Cheltenham Champion Hurdle

The Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle is the flagship race of Tuesday at the Cheltenham Festival. Go Native currently leads the betting at 7/2 with Paddy Power. If you are betting on Cheltenham this Tuesday then be sure to check out the details of the Dunguib money back special as well as the free bets available from our online betting partners below.

Solwhit on Antibiotics

Questions over Solwhit’s fitness are casting a cloud over the betting. Jockey Davy Russell has confirmed that the horse is travelling to the festival but is on a course of antibiotics which are quite likely to make him a non-runner. Nonetheless Solwhit remains well respected in the betting but he has drifted and is now best priced at 11/2. Genie says that history tells us that a horse needs to have near perfect preparation if they are to win at Cheltenham and by the sounds of it this horse will be shy of its best even if it does run. Unfortunate as it seems I am going to have to overlook Solwhit’s chances this year.

Go Native won the supreme novices hurdle last year and is looking for back-to-back festival wins. Paul Carberry will be on board the Noel Meade trained 7 year old. Looking at the depth and quality of the field it is definitely worth thinking about opposing the favourite. 3 wins in the last 4 races sounds good but, in reality, the biggest field was 7 and none of them were convincing enough to command the short price.

Instead in this race I am going to spring for AP McCoy and Binocular who can be backed at a tasty 7/1 with Paddy Power. Last years 6/4 favourite will be keen to make amends for a below par performance and the signs are there that Binocular can come back to form. The 7/1 is generous about a horse that, on it’s day, should have too much for the field.

Champion Hurdle Betting

Current race odds from Paddy Power are:

7/2 Go Native
11/2 Solwhit
7/1 Binocular
15/2 Punjabi
8/1 Khyber Kim
8/1 Medermit
9/1 Zaynar
10/1 Celestial Halo
12/1 Starluck50/1 Won In The Dark
66/1 Jumbo Rio
200/1 Raise Your Heart

Binocular should have enough in reserve to beat what is, versus history, a fairly weak field in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle. If you have not heard the big news in online betting then check out the Dunguib money back special as well as our free bets table below.

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