Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

Elliott To Strike Gold?

Gordon Elliott has a strong hand for this year’s Cheltenham Festival, in particular RSA Chase favourite No More Heroes and Gold Cup joint-favourite Don Cossack.

No More Heroes is 9-4 favourite with William Hill for the RSA Chase, having won two Grade 1 novice chases over the winter.

Don Cossack is the 4-1 joint favourite with William Hill for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He bounced back from falling in the William Hill King George with victory at Thurles last time.  

“Gordon Elliott looks likely to win some silverware at Cheltenham and with Don Cossack he might just strike gold,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Elliott is 9-4 with William Hill to record three or more winners at this year’s Festival, with the Irish trainer boosted by the likes of Diamond King, Squouateur, Desoto County and Noble Endeavor in the big handicaps. Elliott is 8-1 to have no Cheltenham Festival winners this season.

In the ‘Top Trainer Without Mullins’ market, Elliott is 11-4 to train the most winners.

Gordon Elliott Special – How Many Winners Will He Train At 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

8-1      No Winners

5-2      One Winner (exactly)

11-8    Two Winners (exactly)

9-4      Three Winners or More

2016 Cheltenham Festival – Top Trainer Without Willie Mullins: 7-4 Nicky Henderson, 11-4 Gordon Elliott, Paul Nicholls, 8-1 Alan King, 10-1 Philip Hobbs, 20-1 David Pipe, Jonjo O’Neill, 33-1 John Ferguson, (Win Only – Winner is the trainer with the most winners, with 2nds, then 3rds taken into account in the event of a tie; dead heat rules will apply if still a tie) 


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)

Ultima 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, 25-1 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: 9-2 Black Hercules, 11-2 Minella Rocco, 6-1 Roi Des Francs, 8-1 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, 11-1 Aloomomo, 12-1 Out Sam, Willow’s Saviour, 14-1 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 A Toi Phil,  Yorkhill, 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, 8-1 Black Hercules, 10-1 Blaklion, 12-1 Seeyouatmidnight, 14-1 Outlander, Vyta Du Roc, 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, Missy Tata, 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 Black Hercules, L’Ami Serge, Vaniteux, 14-1 Zabana, 16-1 As De Mee, 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, Village Vic, 16-1 Felix Yonger, 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, Prince Of Scars, Whisper, 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, Thomas Hobson, Unowhatimeanharry, 16-1 Long Dog, 20-1 A Toi Phil, Balko Des Flos, O O Seven, 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, 25-1 Mr Mercurial, 33-1 Pacha Du Polder, 50-1 Railway Dillon, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: 10-1 Squouateur, 12-1 Qualando, 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, Bright New Dawn, Eastlake, La Vaticane, Sizing Codelco, Stiletto, Velvet Maker, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)