Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Cheltenham Betting Moves Plus 2017 Arc Winner?

More Of That is a solid favourite for this weekend’s Grade 3 Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, with the Jonjo O’Neill-trained chaser now William Hill’s 9-2 outright favourite from 6-1 just 48 hours ago. More Of That is currently 16-1 for the 2017 Ryanair Chase and 33-1 to win this season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

“Punters have taken notice of Jonjo O’Neill’s comments that More Of That could be a future Gold Cup winner and if that is the case, then he could notch another Cheltenham win to his name this weekend,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

In the same race, Bouvreuil is 12-1 from 14-1 and Stilletto has been cut to 16-1 from 20-1 by Hills.

The Greatwood Hurdle sees William Hill’s worst antepost result of the weekend. Winter Escape has been hammered in from 12-1 to 5-2 favourite. Leoncavallo has been popular over the past 24 hours, with William Hill cutting the horse to 10-1 from 14-1.

“Winter Escape looks likely to be the worst result of the weekend, so we’ll be cheering for just about anything else in the race!”

In the Shloer Chase, it is very tight at the front end, with Simonsig just edging favouritism at 11-4. The Nicky Henderson-trained performer may have the Ryanair Chase in mind later in the season, for which he is a 33-1 chance.

“Simonsig has shown brilliance in races and if that same spark is there at Cheltenham, having won the Neptune and the Arkle at the track, then he may bounce back. Nicky Henderson is a master of bringing a horse back to their best, as we saw to astonishing effect with Sprinter Sacre last season. Maybe he can work wonders on Simonsig too.”

Elsewhere, a sparkling debut from Terrakova, a daughter of Galileo and Goldikova, has inspired William Hill to offer an Arc quote. She is 50-1 to win next year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.


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, 10-1 A Hare Breath, Brain Power, Ch’Tibello, Leoncavallo, 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)

Grade 3 Cheltenham Gold Cup Handicap Chase: 9-2 More Of That, 5-1 Frodon, 8-1 Double Shuffle, 10-1 As De Mee, Taquin Du Seuil, 12-1 Art Mauresque, Bouvreuil, 14-1 Buywise, Village Vic, 16-1 Annacotty, Sizing Platinum, Stilletto, 20-1 Aso, Top Gamble, Vintage Vinnie, 25-1 Ballynagour, Potters Cross, Sizing Granite, Thomas Crapper, 33-1 Full Shift, Tenor Nivernais, 40-1 Johnny Og, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

2017 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: 6-1 Almanzor, 8-1 La Cressonniere, 14-1 Minding, 16-1 Postponed, 20-1 Satono Diamond, 25-1 Highland Reel, 33-1 Akihiro, Rhododendron, So Mi Dar, 50-1 Terrakova, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)