Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Alary Smashed In Just An Hour

Colin Tizzard is ready to race his intriguing French import Alary in the Peter Marsh Chase this weekend and William Hill initially priced the horse as 9-2 favourite, but that was quickly snapped up by punters in less than an hour, with the firm slashing his odds to 7-2. Tizzard has described the chaser as “bloody good”, which is high praise indeed from a man who has three of the first four in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting.

“We’re in no doubt that Colin Tizzard thinks Alary is the real deal and if that is the case, he could be the one to beat in the Peter Marsh,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “We’ve had our hands bitten off at 9-2 and it is clear that punters are relying on the word of this season’s in-form trainer.”

Alary has also been supported for the Gold Cup, with William Hill going 20-1 from 25-1. Alary remains 16-1 for the Ryanair Chase.

Should Alary fail to convince at Haydock, Bristol De Mai and Definitly Red are next in the betting at 11-2. Bristol De Mai won a Grade 1 over hurdles earlier in his career and has also prevailed at the top level in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase last season. Definitly Red has yet to win at the very highest level, but certainly looked like he could be that class when trouncing the opposition in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby over Christmas.

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase: 7-2 Alary, 11-2 Bristol De Mai, Definitly Red, 10-1 O Maonlai, Vintage Clouds, 12-1 Beg To Differ, Kaki De La Pree, Otago Trail, Sausalito Sunrise, 14-1 Bishops Road, Virak, 16-1 Firebird Flyer, 20-1 Fayette County, 25-1 Cresswell Breeze, Katenko, Lessons In Milan, Racing Pulse, Seventh Sky, 33-1 Berea Boru, Gevrey Chambertin, Subtle Grey, 40-1 Goohar, Still Believing, 66-1 As De Fer, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 10-11 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Native River, 8-1 Djakadam, 12-1 Cue Card, 14-1 Outlander, 20-1 Alary, 33-1 Don Poli, Minella Rocco, Vroum Vroum Mag, 40-1 Empire Of Dirt, Many Clouds, Zabana, 50-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)