After an action-packed couple of days at Cheltenham, the main talking point was the disappointing display from Goshen in the International Hurdle on Saturday.
Touted as a potential superstar, he failed to deliver this weekend, putting a massive dent in his Champion Hurdle aspirations.
Read on as we check out the latest Champion Hurdle betting news and odds following a cracking weekend of racing at Cheltenham.
Song For Someone
Successfully selected as our top Odds Pick on Saturday, Song For Someone dug deep to lift the International Hurdle at odds of 6/1 – winner winner, chicken dinner!
His odds for Champion Hurdle success were immediately cut to 20/1 at Betfair, but connections were quick to warn that he might not even make the line up for the big one come March.
The Festival going will be key, with Song For Someone preferring some juice in the ground – he could well skip Cheltenham and aim for the Aintree Hurdle on Grand National day instead.
Big things were expected from Goshen this season after his dominant performance before falling at the final flight in the Triumph Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
He returned to Cheltenham on Saturday as the short-priced favourite for the International Hurdle but was in trouble a long way out, and it was reported post-race that he had an irregular heartbeat.
It’s always tough for juvenile hurdlers to make the step up to taking on the big boys, and it could just be that Goshen isn’t quite the machine that many thought.
He’s now a top price of 25/1 with Unibet to win the Champion Hurdle come March, which at this stage, seems a little more like fantasy than reality.
Epatante may have spent the weekend safely tucked up in her stable but that didn’t stop bookies shortening the odds on her retaining her Champion Hurdle crown.
With Goshen failing to spark, Epatante is now a best-priced 6/4 at 888sport to make it back-to-back Champion Hurdle successes.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.