Sicilian Secret has been promoted to 4-1 favourite for the Cheltenham Champion Bumper after an eye-catching work-out at Leopardstown after racing today.
The Willie Mullins charge had reportedly been working well at home after his victory at Leopardstown last time out, and became new favourite for the Bumper after sparkling on the racecourse today.
Tony Kenny, spokesman for William Hill, said: ‘’Sicilian Secret looked simply sensational at Leopardstown today, and appears the best of the Mullins bunch ahead of Cheltenham. We’re sure his performance today will force Patrick Mullins’s hand in his ride selection, and that alone would ensure he goes off favourite on the day.’’
Champion Bumper: Sicilian Secret 4-1 from 7-1 (new favourite), Universal Truth 16-1 from 33-1,
Weatherby’s Champion Bumper 4-1 Sicilian Secret (from 7-1), 13-2 Dunguib, 8-1 Quinola Des Obeaux, 12-1 Shinrock Paddy, 14-1 Cadspeed, Gagewell Flyer, Lios A Choill, Quel Esprit, Rite Of Passage, 16-1 Glenlo Abbey, Meath All Star, Morning Supreme, Universal Truth (from 33-1), 20-1 Red Harbour, Saveiro, Tornedo Shay, Vino Griego, 25-1 Cranky Corner, Henry King, Lidar, Not For Converting, Quadrillion, Some Present, 33-1 Alexander Seaview, Benbane Head, Blackstairmountain, Bygones Of Brid, Latin America, Lead The Parade, Lidar, Pepe Simo,– 50-1 Bar