Today's excellent seven-race card features the ultra-competitive BetVictor Gold Cup and punters are looking to bash the bookies once again.
BetVictor, official betting partner of the first two days of the 2018 November Meeting, go six-places on the £160,000 G3 BetVictor Gold Cup (2.25pm) and the two mile and five furlong handicap chase has a new favourite in the Neil Mulholland-trained Kalondra following sustained support for the seven-year-old son of Spadoun. A faller two fences from home at Galway in August, Kalondra is the 5/1 favourite from 13/2 with the sponsor. Nicky Henderson saddled his first runner in the G3 contest 40 years ago when Zongalero finished second, but ante-post favourite Rather Be has proved weak in the betting this morning for Britain's champion Jump trainer and is an 11/2 shot from 9/2.
David Pipe landed the 2011 renewal of the BetVictor Gold Cup with Great Endeavour and King's Socks has been another horse for money this morning. Pulled up at Aintree in April, the six-year-old son of King's Best has undergone a wind operation and is a 15/2 chance from 11/1 with BetVictor. The Paul Nicholls-trained Movewiththetimes, who unseated-rider on his return to action at Fakenham in October, has also attracted each-way support into 12/1 from 14s.
Today's action begins with the G2 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (12.40) in which Jane Williams' Montesterel, ridden by her daughter Lizzie Kelly, is a notable market mover into 5/2 from 9/2 with BetVictor for the extended two-mile event.
The Tom George-trained The Worlds End was a talented stayer over hurdles and the seven-year-old son of Stowaway has the scope to make a classy chaser. He won decisively on his chase debut at Chepstow and is the solid 5/6 favourite with BetVictor for the mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase (1.15pm) over an extended three miles. Opposition in the betting has come from Warren Greatrex's Theatre Territory, who is a 9/2 shot from 13/2, owned by Cheoltenham Racecourse Chairman Robert Waley-Cohen and partnered by his son Sam Waley-Cohen.
The BetVictor.com Handicap Chase (1.50pm) is another competitive event but punters seem to be siding with Singlefarmpayment, trained by Tom George, who is a 5/1 chance from 6/1 with the sponsor ahead of his seasonal debut.
The Sophie Leech-trained Anteros has a good record in the Listed Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (3.00pm), winning the three-mile event in 2016 and finishing second in 2017. The 10-year-old son of Milan has posted two respectable efforts in defeat this term and is a 12/1 shot from 14s with BetVictor. Irish raider Sweet Home Chicago represents trainer Colin Bowe and is another for each-way support, constricting in price to 8/1 from 14/1.
Joint top-weight Westend Story registered successes at Wetherby and Hereford last term and the seven-year-old son of Westerner is a market mover in the BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (3.30pm). Trained by Philip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson, the gelding is a 5/1 shot from 7/1 with BetVictor.
Today's BetVictor Market Movers:
12.40pm - JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle - Montesterel 5/2 from 9/2
1.15pm - mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase - Theatre Territory 9/2 from 13/2
1.50pm - BetVictor.com Handicap Chase - Singlefarmpayment 5/1 from 6/1
2.25pm - BetVictor Gold Cup - Kalondra 5/1 from 13/2, King's Socks 15/2 from 11/1 & Movewiththetimes 12/1 from 14/1
3.00pm - Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle - Anteros 12/1 from 14/1 & Sweet Home Chicago 8/1 from 14/1
3.30pm - BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle - Westend Story 5/1 from 7/1