Hurricane Fly has made his long awaited seasonal debut at Leopardstown and he did not disappoint his loyal band of followers. The Willie Mullins horse simply hacked up to win the Irish Champion Hurdle over the weekend and has been slashed in the Champion Hurdle Betting for Cheltenham as a result. There had been one or two doubts about the fitness of the 2011 Champion Hurdler earlier in the season but his run at Leopardstown put those worries to bed. Ruby Walsh was motionless on board Hurricane Fly as he slammed top class rivals like Oscars Well and Thousand Stars with the bookmakers impressed. The Champion Hurdle betting at the Festival is now looking lop sided with Hurricane Fly odds on with most firms after his comfortable success.
The Champion Hurdle is many punters favourite race of the season and with Hurricane Fly now in full flow he will be all the rage in the build up to the Festival in March. Many believe that Hurricane Fly is the best hurdler of his generation and the latest betting certainly does seem to back up those claims. Punters wanting to look at horses to oppose Hurricane Fly at Cheltenham may want to have a look at the exciting Grandouet who is a highly progressive sort. The Nicky Henderson horse is only five so does have something to find but his form this season has been impressive and he could be on an upward curve which is a benefit. Another contender to consider is Zarkandar who is yet to have a run this season after his Triumph Hurdle win in 2011 and at this stage he could still be anything. Grandouet and Zarkandar look to be up and coming horses but they will face an almighty task up against Hurricane fly who has to be the one to beat at Cheltenham if he arrives fit and well.