How Bashed Will Bookies Be?
The powerful Irish team that will be sent over to this year’s Cheltenham Festival is led by the dominant Willie Mullins-trained horses and the opening day could stun the bookies. William Hill have priced up a special on the number of Willie Mullins’ winners on the opening day.
Mullins has an incredibly strong hand for the Tuesday races, with Douvan potentially setting the tone for the day as 15-8 favourite with William Hill for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Un De Sceaux is the 4-5 favourite for the Arkle and Mullins trains two of the leading candidates for the Champion Hurdle with Even-Money favourite Faugheen and world-record Grade 1 winner Hurricane Fly. Annie Power is the Even-Money favourite with William Hill for the Mares’ Hurdle, while Don Poli is the only horse at single-figure odds (7-2 favourite) for the Toby Balding National Hunt Chase.
William Hill think the biggest surprise would be if Mullins fails to land a blow on the first day and offer 14-1 for a ‘no score’. Favourite is ‘exactly 2 winners’ at 13-8.
“We’re braced for the ‘Mullins Machines’ to strike on the opening day, but given the strength of opposition, we make it favourite that at least three of the Mullins’ hot-pots could be turned over,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
Willie Mullins Special – How Many Winners Will He Train At Cheltenham On Tuesday 10th March:
No Winners: 14-1
Exactly 1 Winner: 7-2
Exactly 2 Winners: 13-8
Exactly 3 Winners: 15-8
4 Winners Or More: 7-1
(Win Only, Singles Only)