Oddschecker punters have been backing Elliott's horse to switch races at the Festival next week.
Gordon Elliott’s Dounikos, leads the market for the National Hunt Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival but Oddschecker punters have been backing the seven-year-old to prevail in the RSA Chase.
With the trainer yet to make a decision on where his horse will run, punters have been taking a chance that he will head for the RSA. Over 18% of all bets since the weekend have been placed on Elliott’s horse, best priced at 16/1 and now as short as 10/1 with Sky Bet.
However, yesterday Elliott came out and said: “Dounikos is in the RSA and the four-miler (National Hunt) but I think the four-miler is made for him. He also has good Grade 1 form as well.”
Looking at the betting, Dounikos is currently best priced for the National Hunt at 7/1 with Betfair and as short as 5/1 with Sky Bet.
Punters appear to taking the NRNB insurance and opting for the bigger price in hope of a late change. There has been plenty of rumours circulating in recent days, including Samcro running in the Supreme over the Ballymore, which could be key as to why punters are taking the gamble.
Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “Punters are taking the gamble here that Elliott will have a re-think and run one of his star horses in the RSA. The insurance of the NRNB option with most bookmaker’s means there’s nothing to lose in the hunt for some real value, but it looks likely Elliott will keep Dounikos in the four-miler."