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‘Broke my heart’ – Cheltenham Festival punters distraught as bets go up in flames after Willie Mullins decision

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CHELTENHAM Festival punters were distraught after a number of their ante post bets went up in flames – 24 hours before the first race.

Nearly all of the talk in the build-up had been about where Willie Mullins’ superstar chaser Galopin Des Champs would run.

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A load of Cheltenham Festival punts went up in flames on the eve of the first race[/caption]

For months punters had been piling into him for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase on Wednesday.

But Mullins put a cat among the pigeons when he said he was eyeing a match up with Bob Olinger in the Turners’ Novices Chase instead.

And that proved to be the case on Monday, when Galopin Des Champs was not entered for the Brown Advisory at the 48-hour declaration stage.

That meant he was certain to take on Henry de Bromhead’s superstar on Thursday.

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A number of punters took to Twitter to plead with Mullins to enter Galopin Des Champs in the Browns – but it proved futile.

One said: “Can we please have a moment of silence for the Galopin Des Champs ante post RSA backers.”

Another wrote: “Willie Mullins has broken my heart twice in two days.

“Sitting on some nice ante post prices on Sir Gerhard for the Supreme and Galopin Des Champs for the Brown Advisory. Good start to the week.”


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One moaned: “Great, no Galopin Des Champs… wish I was dead!”

Another said: “Well well well. Mad decision in my eyes, but regardless, can’t wait to see Bob Olinger smash Galopin Des Champs.”

One post read: “Struggling to get through all the tears on Twitter about Galopin Des Champs, will be some race against Bob.”

A fellow Twitter user wrote: “That’s the ante post bet gone.”

Punters are now predicting the Turners could turn into a two-horse ‘match’ race between Galopin Des Champs and Bob Olinger.

They think other horses might not think it’s worth trying to take on the superstar duo because they are so much better.

Bob Olinger is currently the even money fav to win, while Galopin Des Champs is 6-5.

Jungle Boogie is next best at 8-1, with Imperial Alcazar 14s, El Barra (who raced on Sunday and might not run again so soon after) 16s.

Busselton at 33-1 and Presentandcounting at 66-1 have no chance on the form so might not even show up.

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