Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Vautour Could Start Gold Cup Favourite

Vautour shortened to 9-2 from 5-1 in the Gold Cup market with William Hill, following the six-day declarations for Friday’s races at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Ricci-owned chaser is also Even-Money market leader for the Ryanair Chase, but punters are already nailing their colours to Vautour for the Gold Cup.

“Punters appear to be split about Vautour, with some thinking he’s got a great chance in the Gold Cup and others thinking he should be running in the Ryanair,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

“Those who favour Vautour for the Gold Cup are already keen to splash the cash in the non-runner money back markets. If Vautour does line up in the Gold Cup, the money we have seen suggests he will be very popular, particularly if Willie Mullins is amongst the winners over the first three days at The Festival. Vautour could well start favourite in the Gold Cup.”

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL SPECIALS

2016 Cheltenham Festival – Top Trainer (betting without Willie Mullins):

7-4 Gordon Elliott, 9-4 Nicky Henderson, 3-1 Paul Nicholls, 8-1 Alan King, 10-1 Philip Hobbs, 14-1 Jonjo O’Neill, 20-1 David Pipe, 33-1 John Ferguson

2016 Cheltenham Festival – Top Jockey: 1-3 Ruby Walsh, 11-2 Barry Geraghty, 10-1 Bryan Cooper, 12-1 Sam Twiston-Davies, 16-1 Paul Townend, 20-1 Richard Johnson, 25-1 Tom Scudamore, 50-1 Davy Russell, Jonathan Burke

2016 Cheltenham Festival – Number Of Irish Trained Winners:

9-2      Zero to ten

4-6      Eleven to fourteen

15-8      Fifteen or more

Gordon Elliott – how many winners will he train at 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

13-2    No Winners

11-4    One Winner (exactly)

13-8    Two Winners (exactly)

2-1      Three Winners Or More

Willie Mullins – how many winners will he train at 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

EVENS                 Six or fewer

EVENS          Seven To Nine

7-1                  Ten or more

Paul Nicholls – how many winners will he train at 2016 Cheltenham Festival:

5-2      No Winners

13-8    One Winner (exactly)

9-4      Two Winners (exactly)

6-1      Three Winners or more      

Official Going For The First Race Of Cheltenham Festival:

50-1    Heavy

7-2      Soft

1-4    Good To Soft

10-1      Good

100-1  Good To Firm Or Firm

(The market will be settled on the predominant going description, ie Good To Soft (Soft In Places) would be settled as Good to Soft

Lizzie Kelly to Ride A 2016 Cheltenham Festival Winner: 5-1

 

Prestbury Cup: 8-11 UK, 13-8 Ireland, 13-2 Tie

Where Will Victoria Pendleton Finish In The St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase?:

1st          16/1

2nd          16/1

3rd           14/1

4th           14/1

5th to 10th inclusive         9/4

Any other result other than a top 10 finish          4/6

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 1 - TUESDAY

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: 2-1 Min, 4-1 Altior, 5-1 Yorkhill, 7-1 Buveur D’Air, 14-1 Tombstone,16-1 Silver Concorde, Supasundae, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Racing Post Arkle Trophy: 2-5 Douvan, 11-2 Vaniteux, 8-1 Sizing John, 14-1 Garde La Victoire, The Game Changer, 16-1 L’Ami Serge, 33-1 Outlander, Shaneshill, 40-1 Fox Norton, 66-1 Aso, Baltimore Rock, Sizing Codelco, 100-1 On Tour, Zamdy Man, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase: 8-1 Out Sam, 10-1 Holywell, Kruzhlinin, 12-1Doctor Harper, 14-1 Carole’s Destrier, The Young Master, Theatre Guide, 16-1 Fingal Bay, Morning Assembly, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Champion Hurdle: 2-1 Annie Power, 11-2 Nichols Canyon, 6-1 Identity Thief, 13-2 The New One, 10-1 My Tent Or Yours, 16-1 Top Notch, 20-1 Camping Ground, Hargam, Old Guard, Peace And Co, 28-1 Sempre Medici, 33-1 Lil Rockerfeller, 100-1 Sign Of A Victory, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

 

OLBG Mares’ Hurdle: 11-10 Vroum Vroum Mag, 7-4 Annie Power, 6-1 Polly Peachum, 11-1Aurore D’Estruval, 12-1 Bitofapuzzle, 16-1 Tara Point, The Govaness, 20-1 Flute Bowl, 25-1 BAR(EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

National Hunt Steeple Chase: 5-1 Minella Rocco, 6-1 Noble Endeavor, Roi Des Francs, 8-1Native River, Pont Alexandre, Southfield Royale, 14-1 Measureofmydreams, Sambremont, 16-1Definitly Red, Local Show, 20-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase: 9-1 Aloomomo, 12-1 Killer Crow, Out Sam, Willow’s Saviour, 14-1 Bouvreuil, Double Shuffle, Thomas Crapper, 16-1 Ballyalton, Full Shift, Javert, Mckinley, Minella Present, Sambremont, Thomas Brown, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY

 

Neptune: 5-4 Yanworth, 7-2 Yorkhill, 7-1 A Toi Phil, 10-1 Bellshill, 11-1 Long Dog, 12-1 Bleu Et Rouge, 14-1 Shantou Village, 16-1 Barters Hill, 20-1 Petit Mouchoir, Tombstone, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

