Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

World Hurdle and Olbg Mares' Hurdle Betting

Annie Power is the hot Even-Money favourite with William Hill for the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, after 48 horses were declared for the race. However, Willie Mullins’ mare who has only had a single defeat in her 12 race career so far, is also entered in the World Hurdle, which received 36 entries. Annie Power is 12-1 to land the pinnacle staying hurdle of the season. 

With the options left open for Annie Power, William Hill also go 8-11 that she wins ANY race at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.

The JP McManus-owned More Of That heads the betting for the World Hurdle at 7-2, as he bids to retain the crown that he won last year, when he edged the aforementioned Annie Power. Saphir Du Rheu is a notable addition to the market, after the suggestion that he could follow the same path as his owner’s champion, Big Buck’s.

William Hill are offering a massive 500-1 that Saphir Du Rheu emulates Big Buck’s and wins four World Hurdles.

“When Big Buck’s unseated Sam Thomas in the Hennessy, there’s not a person on this planet who would think he would go on to be one of the greatest staying hurdlers we’ve ever seen. But Saphir Du Rheu is higher rated over hurdles than Big Buck’s was at this stage in his career, he’s won double the number of hurdle races than Big Buck’s had by this point and he’s with the same connections.”

Saphir Du Rheu Special – To Win Four Or More World Hurdles: 500-1

Annie Power – To Win Any Race At 2015 Cheltenham Festival: 8-11

OLBG Mares’ Hurdle: EVENS Annie Power, 9-2 Aurore D’Estruval, 7-1 Glens Melody, 8-1 Morning Run, 10-1 Carole’s Spirit, Polly Peachum, 12-1 Carrigmorna Rock, Vroum Vroum Mag, 16-1 Analifet, L’Unique, Little King Robin, Tara Point, 20-1 Emily Gray, 25-1 Bitofapuzzle, Clara Mc Cloud, Dark Spirit, Gitane Du Berlais, Jennies Jewel, Land Of Vic, Lyrical Theatre, The Pirate’s Queen, 33-1 Baie Des Iles, Blue Buttons, Jennys Surprise, Melbourne Lady, Mischievous Milly, Swing Bowler, Upsie, 40-1 Busted Tycoon, Centasia, Hidden Identity, Mayfair Music, Pass The Time, 50-1 Doyly Carte, Fairytale Theatre, Keppols Queen, Koolala, Loyaute, Nyanza, Princess Leya, Rock On The Moor, Run Ructions Run, Sureness, 66-1 Flementime, Kayfleur, The Govaness, 100-1 Rhythm Star, Va’vite, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

World Hurdle: 7-2 More Of That, 10-1 Lieutenant Colonel, Saphir Du Rheu, Zarkandar, 12-1 Annie Power, Beat That, Rock On Ruby, 14-1 Briar Hill, 16-1 Cole Harden, Monksland, Pont Alexandre, Un Temps Pour Tout, 20-1 Blaklion, Blue Fashion, Volnay De Thaix, Whisper, 25-1 At Fishers Cross, Jetson, Kitten Rock, Reve De Sivola, Rule The World, 33-1 Abbyssial, Aubusson, Thousand Stars, Un Atout, 40-1 Back In Focus, Bog Warrior, Seeyouatmidnight, Tiger Roll, 50-1 Big Easy, Dedigout, Knockara Beau, Zaidpour, 100-1 King Of The Picts, Olofi, Rigour Back Bob, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)