Cleeve Racing’s Cheltenham Yankee – update re Gordon Elliott’s Abracadabras

Hi there,

no doubt you are aware that there are a gazillion stories about Gordon Elliott at the moment and the fact that he can't have runners at this year's Cheltenham Festival. Chevely Park has already moved their horses and they will line up... but for Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins. He has also lost his yard sponsor eComm and the story has nowhere near ended yet.

I don't want to get into the story as we all have our opinions and ours is nothing you won't have heard elsewhere, however as he trains Abracadabras which is one of our Yankee selections we have had several emails asking what will happen if he doesn't travel.

As Gigginstown have already said they won't move their horses, he looks like he definitely won't be running although he's still quoted in most lists and is as short as 10/1. Given all the big bookies were going NRNB on the race when our Yankee was published, he will not be treated as an ante-post loser.

However, it appears different bookies will treat the bet in different ways...

Bet365 who we recommended for the biggest combined odds have said...

But Skybet say if there is a non-runner the multiple is reduced to the next variant i.e. one for 3 horses, not for 4. We assume this means you will be on a Trixie, it would not be changed to a Patent because there are no singles in a Yankee. As there are only 4 lines in a Trixie; 3 doubles and 1 treble rather than the 11 in a Yankee your stakes will be increased by 11/4ths (2.75), so a £1.00 each way Yankee becomes a £2.75 each way Trixie.

Finding two very different treatments by two of the biggest bookmakers means that if you have used someone else they may well treat your bet differently again, so you'll need to check with them yourself. However, with Abracadabras still officially treated as a runner, it's not really worth doing anything just yet.

Good luck
the team at Cleeve

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