Gigginstown pair odds-on for festival glory following confirmation
Big races await at Ballymore and Cheltenham
Gigginstown House have confirmed that Samcro will be riding in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, and that his stablemate – Apple’s Jade – will appear in the Mares’ Hurdle.
And that announcement has seen Coral’s trading team price up both horses as odds-on favourites for their respective races.
Samcro is 8/11 to win the Novices’ Hurdle, making the six-year-old market leader by some distance.
On the Blind Side is next best at 5/1. Meanwhile, Next Destination and Getabird are available at 6/1 apiece.
In the Mares’ Hurdle, Apple’s Jade is 8/13, with her only likely challenger Willie Mullins’ Let’s Dance at 11/2.
Meanwhile, in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, it’s a more open field. Getabird is 2/1 favourite, but there are four horses available at 10/1 or lower.
“Gigginstown’s confirmation that Samcro will run in the Ballymore, and Apple’s Jade will not take on the boys in the Stayers’ Hurdle provides further clarity to the Festival ante-post picture, with both runners sure to be regarded as banker bets by many punters next month,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
**Coral Cheltenham festival odds
**Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle
8/11 Samcro, 5/1 On The Blind Side, 6/1 Next Destination, 6/1 Getabird, 10/1 bar
**Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
2/1 Getabird, 5/1 If The Cap First, 6/1 Kalashnikov, 10/1 Laurina, 12/1 bar
8/13 Apple’s Jade, 11/2 Let’s Dance, 8/1 Benie Des Dieux, 10/1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 11/1 bar
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing