Murphy highlights Divers as best Cheltenham chance

Ferdy Murphy believes that it is Divers and not Kalahari King who represents his best chance of a victory at the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.

Divers is one of four 10/1 co-favourites at the head of the Cheltenham betting market to win the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase and arrives at the Festival on the back of a victory in the John Smith’s Novices’ Chase at Muselburgh last month.

The seven-year-old has won on two of his four starts this season, but it is the quality of his current form at home that has enhanced Murphy’s confidence of a solid performance at Cheltenham.

According to the Racing Post, Murphy told The Morning Line: “I’m very pleased with him at the moment. He did a schooling session in the week and it was very good.”

Aerial, Aigle D’Or and Definity are the other horses priced at 10/1 in the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase.

However, Murphy is not without other chances of witnessing a success at the Cheltenham Festival, with Kalahari King and Galant Nuit among his other runners.

Kalahari King has finished in the places at the last two Festivals and will line up in the Ryainair Chase, where he is 6/1 in the Cheltenham odds.

After finishing second in the Arkle Chase in 2009, Kalahari King took third spot behind Big Zeb in the Queen Mother Champion Chase 12 months ago.

Meanwhile, Galant Nuit is entered into the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase and is the ante-post favourite in the betting at 8/1.

Galant Nuit should have no problems running at Cheltenham as five of his last six races have taken place at the course, while he should arrive fresh, having made just the one racecourse appearance in the current season.

A £25 stake on Divers winning the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase would return £250. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.


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.