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Stuart Dalgleish 7th Mar 2012 - 14:17

Bring on the roar! Cheltenham day one declarations

With the Cheltenham Festival 2012 now less than a week away, excitement moved up a gear with the unveiling of the first-day day declarations, where hot ante-post favourites Hurricane Fly and Sprinter Sacre feature on a scintillating opening card.

The William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle opens proceedings - where the Nicky Henderson-trained Darlan shading 5-1 favouritism with the sponsors in one of the most wide-open renewals seen in decades.

Sprinter Scare heads the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at 4-5 with the bookmakers, while Hurricane Fly is the same price to retain his crown in the first Championship event of the Festival, the Champion Hurdle.


William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 5-1 Darlan, 6-1 Steps To Freedom, 13-2 Galileos Choice, 8-1 Cinders And Ashes, 9-1 Midnight Game, 10-1 Montbazon, 14-1 Colour Squadron, Sous Les Cieux, Tetlami, Trifolium, 16-1 Allure Of Illusion, Vulcanite, 20-1 Hinterland, Make Your Mark, Molotof, Monksland, Prospect Wells, 25-1 Dylan Ross, Felix Yonger, Simenon, 33-1 Agent Archie, Hazy Tom, 40-1 Close House, Distant Memories, Ericht, 50-1 Brick Red, Divapour, 66-1 Diamond Life, Jimbill, Szabo's Destiny, 100-1 Judiciary, Rocky Wednesday, 200-1 Catch Tammy (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy: 4-5 Sprinter Sacre, 11-4 Al Ferof, 7-1 Cue Card, 8-1 Menorah, 14-1 Blackstairmountain, 33-1 Cristal Bonus, Kid Cassidy, 50-1 Astracad, Foildubh, 50-1 Nearest The Pin (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

JLT Specialty Handicap Chase: 6-1 Hold On Julio, 7-1 Quantitativeeasing, 8-1 The Package, 14-1 Tullamore Dew, 16-1 Baile Anrai, Time For Rupert, Walkon, Zarrafakt, 20-1 Cappa Bleu, Magnanimity, Mossley, Our Mick, Tharawaat, 25-1 Blenheim Brook, Bottman, Cannington Brook, Charingworth, Consigliere, Divers, Hector's Choice, Leanne, Summery Justice, 33-1 Alfie Sherrin, Arbor Supreme, Billie Magern, Definite Dawn, Fruity O'Rooney, Golden Chieftain, Major Malarkey, Marescsou, Matuhi, Mount Oscar, Noland, Pentiffic, Runshan, Shakervilz, 40-1 Mon Mome, Riguez Dancer, 50-1 Ballyvesey, Free World, Le Burf (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)

Stan James Champion Hurdle: 4-5 Hurricane Fly, 5-1 Binocular, Zarkandar, 10-1 Rock On Ruby, 12-1 Oscars Well, 20-1 Thousand Stars, 25-1 Overturn, 33-1 Zaidpour, 40-1 Brampour, 50-1 Celestial Halo, 66-1 Kalann, Olofi (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

Stan James Champion Hurdle - w/o Hurricane Fly: 5-2 Binocular, Zarkandar, 5-1 Oscars Well, Rock On Ruby, 11-1 Thousand Stars, 14-1 Overturn, 20-1 Brampour, 25-1 Celestial Halo, Zaidpour, 33-1 Olofi, 40-1 Kalann (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase: 5-2 Scotsirish, 5-1 Sizing Australia, Uncle Junior, 8-1 Garde Champetre, Maljimar, 14-1 Arabella Boy, Balthazar King, Chamirey, Double Dizzy, 16-1 A New Story, Some Target, Wedger Pardy, 20-1 Saddlers Storm, Dancing Tornado, Halley, Midnight Haze, Tally Em Up, 33-1 Askmeroe, Ballyfitz, Doctor Pat, Fortification, Gone To Lunch, 40-1 Heads Onthe Ground, 50-1 Dream Alliance, Glenstal Abbey, Jacks Island, Somatic, De Danu (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)
OLBG Mares Hurdle for the David Nicholson Trophy: 4-7 Quevega, 11-2 Unaccompanied, 10-1 Our Girl Salley, 12-1 Kentford Grey Lady, Swincombe Flame, Violin Davis, 16-1 Alasi, Blazing Tempo, 20-1 Dare To Doubt, Kells Belle, Shop Dj, Veiled, 25-1 Baby Shine, Ixora, Terre Du Vent, What A Charm, 33-1 Cloudy Spirit, Golden Sunbird, Tempest River, 40-1 Dorabelle, 50-1 The Strawberry One, 100-1 Belle De Fontenay, Candelita, Himayna (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
Pulteney Land Investments Novices' Handicap Chase: 6-1 Triolo D'Alene, 8-1 Hunt Ball, 10-1 Bless The Wings, 12-1 Ackertac, 14-1 Cucumber Run, Going Wrong, Raptor, 16-1 Niceonefrankie, Sir du Bearn, That'll Do, White Star Line, 20-1 Arctic Ben, Battle Group, Carrickboy, Charminster, Educated Evans, Harpsy Cord, Mic's Delight, Nearest The Pin, Owen Glendower, Quincy Des Pictons, The Cockney Mackem, Vino Griego, 25-1 Ballyoliver, Barrel Of Laughs, Bottman, El Lobo, Falcon Island, Grey Soldier, Lancetto, Mad Moose, Pentiffic, Saint Are, 33-1 City Theatre, Degas Art, Forty Five, Golden Chieftain, Imperial Shabra, Life of A Luso, Milgen Bay, Temple Lord, Tiger O'Toole, 40-1 U B Carefull, 50-1 The Panama Kid (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)


Who will start favourite in the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle?: 6-5 Darlan, 11-4 Steps To Freedom, 3-1 Galileo's Choice, 8-1 Midnight Game, 10-1 Cinders And Ashes - others by request

William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle match bet: 11-10 Ireland vs GB 4-6

To train the winner of the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 10-3 Nicky Henderson, 4-1 Willie Mullins

Who will win by greater a distance?: evens Quevega, 15-8 Sprinter Sacre, 4-1 Hurricane Fly, 10-1 none to win

Who will go off shortest Industry SP?: 4-6 Sprinter Sacre vs 7-4 Hurricane Fly vs 5-1 both to start same price

Sprinter Sacre Arkle winning distance: 5-2 four lengths or under, 2-1 over four lengths

Hurricane Fly Champion Hurdle winning distance: 5-2 two 1/2 lengths or under, 5-2 over two 1/2 lengths

Ruby Walsh - number of winners on the opening day:

13-2 No winners
15-8 one winner
5-4 two winners
7-2 three or more winners

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