The 2011/12 National Hunt is getting into full flow and racing fanatics will be counting down the days to the Cheltenham Festival.
After Long Run landed the 2010 King George VI Chase and the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup, it is no surprise to see the Nicky Henderson inmate heading the ante post betting for both of this year’s feature races and with Kauto Star and Denman both appearing to be in decline, it could be up to the likes of Master Minded and Captain Chris to lay down the challenge to the French import.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Fly looks a formidable contender for the 2012 Champion Hurdle and Big Buck’s is understandably odds-on to add another World Hurdle to his impeccable CV.
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NATIONAL HUNT 2012
National Hunt Trainers’ Championship 2011/12 (William Hill bet): 4-6 Paul Nicholls, 5-4 Nicky Henderson, 14-1 Philip Hobbs (others on request)
William Hill King George VI Chase: 5-4 Long Run, 4-1 Master Minded, 7-1 Captain Chris, 10-1 Wishfull Thinking (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Cheltenham Gold Cup: 5-2 Long Run, 14-1 Captain Chris, Denman, Master Minded, Wishfull Thinking, 16-1 Diamond Harry, Riverside Theatre, Time For Rupert, 20-1 Burton Port, Amnesty, 25-1 Bostons Angel, Mon Parrain, Noble Prince, Pandorama, 33-1 Jessies Dream, Kempes, Quito De La Roque, Wayward Prince, What A Friend, (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Champion Chase: 7-2 Sizing Europe, 6-1 Big Zeb, 8-1 Finians Rainbow, 10-1 Captain Chris, Master Minded, 14-1 Medermit, 16-1 Captain Cee Bee, 20-1 Ghizao, Golden Silver, Realt Dubh, 25-1 Woolcombe Folly, 33-1 French Opera (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Champion Hurdle: 13-8 Hurricane Fly, 7-1 Peddlers Cross, 8-1 Spirit Son, 10-1 Zarkander, 12-1 Binocular, 16-1 Menorah,Oscar Whisky, Oscars Well, 20-1 Cue Card, Grandouet, So Young, 33-1 Grandouet, Kumbeshwar, Mille Chief, Unaccompanied, Zaidpour, 66-1 Dandino (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
World Hurdle: 4-5 Big Bucks, 11-2 Grand Crus, 10-1 Bobs Worth, Oscar Whisky, Thousand Stars, 14-1 Mourad, 16-1 Solwhit, 20-1 Back in Focus, Champion Court, Court in Motion, Fiveforthree, 25-1 Kilcrea Kim (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Arkle Challenge Trophy: 7-1 Peddlers Cross, 10-1 Sprinter Sacre, 12-1 Al Ferof, Cue Card, Menorah, 20-1 Poungach, Sam Winner, 33-1 Punjabi (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
RSA Chase: 8-1 Grands Crus, 10-1 Bobs Worth, 12-1 First Lieutenant, 20-1 Silviniaco Conti, Sir Des Champs, 25-1 Back In Focus, Chablais, Hidden Cyclone, Mossley, 33-1 Champion Court, (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Triumph Hurdle: 10-1 Minsk, 20-1 Hinterland, 25-1 Dildar, 33-1 Hollow Tree, 50-1 Urbain De Sivola (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Grand National 2012: 14-1 Ballabriggs, 20-1 Beshabar, Chicago Grey, Oscar Time, 25-1 Alfa Beat, Don’t Push It, The Midnight Club, 33-1 Always Right, Big Fella Thanks, Mon Parrain, Niche Market, Poker De Sivola, Silver By Nature, The Minack, Wymott, 40-1 Backstage, State Of Play (EW 1/4 Odds Place 1,2,3,4)