He attracted attention in the champion hurdle market after his Ascot win off a mark of 127. Our initial price of 66/1 tempted plenty of punters and the support continued when the Racing Post’s Pricewise. Tom Segal, picked him as his ante-post selection for the race. Despite a poor showing in the Betfair Hurdle, punters are still backing him and due to his large price, he is a very big loser in our Champion Hurdle market.
Leapt to a prominent position in the RSA market, despite starting the season off in handicaps off a mark of 125. He was 33/1 initially in our market and again he was the Pricewise selection in this race and has been strongly supported since his dominant performance in the Reynoldstown at Ascot. Now just a 4/1 shot for the RSA.
He is definitely not a horse we will be cheering on.
Willie Mullins has a tremendous record in the bumper and he looks to have outstanding claims to add to his record with Appreciate It. Punters have really latched onto him since his win at Leopardstown in the Dublin Racing Festival and he is a very poor result for us. This looks like one the punters will win against us.
Simply The Betts has been very progressive this season, highlighted by his defeat of the highly touted Imperial Aura at Cheltenham in January. Support at big prices like 33/1 & 20/1 contributed to the liability on this horse and the support has been very steady and now has him into 7/1 clear favourite. He would look to be one that will be a terrible result for us on the day but this race is traditionally very competitive and we would be hopeful that we have enough running for us here.
Punters have a soft spot for Presenting Percy and that means that we lay plenty of him where ever he runs. This year’s Gold Cup is no different and we have been laying plenty of him despite some slightly disappointing runs at Leopardstown. He is one that we have been very happy to oppose but that has resulted him being one of worst results of the week.
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