New order for Champion Hurdle

  • By: Ben Coley
  • Last Updated: March 11 2014, 18:20 GMT

The New One heads the betting for the 2015 Champion Hurdle after finishing an unlucky third behind Jezki on Tuesday.

The New One: Powered home for a luckless third
The New One: Powered home for a luckless third

Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, the six-year-old suffered interference when Our Conor suffered a fatal fall but rallied superbly to be beaten under three lengths at the line.

My Tent Or Yours also ran superbly to finish second, beaten a neck, but all three could have their work cut out to beat Vautour should he be kept to hurdling next season.

Trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, the five-year-old produced an electric performance to win the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle by six lengths and joins the first three home in the Champion at the top of the market for next year's renewal.

Unsurprisingly, there are mixed views between the layers but The New One is favourite at a general 6/1 and as short as 4/1 with Coral, who also make Jezki 4/1 compared to William Hill's 7/1.

My Tent Or Yours is 7/1 with both bet365 and William Hill, while Vautour is no bigger than Paddy Power's 8/1 and this year's sponsors, Stan James, actually bet 5/1 each of four.

Sky Bet offer 6/1 about all four horses and their Michael Shinners said: "It's hard to split the three main protagonists from this year's race based on Tuesday's evidence and Vautour looked to be potentially from the top drawer when winning the Sky Bet Supreme."

The Supreme winner may well prove an able substitute for Hurricane Fly, who found precious little for pressure to finish a well-beaten fourth having been sent off favourite for the Champion and is 16/1 to win back his crown next year, when he'll be 11 years of age.

However, those wishing to back Vautour must also consider the possibility that he's sent chasing, and William Hill make him a 7/1 chance for the 2015 Arkle Trophy compared to the 9/2 offered by Stan James.

This year's renewal went the way of 33/1 outsider Western Warhorse, who touched 999/1 in-running on Betfair before battling to victory over Champagne Fever.

BetVictor aren't totally convinced by the performance of the winner, whose future may lie over further, and make him 25/1 for the 2015 Queen Mother Champion Chase which is a standout price.

Champagne Fever ranges from the 6/1 offered by Stan James to William Hill's 12/1, but again it's possible he'll be campaigned over further and Friday's revised 2015 Gold Cup market may prove more relevant.

Mullins' successful day continued when he saddled a one-two in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, with 8/11 favourite Quevega winning the race for a record-breaking sixth year in succession.

William Hill offer 3/1 that she makes it seven next year and their Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Quevega is one of the greatest mares ever to grace Prestbury Park and she has set a record that may never be beaten."

In the top jockey betting, Walsh already looks to have things sewn up.

After two winners and a second place on day one, Walsh - out at evens on Monday - has hardened to 1/5 in Ladbrokes' market. However, Betfred were still offering 2/5 on Tuesday evening.

David Williams, of Ladbrokes, said: "Even without a win for Hurricane Fly we're in the usual position of getting very close to pulling down the shutters on the top jockey market. Ruby is in a brilliant position to claim the crown yet again."

It would be the eighth time in 11 years Walsh has been the Festival's top rider.

Similarly Mullins has been slashed in the top trainer market - bet365 now offer 1/5.

Mullins and Walsh team up again on Wednesday with Faugheen and Ballycasey the best-price favourites for the opening two races - the Neptune Novices' Hurdle and the RSA Chase.

  • Posted at 1645 GMT & updated at 1820 GMT on 11/03/2014.