The Cheltenham Festival gets under way tomorrow and the potential Irish superstar Dunguib is a top price 10/11 with Paddy Power to get punters off to a flyer by winning the opening Spinal Research Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Hot favourite Dunguib has had a perferct preparation in an attempt to win the opening event at the 2010 Cheltenham Festival.
" Everthing has gone just fine with him" according to trainer Philip Fenton. " We've not had the slightest little problem with him, we wouldn't have declared him otherwise, no setbacks or anything."
Dunguib will face 17 rivals, including Get Me Out Of Here who will carry the J P McManus colours in an effort to build on the horses most recent victory in Newbury's Totesport Trophy.
12 Horses have been declared for the Irish Independent Arkle Chase with 2008 Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Captain Cee Bee likely to go off favourite ( general 11/4 shot ). Main market rival is the Henrietta Knight trained Somersby ( stand out 9/2 with Extrabet ) an impressive winner over Crack Away Jack last December.
At a general 25/1 the most popular outsider in the event could be the Emma Lavelle trained Kangaroo Court. Unbeaten in two novice chases, the gelding has looked a natural jumper, and may surprise one or two better fancied rivals.
A maximum field of 24 will go to post for the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase with the Alan King novice Bensalem heading the betting ( Paddy Powers 11/2 being the best price available).
It would be no surprise to see the stable's second string Nenuphar Collonges play a leading role at a general 20/1.Third in the race last year behind Wichita Lineman, the nine year old seems to reserve his best for the Cheltenham hill.
Only 12 runners in the Champion Hurdle but a wide open affair. A case could be made for most of the field and the result may be decided by which horse puts in the best round of jumping on the day.
Go Native is clear market leader, with Sportingbets 4/1 a stand out price. After a recent health scare Solwhit can be backed at 6/1 in front of Binocular, Khyber Kim and last year's winner Punjabi all available on 8/1.
Garde Champetre is a best priced 9/4 with Paddy Power to land a hattrick of victories in the Cross Country Chase, with Sizing Australia likely to be the biggest danger in receipt of 24lb. 5/1 with Sportingbet and Extrabet.
The final event on the first day the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle looks to be dominated by the Irish pair Voler La Vedette and last year's winner Quevega, with 7/4 and 2/1 the best prices available.