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Binocular to take on Hurricane Fly at the Punchestown Festival

| 18.04.2011

It’s the final major National Hunt meeting of the year and the Punchestown Festival looks certain to provide punters with some incredible horse racing betting action.

With the likes of Kauto Star, Hurricane Fly, Sizing Europe and Oscars Well all in action at Punchestown, the quality of racing will be high and it doesn’t get any better than the Rabobank Champion Hurdle.

Hurricane Fly will make his first reappearance since winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and will face the 2010 Champion Hurdle winner Binocular for the first time.

After a poor run in the Aintree Hurdle Nicky Henderson will be hoping for a stronger showing from Binocular at Punchestown as he looks to retain the tag of Britain and Ireland’s champion two-miler.

16 entries have been declared for the Rabobank Champion Hurdle and they also include Menorah, Voler La Vedette and three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Quevega.

The Rabobank Champion Hurdle betting is not yet open on Ladbrokes.com but punters are able to explore the betting for the Eve Herald Champion Novice Hurdle, the Growise Champion Chase, the Boylesports.com Champion Chase and the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup.

Kauto Star currently heads the Punchestown Gold Cup betting at 6/4 with Kempes (4/1) and Nacarat (9/2) the closest to the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.

Oscars Well is expected to reverse the Cheltenham form with First Lieutenant in the Eve Herald Champion Novice Hurdle and Oscars Well is 7/4 with First Lieutenant available at 3/1 and So Young priced up at 10/3.

Big Zeb and Sizing Europe share favouritism in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at 2/1 but with Captain Cee Bee at 5/1 and Golden Silver and Tataniano at 6/1, it’s a very tight betting market.

With some of the greatest horses in training in action it’s going to be a great festival and punters should take advantage of the great value early.

A £10 stake on Nacarat winning the Punchestown Gold Cup would return £55. New customers can sign up here to receive a free horse racing bet worth up to £30.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.