Min, Douvan, Faugheen and Annie Power 11/1 with Betway to win their respective races on Day One of Cheltenham
The bookmakers avoided a bloodbath on the opening day of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, with Annie Power falling at the last hurdle of the Mares’ race after her stablemates had hacked up in the other principal races.
Douvan, Un De Sceaux and Faugheen all dotted up to leave the bookies sweating on a huge number of multiple bets going on to Annie Power, although it looks like a similar story for the 2016 renewal.
Min, Douvan, Faugheen and Annie Power are a shade over 11/1 with Betway to all win their races if you put them in an accumulator and that is an industry best price which is sure to shorten.
Douvan is this time lining up in the Arkle rather than the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, with the horse a best price 4/6 to claim the spoils. It will be Min wearing the Rich Ricci colours in the Festival opener and Betway have 13/8 that this happens.
Faugheen has been all the rage for the Champion Hurdle and the Mullins horse is a 4/7 chance to claim consecutive titles for this race, while Annie Power is a 4/5 poke to win the Mares’ race.
Perhaps we’ll have a similar scenario where all accumulators are loading up to Annie Power’s run in the Mares’ race, with the horse head and shoulders above her opponents last time out only to take a fall with Ruby Walsh on board.
A Betway spokesman revealed: “We’re happy to go best price about Min for the Supreme as it has traditionally been a graveyard for favourites. Douvan bucked that particular trend last year but Min won’t have it all his own way.
Faugheen looks like banker material but there are question marks over whether Douvan gets the job done in the Arkle, while Annie Power is lightly raced.”
Paddy Power have 11/1 that all four horses win their respective races, while you can get 2/1 that three or more are first past the post.