Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookies Braced For Irish Riches

There are some hot favourites for this weekend’s action at Leopardstown and bookmakers William Hill are braced for potentially costly accumulators.

Road To Riches is the 4-5 favourite for the Irish Gold Cup and is a solid favourite with William Hill.

“Road To Riches has a good chance of winning the Irish Gold Cup and that would only underline his chances for the Cheltenham Festival,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Road To Riches is 12-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and 6-1 for the Ryanair Chase with William Hill.

At longer odds, Gilgamboa has been attracting support in the Irish Gold Cup and is the best-backed in the antepost book.

Meanwhile, the Deloitte Novice Hurdle is gearing up to be a tough match between Bellshill (5-4 favourite) and Tombstone (7-4). Bellshill is currently 7-2 second-favourite for the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle and 8-1 for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. Tombstone is an attractive each-way price of 12-1 for the Supreme and 16-1 for the Neptune.  

Ivanovich Gorbatov is the 4-7 jolly for the Gain Spring Juvenile Hurdle and the current 5-2 favourite for the Triumph Hurdle (and easily the worst result) with William Hill.  

Irish Gold Cup: 4-5 Road To Riches, 8-1 Foxrock, 9-1 Valseur Lido, 10-1 First Lieutenant, Gilgamboa, 12-1 Carlingford Lough, 14-1 Wounded Warrior, 20-1 On His Own, Sir Des Champs, 40-1 Fine Rightly, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

Deloitte Novice Hurdle: 5-4 Bellshill, 7-4 Tombstone, 7-1 Petit Mouchoir, 8-1 Coney Island, 14-1 Bleu Et Rouge, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2 – NRMB)

Gain Spring Juvenile Hurdle: 4-7 Ivanovich Gorbatov, 7-2 Let’s Dance, 15-2 Jer’s Girl, 14-1 Footpad, 16-1 Allblak Des Places, 20-1 Rashaan, 33-1 Lagostovegas, 100-1 Best Kept Secret, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 - NRMB)

Supreme Novices Hurdle: 11-8 Min, 6-1 Altior, 8-1 Buveur D’Air, Yorkhill, 12-1 Tombstone, 16-1 Bellshill, 20-1 Supasundae, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle: 13-8 Yanworth, 7-2 Bellshill, 10-1 Yorkhill, 14-1 A Toi Phil, Min, Shantou Village, 16-1 Barters Hill, Long Dog, Tombstone, 20-1 Petit Mouchoir, Up For Review, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: 5-2 Barters Hill, 8-1 Bellshill, Shantou Village, 10-1 Up For Review, Yorkhill, 14-1 Ballydine, 16-1 Gangster, Long Dog, 20-1 A Toi Phil, Balko Des Flos, Duke Des Champs, Thomas Hobson, Unowhatimeanharry, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ryanair Chase: 7-4 Vautour, 6-1 Road To Riches, 7-1 Al Ferof, Vroum Vroum Mag, 10-1 Don Cossack, Traffic Fluide, Valseur Lido, 14-1 Gilgamboa, 16-1 Felix Yonger, Sound Investment, 20-1 Dynaste, Ma Filleule, Vibrato Valtat, Village Vic, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 4-1 Vautour, 9-2 Don Cossack, 5-1 Djakadam, 6-1 Don Poli, 13-2 Cue Card, 10-1 No More Heroes, Smad Place, 12-1 Road To Riches, 25-1 Holywell, Many Clouds, 40-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)