Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookmaker Anticipates Exciting Opening To Festival

As the clock ticks down to this year’s Cheltenham Festival, Willie Mullins has nine favourites and one joint-favourite with William Hill.

Five of those favourites are on the opening day and if all came in at the current odds, an accumulator would pay a little over 87/1.

“The tone for this year’s Cheltenham Festival will be set by the opening salvos between punters and bookmakers, with much of the money on the first day likely to ride on Willie Mullins and his hotpots,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Many of the top chances for Mullins belong to Susannah and Rich Ricci, with William Hill offering just 6-4 for them to own five or more winners at this year’s Festival – that has been backed in from initial odds of 11-2.

“Punters are banking on Ricci magic over the course of the Festival and they could fly away with a helicopter full of silverware,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

The worst result in William Hill’s antepost book at this stage is Min in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, who was backed in from 33-1 and is now the 11-8 favourite.


How Many Winners Will Willie Mullins Train At 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

2-1          Six or fewer

6-5          Seven to Nine

2-1          Ten or more 

Number Of Susannah Ricci Owned Winners At The 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

6-4          Five Or More

13-8       Four

3-1          Three

7-1          Two

25-1       One

66-1       None

Willie Mullins To Train The Winners Of All Four 2016 Cheltenham Festival Championship Races: 12-1 


Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: 11-8 Min, 4-1 Altior, 7-1 Buveur D’Air, 8-1 Yorkhill, 12-1 Bleu Et Rouge, Tombstone, 16-1 Bellshill, 20-1 Modus, Moon Racer, Supasundae, Winter Escape, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Racing Post Arkle Trophy: 2-5 Douvan, 11-2 Vaniteux, 14-1 Garde La Victoire, L’Ami Serge, 16-1 Sizing John, The Game Changer, 25-1 Arzal, 33-1 Alisier Dirlande, Outlander, Shaneshill, Ttebbob, 40-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ultimate Business Solutions Handicap Chase: 10-1 Out Sam, 12-1 Kruzhlinin, 14-1 Carole’s Destrier, Doctor Harper, Holywell, Mala Beach, Noble Endeavor, The Young Master, Theatre Guide, Vyta Du Roc, 16-1 Annacotty, Champagne West, Definitly Red, Free Expression, King’s Palace, Morning Assembly, Silvergrove, The Last Samuri, Un Temps Pour Tout, Upswing, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Champion Hurdle: 13-8 Annie Power, 9-2 Identity Thief, 5-1 Nichols Canyon, 6-1 My Tent Or Yours, The New One, 16-1 Camping Ground, Peace And Co, Top Notch, 20-1 Hargam, Old Guard, 33-1 Sempre Medici, 66-1 Sign Of A Victory, 100-1 Purple Bay, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

OLBG Mares’ Hurdle: 5-4 Vroum Vroum Mag, 7-4 Annie Power, 7-1 Polly Peachum, 11-1 Aurore D’Estruval, 12-1 Bitofapuzzle, 16-1 Desert Queen, Gitane Du Berlais, Tara Point, The Govaness, 20-1 Ballychorus, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

National Hunt Steeple Chase: 7-2 Black Hercules, 6-1 Roi Des Francs, 7-1 Minella Rocco, 9-1 Native River, Noble Endeavor, 10-1 Outlander, Pont Alexandre, Rule The World, Southfield Royale, 12-1 Seeyouatmidnight, 14-1 Sambremont, Vyta Du Roc, 16-1 Definitly Red, Local Show, Measureofmydreams, Monksland, Shaneshill, Shantou Flyer, 20-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase: 10-1 Noble Endeavor, 12-1 Out Sam, Willow’s Saviour, 14-1 Aloomomo, Domesday Book, Minella Present, 16-1 Altiepix, Ballyalton, Bouvreuil, Double Shuffle, Full Shift, Javert, McKinley, Pairofbrowneyes, Sambremont, Thomas Brown, Thomas Crapper, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Neptune: 4-5 Yanworth, 8-1 Yorkhill, 9-1 A Toi Phil, 10-1 Bellshill, 12-1 Bleu Et Rouge, 14-1 Long Dog, Min, Shantou Village, 16-1 Barters Hill, 20-1 Petit Mouchoir, Tombstone, Up For Review, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

