Jezki slashed for Champion Hurdle

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: April 23 2013, 19:24 BST

Jezki is as short as 6/1 for next year's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham following an impressive victory at the Punchestown Festival.

Jezki (l) was a clear winner at Punchestown
Jezki (l) was a clear winner at Punchestown

Jessica Harrington's star streaked home by 16 lengths to win the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle on Tuesday.

The performance prompted Paddy Power to slash their price into 6/1 from 14s. William Hill, however, are prepared to offer 12/1.

Sky Bet went into 10s from 16s about Jezki's chances and their Michael Shinners said: "That was an impressive run.

"Jezki went away well in the final stages and looks like he could challenge at next year's Cheltenham Festival."

This year's Triumph Hurdle winner Our Conor is the current favourite for the race on best price. Several firms will give you 5/1.

This year's champion hurdler, Hurricane Fly, is favourite with some firms but is offered at a top price of 6/1 (Stan James).

My Tent Or Yours (7/1) and The New One (8/1) are also prominent in the market for what, at present, looks set to be a competitive race.

The headline act of the first day of the Festival, Sprinter Sacre, was left largely unchanged in the ante-post markets after winning the Boylesports.com Champion Chase.

Sizing Europe made things harder than many expected but could still only get within five and a half lengths at the finish.

Sprinter Sacre is 1/2 with Paddy Power and sportingbet - the latter pushed their price out from 4/9 - to successfully defend his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.

Nicky Henderson's charge is also quoted for the King George VI Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup - both over much further distances than he has raced so far.

Paddy Power offer 4/1 about the horse winning the three-mile King George at Kempton on Boxing Day; William Hill are more wary at 6/4.

And some firms price up his Gold Cup chances - bet365 offer a standout 10/1 in that market.

The Gold Cup is run over three miles and two and a half furlongs. The Champion Chase distance is just two miles.

Sizing Europe went in from 25/1 to 14s for the Champion Chase with bet365 after his run. Stan James and sportingbet were still prepared to offer 40/1 though.

The other big race of the day, the Growise Champion Novice Chase, was won by 14/1 outsider Mount Bnbulben, who was given a 33/1 quote by Sky Bet for the Gold Cup.

Paddy Power and BetVictor offer 20s about the horse winning the King George.

Boston Bob was lengthened to the same price by the same firm after falling.