Hurricane Fly Odds
Injury may have robbed Hurricane Fly of an appearance at two successive Cheltenham Festivals, but his victory in the last Champion Hurdle certainly makes him one of the leading betting fancies for this season’s four-day festival.
Alongside being the defending champion, there are other reasons why Hurricane Fly has every right to go off at the head of the Champion Hurdle odds.
Hurricane Fly a worthy Champion Hurdle odds favourite
Jockey Ruby Walsh has previously stated that the horse has it all and it is this versatility that makes him tough to beat. He is supremely flexible in terms of his race position as he is equally happy being up with the pace or settling towards the rear of the field. Therefore, he is unlikely to pull too hard if the pace is slow and ruin his chances, while he has the stamina to win a quickly-run encounter.
Alongside having won the Champion Hurdle over two miles, he is also a former winner over 2m4f and it is this stamina that can often give him the edge. Meanwhile, a lengthy winning run will provide additional confidence as he has only been beaten once in the last three seasons combined.
Binocular back to challenge in Champion Hurdle odds
Binocular was forced to miss the last renewal of the Champion Hurdle and is sure to lay down a strong challenge to Hurricane Fly. Meanwhile, some of the young hurdlers to star last season could also take giant strides, such as Zarkandar, Spirit Son and Grandouet.