Darlan slashed for Cheltenham

  • Last Updated: December 27 2012, 13:18 GMT

Darlan is the new favourite for the Stan James Champion Hurdle after blitzing his rivals in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

Darlan: New favourite for the Champion Hurdle
Darlan: New favourite for the Champion Hurdle

Nicky Henderson's five-year-old has been cut him from 8/1 to 7/2 favourite for the big race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival by the sponsors.

Runner-up Raya Star impressed having moved up from handicaps and Stan James have cut Alan King's inmate from 33/1 to 16/1.

Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame was something of a disappointment and he has been pushed him out from 9/1 to 16/1 with Supreme winner Cinders And Ashes out from 16/1 to 20/1.

Rory Jiwani of Stan James said: "Darlan showed a devastating turn of foot to leave his rivals standing and we make that the best performance by a two-mile hurdler this season"

He has been cut from 10s down to 7/2 favourite for the Champion Hurdle by BetVictor while Sky Bet make him 4/1 (was 9/1).

Long Run remains 7/1 unchanged for the Gold Cup with Ladbrokes after winning the King George right on the line from Captain Chris

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Long Run got up on the line to the delight of Boxing Day punters.

"Had Captain Chris held on in the final run-in we'd have enjoyed an enormous swing in fortunes but in the end the punters had the last laugh."

Boylesports and Paddy Power are a best price of 8/1 for Long Run to regain his crown at Cheltenham with Coral going just 5/1.

Sky Bet were really taken with the performance of Dynaste in the Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton and make him 2/1 favourite (from 9/2) for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

The six year old made it three from three this season over fences with the minimum of fuss as he thrashed Hadrian's Approach by nine lengths under Tom Scudamore.

BetVictor cut Dynaste from 5/1 to 5/2 for the RSA Chase and that is the best price he can be supported at with a number of firms.

Sky Bet have introduced River Maigue at 12/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival following his eyecatching win at Kempton.

Nicky Henderson's inmate stepped up on his Cheltenham reappearance to readily draw clear of his rivals by seven lengths.

Bet365 slashed his odds from 20s down to 10s while Ladbrokes were the most impressed and go 8/1 from 16s for the March contest.

Arvika Ligeonniere was cut to 6/1 (from 7s) by Ladbrokes for the Arkle after winning at Leopardstown in Ireland from Oscars Well (unchanged 8/1).