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Bookies Take On Annie Power, But Vroum Vroum Mag Well Backed

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Bookmakers and punters are ready to lock horns on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, but before you get stuck into Tuesday's action, which gets under way at 1:30pm with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, make sure you check out all the latest market movers for what will be a sensational seven-race card from National Hunt Headquarters.

1:30pm - Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Min has been a red-hot favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle for months, but punters are out to get the Willie Mullins-trained hotpot and he is available at around 5/2 with various bookmakers, while Altior has been trimmed into 7/2 with Coral for the festival curtain-raiser, whilst bits and pieces have seen outsiders North Hill Harvey and Penglai Pavilion backed into 25/1 and 33/1, respectively, with Paddy Power.

2:50pm - Ultima Handicap Chase

Pricewise fans would've had to be up early to get some of the 16/1 about The Young Master and Beg To Differ in the Ultima Handicap Chase as the former has now been clipped into a best-priced 14/1 with BetVictor, while the latter is now as short as 10/1 with Betfred for what is a race that has seen pre-race favourite Out Sam ease to 8/1 market leader with bet365. Band Of Blood has attracted support at huge prices and is 25/1 from 33/1 with Coral.

3:30pm - Champion Hurdle

Punters are scratching their heads over the Champion Hurdle market, and Annie Power has eased to 11/4 for the Tuesday showpiece, but there's no strong support for any other of the runners in the blue riband event with The New One as short as 5/1 with Sky Bet, while some each-way punters could be jumping aboard the My Tent Or Yours train, who is 9/1 in places.

4:10pm - David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle

The Mullins four-timer could rest on the shoulders of Vroum Vroum Mag, and the classy mare has been one of the best-backed horses of the day, as having been widely available at 11/10 earlier in the day, she is now a shade of odds-on at 10/11 with Paddy Power, who expect her to maintain Mullins dominance in this race.

4:50pm - National Hunt Chase

Minella Rocco has been friendless in the market over the last few hours, and having been as short as 4/1 a few days ago, Jonjo O'Neill's charge is now 8/1 with Betfred for the National Hunt Chase, and Sky Bet have reported considerable money for Southfield Royale, who is now a clear 6/1 favourite with them for the penultimate race of the day.

5:30pm - Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase

Double Shuffle was available at 14/1 this morning with Betfair for the final race of the day, but he has been handed consistent support all day, and with that same firm is now a 9/1 shot in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase, which sees Aloomomo a best-priced 6/1 favourite. AP McCoy elected Amore Alato as his nap of the day on the Morning Line, and that raider is now as short as 16/1 with Sky Bet Bookmakers.

Major Market Movers At A Glance

  • Annie Power eased from 9/4 to 11/4 for Champion Hurdle
  • Beg To Differ as short as 10/1 from 16/1 for Ultima Handicap Chase
  • Vroum Vroum Mag 10/11 from 11/10 for Mares' Hurdle
  • Minella Rocco drifts to 8/1 for National Hunt Chase
  • Double Shuffle 9/1 from 14s for the day one finale
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