Whisky gunning for more Welsh wealth
Nicky Henderson paraded World Hurdle contender Oscar Whisky at a media open day on Tuesday, ahead of an initial assignment in the William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on February 4th.
William Hill quote Dai Walters's star at 5-1 for the long-distance Cheltenham crown, whilst he is 7-4 favourite in their 'betting without Big Buck's' market. With Nicky Henderson not ruling Oscar Whisky out of another Champion Hurdle attempt, the firm quote the son of Oscar at 9-2 to win at the Festival.
The bookmaking sponsors have priced up a number of Seven Barrows specials, where Henderson is 7-4 favourite to be leading trainer at the March highlight and 3-1 to train the winner of the Champion Hurdle.
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "Cheltenham stars Oscar Whisky and Sprinter Sacre were both winners on William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle day last year and it'll be exciting to see what other future champions Nicky Henderson has lined up this time"
Who will train the most Cheltenham Festival winners? 8-11 Nicky Henderson vs Even money Paul Nicholls
Nicky Henderson to train the winner of the Stan James Champion Hurdle: 3-1
Nicky Henderson to train the winner of the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 3-1
Number of Nicky Henderson-trained winners in the 2011/12 season:
149 or less 8-1
150 to 159 10-3
160 to 169 2-1
170 to 179 9-4
180 or more 5-1
To win at the Cheltenham Festival: 5-2 Grands Crus, 4-1 Fingal Bay, Voler La Vedette, 9-2 Oscar Whisky, Peddlers Cross, 6-1 Al Ferof, Noble Prince, Boston Bob, Somersby, 7-1 Simonsig, 8-1 Bog Warrior, Make Your Mark, Rubi Light, Silviniaco Conti, 10-1 Captain Chris, Captain Conan, Champion Court, Cue Card, Sir Des Champs, Thousand Stars, 14-1 Sous le Cieux, 16-1 Hidden Cyclone, (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Sprinter Sacre to win Queen Mother Champion Chase 2013: 7-1
Cheltenham Festival Thomas Pink Leading Trainer Award (William Hill bet): 7-4 Nicky Henderson, 15-8 Willie Mullins, 2-1 Paul Nicholls, 25-1 Philip Hobbs, 33-1 Alan King, Donald McCain, 40-1 David Pipe, 50-1 Gordon Elliot, Jonjo O'Neill, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Noel Meade
Cheltenham Festival Thomas Pink Leading Jockey Award (William Hill bet): 8-11 Ruby Walsh, 11-4 Barry Geraghty, 8-1 AP McCoy, 14-1 Richard Johnson, 16-1 Robert Thornton, 20-1 Jason Maguire, Paul Townend, 25-1 Davy Russell, 33-1 Andrew Lynch, Daryl Jacob, 50-1 Paul Carberry, Sam Twiston-Davies, Tom Scudamore, 100-1 Nina Carberry
National Hunt Trainers' Championship 2011/12: 1-3 Paul Nicholls, 9-4 Nicky Henderson
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL BETTING FROM WILLIAM HILL
Ladbrokes World Hurdle: 4-7 Big Bucks, 5-1 Oscar Whisky, 9-1 Thousand Stars, 12-1 Quevega, Voler La Vedette, 14-1 Bob's Worth, Mourad, Mikael D'Haguenet, 16-1 So Young, Zaidpour, 20-1 Dynaste, Tidal Bay, 25-1 Carlito Brigante, Our Father, Poungach, Smad Place, 33-1 Celestial Halo, Featherbed Lane, Final Approach, Five Dream, King Of The Night, Restless Harry, 40-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
World Hurdle (betting without Big Buck's) 7-4 Oscar Whisky, 4-1 Thousand Stars, 11-2 Voler La Vedette, 6-1 Quevega, 7-1 Bobs Worth, Mikael D'Haguenet, Mourad, So Young, 8-1 Zaidpour, 10-1 Dynaste, Tidal Bay, 12-1 Carlito Brigante, Five Dream, Smad Place, Our Father, 14-1 Celestial Halo, Featherbed Lane, Final Approach, King of the Knight, Poungach, Restless Harry, 16-1 BAR (EW 1/4 1,2,3)
Stan James Champion Hurdle: 7-4 Hurricane Fly, 11-2 Grandouet, 7-1 Zarkandar, 8-1 Binocular, 10-1 Rock On Ruby, 12-1 Oscars Well, Unaccompanied, 16-1 Oscar Whisky, 20-1 Thousand Stars, 25-1 Brampour, Overturn, 33-1 Peddlers Cross, So Young, 40-1 Final Approach, 50-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 9-1 Steps To Freedom, 10-1 Captain Conan, 12-1 Cinders And Ashes, Darlan, 14-1 Galileo's Choice, Simonsig, 16-1 Allure Of Illusion, Cash And Go, Colour Squadron, Midnight Game, Montbazon, Sous Les Cieux, 20-1 All The Aces, Molotof, Prospect Wells, Tetlami, Vulcanite, 25-1 Dylan Ross, 33-1 Hazy Tom, Il Fenomeno, Ted Spread, 40-1 Knight Pass (EW 1/4 1,2,3)