Bally Longford the pick of Oddschecker punters for Badger Ales Trophy

Colin Tizzard’s nine-year-old the most popular runner in the ante-post market

Bally Longford the pick of Oddschecker punters for Badger Ales Trophy

Oddschecker punters have a clear favourite for Saturday’s Listed Chase at Wincanton with Bally Langford receiving over 33% of all ante-post bets on the race so far this week.

Formally trained by Henry De Bromhead over in Ireland, the nine-year-old has had four runs for his new trainer, the latest of which was a fourth place finish at the Somerset track at the end of last month. That was his first start in over ten months and it appears Oddschecker users believe he is ready to strike this weekend.

Now as short as 8/1 with some firms, he had originally been double that price at the start of the week with bookmakers forced to cut their prices thanks to the heavy support.

Second on the list with Oddschecker bettors is favourite Present Man with a 16% share of bets. The Paul Nicholls seven-year-old has won four of his nine starts over fences and won over the smaller obstacles on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton in October. He leads the market at 7/1 ahead of stablemate Southfield Theatre (10/1) who has attracted 14% of all bets.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: "Bally Longford is yet to break his duck since joining Colin Tizzard's yard, but punters clearly think that he is ready to do just that after a pipe-opener at the end of October. The trainer certainly knows how to find a winner in this race, having done so last year with Gentleman Jon, and punters are expecting another bold effort this time around"

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