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13:30 Cheltenham: Diakali can get his revenge in Triumph Hurdle

| 15.03.2013

Diakali may have slightly disappointed last time out but the form of the Willie Mullins yard so far at the Cheltenham Festival suggests he may be overpriced to win the Triumph Hurdle at 10/1.

Mullins enjoyed a majestic opening two days at the Festival and Diakali was particularly highly regarded after two exceedingly comfortable victories.

He found 4/1 Triumph Hurdle contender Our Conor too good last time, but the demands of Cheltenham do present an opportunity to reverse form, assuming he can tidy up his jumping slightly.

Meanwhile, the form of this race was substantially franked by Flaxen Flare, who was only fifth at Leopardstown, but was a fairly comfortable winner of the Fred Winter on day two of the Festival.

Our Conor obviously has strong claims for the same reasons, as Ireland go in search of a first Triumph Hurdle success in over a decade.

The British challenge is headed by Rolling Star at 3/1 and he was impressive on his debut for Nicky Henderson when beating a useful sort in Irish Saint, who has franked the form since by winning the Adonis Hurdle.

Henderson has already won the Triumph Hurdle five times and of the market leaders, it may be he and not Our Conor that is the one to beat.

The other horse that is prominent in the betting is Far West, with trainer Paul Nicholls still chasing his first triumph of the Festival, excuse the pun.

Two of his last three starts have resulted in Cheltenham victories, but he has come off the bridle quite easily in these starts and he may be caught short of speed by a few of these.

Trainer John Quinn won this with 33/1 longshot Countrywide Flame last year and he looks to have the pick of the bigger-priced contenders again with Kashmir Peak.

He looked on track to make it 3-3 when unseating his rider last time and 12/1 is fair value that he finishes in the first three.

Meanwhile, punters struggling to make a firm decision on the Cheltenham Gold Cup may want to pick a horse at random with this roulette wheel.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.