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Hurricane Fly eased for Champion Hurdle despite record breaking victory

Hurricane Fly is 5-1 (from 4-1) with Coral for next year’s Champion Hurdle, after the nine-year-old made a workmanlike return to action with victory at Punchestown this afternoon. The New One is now the clear 4-1 favourite for the Cheltenham showpiece, with Our Conor also 5-1.

“The record-breaking Hurricane Fly remains a leading contender for next March’s championship, but his victory lacked any great sparkle, and with the likes of The New One, Our Conor and My Tent Or Yours waiting to challenge him, he could face an extremely tough defence of his crown,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

On a busy day of ante-post clues, The Liquidator is 12-1 (from 20-1) for the Supreme Novices’ and 14-1 (from 20-1) for the Neptune after his Cheltenham success, and Dodging Bullets is 16-1 for the Racing Post Arkle, while Kid Cassidy earned a 20-1 quote for the Champion Chase after his defeat of Sire De Grugy.

“Sire De Grugy failed to enhance his claims as a genuine rival to Sprinter Sacre and remains 16-1 for the Champion Chase, while Kid Cassidy is unlikely to give his stablemate too many sleepless nights also,” reckoned Coral’s David Stevens.

**Betfair Chase
2 Bobs Worth, 9-4 Silviniaco Conti, 6 Cue Card, Dynaste, 9 Long Run, 10 Tidal Bay, 12 First Lieutenant, 16 The Giant Bolster, 20 Imperial Commander, Roi Du Mee, 25 Harry Topper, Prince De Beauchene, 33 Bar

**Hennessy Gold Cup
7 Invictus, 8 Rocky Creek, 10 Hadrian’s Approach, Lord Windermere, Our Father, 12 Highland Lodge, Houblons Des Obeaux, Katenko, Unioniste, 14 Imperial Commander, On His Own, Rolling Aces, Tidal Bay, 16 Bar

**King George VI Chase
5 Dynaste, 6 Bobs Worth, Silviniaco Conti, 7 Cue Card, 8 Long Run, 9 Sir Des Champs, 12 Al Ferof, Flemenstar, 16 Captain Chris, Katenko, Lord Windermere, 20 Menorah, Mount Benbulben, The Giant Bolster, Tidal Bay, 25 Captain Conan, Invictus, Riverside Theatre, 33 Bar

**Skybet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
8 West Wizard, 10 Briar Hill, 12 The Liquidator, 16 Minella Foru, Regal Encore, 20 Faugheen, First Mohican, Golantilla, Moyle Park, Tiger Cliff, Union Dues, Urubu D’Irlande, 25 Oscar Rock, Blackmail, Carriganog, Gone Too Far, Garde La Victoire, Very Wood, Volnay De Thaix,

**Racing Post Arkle
3 Champagne Fever, 12 Grandouet, 14 River Maigue, Chatterbox, 16 Dodging Bullets, Felix Yonger, Oscar Whisky, Melodic Rendezvous, 20 Puffin Billy, Ned Buntline,

**Champion Hurdle
4 The New One, 5 Hurricane Fly, Our Conor, 6 My Tent Or Yours, 8 Jezki, 12 Zarkandar, 16 Grandouet, Melodic Rendezvouz, 25 Diakali, Rock On Ruby, 33 Binocular,

**Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle
8 Oscar Rock, 12 Briar Hill, Faugheen, 14 The Liquidator, 16 Carraig Mor, Tiger Cliff, Condaw Court, 20 Golantilla, 25 Captain Cutter, Timesremembered, Royal Regatta, Legacy Gold, 33 Diamond King

*RSA Chase
10 Champagne Fever, 14 Just A Par, Morning Assembly, 16 Don Cossack, Le Bec, O’Faolains Boy, Coneygree, Inish Island, Smad Place, 20 African Gold, Chatterbox, Cloudy Copper, Close Touch, Shutthefrontdoor,

**Queen Mother Champion Chase
1-3 Sprinter Sacre, 6 Simonsig, 12 Flemenstar, 16 Arvika Ligeonniere, Sire De Grugy, 20 Kid Cassidy, 33 Baily Green

**Ladbrokes World Hurdle
3 Big Bucks, 4 At Fishers Cross, 6 Solwhit, Zarkandar, 10 The New One, 14 Monksland, Rule The World, 20 Ballycasey, Celestial Halo, Reve De Sivola, 25 Oscar Whisky, Smad Place

**JCB Triumph Hurdle
8 Royal Irish Hussar, 16 Kentucky Hyden, Thomas Hobson, Analifet, 20 Guitar Pete, 33 Chocola

**Betfred Gold Cup
3 Bobs Worth, 5 Sir Des Champs, 8 Silviniaco Conti, 12 Dynaste, 14 First Lieutenant, 16 Boston Bob, Long Run, Lord Windermere, 20 Al Ferof, Mount Benbulben, 25 Cue Card, Harry Topper, Lyreen Legend

**Crabbies Grand National
20 Back In Focus, Teaforthree, 25 Colbert Station, Godsmejudge, Rival D’Estruval, Seabass, 33 Alvarado, Auroras Encore, Cappa Bleu, Liberty Counsel, Long Run, On His Own, Tofino Bay, Well Refreshed

ENDS

Further Information Contact
David Stevens 07720 400438