The Champion Hurdle betting this year has revolved around four horses but perhaps one that the punters have forgotten is the experienced Khyber Kim who of course chased Binocular home at the festival last season. Nigel Twiston-Davies has certainly not forgotten him, and following a pleasing racecourse gallop at Kempton over the weekend he certainly believes he could once again run a massive race. Khyber Kim was the only horse to get anywhere near Binocular in the Champion Hurdle last season and on that form he certainly deserves some serious respect once again despite the fact he is now a nine-year-old. We have only seen him once this season when below par at Kempton in the Christmas Hurdle when fourth, he will have come on for that run no doubt and along with a pleasing gallop at Kempton is reported to be in top shape for the Champion Hurdle.
It is well worth noting that Khyber Kim was a Grade 1 winner just last April when winning the Aintree Hurdle at the Grand National meeting, and although he will be facing much stronger opposition in the Champion Hurdle he could prove great value at his current price of around 20/1. Nigel Twiston-Davies appears to be very happy about his team heading to the Cheltenham Festival in a couple of weeks as he bids to emulate last year's heroics. The star of the team will of course be Imperial Commander who will be going to Cheltenham to defend the Gold Cup he won last season, and he is the favourite in the betting to do just that. He is also reported to have had an excellent gallop at Kempton at the weekend and is now all systems go to rematch with old foes like Kauto Star and Denman. One perhaps lesser known horse in the Twiston-Davies yard is Sybarite who has had a good novice season over hurdles; he is set to take in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle at the Festival and could be set for a big future if connections are to be believed.