Serious 33/1 place claims for Solwhit at Cheltenham

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Solwhit looks the each-way steal at 33/1 in the Champion Hurdle betting, given his recent form with leading contender Hurricane Fly.

Hurricane Fly is at the forefront of the Cheltenham odds at 9/2 and proved he is in optimum shape ahead of the race with a straight-forward victory in the Irish Champions Hurdle at Leopardstown.

This made it seven wins in eight starts for Hurricane Fly and it would be a major surprise if he was not in contention jumping the final flight of the Champion Hurdle.

If this is the case then there is every chance that Solwhit will also be close by, based on the results between the two in the last 12 months.

Solwhit has won one of his last five races, but fascinatingly he has finished second on each of the other four occasions, all behind Hurricane Fly.

Furthermore, Solwhit has always been within four lengths of Hurricane Fly and a repeat at Cheltenham would surely see him battling for a place.

Meanwhile, with the early pace liable to be quick in the Champion Hurdle, the race is liable to be run in a way to suit the strengths of Solwhit.

Charles Byrnes’ horse struggles if a race is run at a slow pace and effectively becomes a sprint over the latter stages.

However, if a strong gallop is maintained and the two-mile showdown becomes as much of a stamina test as possible, he must be given an each-way chance, particularly with the demanding Cheltenham hill to be climbed after they jump the final hurdle.

His each-way credentials may be boosted further should the ground be soft or heavy at Cheltenham, opposed to good or fast ground.

A £25 stake on Solwhit winning the Champion Hurdle would return £825. 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.