Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Mullins Holds Pocket Aces For John Durkan

Willie Mullins has a strong hand for the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, with the first two in the betting. Djakadam is the 13-8 favourite with William Hill, while Mullins also has 3-1 second favourite Valseur Lido. The JP McManus-owned Gilgamboa has attracted the most support so far and is currently 5-1 to win on Sunday.

“Willie Mullins holds ‘Pocket Aces’ for Sunday’s big race at Punchestown and although Djakadam is favourite, it would be no surprise to see Valseur Lido overcome his stablemate,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile, Un De Sceaux is the 8-13 favourite for the Tingle Creek Chase, but the real market mover is Special Tiara (12-1 from 14-1) who won the AP McCoy Celebration Chase at Sandown in April.

In Saturday’s Aintree action, Goonyella is the 7-1 favourite for the Becher Chase with William Hill and has shortened from opening odds of 12-1. In the Grand Sefton, Double Ross is 7-1 favourite from 8-1 on Tuesday, while at bigger odds Renard has been cut to 16-1 from 25-1.


Becher Handicap Chase: 7-1 Goonyella, 10-1 Algernon Pazham, Heathfield, Pineau De Re, Saint Are, Unioniste, 12-1 First Lieutenant, Thunder And Roses, 14-1 Soll, 16-1 Dolatulo, Foxbridge, Shuil Royale, The Romford Pele, Vics Canvas, 20-1 No Planning, Portrait King, Silver Man, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Tingle Creek Chase: 8-13 Un De Sceaux, 7-2 Vibrato Valtat, 6-1 Simonsig, 10-1 Sire De Grugy, 12-1 Special Tiara, 16-1 Josses Hill, 20-1 Mr Mole, Savello, Somersby, 33-1 Third Intention, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Grand Sefton Handicap Chase: 7-1 Double Ross, 8-1 Bennys Mist, Rocky Creek, 10-1 First Lieutenant, 12-1 Poole Master, Valseur Lido, 14-1 Al Alfa, Dromnea, Opening Batsman, Seventh Sky, 16-1 Fago, Rathlin, Renard, 20-1 Ardkilly Witness, Astracad, Benefit Cut, Cocktails At Dawn, Distime, Top Cat Henry, 25-1 Art Of Logistics, Mwaleshi, Silver Roque, 33-1 Rouge Et Blanc, The Italian Yob, Witness In Court, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase: 13-8 Djakadam, 3-1 Valseur Lido, 5-1 Gilgamboa, 11-2 Foxrock, 6-1 Hidden Cyclone, 10-1 Clarcam, 33-1 Flemenstar, Texas Jack, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup: 10-1 Buywise, Irish Cavalier, 12-1 Annacotty, Art Mauresque, Sound Investment, 14-1 Champagne West, Gitane Du Berlais, Johns Spirit, La Vaticane, Little Jon, 16-1 Double Ross, Howlongisafoot, Monetaire, Salubrious, Turn Over Sivola, Valseur Lido, Village Vic, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


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, 3-1 Don Cossack, 4-1 Cue Card, 6-1 Coneygree (needs to be supplemented), 10-1 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, Valseur Lido, 40-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Lexus Chase: 7-4 Coneygree, 7-2 Road To Riches, 4-1 Djakadam, Don Poli, 10-1 Sir Des Champs, 16-1 Carlingford Lough, Foxrock, Valseur Lido, 20-1 Bobs Worth, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Paddy Power Chase: 12-1 Champagne James, 14-1 Gallant Oscar, 16-1 Ballychorus, Bless The Wings, Cause Of Causes, Empire Of Dirt, First Lieutenant, Gilgamboa, Heathfield, Mala Beach, Minella Foru, Noble Emperor, 20-1 Azorian, Captain Von Trappe, Colbert Station, Colms Dream, Easter Day, Georges Conn, Home Farm, Horendus Hulabaloo, Living Next Door, Los Amigos, Rossvoss, Rule The World, Si C’Etait Vrai, Suntiep, Ucello Conti, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Welsh Grand National: 8-1 Midnight Prayer, 10-1 Cogry, Heathfield, Sausalito Sunrise, Upswing, 12-1 Emperors Choice, Kaki De La Pree, Shotgun Paddy, 14-1 Hawkes Point, Knockanrawley, Salubrious, Sego Success, The Druids Nephew, The Last Samuri, The Young Master, Theatre Guide, Unioniste, Vics Canvas, 16-1 Benvolio, Black Thunder, Houblon Des Obeaux, Masters Hill, Red Devil Lads, Rocky Creek, Wounded Warrior, 20-1 Caroles Destrier, Fourovakind, Glenquest, Living Next Door, Return Spring, Rigadin De Beauchene, Saroque, Soll, Woodford County, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)