out on top again.

In the 2.55pm Citipost Handicap Hurdle, Monbeg Gold is the 4-1 favourite for Jonjo O’Neill. One Track Mind, Fingerontheswitch and The Eaglehaslanded are also prominent in the betting.


1.10 Cheltenham: 3-1 A Hare Breath, 7-1 Some Buckle, 9-1 Solstice Star, Sword Of The Lord, 10-1 Kayf Blanco, 12-1 Cape Caster, Mad Jack Mytton, Olofi, 14-1 Ascendant, Starluck, 20-1 Breaking Bits, Cappielow Park, Disputed, King Muro, 50-1 Auenwirbel, Secret Dancer, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

1.45 Cheltenham: 9-2 Vieux Lion Rouge, 5-1 Knock House, 11-2 Sausalito Sunrise, 6-1 The Druids Nephew, 9-1 The Romford Pele, Wonderful Charm, 10-1 Aachen, Shuil Royale, 12-1 Forgotten Gold, 20-1 Mon Parrain, River Maigue, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

2.20 Cheltenham: 2-1 Any Currency, 4-1 Josies Orders, 13-2 Sire Collonges, 7-1 Uncle Junior, 10-1 Love Rory, On His Own, 14-1 Bless The Wings, 16-1 Rivage D’Or, 20-1 Martalin, 33-1 Ballyboker Bridge, First To Boogie, Kilbree Kid, 66-1 Mtada Supreme, Valadom, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

2.55 Cheltenham: 4-1 Monbeg Gold, 5-1 One Track Mind, 6-1 Fingerontheswitch, 7-1 The Eaglehaslanded, 10-1 Drum Valley, Zeroeshadesofgrey, 11-1 Billy Dutton, 12-1 Bear’s Affair, 14-1 Always Tipsy, Flintham, Oscarteea, 20-1 So Fine, 33-1 According To Trev, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)