Faugheen pulls out of Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival
After suffering a season ending injury, former favourite Faugheen will now miss the Champion Hurdle at next months Cheltenham Festival. With this in mind, jockey Ruby Walsh now has to make the difficult decision of who to ride in his place. With the meeting just a matter of weeks away, Walsh does not have a great deal of time to make such a crucial decision, along with the trainers themselves.
Walsh recently stated that ‘who I ride now looks very cloudy’, with alternatives Arctic Fire and Nichols Canyon seemingly his preferred options as things stand. Walsh, a 45 time Cheltenham winner, has suffered some high profile falls in recent race meetings. Whilst leading the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan last weekend, Walsh clipped the last fence, handing victory to his rival Measure of my dreams. This event occurred just a week after he had come a cropper while riding Valseur Lido at the Irish Gold Cup. However, despite this recent run of incidents, many racing industry experts are backing Walsh to regain his composure and once again demonstrate his full capabilities by the time the Cheltenham Festival comes around.
With the Champion Hurdle being one of the most prestigious races in the horse racing calendar, many will not be looking to alternatives in terms of who to put their money on, now that Faugheen is not in the picture. An outside bet for both Walsh himself, as well as the betting public would be Sempre Medici. With such races often to class to call it is important to make use of all resources with full betting coverage offered by companies such as Bell Internet Limited, it is vital to keep up to date with ever changing odds in the build up to race day.
For those of you who are attending the Festival itself, or if you are one of the millions of viewers at home, it is always one of the most exciting occasions in sport. Whether you are a seasoned professional in the horse racing game, or if this is the one time in the year when you gamble your hard earned money, Cheltenham provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy horse racing betting, whilst enjoying the atmosphere at the same time.
Bookmakers have admitted this week that Faugheen pulling out of the Champion Hurdle has saved them thousands in handouts. So for many it will be back to the drawing board as they seek to win big over the course of the four day Festival. With betting odd’s ever changing, it looks certain to be one of the most fiercely competitive meetings in recent memory.