Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted: 31 Dec 2010 05:14 AM PST
The propects of an exciting day of racing action at Kempton on Boxing Day increased following a successful inspection by the clerk of course. Assuming that there is no further heavy snowfall over the next few days then the Christmas Hurdle will be expected to produced another superb race this year.
Those who get free bets note that the Grade 1 race is held over two miles with eight hurdles and the chatter within racing circles regards the prospects of last season's Champion Hurdle winner, Binocular.
The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old is currently available at a best price of 2/1 and is expected to put in a strong performance against a number of strong contenders. The odds might have been expected to open a bit tighter but a poor run in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle has led to some doubts with the punters. The defeat on that day was to a well-prepared Peddlars Cross and another Donald McCain-trained horse, Overturn, is due to run as part of the field on Sunday. At 8/1 this certainly allows an Each-Wy punt but another that is well-fancied in the betting market is Khyber Kim. The horse has been reported to be in good sorts with Nigel Twiston-Davies and is second favourite to grab the win (10/3).
Others in with a chance according to those who Bet with Paypal include Oscar Whiskey (10/1) and Escortman (12/1) but all eyes will be on Binocluar. The performance will be expected to quickly reflect in the ante-post betting market for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 2011 with Binocluar currently proced at (5/1), slightly behind the favoutrite Menorah (4/1).
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