Hurdle: Sizing Europe, Sublimity and Osana favourite
one day away from the start of the 2008 Cheltenham Festival and
the feature race on Tuesday, the Champion Hurdle, and the
favourites are clear - Sublimity, Osana and Sizing Europe. At
the U.K. licensed European online bookmaker
Bet365 (official website),
Ireland's Sizing Europe, trained by H. De Bromhead and owned by
Mr. Alan Potts, is listed as the most likely winner of the 2008
Champion Hurdle with odds 9/4. Jockey will be A. J. Mcnamara,
who has won 10 of the total 51 races he took part in, while
Sizing Europe raced 5 times within the last year, winning three
of those races.
According to the odds makers, on Tuesday
Sizing Europe will meet the toughest competitor - last year's
Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity. At Bet365 the odds on
Sublimity to win the 2008 Hurdle are sitting at 5/1, way behind
Sizing Europe but a favourtie nonetheless. The eight-year-old
left two former champions trailing in his wake 12 months ago
when he sprinted away from Hardy Eustace and Brave Inca, but
because he has only been seen once since, he arrives at
Cheltenham Racecourse with it all to prove once again. Sublimity
is trained by John Carr, owned by Mr. W. Hennessy and jockey on
Tuesday will be Philip Carberry. According to many horse racing
experts, Sublimity remains the best bet on the 2008 Champion
Osana, trained by D. Pipe and owned by Mr
Thomas Barr, is third on the betting sheets with odds to win the
2008 Champion Hurdle matching those of Sublimity at 5/1.
Harchibald, trained by N. Meade and owned by Mr. D. P. Sharkey,
comes fourth in odds, listed at 7/1 with the British bookie.
Harchibald was the runner-up in 2005 and on Tuesday the jockey
will be Paul Carberry, to add a little brotherly rivalry to the
Click here to see the full list
of the 2008 Champion Hurdle betting odds.
There are two contenders that will not
start for the 2008 Champion Hurdle. De Valira, who was due to be
ridden by Ruby Walsh, has been pulled out after an injury picked
up schooling, and Noel Meade's Jazz Messenger will also miss the
Cheltenham race on Tuesday. The 2008 Champion Hurdle will start
on Tuesday at 3:15pm.