Rock on ruby wins champion hurdle betting
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Rock On Ruby provided the big surprise on day one of the Cheltenham Festival when taking the Stan James Champion Hurdle by a stunning three. According to the betting, Rock On Ruby was not even the main contender from the champion trainer's yard, as he started at while Zarkandar. Harry Fry reports Rock On Ruby to be "as good as he has been all season" ahead of the defence of his StanJames Champion Hurdle crown a week. FOREX AUTO TRADER REVIEWS
The race was set up perfectly by the Donald McCain-trained Overturn, who set a ferocious pace; however, he found no extra coming up the hill and had to be content with second place. Rock On Ruby was given a peach of a ride by Noel Fehily and ran out a 3.
Johnson just held off a well-timed challenge from winner New Story, with outsider Wedger Pardy in third and Sizing Australia fourth. The race will no doubt be remembered for the sad loss of both Garde Champetre and Scotsirish. White Star Line stumbled home in second, with Owen Glendower back in third.
Binocular, winner of the race in , tracked Hurricane Fly for most of the race having been held up at the back of the field. He, too, made late ground to finish fourth, but as with the majority of the field, it was all too late.
Fehily said: "I went down and schooled him earlier in the week and he felt amazing. It's a really tremendous effort and everyone is going to be thrilled. He was a bit shelly and a bit light. He's a good man and has got a great winner. This is awesome. This is what you dream of. With Richard Barber and Paul, you wouldn't ask for better. We didn't come here to finish second best. We were here to win and he's come and done it.
It's a brilliant day. His jumping was quicksilver.
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He, too, made late ground to finish fourth, but as with the majority of the field, it was all too late. Fehily said: 'I went down and schooled him earlier in the week and he felt amazing. It's a really tremendous effort and everyone is going to be thrilled. He was a bit shelly and a bit light. He's a good man and has got a great winner. This is awesome. This is what you dream of. With Richard Barber and Paul, you wouldn't ask for better.
Winners of the Triumph Hurdle rarely go on to win, the last to do so being Katchit in The Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park has proved to be the best trial in recent seasons. Champion Hurdle Betting Trends Favourites have a good record in recent years, winning six of the ten renewals between and Hurricane Fly was a successful favourite in but was beaten at odds-on when third to Rock On Ruby the following year.
He reversed those places when starting favourite in Faugheen and Annie Power were also well-backed favourites for Willie Mullins when scoring in and That was the longest priced winner of the race since Punjabi won at in Beech Road was the biggest priced winner in modern times, springing a shock in For Auction at and Hardy Eustace at were other notable outsiders to win this race.
Epatante favourite provided JP with his ninth suucess in Champion Hurdle Stats Horses aged 6 to 8 have the best record in this Grade 1 race. Sea Pigeon became the oldest winner in the race for 30 years when scoring at the age of eleven in Most Champion Hurdlers had either won or been placed in their last race before Cheltenham. Many of them had recorded at least one graded victory and raced within seven weeks of the Festival meeting.
Top Trainers and Jockeys of the Champion Hurdle Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in the history of the race with eight winners. Three of those came with the brilliant but fragile See You Then His last three winners raced in the colours of JP McManus who has now won the race a record nine times.