Saturday's Market Moves

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 10:11 GMT

1825: Click here for our preview of Newcastle v Wigan.

1635: England have landed a patriotic punt in style as they re-wrote history against the All Blacks according to Ladbrokes.

England supporters were keen to back their men at odds as big as 6/1 following the news that the 1/12 match favourites were suffering with a winter flu virus leaving the bookies facing a six-figure payout.

The firm have also responded to the win by cutting England's Six Nations odds to 5/2 from 11/4 making them the clear second favourites behind France at 9/4.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "We feel sick just like the All Blacks. England have landed a huge patriotic gamble in style."

Paddy Power and bet365 go as far as making England their Six Nations favourites but at best prices they are just behind France and ahead of 7/2 chances Wales.

1610: Bobs Worth is a general 5/1 favourite for the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup after he won the Hennessy on his return to action.

The seven-year-old was sent off as the 4/1 jolly for the Newbury feature despite his trainer Nicky Henderson expressing fears about the ground.

Settled in mid-division by Barry Geraghty, he crept closer to the lead turning for home and passed First Lieutenant between the second-last and final fences.

From there he had to battle hard to hold off the challenge of a patiently-ridden Tidal Bay, but he found plenty and went on to win by just over three lengths.

Stan James cut him to 4/1 from 7s for the Cheltenham showpiece, Paddy Power went as short as 7/2, but most firms make him 5/1 favourite.

David Williams of Ladbrokes, one of those offering 5/1, said: "It was the result we were dreading. Bobs Worth was tremendously expensive and the places were almost as bad.

"We'll need a few bottles from the sponsors to help us forget a costly day."

Eventual third First Lieutenant was eased to a general 16/1 while runner-up Tidal Bay was installed as a 25/1 shot with Stan James and he's among the Grand National favourites at the same price.

Earlier on the Newbury card, Big Buck's took his record to 18 consecutive victories in landing a fourth successive renewal of the sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle at odds of 1/12.

Despite having little to beat on his return to competitive action, the son of Cadoudal was cut to a best of evens for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, with BetVictor quoting as short as 4/6.

Williams, on behalf of the sponsors, added: "It's ominous for the others when connections of Big Buck's claim that he is better than last year. His supremacy in this division is overwhelming and the odds now reflect that."

Over at Newcastle, Countrywide Flame continued his progress through the ranks with victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

That performance saw the sponsors cut him to 8/1 for the Champion Hurdle and their spokesman Rory Jiwani was impressed. He said: "What a race that turned out to be with Countrywide Flame travelling and jumping superbly.

"He's a genuine Stan James Champion Hurdle contender and we've cut him from 25/1 to 8/1 for the big race of day one of the Festival in March.

"Cinders And Ashes is out from 8/1 to 12/1 with Donald McCain blaming the testing ground for the Supreme winner's failure to reel in Countrywide Flame although the winner will improve for better ground too."

Sky Bet, Coral and Boylesports were among those to cut Countrywide Flame to 12/1 for the Festival contest, leaving totesport and Betfred's 14/1 as the standout price.

1530: Sky Bet, Coral and William Hill offer a standout 5/1 about Bobs Worth in their Gold Cup betting after Nicky Henderson's horse won the Hennessy under Barry Geraghty.

Paddy Power cut him to 7/2 from 6/1 and Stan James 4/1 from 7s following an impressive seasonal reappearance from a horse who has already won both his starts at the Cheltenham Festival.

Stan James also cut veteran runner-up Tidal Bay to 25/1 from 50s and trimmed First Lieutenant to 14s, although the latter - who was third - is out to 16s elsewhere.

1500: BetVictor have cut Rafael Benitez to 6/1 from 16s to be the next Premier League manager to leave after his Chelsea side lost 3-1 at West Ham.

However, Coral still rate Benitez the 11/10 favourite to be Chelsea manager on the first day of next season, with Pep Guardiola 9/4 and any other manager 2/1.

"Roman Abramovich will not have been impressed with Chelsea's latest defeat so if Rafa Benitez is going to be appointed manager for the start of the 2013/14 season, the Spaniard is going to have to start winning matches very soon," said Coral's Tim Reynolds.

"If Benitez isn't offered the role on a permanent basis, I'm not 100 per cent certain that Pep Guardiola would even take the job and all the pressure that comes with it," added Reynolds.

1435: Countrywide Flame is no bigger than 14/1 and as short as 8/1 with Stan James for the Champion Hurdle after he won the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.

Beaten favourite Cinders And Ashes has been eased to 16/1 as a consequence.

1425: England v New Zealand is under way shortly and the All Blacks are resounding favourites at a best of 1/8 with sportingbet and William Hill.

England can be backed at 8/1 with sportingbet or a general evens with a 15-point start.

Click here to find out why our Reece Killworth thinks the hosts will struggle.

1415: That didn't last long and Big Buck's is now 4/5 with most firms, evens with a couple, 6/5 with William Hill and 5/4 with Stan James - at least he was; that firm now go 4/5.

Zone comment: I'm mystified as to how beating three poor horses at odds of 1/12 can justify cutting a horse from odds-against to odds-on. We know nothing more about Big Buck's now than we knew 20 minutes ago. Poor.

