Neon Wolf hot favorite for opening race day two of the Cheltenham Festival
Neon Wolf is the hot favourite for the opening race on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The Harry Fry-trained 6yo is responsible for 21% of all ante-post bets on the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle and has been backed at odds as big as 33/1 through Oddschecker. In the last 24 hours 36% of all stakes have been for the Wolf, making him by far the worst result for bookmakers.
Of the rest, Bacardys rates the main danger with the bookies and is also next best with punters. 8% of all stakes in the last 24 hours have been for the Willie Mullins contender as the trainer looks to get on the scoreboard after drawing a blank on the opening day. A Grade One winner at Leopardstown on his latest outing – the form of the race took a bit of a blow yesterday with the runner-up beaten a distance in the Supreme – today’s step-up in trip should suite and he accounts for 5.9% of all ante-post bets on the race.
Almost a quarter of all Oddschecker punters will be on a retrieval mission as two of the most popular ante-post picks won’t line-up. Both Finian’s Oscar and Invitation Only were heavily supported in the ante-post markets, but supporters won’t even get a run for their money as both are missing through injury