Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookies Fear Winter Is Coming

William Hill are nervously waiting for Winter this weekend. Winter Escape, the very well-backed favourite for the Greatwood Hurdle was originally priced at 12-1, but is now just 5-2 favourite.

“Winter is coming and there may be no Escape for bookmakers,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Winter Escape is a current 40-1 price for the Champion Hurdle.

Meanwhile, More Of That is 9-2 favourite for the Grade 3 Gold Cup, shortening from 7-1 on Monday.

“More Of That has bags of quality and could be the class act in the field. If he hoses up this weekend then his antepost quotes for the Festival in March will be slashed,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

More Of That is currently 16-1 for the Ryanair Chase and he has already been cut to 25-1 from 33-1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup with William Hill.

Simonsig, twice a Cheltenham Festival winner, is 11-4 favourite for the Shloer Chase, but it is a wide open contest with an even spread of money across the race so far.

Grade 3 Cheltenham Betvictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase: 9-2 More Of That, 11-2 Frodon, 9-1 Double Shuffle, 10-1 As De Mee, Taquin Du Seuil, 12-1 Art Mauresque, 14-1 Bouvreuil, Buywise, Stilletto, 16-1 Annacotty, Sizing Granite, Sizing Platinum, Village Vic, 20-1 Potters Cross, Vintage Vinnie, 25-1 Aso, Ballynagour, 33-1 Tenor Nivernais, Thomas Crapper, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Shloer Chase: 11-4 Simonsig, 3-1 Fox Norton, 10-3 Special Tiara, 4-1 Top Gamble, 6-1 Garde La Victoire, 7-1 Vibrato Valtat, 8-1 Simply Ned, 14-1 Savello, 16-1 Module, 20-1 Just Cameron, Sizing Granite, 66-1 Pairofbrowneyes, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Greatwood Hurdle: 5-2 Winter Escape, 7-1 Modus, 9-1 Leoncavallo, 10-1 A Hare Breath, Brain Power, Ch’Tibello, Sternrubin, 11-1 North Hill Harvey, 16-1 John Constable, Mad Jack Mytton, Tommy Silver, 20-1 Consul De Thaix, Hargam, 33-1 Cyrius Moriviere, 40-1 Jack The Wire, Thunder Sheik, Wolf Of Windlesham, 50-1 Rossetti, Song Light, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)