Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Could Sceaux Run In Champion Hurdle?

Could Sceaux Run In Champion Hurdle?

William Hill have installed Un De Sceaux in to the Champion Hurdle market after a number of requests.

Un De Sceaux is 7-1 with William Hill for the Champion Hurdle, which includes the non-runner insurance concession (money back if the horse doesn’t run at the Festival, a free bet if the horse runs in a different race at the Festival).

“We’ve started to get quite a bit of interest for Un De Sceaux for the Champion Hurdle. It’s anyone’s guess where Willie Mullins will place his horses and this just adds another element of intrigue around such a volatile betting market,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Un De Sceaux is 3-1 for the Ryanair Chase and would be favourite for the contest if Douvan (2-1 fav) wasn’t still in the betting. UDS is also 8-1 for the Queen Mother.

Meanwhile, the front four in the betting for the Betfair Hurdle are all being backed with Hills. Ballyandy is currently 9-2 favourite.

The 8-11 favourite Altior is definitely the best-backed in the Game Spirit Chase, while the Denman Chase market has failed to attract much interest so far.


Champion Hurdle (Non Runner Insurance): 3-1 Buveur D’Air, 7-2 Yorkhill (needs to be supplemented), 4-1 Yanworth, 9-2 Petit Mouchoir, 6-1 Jezki, 13-2 Brain Power, 7-1 Un De Sceaux (needs to be supplemented), 8-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 14-1 Nichols Canyon, The New One, 16-1 Footpad, Superb Story, 20-1 Apple’s Jade, 33-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ryanair Chase (Non Runner Insurance): 2-1 Douvan, 3-1 Un De Sceaux, 6-1 Uxizandre, 8-1 Josses Hill, Sizing John, Vroum Vroum Mag, 10-1 Bristol De Mai, Outlander, 14-1 Djakadam, Sub Lieutenant, 16-1 Black Hercules, Empire Of Dirt, Fox Norton, Road To Riches, Zabana, 20-1 Alary, Champagne West, God’s Own, Taquin Du Seuil, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Queen Mother Champion Chase (Non Runner Insurance): 1-3 Douvan, 7-2 Altior, 7-1 Fox Norton, 8-1 Un De Sceaux, 20-1 God’s Own, Vroum Vroum Mag, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Weekend Races

Betfair Hurdle: 9-2 Ballyandy, 5-1 Clyne, 11-2 Movewiththetimes, 8-1 William H Bonney, 9-1 Song Light, 10-1 Zubayr, 12-1 Veinard, 14-1 Wait For Me, 16-1 Beltor, De Name Escapes Me, 18-1 Gassin Golf, 25-1 Kayf Blanco, 33-1 Ballyhill, Boite, Eddiemaurice, Hargam, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Denman Chase: 10-11 Native River, 6-4 Bristol De Mai, 13-2 More Of That, 11-1 Le Mercurey, 50-1 O Maonlai, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Irish Gold Cup: 11-4 Don Poli, 7-2 Minella Rocco, 4-1 Empire Of Dirt, 9-2 Carlingford Lough, 7-1 Sizing John, 10-1 Zabana, 12-1 Road To Riches, 20-1 More Of That, 66-1 Fine Rightly, 100-1 Arctic Skipper, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Game Spirit: 8-11 Altior, 7-4 Fox Norton, 9-2 Garde La Victoire, Traffic Fluide, 20-1 Dodging Bullets, 25-1 Gino Trail, 50-1 Module, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)