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Supreme Novices’ Hurdle gamble for Yorkhill as Min drifts

The head of the market is dominated by Mullins and Nicky Henderson horses

Yorkhill now a best price 5/1 to win Supreme, with William Hill laying Min at odds of 5/2 for the Cheltenham Festival opener

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Min is on the drift for the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with William Hill now chalking up the Willie Mullins charge at odds of 5/2 to win the Cheltenham Festival opener.

It appears that Ruby Walsh is no certainty to ride a horse that has previously been as short as 5/4 for the Supreme, although the runner has been friendless in the past few days and might not even go off favourite.

Instead, punters are latching on to Min’s stablemate Yorkhill who has now shortened up to 5/1 with Paddy Power and the money might continue to come for a horse with the potential of Walsh on board.

Mullins’ assistant David Casey told the Racing Post: “There wasn’t a thing wrong with Min this morning. He worked great and everyone seemed very happy with him. He looked in great shape.

“I ride Yorkhill out every day and I was on him again today [Tuesday]. He was in super form and I was delighted with him but, as far as I know, no decision has been made on what race he will go for or who will ride him yet.”

The head of the market is dominated by Mullins and Nicky Henderson horses, with Altior as short as 7/2 for the race with some firms, although betway are standing 5/1 about a horse rated highly by his trainer.

It’s also worth noting that Tom Segal of Pricewise fame also rates Altior as his nap of the meeting, with stablemate Buveur Dair on offer at 7/1.

BoyleSports’ spokesman Liam Glynn said: “The support started to come in for Yorkhill around lunchtime on Tuesday and, having laid a four figure bet at 7-1 we clipped the son of Presenting into 6-1.

“There was no sign of the demand drying up and within the space of an hour, having filled the book up at 6-1 which included another large four-figure bet, our traders had no choice but to cut him further into 5-1.”

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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