Betway laying 8/11 about Un De Sceaux winning the showcase race on Day 2 of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival
Un De Sceaux has headed the betting market for the 2016 Champion Chase for several months. The Willie Mullins horse easily won the Arkle at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival and looks like the one to beat in the Queen Mother this year.
However, race sponsors betway aren’t completely convinced that Un De Sceaux will claim victory and give them a bloody nose in the process. While some firms are as short as 1/2 about the eight-year-old winning this two-mile chase, betway are happy to fill their satchels at odds of 8/11.
Spokesman Alan Alger explained to bookies.com: “With Un De Sceaux, it’s purely down to the 8/11 being about the right price.
“He looks the class act, but this will without doubt be the biggest test he’s faced. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see how his jumping holds up. The Mullins raider’s errors came directly after long layoffs though, so if being fresh was a reason for failing to complete on seasonal reappearance it’s not something he’ll have to contend with here.
“It’s not necessarily that we’re taking him on, but he’s there to be backed. So at 8/11 we are happy to lay with a month to go. Sprinter Sacre is still yet to convince and having already been in one battle this year, we’re not sure how much he’ll fancy it again.
“Special Tiara is very solid, and seems to be going under the radar, whilst Dodging Bullets will be a different horse on better ground with a run behind him”.
Perhaps it’s the fact that Un De Sceaux fell at Leopardstown means that the French-bred horse is by no means a certainty for what looks like a hot race featuring a rejuvenated Sprinter Sacre.
The Nicky Henderson horse is a 5/1 chance with betway and reports suggest that the 2012 Champion Chase winner is somewhere back to his best after a disappointing return at the Festival twelve months ago.
Vautour is the 5/2 second favourite with betway although the likelihood is that Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci will switch the horse to another race such as the Gold Cup or the Ryanair Chase.
Last year’s winner Dodging Bullets is out to 10/1 and 2014 winner Sire De Grugy is as big as 16/1 with betway who are largely happy to take on every horse for the Queen Mother Champion Chase.