Wednesday 13 December 2017

Vesper Bell leads betting for Thyestes

Vesper Bell, ridden by DJ Casey
Vesper Bell, ridden by DJ Casey

VESPER BELL has been installed as an early 7/1 favourite by Paddy Power for the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park next Thursday.

The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old has failed to complete in his last two starts, falling in the Becher Chase at Aintree in December and unseating David Casey in the Classic Chase at Warwick last weekend.

He just heads the market from stablemate On His Own, which took top honours in 2012, and the Jim Dreaper-trained Los Amigos.

Mullins has eight of the 41 entries and said: "I hope to run as many as I can. On His Own won this race for us in 2012, but it won't be easy for him off his revised mark."

Los Amigos was last seen winning a novice hurdle over Christmas, and Dreaper said: "He lacks experience, but three miles on soft ground is fine for him and he is in good form. If he gets into the race, he will run."

Paddy Power said: "Our traders had a few vying for the front of the market, but eventually they decided on Vesper Bell, with the general consensus being that providing he can get around, he's still an exceptionally well-handicapped horse."

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