Two Previous Winners Go Head to Head in the Champion Hurdle
The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is always a momentous occasion and the Champion Hurdle is one of the most anticipated races on the card. Staged over the two miles, it always produces a competitive field and this Grade 1 event has been previously won by Rock on Ruby, Hurricane Fly and, most recently, Buveur D’Air.
Nicky Henderson’s charge is back to defend its crown and takes on 2015 winner Faugheen. The Rich Ricci owned horse narrowly lost to Supasundae in the Irish Champion Hurdle at the beginning of February and will need to bounce back here. Priced at 8/1 with many online UK bookmakers such as William Hill, many see Faugheen as an alternative option to the odds-on shot Buveur D’air, who predictably dominates the ante-post market. It’s set to be another fascinating battle with the pair possessing terrific records both at the track and trip.
Other mouth-watering races taking place on the opening day of the Festival include the Mares Hurdle, with Apples Jade a strong fancy at 4/6; whilst earlier in the day, the extremely competitive Ultima Business Solutions Handicap looks to be a hugely open race with the field starting at 12/1.
Might Bite Fancied for Cheltenham Gold Cup Success
The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is always awash with talent and the Timico Gold Cup looks set to be a fascinating renewal once more. Sizing John was a surprise winner in 2017 and returns to Prestbury Park once again for Jessica Harrington and is a decent price of 7/1 for the 2018 event. Might Bite has been tremendous this year and has won six of nine chase starts. He was last seen winning on Boxing Day over the three miles in the King George at Kempton and many punters have already sensibly taken the price of 7/2 which is available on the Nicky Henderson trained nine-year-old. He is likely to have too much for the rest of this line-up.
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