Ruby cut to defend Cheltenham title

  • Last Updated: February 4 2013, 15:40 GMT

Rock On Ruby is 6/1 to win the Champion Hurdle with Sky Bet after he landed the 32Red Listed Hurdle at Doncaster.

Rock On Ruby has been cut to defend his crown

The race was marred by a fatal fall for Nicky Henderson's Darlan, who had looked poised to win under AP McCoy before crashing out at the final flight.

Hurricane Fly is now shorter than 2/1 for the first time this seasonat 7/4, while Grandouet and Zarkandar can be backed at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively.

Cinders And Ashes is 12/1 ahead of 14/1 shot Binocular, while Doncaster second Countrywide Flame is also 14s.

Sky Bet have trimmed Oscar Whisky to 12/1 although he's available at 25s elsewhere, Cotton Mill is 16/1 ahead of his reappearance in the Betfair Hurdle and it's 20/1 bar.

Earlier on the card, Henderson saddled a double courtesy of Utopie Des Bordes and Minella Forfitness and both were cut for their potential Cheltenham assignments.

The former has entries in all three novice hurdles and is 33/1 for the Supreme, the same price quoted about Minella Forfitness.

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