Zanahiyr offers value as unbeaten Honeysuckle aims for Champion Hurdle double
The best four days in horse racing is set to get underway with near perfect National Hunt ground conditions and the weather is due to play ball, so all is set fair for a monumental renewal of the Cheltenham Festival.
The feature race on day is the Champion Hurdle and the unbeaten Honeysuckle is a short price at 4/7 to repeat last year’s win in the race.
She will be hard to beat but odds-on is not very attractive so I’m looking in the ‘betting without the favourite’ market for some value and Zanahiyr is the horse I’ve come down on at 6/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook.
Sent off favourite for last seasons Triumph Hurdle when a disappointing fourth, he opened his account for the season with an eight length win in Down Royal.
He has been second in three subsequent Grade Ones and chased home Honeysuckle on his most recent outing at the Dublin Racing Festival.
He has six-and-a-half lengths to find with the Henry De Bromhead mare on that running but he can win the race or finish second to Honeysuckle and you still get paid.
Champion Hurdle Odds (To win)
Appreciate It 7/2
Tommys Oscar 33/1
Saint Roi 50/1
Not So Sleepy 100/1
Glory and Fortune 150/1
Odds supplied by Betfair
The application of first time cheekpieces could eke out some additional improvement and at 6/1 he represents a nice bit of value.
Looking at the rest of the card I really like Haut En Couleurs in the ‘Arkle’ at 2.10.
From the all-conquering Closutton stable of Irish Trainer, Willie Mullins, he fell last time out but has been, by and large, a sound jumper. He has very few miles on the clock and his price looks massive each way value at 8/1.
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