Delighted punters hit back with a vengeance
Sire De Grugy's popular triumph in the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase helped punters take the honours on day two of the four-day Cheltenham Festival.
Bookmakers may have had the edge on the opening afternoon, but their willingness to take on Gary Moore's two-mile star proved to be costly on a day when backers hit back with a vengeance.
Ladbrokes reckon Sire De Grugy's win in the big race was the worst result at the Festival for bookmakers since Bobs Worth took the Gold Cup last year. And it saw punters head into half-time at the Festival on the front foot.
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Sire De Grugy was seriously gruesome for us. As the sun came out at the races it shone on the punters.
"We've been clobbered by the Moore team and our good cheer on day one has all but evaporated."
Stan James were hit hard by the success of 11-4 favourite Sire De Grugy in the feature.
Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said: "Our decision to go top price every runner in the race backfired with the bookies keen to go after Gary Moore's stable star."
Faugheen, a 6-4 winning favourite, got punters off to a flier in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. That success was just the start of a bad day for William Hill.