Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Punters Keen On Willie Whitewash

It’s not surprising that punters are getting stuck in on the Willie Mullins-trained horses for the Cheltenham Festival, but now Festival backers are smashing on Mullins to sweep the three big novice hurdles.

William Hill has been forced to cut the price on Willie winning the Supreme, Neptune and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdles – it’s now 12-1 from 16-1.

“The wave of bets for Willie Mullins has started and we’re braced for a big impact in March,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Mullins is just 1-5 to be top trainer, while William Hill think it is more likely at 7-4 that he trains ten or more winners, than he trains six or fewer (2-1).

Willie Mullins To Train Winner Of Supreme, Neptune and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdles At 2016 Cheltenham Festival: 12-1

Willie Mullins To Train Winner Of Arkle, JLT & RSA Chases At 2016 Cheltenham Festival: 16-1

Willie Mullins To Train The Winners Of All Four 2016 Cheltenham Festival Championship Races (Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, World Hurdle, Gold Cup)

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

Six Or Fewer – 2/1

Seven To Nine – 11/8

Ten Or More – 7/4

2016 Cheltenham Festival –Top Trainer: 1-5 Willie Mullins, 6-1 Nicky Henderson, 7-1 Paul Nicholls, 25-1 David Pipe, 33-1 Jonjo O’Neill, Philip Hobbs, (Winner is the trainer with the most winners, with 2nds, then 3rds taken in to account in the event of a tie. Dead Heat rules apply if still a tie.)

2016 Cheltenham Festival – Top Jockey: 4-11 Ruby Walsh, 5-1 Barry Geraghty, 8-1 Sam Twiston-Davies, 14-1 Bryan Cooper, 20-1 Richard Johnson, Tom Scudamore, (Winner is the jockey with the most winners, with 2nds, then 3rds taken in to account in the event of a tie. Dead Heat rules apply if still a tie.)

2016 Cheltenham Festival – Number Of Irish Trained Winners:

Zero to Ten – 10/3

Eleven To Fourteen – 4/5

Fifteen or More – 2/1

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Evens Min, 6-1 Altior, 8-1 Yorkhill, 10-1 Buveur D’Air, 14-1 Yanworth, 16-1 Bellshill, 20-1 Moon Racer, Supasundae, Tombstone, 25-1 American Tom, Bachasson, Long Dog, Modus, Petit Mouchoir, Wait For Me, 33-1 Falcon Crest, Vigil, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle: 4-1 Bellshill, 8-1 Yorkhill, 10-1 Moon Racer, 12-1 Long Dog, Shantou Village, Tombstone, Yanworth, 14-1 American Tom, Barters Hill, Buveur D’Air, 20-1 Disko, 25-1 Champers On Ice, Falcon Crest, Wait For Me, 33-1 Bleu Et Rouge, Nambour, Onefitzall, Penglai Pavilion, Stone Hard, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: 9-2 Barters Hill, 5-1 Up For Review, 8-1 Bellshill, 10-1 Yorkhill, 12-1 Long Dog, Shantou Village, 16-1 Gangster, 20-1 Ok Corral, Unowhatimeanharry, 33-1 Final Nudge, Nambour, Stone Hard, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

National Hunt Trainers’ Championship 2015/16: 1-2 Paul Nicholls, 5-2 Willie Mullins, 6-1 Nicky Henderson, 16-1 Philip Hobbs, 50-1 Dan Skelton, 66-1 Colin Tizzard, Jonjo O’Neill

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