Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Vaniteux Fails To Enhance Festival Claims

At Doncaster, Vaniteux won the Lightning Novices’ Chase and is unchanged with William Hill at 8-1 to win the Racing Post Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.


He is also unchanged at 14-1 to win the JLT.


“Vaniteux has done the job at Doncaster but on what we have seen so far he would need to improve to beat Douvan at Cheltenham,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Meanwhile, earlier at Cheltenham, Protek Des Flos stayed on well up the hill to score in the Triumph Hurdle Trial and is now 20-1 (new quote) with William Hill to win the full version in March.


Triumph Hurdle: 11-4 Ivanovich Gorbatov, 12-1 Fixe Le Kap, 14-1 Allblak Des Places, Sceau Royal, 16-1Apple’s Jade, Gibralfaro, Let’s Dance, 20-1 Adrien Du Pont, Clan Des Obeaux, Connetable, Jer’s Girl, Protek Des Flos, Zubayr, 25-1 Leoncavallo, Rashaan, Seven Kingdoms, Tommy Silver, Who Dares Wins,33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


JLT Novices’ Chase: 2-1 Killultagh Vic, 6-1 More Of That, 8-1 Shaneshill, 12-1 Bristol De Mai, L’Ami Serge, Sizing John, 14-1 Pont Alexandre, Vaniteux, 16-1 Activial, Black Hercules, Garde La Victoire, Zabana, 20-1 Arzal, Bitofapuzzle, Tell Us More, Un Temps Pour Tout 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Racing Post Arkle Trophy: 1-2 Douvan, 7-1 L’Ami Serge, 8-1 Vaniteux, 14-1 Ar Mad, 16-1 Garde La Victoire, Sizing John, 20-1 Arzal, Killultagh Vic, Shaneshill, 25-1 Fox Norton, The Game Changer, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)