Salden Licht has been highly-touted for this race after an impressive success at Exeter recently whilst Final Approach ran out the ready winner of the MCR Hurdle at Leopardstown last weekend. Soldatino hasn’t been seen since winning the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last season and Tocca Ferro is on a hat-trick after easily landing the odds at Ascot back in November.
Last year’s winner Get Me Out Of Here is next in the market at 14/1 alongside a host of runners including Paul Nicholls’ Escort’men and Grade 1 winner and 2009 Triumph Hurdle runner-up Walkon.
“It looks another devilishly competitive renewal of the totesport Trophy and we can’t split four of them at the head of the market though Salden Licht looks sure to be popular after going in many a notebook after winning at Exeter recently,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Imperial Commander heads the market at 7/2 with the sponsors for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup after 34 entries were revealed for the highlight of the fourth and final day of the Festival which will carry record prize money of £500,000 for the first time this year.
Other interesting entries include Welsh National winner Synchronised who is a 40/1 shot with the sponsors and Rebecca Curtis’ Irish import Carronhills who has only raced in point-to-points and hunter chases so far and is the 150/1 outsider.
“Whereas the totesport Gold Cup looked a two horse race this time last year, the betting has a more open look about it this year and Imperial Commander goes into this year’s renewal as the market leader,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
“However, both Kauto Star and Denman will be vying to wrestle back the crown from the reigning champion whilst the likes of Diamond Harry and Pandorama are the young pretenders trying to establish themselves at the top of the chasing tree.”