Hurricane Fly up against it according to Champion Hurdle stats

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Irish hopes may be pinned on Hurricane Fly for the 2011 Cheltenham Festival but the Irish fancies chances have been severely dented by his parentage.

The great flat horse Montjeu has produced two horses that are involved in the ante post Cheltenham Festival betting, but considering Montjeu offspring are winless in 44 runnings at Cheltenham, punters may want to look past Hurricane Fly and Noble Prince.

Hurricane Fly is 9/2 in the Champion Hurdle betting in what promises to be the most exciting race of the Cheltenham Festival.

With things being so tight at the top of the Champion Hurdle market, the fact Montjeu offspring are 0-21 at the Cheltenham Festival, the prices on the other market leaders are looking like great value.

Binocular is the reigning champion and the 7/2 ante post favourite while Cheltenham specialist Menorah is available at 4/1 and Peddlers Cross, conqueror of Binocular at Newbury in November, is priced at 5/1.

Noble Prince has two Cheltenham Festival entries but trainer Paul Nolan favours the Jewson Novices Chase over the Irish Independent Arkle.

At 7/1, Noble Prince is the market leader in the Jewson Novices’ Chase and another leading Irish fancy for a potential Champion winner, but has failed to beat Jewson rival Realt Dubh on his last two starts.

At 20/1 Realt Dubh is a huge price for the Jewson should connections decide to take that route, but with an entry for the Arkle and Arkle betting odds of 10/1, you’d have to think that Realt Dubh will be trading blows with Medermit, Finian’s Rainbow and Ghizao on the opening day of the Cheltenham Fesitval.

Medermit, Finian’s Rainbow and Ghizao can’t be split in the Arkle betting and are all available at 4/1.

A £25 stake on Medermit winning the Champion Hurdle would return £575. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham bet worth £125.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.