Champion Hurdle Jockey Tips
Tue, Mar 13th, 2012
We have the views of the winning most jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival on this years Champion Hurdle. 16 time winner Choc Thornton took our Cheltenham Festival Tips Challenge and put up Overturn as an each way selection at 28/1.
Thirty two time winner Ruby Walsh rides 2011 champion and current favourite Hurricane Fly and told Paddy Power:
There's plenty of pace in the race – Binocular, Zarkandar,Rock on Ruby...there'll be no hiding place but the best horse will win and I firmly believe that is Hurricane Fly.
Tony McCoy has had 25 Cheltenham Festival wins including 3 wins in the Champion Hurdle. He rides the 2010 champion Binocular. Writing in his Telegraph column he said:
But for the presence of Hurricane Fly, I would be brimming with confidence of winning my fourth Champion Hurdle, and a second one on Binocular (3.20), who won it in 2010. The only horse to regain the title was Comedy of Errors, also an eight year-old, in 1975, but the rarity of the feat does not bother me. What does bother me is last year's winner. He has won 10 Grade Ones and I cannot see any flaws in him. He looks exceptional, possibly the best in the last decade and the only time they met before, at Punchestown last May, he beat us by nine lengths. However, Binocular was not on top of his game last season and, when he won the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton last month, he felt great. I was very impressed. The form of that race may not look fantastic but he moved better, jumped better and went better than he has since he won the Champion Hurdle. I was happier with the whole package than I have been for two years. Realistically, though, I believe we will finish second but this being Cheltenham I will hope for better. Rock On Ruby could be the one for each-way backers.
Twenty time Cheltenham Festival winner Barry Geraghty has no ride in the race but commented on his ATR blog:
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Due to the niggles first with Spirit Son and then with Granduet, I'm having to sit-out the Champion Hurdle (3.20) this year, but I can't see past Hurricane Fly in any case. He's rock solid and of the rest I think Binocular will give him most to do. He's had a much better run-in to the race this time and looks really well and the vibes are very good. The best of the rest might be Rock On Ruby and Oscars Well.