BOOKIES EXPECT A RECORD 500 MILLION POUNDS TO BE BET ON CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL
Leading bookmaker Coral is predicting that a record breaking £500 million pounds will be wagered over the four days of the forthcoming Cheltenham festival.
Ante-post turnover on the Festival is down over a third a fact that Coral attributes to the injuries to high profile horses that put punters off ante post betting and the loss of some key trial meetings to abandonments.
"The build-up to this year's Festival has been very subdued but we have seen record levels of bets since introducing non-runner no-bet last Monday, and are bracing ourselves for an explosion in turnover from Tuesday onwards", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.
All 1,328 Coral betting shops will be open from 9am, with some opening at 8am, and Coral's advertised prices will be guaranteed in shops for at least fifteen minutes between 9am and 9.15am.
Coral telebet will be open at 8am and the website, coral.co.uk, will as usual be available 24 hours a day.
Coral's worst result in the ante post book is Iris's Gift in the Gold Cup and they already have a payout of £250,000 pounds on him. Sweet Wake is a £200,000 pound loser in the Supreme Novices Hurdle.
Coral is sponsoring the Racing UK coverage of the Festival and will be supplying betting updates to Racing UK viewers throughout the four days.
BLACK JACK KETCHUM CUT TO SHORTEST PRICED FESTIVAL FAVOURITE
Black Jack Ketchum was today cut to Even money from 5-4 for the Brit Insurance Hurdle by Coral making him the shortest priced favourite at the Cheltenham Festival.
The news that he is likely to run there instead of the Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle also prompted Coral to clip Denman in to 11-8 from 6-4 for the latter race.
"Black Jack Ketchum and Denman are likely to be the two shortest priced favourites at the Festival and we are taking loads of bets on the double which will pay just under 4-1", said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.
Coral has reacted to the negative news regarding Afsoun by easing him to 13-2 from 11-2 and trimming Detroit City to 4-1 joint favourite from 9-2, and Kasbah Bliss to 11-2 from 7-1.
Tiger Cry is 8-1 from 9-1 in the Grand Annual, Basilea Star is 7-2 from 5-1 in the National Hunt Chase and Bold Bishop is 14-1 from 20-1 for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase.
Coral's worst result at the Festival will be Iris's Gift after laying him to lose over quarter of a million pounds early in the season while Sweet Wake will cost just over £200,000 pounds.
"We will know our fate early with Sweet Wake but our compilers will not be losing too much sleep over the payout on Iris's Gift even with the champion, Tony McCoy, on board", added Clare.
**Irish Independent Arkle Trophy
9-2 Racing Demon, 5-1 Accordion Etoile, Missed That, 6-1 Voy Por Ustedes, Foreman, 8-1 Monet's Garden, 9-1 Don't Be Shy, 16-1 Back In Front, Mid Dancer, Tamarinbleu, 20-1 Arteea, Cerium, Nickname, The Railway Man, Wild Passion, 25-1 Coat Of Honour, Hoo La Baloo, 33-1 Bar
**Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle
2-1 Brave Inca, 9-2 Macs Joy, 5-1 Hardy Eustace, 6-1 Arcalis, 8-1 Al Eile, 14-1 Asian Maze, 16-1 Faasel, Briareus, 33-1 Fiepes Shuffle, Penzance, 40-1 Royal Shakespeare, 50-1 Intersky Falcon, 66-1 Admiral, The French Furze, 200-1 Bar
**William Hill Handicap
4-1 Moulin Riche, 6-1 Dun Doire, 8-1 Alderburn, Korelo, 10-1 Comply Or Die, 12-1 A Glass In Thyne, All In The Stars, Fork Lightning, My Will, No Half Sessions, Ross River, 14-1 Bannow Strand, Royal Emperor, 16-1 Adarma, Celtic Son, Lacdoudal, Lough Derg, Lou De Moulin Mas, Juveigneur, 20-1 Bar
**Sporting Index Handicap Chase
4-1 Good Step, 9-2 Native Jack, 11-2 Spot Thedifference, Buailtes And Fadas, 8-1 Comanche War Paint, 9-1 Never Compromise, 12-1 Mrs Be, 14-1 Charango Star, Granit D'Estruval, Lord Jack, Koquelicot, Tribal Venture, 16-1 Lou du Moulin Mas, What Odds, Whereareyounow, 20-1 Bar
**Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle
7-1 Royals Darling, 10-1 First Row, Kalmini, Ouste, Quatre Heures, Rosecliff, 12-1 Artist's Muse, My Immortal, Opera Mundi, Slew Charm, 14-1 Bold Fire, Clear Riposte, Dreux, Grasp, Heathcote, Marhaba Million, Mystery Lot, Ostrogoth, Premier Dane, 16-1 Alfred The Great, Bayard, Count Kearney, Flaming Weapon, Linnet, Pace Shot, Shamayoun, Vox Populi, 20-1 Bar
Wednesday 15th March
**Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle
11-8 Denman, 5-1 Black Jack Ketchum, 13-2 Zaiyad, 7-1 Nicanor, 8-1 Refinement, 10-1 Mr Nosie, 14-1 O Muircheartaigh, Travino, 20-1 Le Comte Est Bon, Natal, Nous Voila, 33-1 Back To Bid, Glasker Mill, Neveesou, Rimsky, Turnstile, 40-1 Bar
**Royal & SunAlliance Chase
4-1 Our Ben, 5-1 Darkness, Commercial Flyer, 10-1 Bewleys Berry, The Listener, Zabenz, 12-1 Star De Mohaison, Missed That, 14-1 The Railway Man, Back In Front, Bold Bishop, 16-1 Turpin Green, Napolitain, 20-1 Basilea Star, 25-1 Loug Derg, 33-1 Bar
**Queen Mother Champion Chase
7-4 Kauto Star, 9-2 Moscow Flyer, Fota Island, 6-1 Central House, 7-1 Ashley Brook, 14-1 Kario De Sormain, Newmill, 16-1 Watson Lake, 20-1 Fundamentalist, 25-1 Dempsey, Oneway, 33-1 Hi Cloy, Mister McGoldrick, 40-1 River City, 100-1 Bar
7-1 No Where To Hyde, Sky's The Limit, 8-1 Refinement, 10-1 Ungaro, Olaso, 11-1 Dom d'Orgeval, 12-1 Prins Willem, Good Thyne Jack, 14-1 Alright Now M'lad, Two Miles West, 16-1 Afrad, Il Duce, Oodachee, Phar Bleu, Sporazene, 20-1 All Star, Buck Whaley, Dancing Bay, It's Just Harry, Material World, Royal Paradise, Strangely Brown, Tramantano, Ursis, 25-1 Bar
5-1 Dun Doire, 8-1 Black Apalachi, Far From Trouble, Liberthine, No Half Session, 10-1 Bannow Strand, 12-1 Well Tutored, Adarma, Dantes Reef, Juveigneur, Lou Du Moulin Mas, 14-1 Bob The Builder, Cruising River, Distant Thunder, Dunbrody Millar, Lost Time, Mon Mome, 16-1 Bar
3-1 Ballytrim, 4-1 Equus Maximus, 7-1 Kicks For Free, 8-1 Wichita Lineman, 10-1 Freds Benefit, Shady Willow, 12-1 Leading Contender, Irish Invader, 14-1 Dancing Hero, 16-1 First Author, Lord Over, Perce Rock, 20-1 Burnt Oak, Dasher Reilly, Pressgang, Pure Theatre, 25-1 Bar
Thursday 16th March
**Jewson Novices' Handicap
9-2 Reveillez, 13-2 Cornish Sett, 8-1 Turpin Green, 10-1 Celtic Son, Copsale Lad, Demi Beau, Oulart, 12-1 Bold Bishop, Foreman, Idole First, Madison Du Berlais, Sharp Rigging, Tumbling Dice, 14-1 Bannow Strand, Far From Trouble, Garde Champetre, Le Volfoni, No Full, Publican, Star De Mohaison, Wild Passion, 16-1 Chilling Place, Kasthari, New Field, 20-1 Davenport Democrat, Hors La Loi, Preacher Boy, 25-1 Bar