RSA Chase: 9-4 No More Heroes, 7-2 More Of That, 10-1 Blaklion, 12-1 Seeyouatmidnight, 14-1 Outlander, Vyta Du Roc, 16-1 Black Hercules, 20-1 Pont Alexandre, Roi Des Francs, 25-1 Out Sam, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Coral Cup: 10-1 Diamond King, 12-1 Politologue, Squouateur, 14-1 Great Field, Kilcrea Vale, Rock The Kasbah, 16-1 Different Gravey, Lil Rockerfeller, Saint Charles, 20-1 Arbre De Vie, Baoulet Delaroque, Blazer, Brother Tedd, Chef D’Ouevre, Childrens List, Desoto County, For Good Measure, King’s Palace, Label Des Obeaux, Legacy Gold, Mr Mix, Nabucco, Oscar Sam, Sheamus, Starchitect, Tapaculo, Tycoon Prince, Unowhatimeanharry, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Queen Mother Champion Chase: 4-6 Un De Sceaux, 3-1 Vautour, 9-2 Sprinter Sacre, 12-1 Dodging Bullets, Sire De Grugy, Special Tiara, 16-1 Felix Yonger, 25-1 Gods Own, 33-1 Champagne Fever, Sizing Granite, 40-1 Somersby, 66-1 Bright New Dawn, Clarcam, Twinlight, 100-1 Just Cameron, Mozoltov, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 5-2 Josies Orders, 5-1 Quantitativeeasing, 6-1 Balthazar King, 7-1 Foxrock, 8-1 Sire Collonges, 10-1 Any Currency, 12-1 Dogora, 14-1 Ballybroker Bridge, 16-1 Dolatulo, Love Rory, 20-1 Uncle Junior, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle: 7-1 Campeador, 10-1 Diego Du Charmil, 12-1 Fixe Le Kap, Frodon, 14-1 Gibralfaro, Harley Rebel, Jaleo, Voix Du Reve, 16-1 El Terremoto, Swamp Fox, 20-1 Akavit, Ardamir, Berland, Doubly Clever, Duke Of Medina, Jer’s Girl, Kasakh Noir, Leoncavallo, Omessa Has, Our Thomas, Paddys Runner, Pemba, Pinkie Brown, St Saviour, Wolfcatcher, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Champion Bumper: 7-1 Augusta Kate, 8-1 Ballyandy, 10-1 Aspen Colorado, Coeur Blimey, 14-1 Castello Sforza, Copper Kay, Fulham Road, High Bridge, Lucky Pass, New To This Town, Village Mystic, 16-1 Admiral Chief, First Figaro, Invitation Only, Some Neck, Turcagua, Very Much So, 20-1 Bacardys, Battleford, Westend Story, 25-1 Avellino, Criq Rock, 33-1 Clinton Hill, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3) 


