Arvika 6/1 for Festival Win

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 16:37 GMT

Arvika Ligeonniere is into 6/1 to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival following an impressive victory at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Willie Mullins: Trains Arvika Ligeonniere

Willie Mullins' charge eased to an 11-length win, leading from start to finish in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase over two and a half miles.

Arvika Ligeonniere has plenty of Festival options - hence William Hill offering 6/1 about 'any win' at March's meeting - but Mullins' post-race comments suggested a crack at the Arkle over two miles could be on the cards.

The trainer said: "He was very impressive. He did it very well, his jumping was fantastic.

"He has a tremendous cruising speed and we wouldn't be afraid to go back to two miles - that's maybe his job."

Betfred, totesport and bet365 all offer 10/1 about the horse winning the Arkle. Other firms, such as Sky Bet and Hill's are as short as 7/1 - the latter in from 14s.

sportingbet offer 16/1 in the RSA Chase market, while bet365 go 12s for the Jewson Novices' Chase.

Sky Bet's Ken Dickson said: "He jumped superbly and could well have the speed for the Arkle at the Festival - one to keep on side."

Meanwhile, Zaidpour was cut into a best of 20/1 for the World Hurdle after winning the Hatton's Grace Hurdle on the same card.

Favourite Voler La Vedette drifted to 18/1 with sportingbet for the Festival after finishing a disappointing third.

Big Buck's, a comfortable winner at Newbury on Saturday, is a best of 10/11 with Blue Square to win the race for the fifth successive year.

Jezki was widely cut for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle after also winning at Fairyhouse.

Coral and William Hill went into 8/1, the former making Jezki their clear favourite for the Festival opener. Ladbrokes remain unconvinced though - they are prepared to dangle 14/1.

The latter's Hayley O'Connor suggested the price could soon shorten.

She said: "With connections anticipating that he will further improve, he could take another tumble in the betting."

Dickson added: "Jezki put up an impressive performance.

"He is now three from three over hurdles and deserves his place towards the head of the market for the Cheltenham Festival opener."

Runner-up Champagne Fever is now bet365's favourite for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. They go 8/1, as do Boylesports.

Shop around and you can find 11/1 offered by Paddy Power about Champagne Fever's chances.

Finally, Our Conor was cut for the Triumph Hurdle after winning the opener on the Irish card.

Several firms offer 16/1, a price which makes Dessie Hughes' hopeful a general second favourite behind Far West.