Bookies split on Champion repeat

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 12 2014, 17:48 GMT

The bookies cannot agree on a favourite for the 2015 Champion Chase after Sire De Grugy won this year's renewal.

Sire De Grugy is a best of 4/1 to win the Champion Chase again in 2015
Sire De Grugy is a best of 4/1 to win the Champion Chase again in 2015

Sent off the 11/4 favourite, Sire De Grugy eased home in front for the father-and-son trainer-jockey team of Gary and Jamie Moore.

Race sponsors BetVictor reacted by installing the winner as their 5/2 favourite for next year's race ahead of Sprinter Sacre, who was absent this time after being forced onto the sidelines.

Sky Bet also made Sire De Grugy their jolly and were prepared to lay 7/2 about Sprinter Sacre, but bet365 and William Hill were among those to side with last year's champion.

The latter, plus Betfred, went up with a best price of 4/1 about Sire De Grugy notching a repeat win.

Hill's spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Sire De Grugy always had enough in this year's race to land the prize but Sprinter Sacre remains the favourite to steal back the crown in 2015."

It's 12/1 bar the front two in the betting.

Meanwhile, Faugheen was given a 6/1 quote for next year's RSA Chase after winning the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at a canter.

Trainer Willie Mullins said afterwards "I would imagine he's a chaser" when talking about future plans.

Interestingly, when asked to compare Faugheen with Tuesday's Supreme victor Vautour - who had been given 7/1 Arkle quotes - Mullins added: "Vautour is a different level."

That prompted Hill's to cut their Arkle price from 7s to 6s.

This year's RSA Chase - the other Grade One race on Wednesday - went to O'Faolains Boy, who was duly given quotes for the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Stan James were impressed by Rebecca Curtis' winner and offered 12/1 but Betfred were prepared to dangle 33/1.

Sky Bet spokesman Michael Shinners, whose firm offered 20/1, said: "Until we see how Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti get on on Friday, it's hard to price the race up more fully, but O'Faolain's Boy certainly looks a contender already."

One other market worth noting at the end of racing on Wednesday's is that of the race to be top Cheltenham Festival jockey.

Ruby Walsh is favourite having taken his tally to three but there's a huge disagreement between Betfred, who go 1/4, and Paddy Power at 1/14.

In what should be a battle between two, Betfred have Barry Geraghty at 5/2 compared to the 10/1 quoted by Paddy Power. Geraghty is one behind after riding the winner of the RSA Chase.

  • Posted at 1600 GMT on 12/03/2014.