Hurricane Fly Fails to Impress

  • Last Updated: November 18 2012, 15:17 GMT

Hurricane Fly made a winning return to action in the Morgiana Hurdle but failed to impress the bookmakers.

Captain Conan: Cut for the Arkle
Captain Conan: Cut for the Arkle

Ladbrokes were first to push him out to 5/1 for next year's Champion Hurdle but that was a price soon bettered by William Hill, who offer a standout 6/1.

Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes said: "Hurricane Fly struggled to impose his supremacy on a small field of rivals.

"It wasn't the kind of reappearance to strike fear into the other Champion Hurdle contenders and we're happy to push him out in the antepost market."

Instead it was Go Native who caught the eye of the layers, having looked to be travelling powerfully before coming down at the last.

William Hill, Coral and bet365 all cut Noel Meade's charge to 14/1 having seen enough in his performance to think he can pose a serious threat come March.

"Hurricane Fly remains a worthy favourite for the Champion Hurdle after a winning seasonal start, but Go Native was making an encouraging return to hurdling action and was the mover in the antepost market," said Coral's David Stevens.

Paddy Power, Betfred and Blue Square were less impressed, cutting Go Native to an industry-best 20/1, while Staying Article's victory at Cork saw him trimmed to 33/1 in places, although 50s remains readily available.

Over at Cheltenham, Captain Conan made a winning debut over fences and was widely cut for the Arkle, with only Ladbrokes unconvinced - they left him unchanged at a standout 10/1.

Sky Bet were taken with the performance and cut him to 7/1 from 9/1, as Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners confirmed: "That was a fairly impressive chasing debut from Captain Conan against 140-plus rated horses.

"The vibes were good for him beforehand - there had been Arkle support for him in the run-up to today's race - and he's gone and proved his appetite for the chasing game today.

"It was on soft ground and he hasn't bolted up but he won the race with a fluent leap at the last and his Festival chances are respected."

In the same market, Oscars Well is out to 16/1 with Ladbrokes having unseated his rider at Punchestown, while several firms trimmed Cheltenham runner-up Sire De Grugy to the same price.

Wishfull Thinking's relatively straightforward success in the Schloer Chase saw him cut to 14/1 for the Ryanair Chase by bet365 and Stan James, although Sky Bet remain firm at 25s.

Similarly, Sky Bet offer a standout 40/1 about Wishfull Thinking in their King George VI Chase market.