JLT Novices’ Chase: 3-1 Bristol De Mai, 5-1 More Of That, Outlander, 8-1 Shaneshill, Sizing John, 10-1 Garde La Victoire, 12-1 L’Ami Serge, Vaniteux, 14-1 Zabana, 16-1 As De Mee, Black Hercules, Three Musketeers, 20-1 Arzal, Pont Alexandre, Tell Us More, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Pertemps Network Final: 10-1 Cup Final, Missed Approach, Unowhatimeanharry, 12-1 Box Office, If In Doubt, Leave At Dawn, Warriors Tale, 14-1 Arpege D’Alene, Sir Mangan, 16-1 Flintham, Join The Clan, Mall Dini, Mydor, Oscar Sam, Rathpatrick, Saddlers Encore, Taglietelle, The Boss’s Dream, The Romford Pele, West Approach, Westren Warrior, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Ryanair Chase: 7-4 Vautour, 5-1 Valseur Lido, 6-1 Al Ferof, Road To Riches, 7-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 10-1 Don Cossack, 12-1 Smashing, Vibrato Valtat, 14-1 Josses Hill, 16-1 Felix Yonger, Village Vic, 20-1 Champagne West, Dynaste, Gilgamboa, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ryanair World Hurdle: EVENS Thistlecrack, 4-1 Annie Power, 5-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 6-1 Alpha Des Obeaux, 7-1 Cole Harden, 9-1 Nichols Canyon, Saphir Du Rheu, 10-1 Different Gravey, 12-1 More Of That, 14-1 Aux Ptits Soins, 16-1 Camping Ground, Whisper, 20-1 Prince Of Scars, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate: 12-1 Johns Spirit, Out Sam, 14-1 Champagne West, Doctor Harper, Free Expression, King’s Odyssey, Noble Endeavor, Taquin Du Seuil, Village Vic, 16-1 Empire Of Dirt, Irish Cavalier, Monetaire, Stiletto, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle: 8-11 Limini, 7-1 Smart Talk, 10-1 Daring Carlotta, Jessber’s Dream, Myska, 12-1 Bloody Mary, Chocca Wocca, 14-1 Robins Reef, 16-1 Katie Too, 20-1 The Organist, Yes I Did, 25-1 Danielle’s Journey, Miss Dinamic, Tara Flow, 33-1 Hollies Pearl, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase: 7-1 Our Father, 10-1 Doctor Harper, 12-1 Upswing, 14-1 Cause Of Causes, Free Expression, Noble Endeavor, Sambremont, Silvergrove, Ziga Boy, 16-1 Altiepix, Coologue, Guess Again, Lord Scoundrel, Perfect Candidate, Subtle Grey, The Job Is Right, Thomas Brown, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Triumph Hurdle: 3-1 Ivanovich Gorbatov, 6-1 Zubayr, 8-1 Sceau Royal, 10-1 Connetable, Footpad, 12-1 Fixe Le Kap, Let’s Dance, 14-1 Who Dares Wins, 20-1 Apple’s Jade, Clan Des Obeaux, Frodon, Protek Des Flos, Tommy Silver, 25-1 Khezerabad, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle: 10-1 Blue Hell, 12-1 Desoto County, Great Field, 14-1 Affaire D’Honneur, Clondaw Warrior, Squouateur, Superb Story, 16-1 A Hare Breath, Henry Higgins, Modus, Starchitect, Townshend, Wait For Me, 20-1 All Yours, Ball D’Arc, Cardinal Walter, Cyrius Moriviere, Dicosimo, Flying Angel, For Good Measure, Its’afreebee, John Constable, Kalkir, Mad Jack Mytton, Marracudja, Montbazon, Royal Caviar, Solstice Star, Some Plan, Sternrubin, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: 5-2 Barters Hill, 6-1 Shantou Village, 10-1 Gangster, Up For Review, Yorkhill, 12-1 Bellshill, 14-1 Ballydine, Bleu Et Rouge, Unowhatimeanharry, 16-1 Long Dog, 20-1 A Toi Phil, Balko Des Flos, O O Seven, Thomas Hobson, 25-1 Bachasson, Bello Conti, Fagan, Open Eagle, Petit Mouchoir, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 4-1 Don Cossack, Vautour, 5-1 Cue Card, Don Poli, 6-1 Djakadam, 10-1 Smad Place, 16-1 Road To Riches, 20-1 Valseur Lido, 25-1 Carlingford Lough, Holywell, Many Clouds, 40-1 O’Faolains Boy, 50-1 Sir Des Champs, 66-1 Champagne West, Gilgamboa, 100-1 Boston Bob, Irish Cavalier, Morning Assembly, On His Own, The Giant Bolster, 150-1 Ballycasey (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase: 5-2 On The Fringe, 7-1 Marito, 8-1 Aupcharlie, Paint The Clouds, 10-1 Mendip Express, 14-1 It Came To Pass, 16-1 Dark Lover, Moroman, Pearlysteps, 20-1 Sydney Paget, 33-1 Pacha Du Polder, 50-1 Railway Dillon, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: 12-1 Qualando, Squouateur, 14-1 Great Field, 16-1 Ball D’Arc, Baoulet Delaroque, Blazer, Box Office, Chef D’Ouevre, Cup Final, Dancing Meadows, Diamond King, For Good Measure, Ibis Du Rheu, Label Des Obeaux, Montdragon, Mr Mix, Nickname Exit, Okotoks, Saint Charles, Space Cadet, Tycoon Prince, Westend Star, Zulu Oscar, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase: 9-1 Next Sensation, 14-1 Arthur’s Oak, Minella Present, The Saint James, 16-1 Blood Cotil, Boondooma, Bright New Dawn, Eastlake, La Vaticane, Sizing Codelco, Stiletto, Velvet Maker, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)