RSA Chase: 9-4 More Of That, 5-2 No More Heroes, 9-1 Blaklion, 10-1 Black Hercules, Vyta Du Roc, 12-1 Seeyouatmidnight, 14-1 Outlander, Roi Des Francs, 20-1 Pont Alexandre, 25-1 Out Sam, Shaneshill, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Coral Cup: 10-1 Diamond King, 11-1 Arbre De Vie, 12-1 Politologue, 14-1 Rock The Kasbah, Squouateur, 20-1 Baoulet Delaroque, Blazer, Childrens List, For Good Measure, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Queen Mother Champion Chase: 8-11 Un De Sceaux, 5-2 Vautour, 9-2 Sprinter Sacre, 12-1Dodging Bullets, Special Tiara, 14-1 Felix Yonger, Sire De Grugy, 25-1 Gods Own, Sizing Granite, 40-1 Somersby, 100-1 Just Cameron, Twinlight (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 5-2 Josies Orders, 6-1 Balthazar King, Quantitativeeasing,7-1 Foxrock, 10-1 Any Currency, Sire Collonges, 14-1 Ballybroker Bridge, 16-1 Third Intention,20-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle: 7-1 Diego Du Charmil, 8-1 Campeador, 14-1 Jaleo, Messire De Obeaux, 16-1 Ardamir, Frodon, Le Curieux, Voix Du Reve, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Champion Bumper: 6-1 Ballyandy, 7-1 Augusta Kate, 10-1 New To This Town, 12-1 Avenir D’Une Vie, Castello Sforza, Coeur Blimey, High Bridge, 16-1 Battleford, First Figaro, Very Much So, Westend Story, 20-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

 

 

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 3 - THURSDAY

 

JLT Novices’ Chase: 4-1 Bristol De Mai, 9-2 Outlander, 5-1 Garde La Victoire, 7-1 Black Hercules, 10-1 L’Ami Serge, Shaneshill, Sizing John, 14-1 Three Musketeers, Zabana, 33-1 BAR(EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Pertemps Network Final: 7-1 Leave At Dawn, 10-1 Cup Final, Missed Approach, 12-1 If In Doubt, Unowhatimeanharry, 14-1 Arpege D’Alene, Box Office, Our Kaempfer, 16-1 Mall Dini, Oscar Sam, Saddlers Encore, Taglietelle, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Ryanair Chase: EVENS Vautour, 7-2 Road To Riches, 4-1 Valseur Lido, 6-1 Al Ferof, Vroum Vroum Mag, 8-1 Smashing, 10-1 Vibrato Valtat, Village Vic, 12-1 Josses Hill,  Taquin Du Seuil,16-1 Dynaste, Felix Yonger, Gilgamboa,  20-1 Champagne West, Top Gamble, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ryanair World Hurdle: 6-5 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Alpha Des Obeaux, 7-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 8-1Cole Harden, 10-1 Saphir Du Rheu, 14-1 Nichols Canyon, Whisper 16-1 Aux Ptits Soins, 20-1Kilcooley, Prince Of Scars,  25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate: 8-1 Johns Spirit, 14-1 Out Sam, Village Vic, 16-1Irish Cavalier, Stiletto, 20-1 Champagne West, Empire Of Dirt, Fingal Bay, Full Shift, The Saint James, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices Hurdle: 10-11 Limini, 6-1 Smart Talk, 10-1 Myska, 12-1Bloody Mary, 14-1 Apple’s Jade, Chocca Wocca, 20-1 Jer’s Girl, Katie Too, Robins Reef, Tea In Transvaal, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase: 6-1 Cause Of Causes, 7-1 Doctor Harper, 10-1 Upswing, 12-1 The Giant Bolster, 14-1 Sambremont, Silvergrove, 16-1 Guess Again, Thomas Brown, 20-1 A Good Skin, Beg To Differ, Indian Castle, Midnight Prayer, Perfect Candidate, The Job Is Right, Top Wood, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY 4 - FRIDAY

Triumph Hurdle: 9-2 Ivanovich Gorbatov, 5-1 Zubayr, 7-1 Sceau Royal, 12-1 Connetable, Fixe Le Kap, Footpad, Let’s Dance, Who Dares Wins, 16-1 Apple’s Jade, Clan Des Obeaux, 20-1Frodon, Protek Des Flos, Tommy Silver, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle: 9-1 Desoto County, 10-1 Great Field, 12-1 Blue Hell, 14-1Affaire D’Honneur, All Yours, Superb Story, 16-1 A Hare Breath, Clondaw Warrior, Henry Higgins, Modus, Starchitect, Townshend, Wait For Me, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle: 11-4 Barters Hill, 6-1 Shantou Village, 8-1 Gangster, 10-1Yorkhill, 12-1 Bleu Et Rouge, 14-1 Thomas Hobson, Up For Review, 16-1 Long Dog, Unowhatimeanharry, 20-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 4-1 Don Cossack, 9-2 Vautour, 5-1 Cue Card, Djakadam, Don Poli, 12-1 Smad Place, 16-1 Road To Riches, 20-1 Valseur Lido, 33-1 Carlingford Lough, 66-1O’Faolains Boy, Sir Des Champs, 100-1 Irish Cavalier, On His Own, The Giant Bolster, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 – NRMB)

St James’s Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase: 11-4 On The Fringe, 7-1 Marito, 8-1 Aupcharlie, Mendip Express, Paint The Clouds, 12-1 It Came To Pass, 16-1 Mr Mercurial, Pacha Du Polder,20-1 Current Event, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle: 6-1 Squouateur, 10-1 Qualando, 16-1Baoulet Delaroque, Blazer, Box Office, Ibis Du Rheu, Montdragon, Westend Star, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase: 10-1 Next Sensation, 12-1 Minella Present, Rock The World, 14-1 Arthur’s Oak, Dandridge, Velvet Maker, 16-1 Blood Cotil, Eastlake, Sizing Codelco, The Saint James, 20-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

 

 

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