Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Mullins Holds Cheltenham Aces

Willie Mullins now has the top three in the Champion Hurdle betting with William Hill, after Arctic Fire was trimmed to 8-1 from 9-1 following his win at Fairyhouse in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.


He joins stablemates Faugheen and Nichols Canyon towards the head of the Champion Hurdle betting.


William Hill offer a new special price of 4-1 for Willie Mullins to train the first three home (first, second and third) in the 2016 Champion Hurdle, as he did in 2015.


“It looks like the biggest threats to Faugheen retaining his Champion Hurdle crown will come from his stablemates,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


William Hill price Long Dog at 12-1 for the Supreme (new price), Neptune (from 16-1) and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdles (from 16-1), while he is 8-1 in the ‘Win Any Race at Cheltenham Festival’ market.


It follows his victory in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle.


Meanwhile, Rashaan is now favourite for the Triumph Hurdle, with William Hill installing him at 14-1 for Cheltenham after landing the Grade 3 Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.


“We rate Rashaan as the best juvenile we’ve seen so far this season,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Willie Mullins To Train First Three Home In 2016 Champion Hurdle: 4-1


Champion Hurdle: 6-4 Faugheen, 6-1 Nichols Canyon, 8-1 Arctic Fire, Peace And Co, 14-1 My Tent Or Yours, 20-1The New One, 25-1 Identity Thief, Top Notch, 33-1 Irving, Old Guard, 40-1 All Yours, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: 8-1 Min, 10-1 Bachasson, Moon Racer, 12-1 Long Dog, 14-1 American Tom, Bellshill, Buveur D’Air, Modus, Petit Mouchoir, 16-1 Altior, Tombstone, Townshend, Vigil, Yanworth, 20-1 Falcon Crest, 33-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle: 10-1 Moon Racer, 12-1 Bellshill, Long Dog, Shantou Village,14-1 American Tom, Buveur D’Air, Yorkhill, 16-1 Tombstone, Yanworth, 20-1 Disko, Falcon Crest, Nambour, 25-1Wait For Me, 33-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: 12-1 Bellshill, Long Dog, Shantou Village, 14-1 Yorkhill, 16-1 Nambour, 20-1 Ok Corral, 33-1 Stone Hard, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Triumph Hurdle: 14-1 Rashaan, 16-1 Footpad, 20-1 Adrien Du Pont, Kasakh Noir, Zubayr, 25-1 Leoncavallo, Sceau Royal, 33-1 Coo Star Sivola, Oceane, Wolf Of Windlesham, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


UK National Hunt Trainers’ Championship 2015/16: 2-5 Paul Nicholls, 3-1 Nicky Henderson, 6-1 Willie Mullins, 33-1 Philip Hobbs, 40-1 Jonjo O’Neill