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Peddlers Cross fans have most to gain from Ladbrokes extended offer

| 04.03.2012

Punters fancying Peddlers Cross to potentially run in the Jewson Novices’ Chase may have the most to gain from Ladbrokes’ latest move to extend their non runner money back offer across all 27 races at the Cheltenham Festival.

Initially, the offer was only available for the four Championship races, but with now just under two weeks until the start of the 2012 Festival, punters can now afford to take some chances on horses that are still unclear on their contests.

Peddlers Cross is one horse who is still entered into multiple races, with the possibility that he could take part in the Arkle Chase over 2m, step up in trip to 2m4f for the Jewson or even return to hurdles for a second crack at the Champion Hurdle.

It is believed that Peddlers Cross is being chiefly target at the Arkle and he can be backed at 11/4 to triumph over the highly-fancied Sprinter Sacre.

But punters may prefer to take the 3/1 on offer in the Cheltenham odds that he wins the Jewson as he could go off even shorter on race day if his participation is confirmed and stakes will be returned if trainer Donald McCain does opt for the Arkle instead.

Another horse that remains prominent in the Cheltenham betting for two different races is Simonsig.

Given his strong point has appeared speed over stamina this season, it was widely expected that he would run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at 5/1.

However, there is the growing possibility that he will instead run in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, especially since one of his leading rivals Fingal Bay was ruled out of the Festival because of injury.

Simonsig is 5/2 to win the Neptune.

Punters to have backed Grandouet have already been rewarded by the non runner money back offer after he was withdrawn from the Champion Hurdle because of injury.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.