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Ruby Walsh’s 66-1 Cheltenham Festival ante-post tip has punters dreaming of huge payday after getting slashed in odds

, Ruby Walsh’s 66-1 Cheltenham Festival ante-post tip has punters dreaming of huge payday after getting slashed in odds

RUBY WALSH has Cheltenham Festival ante-post punters dreaming of a mega payday after his tip was slashed in the markets.

But it’s another horse bookies fear the most following a surge of support.

Legendary jockey Walsh put up Noble Yeats for the Gold Cup at 66-1 on last week’s Road to Cheltenham on Racing TV.

He told co-host Lydia Hislop he had a ‘sneaky feeling Noble Yeats is a complete dark horse who could end up a Gold Cup horse’.

Punters quick to get on could take this year’s Grand National hero at massive odds.

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But they didn’t last all that long as already by Friday morning there were nibbles – before it collapsed entirely on Saturday.

That was after the Emmet Mullins-trained seven-year-old showed an electric turn of foot to win the Grade 2 Many Clouds at Aintree.

A tap on the hind quarters from jockey Sean Bowen and Noble Yeats put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

The official winning margin over Dashel Drasher was three-and-a-quarter lengths but the star chaser won cosily.

Firms reacted by cutting him to as short as 10-1 for the Festival feature, although you can get 12s with a couple now.

Walsh’s thoughts were given weight as delighted owner Robert Waley-Cohen confirmed Noble Yeats will have one more run before aiming for the Gold Cup.

He said: “If you look at the history books most horses go to a Grand National after they win a Gold Cup, so we’re doing things unusually.

“That said, it’s pretty unusual to win a Grand National as a seven-year-old novice, but that’s Emmet for you – he’s a very cunning trainer.”

However, Ladbrokes revealed it is a Nicky Henderson horse who will be their biggest Festival loser – although maybe not the one you think.

Constitution Hill has swept all before him so far and is massive odds-on for the Champion Hurdle.

But Nicola McGeady reported that Hendo’s novice chaser Jonbon – who is 7-4 for the Arkle – will be their biggest headache after his easy Grade 1 win at Sandown.

She said: “Jonbon’s mouth-watering performance at Sandown was the biggest draw for punters.

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“But Lossiemouth, Protektorat, and Chapeau De Soleil are also among the names attracting most support at this early stage.”




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