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Hurricane Fly cut for Champion Hurdle after more Leopardstown success

Hurricane Fly is 12-1 (from 16-1) with Coral for the Champion Hurdle, after the remarkable ten-year-old claimed his 21st Grade One success this afternoon. Reigning Cheltenham champion Jezki remains 6-1 third favourite to retain his crown, with Faugheen the evens favourite. “Although Jezki remains half the price of Hurricane Fly for the Champion Hurdle, and the latter’s stablemate Faugheen is a hot favourite for that race, Hurricane Fly deserves to be prominent in the betting for Cheltenham after yet another great victory, although his odds would be considerably shorter were the race to be run at Leopardstown!” said Coral’s David Stevens. Away from Leopardstown today former Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Sprinter Sacre made a public appearance at Newbury, and Nicky Henderson’s charge remains 3-1 favourite with Coral for the two mile showpiece, while his stablemate Top Notch is 16-1 (from 25-1) for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after his victory in the opening race at the Berkshire track. “Connections seemed happy with Sprinter Sacre’s racecourse gallop, but we’re happy to leave him unchanged at the head of our Champion Chase betting until we learn more when he makes a competitive return to action at Ascot next month,” said Coral’s David Stevens. **Champion Hurdle Evs Faugheen, 3 The New One, 6 Jezki, 12 Hurricane Fly, 20 Annie Power, 25 Tiger Roll, **Queen Mother Champion Chase 3 Sprinter Sacre, 4 Sire De Grugy, 8 Al Ferof, 10 Champagne Fever, Dodging Bullets, Vautour, 14 Balder Succes, Uxizandre, 16 Simply Ned, Twinlight, 20 Captain Conan, Hidden Cyclone, Moscow Mannon, Somersby, Special Tiara, **JCB Triumph Hurdle 5-2 Peace And Co, 7 Bristol De Mai, 10 Kalkir, 12 Bonito Du Berlais, 14 Bivouac, Hargam, 16 Fiscal Focus, Karezak, Timiyan, Top Notch, 25 Chartbreaker, Golden Doyen, Marakoush, Nyanza, Starchitect, ENDS Further Information Contact David Stevens 07720 400438