Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Will Coneygree Trump Card?

William Hill make it 20-1 that ANY horse wins the Chase Triple Crown this season (Betfair Chase, King George, Cheltenham Gold Cup), with Coneygree priced at 33-1 and Cue Card at 40-1.

Cue Card came close to completing the treble last season, but agonisingly fell three out in the Gold Cup when travelling well. Coneygree has had some serious injury issues in the past few seasons, but crucially he is unbeaten in five chase starts.

“Coneygree is definitely the most popular horse with William Hill, although coming back from a long absence means he is unlikely to challenge Cue Card for favouritism this weekend,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

“Both horses have huge appeal and if they were eligible for Sports Personality of the Year they would probably be first and second – perhaps they might fill those two places on Saturday too.”

Cue Card is 13-8 for this weekend’s big race, with Coneygree at 2-1. Seeyouatmidnight has been backed at longer odds, now 8-1 from 9-1 in the past 24 hours, having initially been a 20-1 chance.

Yala Enki has been cut to 12-1 from 14-1 for the Fixed Brush Hurdle, while Old Guard has shortened for the Price Rush Hurdle to 7-2 from 7-1 with some doubt surrounding Irving’s participation in the race. Yanworth is a solid 5-4 favourite for the Coral Hurdle at Ascot.

Betfair Chase: 13-8 Cue Card, 2-1 Coneygree, 7-1 Silviniaco Conti, 8-1 Irish Cavalier, Seeyouatmidnight, 16-1 God’s Own, 20-1 Menorah, 40-1 Vezelay, 50-1 Roi Des Francs, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle: 6-1 Two Taffs, 7-1 Unowhatimeanharry, 8-1 Caid Du Berlais, 10-1 Born Survivor, Mr Mix, 11-1 If In Doubt, 12-1 Westren Warrior, Yala Enki, 14-1 Ibis Du Rheu, Point The Way, 16-1 Ballybolley, Kruzhlinin, Theo’s Charm, Ubak, 20-1 Fine Rightly, 25-1 Affaire D’Honneur, El Terremoto, Killala Quay, Matorico, Rathpatrick, Thomas Crapper, Western Cape, 33-1 Fountains Windfall, 50-1 Donna’s Diamond, Fyrmyin, Island Heights, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Betfair Price Rush Hurdle: 8-11 My Tent Or Yours, 7-2 Irving, Old Guard, 7-1 Court Minstrel, 10-1 Ch’Tibello, 16-1 Melodic Rendezvous, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Coral Hurdle: 5-4 Yanworth, 3-1 Zarkandar, 5-1 Lil Rockerfeller, 6-1 Garde La Victoire, Petit Mouchoir, 10-1 Court Minstrel, 14-1 Agrapart, Ubak, 20-1 Le Rocher, 25-1 Connetable, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2 – if less than 8 runners, EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3 – if 8 or more runners)


Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown – To Win 2016 Betfair Chase, 2016 King George VI Chase & 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup: 20-1 Any Horse, 33-1 Coneygree, 40-1 Cue Card


King George VI Chase: 4-1 Douvan, 9-2 Cue Card, 11-2 Coneygree, 6-1 Thistlecrack, 7-1 Valseur Lido, Vroum Vroum Mag, 16-1 Irish Cavalier, 25-1 Blaklion, God’s Own, Menorah, Road To Riches, Tea For Two, 33-1 Ar Mad, Bristol De Mai, Dodging Bullets, Outlander, Saphir Du Rheu, Silviniaco Conti, Un Temps Pour Tout, 40-1 Don Poli, More Of That, Sub Lieutenant, 50-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 10-3 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Don Cossack, 7-1 Douvan, 8-1 Coneygree, 12-1 Cue Card, Djakadam, Valseur Lido, 16-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 25-1 Black Hercules, 33-1 Blaklion, Carlingford Lough, Irish Cavalier, Minella Rocco, Native River, 40-1 More Of That, Un Temps Pour Tout, Zabana, 50-1 Bristol De Mai, Don Poli, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)