Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Buveur Backed In Champion Plunge

Buveur Backed In Champion Plunge

There’s been some money in William Hill’s Champion Hurdle market against Faugheen (7-4 favourite), with a few question marks surrounding the Willie Mullins-trained 2015 hero.

Buveur D’Air has been cut to 6-1 from 10-1 today, while Brain Power is now 8-1 from 12-1 this morning.

“There’s some big bucks about for Buveur D’Air and Brain Power. There are clearly some who think Faugheen is vulnerable and are ready to take him on,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile, Hills have prices out for two of this weekend’s races. Rolling Dylan has been well backed for the Heroes Handicap Hurdle and is now 5-1 from 7-1 with Hills.

Goodtoknow and Just A Par lead the Edinburgh National betting at 11-2 with William Hill.

Edinburgh National: 11-2 Goodtoknow, Just A Par, 6-1 Dancing Shadow, Seldom Inn, 8-1 Five In A Row, 9-1 Alvarado, Gonalston Cloud, Itstimeforapint, 11-1 Azure Fly, 12-1 Full Jack, 14-1 Federici, Sun Cloud, Valleyofmilan, 16-1 Dare To Endeavour, Jet Master, Present Lodger, 20-1 Beeves, 40-1 Mister Don, 100-1 Proud Gamble, 150-1 Wellforth, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Mobile Heroes Handicap Hurdle: 5-1 Rolling Dylan, 7-1 KK Lexion, Mr Mix, 8-1 Behind Time, Woodford Island, 10-1 El Terremoto, Lord Of The Island, Ruacana, 11-1 Westendorf, 12-1 Clondaw Kaempfer, 14-1 Ballyculla, Connetable, Desert Sensation, Fortunate George, Fountains Windfall, Valhalla, Volnay De Thaix, 16-1 Billy No Name, 20-1 City Supreme, 25-1 Little Boy Boru, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Champion Hurdle (Non Runner Insurance): 7-4 Faugheen, 7-2 Yanworth, 5-1 Petit Mouchoir, Yorkhill (needs to be supplemented), 7-1 Buveur D’Air, 8-1 Brain Power, Vroum Vroum Mag, 14-1 Jezki, Nichols Canyon, 16-1 The New One, 20-1 Superb Story, 25-1 Apple’s Jade, Footpad, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)