Superb Binocular heads the Champion Hurdle betting

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Following Binocular’s superb display when demolishing the Christmas Hurdle field at Kempton on Saturday, the 2011 Champion Hurdle odds have altered dramatically.

Binocular has been slashed into 5/2 from 4/1 to win the Champion Hurdle and Menorah and Hurricane Fly, who were co-favourites with Binocular at 4/1, are now out to 5/1 in the Champion Hurdle betting.

Having been beaten convincingly by Peddlers Cross (6/1 to win the Champion Hurdle) at Newbury last time out, Binocular had a lot to prove if he is to garner support in favour of consecutive Champion Hurdles, and he responded well to his critics.

But those who have tipped Binocular for a consecutive victory will be enjoying themselves this morning and Binocular has always been the favourite in the ante-post 2011 Champion Hurdle betting market.

And the news gets worse for Binocular’s rivals in the 2011 Champion Hurdle betting market after AP McCoy suggested there’s more to come from the horse.

“He’s getting there,” said AP McCoy. “His hurdling was pretty accurate off a good gallop on testing ground.”

“I still think it’s a good bit below his Champion Hurdle performance, but it was an improvement on Newbury (third in Fighting Fifth Hurdle) which is what we wanted.”

The Champion Hurdle is the most prestigious race for the horses that run over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival, and Binocular would join a list of 12 greats that have won the Champion Hurdle on consecutive occasions.

Cheltenham Festival betting is a great way to make the most of the ‘blue riband’ event in the National Hunt calendar, and on the back of his performance on Saturday, Binocular looks like one of the value bets of the festival.

Master Minded, Cue Card and Big Bucks have all put forward strong cases for a win at the Cheltenham Festival, and they are all short price favourites in their respective races.

A £25 stake on Binocular winning the Champion Hurdle would return £150. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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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.