By Josh Powell | Cheltenham festival
Paddy Power is leading the way ahead of the Cheltenham festival and is furlongs clear of his rivals in terms of pricing up the four-day event. After being one of the first to price up every single race at the Cheltenham festival, Paddy is now heading the market in being best price on the favourites.
In a show of huge generosity and a display of his sizeable cajones, the boss is in danger of angering the shareholders by threatening to put more money back into the pockets of punters. It is a move that is as risky as Anne Hathaway’s Oscars dress. Paddy Power is the best priced bookie on 12 of the 27 favourites at Cheltenham. That includes the Gold Cup market leader Bobs Worth
Ladbrokes are top price on seven of the favourites with Stan James on two and Bet 365 are the top price bookie on just one of the festival favourites.
The 12 gee-gees Paddy is top price on are:
- Colour Squadron
- Sprinter Sacre
- Wonderful Charm
- Saphir Du Rheu
- Captain Conan
- Cue Card
- Oscar Whiskey
- Cotton Mill
- Bobs Worth
Paddy is throwing caution to the wind and is being more generous than Santa on performance-enhancing drugs. Before the men in white coats come and take him away Paddy is proving himself the best in the business by being top price on the Sprinter Sacre, Simonsig, Dynaste treble.
Simonsig is 4/6 to win the Arkle after winning seven of his eight races under rules. He won a Grade One Novice’s Hurdle at the festival last year and has won his last three races by a combined total of 99 lengths.
Sprinter Sacre is 1/4 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and is many people’s banker for the festival. If the horse-loving tipsters in the Racing Post are to be believed Sprinter Sacre just needs to turn up on the day and he wins.
Dynaste is 9/4 for the RSA Chase and is a leading fancy ahead of Boston Bob and Unioniste. The David Pipe-trained seven-year-old was a convincing winner of the Feltham at Kempton on December 26th and is still unbeaten over fences.
The £10 treble pays out £67.84 with Paddy Power if all three horses oblige which is more than William Hill, Stan James, Boylesports, Bet 365, Bet Victor or Ladbrokes.