Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Return Of The Champ: Dodging Bullets Favourite For Comeback

The early money is for Dodging Bullets in the Game Spirit Chase, with the expectation that Paul Nicholls’ gelding can return with a bang after nearly a year off the track.

William Hill make Dodging Bullets the 8-13 favourite to win this weekend, with Captain Conan his nearest rival at 7-2.

Dodging Bullets is currently 8-1 with William Hill to retain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown at The Festival in March.

“If Dodging Bullets wins on Saturday it could really shake-up the Champion Chase market,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

“However, Dodging Bullets would have to sprout wings and turn in to Pegasus to displace Un De Sceaux at the top of the betting.”

Meanwhile, Blazer is a well-backed 7-2 favourite for the Betfair Hurdle and is easily the worst result with William Hill, following Barry Geraghty’s decision to ride him at the weekend.

Game Spirit Chase: 8-13 Dodging Bullets, 7-2 Captain Conan, 9-2 Top Gamble, 5-1 Josses Hill, 6-1 L’Ami Serge, 10-1 Grey Gold, 16-1 Willow’s Saviour, 50-1 Un Beau Roman, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2 – will revert to 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 if 8 or more run)

Betfair Hurdle: 7-2 Blazer, 13-2 Modus, 7-1 War Sound, 8-1 Sternrubin, 10-1 Affaire d’Honneur, 14-1 Dicosimo, 16-1 Forest Bihan, Starchitect, Zarib, 20-1 Agrapart, Kalkir, Mad Jack Mytton, 33-1 Baby King, Buiseness Sivola, Champagne At Tara, Cheltenian, Flying Angel, Ivan Grozny, 40-1 Matorico, Montbazon, Waxies Dargle, 50-1 Chieftain’s Choice, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Queen Mother Champion Chase: 4-6 Un De Sceaux, 3-1 Vautour, 9-2 Sprinter Sacre, 8-1 Dodging Bullets, 10-1 Sire De Grugy, 12-1 Simonsig, 14-1 Special Tiara, 16-1 Felix Yonger, 33-1 God’s Own, Josses Hill, Sizing Granite, 40-1 Somersby, Vibrato Valtat, 50-1 Captain Conan, Simply Ned, 66-1 Bright New Dawn, Clarcam, Twinlight, 100-1 Cold March, Just Cameron, Mozoltov, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)