3-1 Fondmort, Our Vic, 7-2 Impek, 4-1 Racing Demon, 11-2 War Of Attrition, 8-1 Hi Cloy, 10-1 Watson Lake, 11-1 Sir OJ, 14-1 Armaturk, Hand Inn Hand, 16-1 Lacdoudal, 20-1 My Will, 25-1 Calling Brave, 33-1 Bar
**Ladbrokes World Hurdle
4-1 Baracouda, 9-2 Mighty Man, 5-1 Asian Maze, 13-2 No Refuge, Golden Cross, 8-1 My Way De Solzen, Ambobo, 14-1 Al Eile, Fire Dragon, Patriarch Express, 16-1 Attorney General, 25-1 Crystal D'Ainay, Emotional Moment, Millenium Royal, Westender, 33-1 Bar
**Racing Post Plate
9-1 Our Armageddon, 10-1 Bannow Strand, Billyvoddan, 12-1 Too Forward, 14-1 Graphic Approach, Hors La Loi III, Horus, Made In Japan, Madison de Berlais, Redemption, Ross River, 16-1 Le Passing, My Will, Non So, See You Sometime, Windsor Boy, 20-1 Adarma, Euro Leader, Flying Spirit, 25-1 Big Rob, Black de Bessy, Chauvinist, Dantes Reef, Green Belt Flyer, Joly Bey, Lost Time, Risk Accessor, Saintsaire, Tango Royal, 33-1 Bar
**National Hunt Chase
7-2 Basilea Star, 4-1 Dun Doire, 6-1 Blue Business, Idle Talk, 13-2 Ardaghey, 7-1 Homer Wells, 8-1 Mr Babbage, Model Son, Far From Trouble, 10-1 Garde Champetre, 12-1 Lost Time, 14-1 Steppes Of Gold,
5-1 Standin Obligation, 6-1 Olaso, 7-1 Kings Advocate, Oulart, 8-1 Oodachee, 10-1 Fair Question, 11-1 Contact Dancer, Patsy Hall, 14-1 Nine De Sivola, 16-1 According To Billy, Carlys Quest, Cool Running, Drumbeater, Hordago, Liberman, Naos De Mirande, 20-1 Campaign Trail, Glacial Sunset, Kivotos, Mikado, Rooftop Protest, Sh Boom, 25-1 Bar
Friday 17th March
**Totesport Gold Cup
5-1 Beef Or Salmon, Monkerhostin, 9-1 Celestial Gold, Kingscliff, War Of Attrition, 10-1 L'Ami, Take The Stand, 12-1 Forget The Past, 14-1 Hedgehunter, 16-1 Cornish Rebel, Iris's Gift, One Knight, 20-1 Our Vic, Royal Auclair, Sir Rembrandt, 25-1 Lord Of Illusion, Ollie Magern, 33-1 Joacci, 50-1 Bar
**JCB Triumph Hurdle
4-1 Mister Hight, Detroit City, 11-2 Kasbah Bliss, 13-2 Afsoun, 10-1 Quatre Heures, Turko, 16-1 First Row, Overlut, 20-1 Blazing Bailey, Fair Along, Oh Calin, 25-1 Breathing Fire, 33-1 Clear Riposte, Kalmini, Royals Darling, 40-1 bar
**Brit Insurance Novices Hurdle
Evs Black Jack Ketchum, 5-1 Neptune Collonges, 7-1 Gungadu, Toofarback, 9-1 Travino, 10-1 Powerstation, 12-1 Dream Alliance, 14-1 Oscar Park, 16-1 Firth Of Forth, Hard Act To Follow, Karanja, Nine De Sivola, Two Miles West, 20-1 Back The Bid, Five Colours, It's A Dream, Mr Pointment, Zipalong Lad, 25-1 Rimsky, 33-1 Bar
9-2 Andreas, 5-1 Green Tango, 8-1 Tiger Cry, 10-1 Cornish Sett, Ground Ball, 11-1 Voy Por Ustedes, 12-1 Bambi de L'Orme, Dempsey, Fota Island, Publican, Tamarinbleu, Tysou, 14-1 Caracciola, Cerium, Madison du Berlais, Newmill, 16-1 Flying Spirit, Greenhope, Kalca Mome, Le Volfoni, Marcel, Sharp Rigging, Strike Back, 20-1 Davenport Democrat, Euro Leader, Medison, Nyrche, Stance, Town Crier, Zum See, 25-1 Bar
7-1 Studmaster, Desert Quest, 8-1 No Where To Hyde, 10-1 Grand Jete, Dusky Warbler, 12-1 Power Elite, 14-1 Motorway, Phar Bleu, Khetaam, Tarlac, Buena Vista, 16-1 United, Arch Rebel, Escrea, Manorson, 20-1 Ursis, Acambo, Nippy Des Mottes,