Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookies Battered By Ballyoptic Bets

It’s one-way traffic in Friday’s Long Distance Hurdle, with William Hill slashing the price of Ballyoptic to 6-4 favourite from 2-1.                                                            

“We’re being battered with bets on Ballyoptic with money coming from all corners,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “Big bets, small bets, they all seem to be on Ballyoptic and we could be counting the cost til Christmas if he wins.”

Meanwhile, in Saturday’s big race, the Hennessy Gold Cup, Native River remains 11-2 favourite but there has been some tasty money at bigger prices. Blaklion has shortened to 10-1 from 11-1, Houblon Des Obeaux is 20-1 from 25-1 and Aubusson is 33-1 from 40-1. The latter has been targeted by some shrewd shop teams.

“The Hennessy is a wide open betting race and punters are getting their teeth stuck in to all sorts,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Apple’s Jade is the best-backed horse in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, now 4-1 with Hills from original odds of 5-1.



Long Distance Hurdle: 6-4 Ballyoptic, 5-1 Reve De Sivola, 6-1 Ptit Zig, 7-1 Menorah, Unowhatimeanharry, 8-1 The Romford Pele, 12-1 Snow Falcon, 14-1 El Bandit, Maximiser, Monksland, Ubak, 25-1 Gevrey Chambertin, Rons Dream, Shades Of Midnight, 33-1 Milansbar, 66-1 Shantou Bob, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)



Hennessy Gold Cup: 11-2 Native River, 8-1 Vyta Du Roc, 9-1 Saphir Du Rheu, Un Temps Pour Tout, 10-1 Blaklion, Henri Parry Morgan, Smad Place, 16-1 Outlander, 20-1 Drumacoo, Empire Of Dirt, Houblon Des Obeaux, Theatre Guide, 25-1 Bishops Road, Coologue, Holywell, Vicente, 33-1 Aubusson, Hadrian’s Approach, Local Show, Regal Encore, Triolo D’Alene, Virak, 40-1 Another Hero, Carole’s Destrier, Upswing, Wounded Warrior, 50-1 Double Ross, Otago Trail, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Fighting Fifth Hurdle: 6-4 Sceau Royal, 3-1 Petit Mouchoir, 7-2 Irving, 4-1 Apple’s Jade, 8-1 Top Notch, 14-1 Hidden Cyclone, 16-1 Optimus Prime, 33-1 Mirsaale, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)



Troytown Handicap Chase: 10-1 Noble Endeavor, 14-1 Bonny Kate, Killer Miller, Mountain King, Sambremont, Venitien De Mai, 16-1 Bless The Wings, Cause Of Causes, Empire Of Dirt, Folsom Blue, It Came To Pass, New Kid In Town, Raz De Maree, Riverside City, Roi Des Francs, Sizing Coal, Ucello Conti, 20-1 Hash Brown, Killer Crow, 25-1 Akorakor, As De Pique, Captain Von Trappe, Domesday Book, Down Under, Draycott Place, Realt Mor, 33-1 Bob Ford, Fine Theatre, Georges Conn, He Rock’s, Mr Diablo, Oscar Knight, Potters Cross, Rogue Angel, Shadow Catcher, Thunder And Roses, Tom Horn, Woodford Island, 40-1 Abolitionist, Audacious Plan, Balnagon Boy, Mad Brian, Red Devil Lads, Whatareudoingtome, 50-1 Racing Pulse, Sonny B, 66-1 Stoughan Cross, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)