Gaelic Warrior (Boodles) & Vauban (Triumph) Both to Win Now 11/1!
Get Gaelic Warrior (Boodles) & Vauban (Triumph) Both to Win at A Boosted 11/1!
Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci have proven a formidable partnership at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, landing a plethora of big races with the likes of Douvan, Vautour, Annie Power, and Faugheen.
Ricci has admitted that his ownership string is going through something of a refresh due to the above horses now no longer racing, but he still holds a number of chances at the Festival next week, with his juveniles, in particular, looking very strong.
Top bookmakers Sky Bet have boosted the odds of Ricci’s GAELIC WARRIOR (Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle) & VAUBAN (Triumph Hurdle) from 8/1 to an incredible 11/1!
That’s right, for Ricci and Mullins to land both juvenile hurdle races at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival Sky Bet are going 11/1, which you can back with one click here.
Gaelic Warrior & Vauban Both to Win 11/1
Gaelic Warrior and Vauban both joined the Mullins operation from France, where they had produced some eye-catching performances.
Both horses appear to hold strong chances in their respective assignments at next week’s Cheltenham Festival, where they will run in the famous pink and green Rich & Susanna Ricci Silks.
Gaelic Warrior (Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle)
The first leg of the double comes courtesy of GAELIC WARRIOR, who is expected to go off a warm order to land the opening day’s Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. Subsequent Grade 1 winner Jeff Kidder took this contest at a huge 80/1 last year, yet Gaelic Warrior will go off a far shorter price on Tuesday.
This 4yo ran with credit in three starts in France last year, form which has received some notable boosts since.
Connections have reportedly had this race in mind for Gaelic Warrior ever since seeing his handicap mark, and have resisted the urge to run the gelding beforehand and perhaps allow the assessor to get a better handle on him.
Mullins is a maestro at reading horses for the big occasion first start after an absence, and whispers in the yard suggest that Gaelic Warrior is working at home like a horse well ahead of a mark of 129.
Vauban (JCB Triumph Hurdle)
The double is completed by VAUBAN, who also joined from France with a lofty reputation, albeit as opposed to Gaelic Warrior his form came on the Flat, where he was a Listed winner on final start and a rare jumper with a triple-figure Flat mark.
Sent off the well-backed 4/9F on stable/hurdles debut at Punchestown in December, Vauban finished a slightly unlucky second to Pied Piper.
He learned plenty from that initial experience, however, and improved for the addition of a tongue-tie when landing the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle at last month’s Dublin Racing Festival, accounting for a solid yardstick in Fil Dor.
He looks like a potential improver in this sphere and the Triumph looks the obvious race on the back of that latest success.