Al Dancer is the 5/1 favourite for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury with the sponsors after 41 horses stood their ground at the latest acceptance stage for the UK's richest handicap hurdle...
""We have also seen some each-way cash for Apple's Shakira at 20/1 and she would be an interesting proposition if taking up this engagement."
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained six-year-old, who is three from three this season, has been getting plenty of backing from punters since the first entry stage, when he was 10/1.
Getaway Trump is next in the betting at 6/1, with the Paul Nicholls-trained runner also popular on the Sportsbook, backed in from 8/1 since the market opened. The JP McManus-owned Didtheyleaveuoutto is 10/1 third favourite.
Mohaayed, Global Citizen, Western Ryder, Ballymoy and Grand Sancy were notable withdrawals, meaning We Have A Dream (11st 12lb) is at the top of the handicap with the weights having risen 1lb.
Betfair spokesman Barry Orr said: "Al Dancer and Getaway Trump have dominated the betting in recent days and punters preference is just for the former who's now clear favourite at 5/1.
"We have also seen some each-way cash for Apple's Shakira at 20/1 and she would be an interesting proposition if taking up this engagement."
The Betfair Hurdle is part of Betfair Super Saturday which also features the £50,000 G2 Betfair Denman Chase, a leading trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and the £50,000 G2 Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase over an extended two miles.
Latest Betfair Hurdle betting
5/1 Al Dancer
6/1 Getaway Trump
12/1 Monsieur Lecoq
14/1 Mont Des Avaloirs
16/1 Nube Negra, Vision des Flos
20/1 Apple's Shakira, Ch'tibello, Lisp, Thomas Darby
Sportsbook odds, correct as of 12:00 Jan 23