Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Betting As Honeysuckle Wins At Dublin Racing Festival
Unbeaten mare Honeysuckle has been backed further to retain her Champion Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham Festival next month after completing a hat-trick of Irish Champion Hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Rachael Blackmore’s mount was given a rapturous reception from the Leopardstown crowd even before the off and they weren’t let down as she cruised to the front to deliver a 14th consecutive victory and tenth at Grade 1 level.
The superstar mare was already an odds-on favourite at 8/13 for the Champion Hurdle but is now an even shorter 1/2 with BoyleSports ahead of 5/1 Appreciate It.
Honeysuckle really is a hurdling great and it comes as absolutely no surprise that she’s the most popular horse going down on dockets for Cheltenham.
Galopin des Champs is also being backed heavily to land a Novices’ Chase victory at the Festival after enhancing his credentials further with a spectacular win earlier on the Leopardstown card.
Willie Mullins’ charge backed up an impressive chasing debut at the same track over Christmas with a 9-length victory which never looked in doubt, especially when stablemate Capodanno unseated his rider at the fifth.
His status as favourite in the 3-mile Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase has strengthened at 11/10 from 6/4, while the latest betting for the shorter Turners Novices’ Chase also saw the six-year-old clipped into 15/8 from 5/2.
Galopin des Champs has also been all the rage since his eye-catching chasing debut at Christmas – we’re making him shorter for the 3-mile Brown Advisory at 11/10 from 6/4.
Sir Gerhard overcame a questionable round of jumping to become the sixth consecutive favourite to score at Sunday’s meeting and has since shortened into 3/1 favourite from 9/2 for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle and 4/1 from 9/2 for the Supreme.
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