Faugheen has been cut into 11-8 (from 9-4) for the day two openerPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
‘Staggering’ support for Faugheen in Neptune
A FLOOD of cash for Faugheen has seen the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle favourite cut into 11-8 (from 9-4) to give trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh a flying start at Cheltenham for the second successive day.
The deadly duo won the opening race on Tuesday with Vautour and punters are banking on a repeat, piling into the unbeaten hurdler in “staggering” fashion.
Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “The confidence behind Faugheen is quite staggering. The market at Cheltenham is so strong that it takes serious money to move a horse from 7-4 to 11-8. It’s fair to say our whole day revolves around him and we desperately want him beat.”
The morning withdrawal of 7-1 shot Royal Boy has a bearing on the shortening of Faugheen’s odds, with some early bets subject to a rule 4.
There are a raft of positives in the following RSA Chase (2.05) with Le Bec 12-1 (from 14), Just A Par 28-1 (from 33) and O'Faolains Boy 14-1 (from 16) all supported.
Pricewise selections Dell’ Arca (2.40) 11-1 (from 14) and Special Tiara (3.20) 12-1 (from 16) have also been cut.