Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Sivola Smashed Ahead Of Peter Marsh

Reve De Sivola has been smashed in the betting ahead of this weekend’s Peter Marsh Chase and is now 6-1 from 11-1 with William Hill.

“Reve De Sivola is the big gamble of the week,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “He’s a talented horse over hurdles and while his record over fences is less impressive, he’s being backed like a good thing.”

Cloudy Too has also been supported from 11-1 in to 9-1, while Fingal Bay and Virak share favouritism but have been pushed out to 11-2 from 5-1 to balance the percentages.

There are plenty of competitive races this week and perhaps none more so than Thursday’s Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase, for which Ballycasey is a well-backed 7-1 favourite with William Hill. The Willie Mullins trained chaser has shortened to 7-1 from an initial 8-1.

In the Clarence House Chase, Un De Sceaux is still top price with William Hill although the Even-Money has gone and he is now 4-5 favourite. Felix Yonger has also shortened to 7-1 from 8-1.

Meanwhile, William Hill priced up the BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle and Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase. There are no prizes for guessing who holds the aces, with Willie Mullins training the first three in the Irish Champion Hurdle betting and Douvan heading up the Arkle for the trainer at odds of just 1-6.

Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase: 7-1 Ballycasey, 8-1 Ucello Conti, 10-1 Empire Of Dirt, Folsom Blue, Mala Beach, Rule The World, 12-1 The Job Is Right, Unic De Bersy, Wounded Warrior, 14-1 Goonyella, Nickname Exit, Suntiep, 16-1 Blood Cotil, Bonny Kate, First Lieutenant, Heathfield, My Murphy, Riverside City, 20-1 Aurora Bell, Buckers Bridge, Dromnea, Thunder And Roses, Vesper Bell, Vics Canvas, 25-1 Boston Bob, Horendus Hulabaloo, Leavethelighton, Letter Of Credit, Malt Gem, 33-1 Sydney Paget, Toon River, Urano, 40-1 Bothair Clei, Court Frontier, 50-1 Winter Magic, 66-1 Refused A Name, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Peter Marsh Chase: 11-2 Fingal Bay, Virak, 6-1 Reve De Sivola, 7-1 Spookydooky, 9-1 Cloudy Too, 12-1 Bernardelli, Seventh Sky, 14-1 Katenko, King Of The Wolds, Presenting Junior, Saroque, 16-1 Algernon Pazham, Back To Bracka, Shotavodka, 20-1 Splash Of Ginge, 25-1 Gas Line Boy, Glenquest, Man With Van, Third Intention, 33-1 Universal Soldier, 40-1 Bold Sir Brian, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Sodexo Clarence House Chase: 4-5 Un De Sceaux, 7-4 Sire De Grugy, 7-1 Felix Yonger, 9-1 Vibrato Valtat, 12-1 Simply Ned, 14-1 Traffic Fluide, 25-1 Captain Conan, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase: 1-6 Douvan, 7-1 Ttebbob, 14-1 Domesday Book, 16-1 Outlander, Shaneshill, 33-1 Avant Tout, Velvet Maker, 40-1 Net D’Ecosse, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

BHP Insurances Irish Champion Hurdle: 4-11 Faugheen, 10-3 Nichols Canyon, 6-1 Arctic Fire, 100-1 Plinth, 200-1 King Of The Picts, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)