Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Henri Popular For Hennessy

In this Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup, Native River is the 11-2 favourite with William Hill, but in a fiercely competitive race there is money across the market. Henri Parry Morgan is the most notable mover since the five-day declarations and is now 10-1 from 12-1. Blaklion has been cut slightly 11-1 from 12-1, while at longer odds Drumacoo has narrowed to 20-1 from 25-1.

“Henri Parry Morgan is currently the most popular horse in the Hennessy, but with the changeable weather conditions and ever competitive field, there will be plenty more market movement between now and the race,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

William Hill also released their first market on the Troytown Handicap Chase, which takes place on Sunday, where Noble Endeavor is the 10-1 favourite. Gordon Elliott is responsible for 14 of the entries.

“Whatever Gordon Elliott chooses as his number one for the Troytown will most likely start favourite,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile, at Newcastle for the Fighting Fifth, Top Notch is uneasy in the market and out to 8-1 from 13-2, with Sceau Royal representing the same connections the 11-8 favourite with William Hill. Apple’s Jade has contracted slightly to 9-2 from 5-1 as she looks an increasingly likely contender.

Ballyoptic has shortened as favourite for the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury – he’s now 2-1 from 5-2 with Hills after some decent support.

Other movers in the antepost market across the day included a slight trim on Lough Derg Spirit for the Supreme to 14-1 from 16-1, while Altior has strengthened at the head of the Arkle market to 7-4 from 2-1.


Long Distance Hurdle: 2-1 Ballyoptic, 9-2 Reve De Sivola, 5-1 Ptit Zig, 6-1 Unowhatimeanharry, 7-1 Menorah, 8-1 The Romford Pele, 12-1 Snow Falcon, 14-1 El Bandit, Maximiser, Monksland, Ubak, 25-1 Gevrey Chambertin, Rons Dream, Shades Of Midnight, 33-1 Milansbar, 66-1 Shantou Bob, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Hennessy Gold Cup: 11-2 Native River, 8-1 Vyta Du Roc, 9-1 Saphir Du Rheu, Un Temps Pour Tout, 10-1 Henri Parry Morgan, Smad Place, 11-1 Blaklion, 16-1 Outlander, 20-1 Drumacoo, Empire Of Dirt, Theatre Guide, 25-1 Bishops Road, Coologue, Holywell, Houblon Des Obeaux, Vicente, 33-1 Hadrian’s Approach, Local Show, Regal Encore, Triolo D’Alene, Virak, 40-1 Another Hero, Aubusson, Carole’s Destrier, Upswing, Wounded Warrior, 50-1 Double Ross, Otago Trail, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Fighting Fifth Hurdle: 11-8 Sceau Royal, 3-1 Petit Mouchoir, 7-2 Irvin, 9-2 Apple’s Jade, 8-1 Top Notch, 14-1 Hidden Cyclone, 16-1 Optimus Prime, 33-1 Mirsaale, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2….in the instance that 8 run, it will be 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Troytown Handicap Chase: 10-1 Noble Endeavor, 14-1 Bonny Kate, Killer Miller, Mountain King, Sambremont, Venitien De Mai, 16-1 Bless The Wings, Cause Of Causes, Empire Of Dirt, Folsom Blue, It Came To Pass, New Kid In Town, Raz  De Maree, Riverside City, Roi Des Francs, Sizing Coal, Ucello Conti, 20-1 Hash Brown, Killer Crow, 25-1 Akorakor, As De Pique, Captain Von Trappe, Domesday Book, Down Under, Draycott Place, Realt Mor, 33-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)