Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Johns Spirit Popular Call For Cheltenham

National Hunt fans are anticipating an exciting few days of action at Cheltenham this week, with the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the Greatwood Hurdle two of the highlights.
Boodooma and King’s Palace are 7-1 joint-favourites with William Hill for the Paddy Power Gold Cup, however Johns Spirit at 14-1 is the best-backed horse. Johns Spirit was initially 20-1 in the betting but has narrowed to 14-1 with William Hill. The popular Jonjo O’Neill-trained horse won the 2013 renewal and finished a brave second by just a head in last year’s race despite carrying top weight.
“Punters love Johns Spirit after his valiant efforts in the race for the last two years and those having a wager are rallying behind his cause,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.
Art Mauresque has also been backed at William Hill, with the firm trimming odds to 14-1 from 16-1 after today’s entries.
In the Greatwood Hurdle, John Ferguson’s Nabucco is the 7-1 favourite after winning the William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Ascot last time.
There are two significant market movers in the race, with Mick Jazz 8-1 from 12-1 and Winner Massagot 16-1 from 20-1, as it looks as though they will now sneak in at the bottom of the weights.
“Nabucco is in great form at present and looks like the one they have to beat, but the money is behind Mick Jazz at this stage,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Paddy Power Gold Cup (14th November): 7-1 Boondooma, King’s Palace, 10-1 Monetaire, Present View, 12-1 Irish Cavalier, Ptit Zig, 14-1 Art Mauresque, Cocktails At Dawn, Johns Spirit, La Vaticane, 16-1 Annacotty, Buywise, Oscar Rock, Sound Investment, 20-1 Double Ross, Generous Ransom, Little Jon, Shanpallas, Splash Of Ginge, 25-1 Astracad, Bennys Mist, Cloud Creeper, Croco Bay, Darna, Easter Day, Next Sensation, Turn Over Sivola, 33-1 The Clock Leary, (Each Way ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Greatwood Hurdle (15th November): 7-1 Nabucco, 8-1 Mick Jazz, Superb Story, 10-1 Devilment, 12-1 Bidourey, Totalize, 14-1 Days Of Heaven, 16-1 Old Guard, Renneti, Sign Of A Victory, Vancouverite, Waxies Dargle, Winner Massagot, 20-1 Bouvreuil, Daneking, Dexcite, Ebony Express, Mad Jack Mytton, 25-1 Redera, Rock The Kasbah, Three Kingdoms, 33-1 Goodwood Mirage, Noble Inn, Olofi, Serenity Now, 50-1 Starluck, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Betfair Chase (21st November): 13-8 Silviniaco Conti, 7-2 Don Cossack, 9-2 Cue Card, 6-1 Coneygree, 7-1 Saphir Du Rheu, 10-1 Ballynagour, Holywell, Road To Riches, 12-1 Dynaste, 16-1 King’s Palace, Menorah, 20-1 Bobs Worth, Irish Cavalier, O’Faolains Boy, 33-1 Clarcam, Southfield Theatre, The Giant Bolster, Wounded Warrior, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (28th November): 5-1 Coneygree, Saphir Du Rheu, 8-1 Don Poli, Vroum Vroum Mag, 10-1 Don Cossack, 12-1 Bobs Worth, Pendra, Smad Place, 14-1 Cue Card, Dynaste, King’s Palace, Valseur Lido, 16-1 The Druids Nephew, The Young Master, Virak, 20-1 Ballynagour, Fingal Bay, If In Doubt, Just A Par, Le Reve, Menorah, Monetaire, Ned Stark, Present View, Sam Winner, Sausalito Sunrise, Southfield Theatre, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Tingle Creek Chase (5th December): 3-1 Vibrato Valtat, 4-1 Simonsig, 5-1 Dodging Bullets, 8-1 Sprinter Sacre, 10-1 Sire De Grugy, 16-1 Somersby, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

William Hill King George VI Chase (26th December): 11-4 Vautour, 4-1 Don Cossack, 6-1 Coneygree (needs to be supplemented), Silviniaco Conti, 12-1 Saphir Du Rheu, 14-1 Djakadam, Road To Riches, 16-1 Cue Card, 20-1 Don Poli, Dynaste, Simonsig, 25-1 Ballynagour, Ptit Zig, Sir Des Champs, 33-1 Al Ferof, Apache Stronghold, Captain Chris, Irish Cavalier, King’s Palace, Ma Filleule, Menorah, Shannon Rock, Smad Place, Valseur Lido, 40-1 O’Faolains Boy, 50-1 Camping Ground, Clarcam, Double Ross, God’s Own, Southfield Theatre, 66-1 Saint Palois, 150-1 Annacotty, 200-1 Pindare, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)