Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookies Hoping To Head Off Stark Gamble

Bookmakers fear a long winter if the Hennessy gamble on Ned Stark comes off. William Hill cut the price from 16-1 to 12-1, as money rolled in for Alan King’s gelding.

“Winter is coming and it could be a cold one for the bookies if Ned Stark sticks his neck in front on Saturday,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “We just hope that there’s a rival who can head him off. 

Meanwhile, in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle betting, Wicklow Brave is just 7-4 (favourite) from 3-1 on Monday.

“Wicklow Brave is easily the best-backed horse in the Fighting Fifth, with punters looking to cash in on another Willie Mullins hotpot,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.



To Win Hennessy Gold Cup & Cheltenham Gold Cup: 28-1 Saphir Du Rheu, 125-1 Bobs Worth, Smad Place

Hennessy Gold Cup: 7-2 Saphir Du Rheu, 11-2 Bobs Worth, 6-1 Smad Place, 9-1 If In Doubt, 10-1 The Young Master, 12-1 Houblon Des Obeaux, Ned Stark, 14-1 Fingal Bay, The Druids Nephew, Valseur Lido, 20-1 First Lieutenant, 25-1 Theatre Guide,  33-1 Ballycasey, Fox Appeal, 40-1 Benbens, The Giant Bolster, Urano, 50-1 Cloudy Too, Splash Of Ginge, 66-1 Al Co, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Long Distance Hurdle: 2-1 Cole Harden, Whisper, 9-2 Thistlecrack, 8-1 Menorah, Wonderful Charm, 10-1 Aqalim, 25-1 Dell’ Arca, O’Faolains Boy, 33-1 Deputy Dan, 50-1 Royal Boy, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2 – If 8 or more runners this will revert to 1/5 Odds 1,2,3)

Fighting Fifth Hurdle: 7-4 Wicklow Brave, 11-4 Irving, 3-1 Arctic Fire, 7-1 Beltor, Hargam, 8-1 Identity Thief, 10-1 Top Notch, 14-1 Purple Bay, 16-1 Sign Of A Victory, 20-1 Intense Tango, 25-1 Commissioned, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)



To Win The 2015 William Hill King George VI Chase & 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 10-1 Vautour, 14-1 Don Cossack, 16-1 Coneygree, 25-1 Cue Card Christmas Hurdle: 4-7 Faugheen, 11-2 My Tent Or Yours, 7-1 The New One, 10-1 Irving, 25-1 All Yours, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

William Hill King George VI Chase: 5-2 Vautour, 7-2 Don Cossack, 9-2 Cue Card, 6-1 Coneygree (needs to be supplemented), 12-1 Saphir Du Rheu, Silviniaco Conti, 14-1 Ptit Zig, 16-1 Road To Riches, 20-1 Djakadam, 25-1 Don Poli, Sir Des Champs, 33-1 Dynaste, Irish Cavalier, Menorah, Simonsig, Smad Place, Valseur Lido, 40-1 Al Ferof, Ma Filleule, Shannon Rock, 50-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Cheltenham Gold Cup: 4-1 Vautour, 6-1 Coneygree, Don Cossack, 8-1 Don Poli,  10-1 Djakadam, 12-1 Cue Card, 14-1 Road To Riches, Saphir Du Rheu, 16-1 Valseur Lido, 25-1 Holywell, 33-1 Silviniaco Conti, Sir Des Champs, Vroum Vroum Mag, 50-1 O’Faolains Boy, Southfield Theatre, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)