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Irish Mirror
Robert Hynes

Bookies outline worst Cheltenham Festival results for them

Jonbon is the horse the bookies are fearing most ahead of next year's Cheltenham Festival.

Ladbrokes has revealed that the Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old is the worst result in the book for March's meeting at Prestbury Park.

After continuing his impressive start to the season at the weekend, there was a rush of renewed support for the JP McManus-owned gelding. Since last March, Jonbon’s odds have crashed right down to 7/4 from 12/1 for the Arkle.

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Punters have also latched onto Dan Skelton’s Protektorat in the Gold Cup market. After landing the Betfair Chase, he emerged as a proper contender for the festival highlight next March and is now 12/1, having been as big as 33/1.

Lossiemouth made the blacklist after winning at Fairyhouse over the weekend and is now 7/2 (from 16/1) for the Triumph Hurdle, while Chapeau De Soleil is a concern in the Bumper at 10/1 from 25/1.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “The weekend gone by has led to increased Cheltenham Festival interest, shaking up the ante-post book. Jonbon’s mouth-watering performance at Sandown was the biggest draw for punters, but Lossiemouth, Protektorat, and Chapeau De Soleil are also among the names attracting most support at this early stage.”


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