It’s day two of the Festive racing bonanza and we get our first look of the season at the superstar of the jumps world, Sprinter Sacre. He goes in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton, but there’s a whole host of other quality racing going on. Here’s a look at the best backed horses of the day with Paddy Power.
The reigning Champion Chaser is long odds on as he makes his seasonal debut, but rather than being put off by the short odds, Paddy Power punters are seeing it as a sure thing and lumping on to get a modest return for their money. The ratings tells us Sprinter Sacre is by far and away the best horse in the field and only a blunder is likely to cost him victory today. Nicky Henderson’s stable star delivered at similar odds in a Novice Chase on this card two years ago and all the signs suggest he’ll do it again today.
Some top quality horses have won this race in the past and although Arvika Ligeonniere has some way to go to reach the levels of Moscow Flyer and Sizing Europe, he looks to be improving and there’s more expected today. The old timer, Sizing Europe will give him a run for his money and Kid Cassidy has solid claims, but it’s the Willie Mullins horse who is receiving the vast bulk of support from Paddy Power customers.
Considering he hasn’t actually won in over two years, the volume of support for Grandouet seems a little excessive. He was a classy hurdler, but he hasn’t been sensational since taking on the fences. Plus today he finds himself up against a useful rival in the form of Dodging Bullets. Despite the issues, punters have been piling in to him to deliver. We’ll see how that works out for them.
Three starts, three wins and an impressive start over hurdles last time out are crucial numbers behind the strong support for Moyle Park in the betting for the Paddy Power Future Novice Hurdle. The Tullow Tank is also unbeaten in his last three starts, but hasn’t quite the eye in the same way and looks to have a bit to find if he wants to shock the Team Mullins. Stablemate, Arctic Fire isn’t without a shout, but punters fancy it’ll be a walk in the park for Willie’s first string.
Cause of Causes
It’s a wide open handicap, but Gordon Elliot’s charge is strongly fancied to deliver despite not winning in nine attempts since victory in January. It looks more competitive than a ‘Who Is The Stupidest?’ contest between Jedward, but Cause of Causes will cause Paddy Power a few worries if he turns for home with a chance.