1410: The sponsors make Big Buck's 4/5 to retain his World Hurdle crown after he made a pleasing return at Newbury.

Sent off a long odds-on favourite, the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding cantered to victory over three rivals who are way below his level to extend his winning run yet further.

While the race told us next to nothing new, Paddy Power have cut him to evens from 5/4 and Boylesports 6/5 from the same price, and it remains to be seen how long the general 5/4 lasts.

1355: Andrew Flintoff is odds-on not to fight again for at least a year according to Ladbrokes.

Following his win as a 6/4 outsider against Richard Dawson the bookies now expect him to steer clear of the ring offering just 1/3 he doesn't have another professional fight until the end of 2013.

Those who think he'll get it on again in that time can take 2/1.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "The money came thick and fast for Dawson so we were in the unusual situation of cheering Fred on to victory. The odds suggest the gloves will stay in the locker for a while now though."

1340: It's half-time at Upton Park and Chelsea lead West Ham thanks to Juan Mata's strike.

They're now 1/4 to go on and gain their first win under Rafael Benitez, with the draw 5/1 and West Ham as big as 22s with Coral.

1240: With the first game of the day under way in just five minutes, check out our match-by-match Premier League preview.

1225: Stan James are sponsoring the card at Newcastle and the firm's Rory Jiwani joins us with an update from the course.

"It's fantastic to be racing today and all credit to clerk of the course James Armstrong and all the team here at Newcastle for getting this meeting on," said Jiwani.

"Cinders And Ashes is the favourite for the Fighting Fifth with Donald McCain seeking a third consecutive win in the Grade 1.

"We're top price every runner in the race and this year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner is 10/11 having touched evens earlier.

"Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame is 4/1 with Supreme third Trifolium 5/1 and Brian Ellison' Bothy the 12/1 outsider.

"We go 5/2 that Cinders And Ashes wins by up to and including four lengths, and 5/2 that he wins by more than four lengths. We also go 12/1 that Cinders And Ashes wins today and in the Stan James Champion Hurdle in March.

"The big mover here at Newcastle is Jasperito in the 12.35 with Nigel Twiston-Davies' inmate 13/2 from 11/1.

"James Ewart's promising Lord Wishes is 11/10 to make a winning hurdles debut in the 14.50 and Benny Be Good is 11/8 for the finale, the ATR Rehearsal Chase, for the Reveleys. If you fancy Lord Wishes and Benny Be Good, we'll give you an enhanced double of 9/2."

1210: With racing getting under way across the UK and Ireland, here's Sky Bet's Kyle Brady with some of the big gambles.

13.25 Newbury Sir Kezbaah 7/1 from 12/1

All winning form is over a trip, so the 2m2f last time out was always going to be on the sharp side. Jeremy Scott's charge will appreciate today's longer trip and more galloping track, and has been well backed to land this competitive event.

15.10 Newbury Duke Of Lucca 14/1 from 18/1

Plenty of bigger priced runners have been nibbled at, but the shrewdest money is for Phillip Hobbs' seven-year-old. Stamina for this trip wouldn't be a certainty, but he is less exposed than most to land this famous event.

15.40 Newbury Kateal 8/1 from 10/1

Nick Williams' mare was a winner here on her only try at the Berkshire track with Daryl Jacob in the saddle. She will need to better her lacklustre seasonal appearance at Stratford though to land this off 125.

1140: West Ham v Chelsea is the early kick-off in the Barclays Premier League and, despite back-to-back 0-0 draws, it's the visitors who are proving popular.

Having been evens overnight Chelsea are now 19/20 as West Ham drift to 17/5 with BetVictor, one of several firms quoting 5/2 about the draw.

In the Championship, Huddersfield take on Leeds in under an hour and it's a game that's tough to call.

The hosts are narrow favourites at a best of 7/4 with BetVictor, whereas Leeds - who arrive searching for three wins in a row - can be backed at 15/8.

Click here to check out our football tips.

1110: Click here for Man On The Spot's guide to Sunday's top-class action in Ireland.

1055: Graeme McDowell is 21/10 for the World Challenge with Stan James having moved three clear of the field after two rounds.

McDowell carded birdies at 16 and 17 to take charge of the event as his rivals, including 7/2 second-favourite Tiger Woods, struggled to match him on the greens.

Woods is four behind having at one stage joined the lead, only to play the final four holes in one-over.

Bo Van Pelt, Jim Furyk and Keegan Bradley are all tied for second, three off the pace, and each can be backed at 13/2 although a couple of firms quote 7/1 about Bradley.

Nick Watney failed to break par in round two and has fallen five behind having held the lead after the first round, and he's next at 20/1.

1030: Time for an early look at the Hennessy Gold Cup and favourite Bobs Worth is out to 11/2 with totesport and Betfred.

Those closest to him in the market aren't particularly strong either, with Hold On Julio a general 9/1 chance, Frisco Depot and First Lieutenant 10/1 and Tidal Bay available at 11/1 with Stan James.

Sky Bet have cut The Package to 9/1 but he's 11s with most, and in truth the only real positive is Soll who has been cut to 28/1 from 40s.

Remember to check out our racing index for a host of tips from the likes of Ben Linfoot, Simon Holt and Man On The Spot.

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