A quick look at market moves so far for today’s Cheltenham meeting
PUNTERS LOOK FOR AS DE VALUE
As is to be expected on the opening day of the 2017 November Meeting at Cheltenham, the betting offices have been buzzing this morning, with several horses being well-backed ahead of the day’s racing.
BetVictor, which sponsors this afternoon’s BetVictor Handicap Chase (1.50pm), reports good each-way support for last year’s winner Un Beau Roman, who is now a 10/1 shot from an opening 11/1 this morning.
The opening Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (12.40pm) has seen in the front two in the market in the shape of Jamie Codd’s mount Dueling Banjos (5/1 from 11/2) and the Nicky Henderson-trained Sugar Baron (6/1 from 8/1) well supported, while there has also been each-way support for Irish challenger As De Pique (20/1 from 28/1).
The Kerry Lee-trained Magic Dancer has overtaken Counter Shy as the new market leader in the Fairlight Books Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (1.15pm) and Richard Patrick’s mount is the 7/2 favourite (from 11/2). Sue Gardner’s Coeur Blimey has also been well-backed and is now a 7/1 shot (from 10/1), while there has been interesting support with BetVictor for the three-year-old Plato’s Kode (16/1 from 22/1).
Vision Des Flos , who runs in the colours of the late Alan Potts, is still the 5/2 favourite for the closing Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (3.35pm) but it has been the locally-trained pair Calett Mad (10/3 from 4/1) and Poetic Rhythm (6/1 from 7/1), for Nigel Twiston-Davies and Fergal O’Brien respectively, who have been the choice of punters.
12.40pm – The Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
5/1 (from 11/2) Dueling Banjos; 6/1 (from 8/1) Sugar Baron; 20/1 (from 28/1) As De Pique
1.15pm – The Fairlight Books Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
7/2 (from 11/2) Magic Dancer; 7/1 (from 10/1) Coeur Blimey; 16/1 (from 22/1) Platos Kode
1.50pm – The BetVictor Handicap Chase
10/1 (from 11/1) Un Beau Roman
3.35pm – The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
10/3 (from 4/1) Calett Mad; 6/1 (from 7/1) Poetic Rhythm