Menorah is the one to beat in Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle

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Menorah is the horse that they all have to beat in the Champion Hurdle as he ticks all of the boxes over many of his rivals.

The Champion Hurdle is one of the most eagerly awaited contests at the Cheltenham Festival, with at least six horses believed to have strong chances of securing victory.

Menorah is the second favourite in the Champion Hurdle betting at 4/1, but former jockey Charlie Swan that he can be trusted far more than the market leader Binocular to perform to his best.

Swan said: “Menorah is definitely the one to beat for my money. He’s lightly raced but he’s done it on the track three times and knowing that he loves the track is always an asset.

“He jumps quickly, is a good traveller and stays well. He’s like Istabraq in that he is a straightforward ride”

Menorah has proved a course specialist at Cheltenham, remaining unbeaten in three starts at the course, although the Champion Hurdle will arguably represent a slight step up in class.

A further argument in his favour is that at the age of six, Menorah is better than Phillip Hobbs’ former stable star Rooster Booster at the same age and Rooster Booster won a Champion Hurdle.

Binocular is 7/2 in the Champion Hurdle betting and punters will be hoping that last year’s winner rediscovers his best form in the spring.

Meanwhile, Peddlers Cross is among the more interesting participants having retained an unbeaten record to date, but he is still largely considered by many to be a bit of an unknown quantity.

Peddlers Cross is 5/1 to win the Champion Hurdle, with Hurricane Fly 9/2 to win on what will be hist first ever run in England.

A £25 stake on Peddlers Cross winning the Champion Hurdle would return £125. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.