Gold duo cut; Tent pitches claim

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 9 2013, 17:35 GMT

Silviniaco Conti and Sir Des Champs were the big winners in the Cheltenham Gold Cup ante-post market on Saturday.

Silviniaco Conti: Into 6/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Silviniaco Conti: Into 6/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Silviniaco Conti claimed victory in the Denman Chase at Newbury, while Sir Des Champs took the big race at Leopardstown, the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Both were cut by most firms following their success.

Having made it three out of three this season, Paul Nicholls' Silviniaco Conti was moved into 6/1 (general) for the Gold Cup. Ladbrokes held firm with their 5/1 quote about Sir Des Champs.

Bobs Worth remains the favourite for next month's Festival highlight though sportingbet offer 7/2.

Sky Bet's Michael Shinners said: "Sir Des Champs was much better today and looks to be peaking at the right time. He will be better on decent ground and is a major player for the Gold Cup."

On Silviniaco Conti, he added: "The horse jumped beautifully. With Nicholls saying that he had left a bit to work with, he goes to the Gold Cup with a huge chance."

Having been beaten into second place at Leopardstown, Flemenstar was taken out of the Gold Cup betting by William Hill. Other firms lengthened Peter Casey's charge to 16/1 with the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase now looking more likely targets.

You can get a general 5/1 for the Queen Mother, although hot favourite Sprinter Sacre would be an opponent in that race. Paddy Power, Coral and Stan James all go 4/1 about Flemenstar - a clear favourite - winning the Ryanair.

The day's major mover in the ante-post markets was My Tent Of Yours, a highly-impressive winner of the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

As big as 10/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle prior to the win, Nicky Henderson's rising star was slashed into a best of 9/4 (general).

The display left the layers salivating.

William Hill spokesman Richard Thomas said: "That was a simply awesome performance. AP (McCoy) had total belief in My Tent Or Yours and he never looked like being beaten today.

"Considering how connections believe he could be even better on better ground, his prospects of winning the William Hill Supreme are hard to knock."

BetVictor's Charlie McCann added: "We have seen some magnificent racing on both sides of the Irish Sea but surely nothing as impressive as My Tent Or Yours who won the Betfair Hurdle off a stiff-looking mark of 149."

The manner of victory raised suggestions that a Champion Hurdle tilt could be on the cards.

When asked about the possibility, Henderson said: "I hadn't thought about it. Obviously he's in the Supreme and that looks the obvious one.

"It all comes down to JP (McManus, the owner).''

Stan James go 10/1 for the Champion and BetVictor 8/1 with a run. Betfair's exchange price was considerably bigger, around 14s, on Saturday evening.

Chatterbox and Champagne Fever - winners at Newbury and Leopardstown respectively - were both cut into a best of 20/1 for the Supreme.

Meanwhile, Our Conor was moved into 7/1 (Ladbrokes, Boylesports) for the Triumph Hurdle after winning at Leopardstown.

Several firms, including Sky Bet, opted to make the horse their joint favourite alongside Rolling Star.

In the RSA Chase market, Hadrian's Approach was cut across the board after finishing a close second to Unioniste at Newbury.

Hadrian's Approach was moved into a best of 16/1, with Unioniste pushed out by several firms to 10s.

The bookies were split over Boston Bob's win at Leopardstown. Sky Bet and William Hill both lengthened their price to 7/1 - Ladbrokes also offer 7s - but Stan James were among those to cut their quote to 4/1.

The day's results appeared good news for favourite Dynaste's hopes. He was widely trimmed with BetVictor left offering a best of 5/2.