Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

Irving Goes Odds-on after Victory Signs out

Irving is the odds-on favourite with William Hill for this weekend’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle after Sign Of A Victory and Purple Bay bypassed the contest. Paul Nicholls’ promising hurdler has been trimmed to 10-11 favourite from 7-4, as his task now looks significantly easier.


Irving is currently a 25-1 chance for the Champion Hurdle and could take another step forward at Newcastle to enhance his claims for the Cheltenham Festival.


“While it won’t be a walkover for Irving, his future market price for the Champion Hurdle could be significantly affected by how he performs at Newcastle,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


William Hill have priced up the double – to win the Fighting Fifth and the Champion Hurdle – for which he is a 40-1 chance.


Fighting Fifth Hurdle: 10-11 Irving, 3-1 Arctic Fire, Aurore D’Estruval, 12-1 Sea Lord, 50-1 Swaledale Lad, 500-1 Volcanic Jack, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Champion Hurdle: 2-1 Faugheen, 7-2 The New One, 11-2 Jezki, 10-1 Annie Power, 14-1 Hurricane Fly, 25-1 Irving, Sign Of A Victory, Vaniteux, 33-1 Tiger Roll, Zamdy Man, 40-1 Calipto, Clever Cookie, Garde La Victoire, 50-1 Purple Bay, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


To Win The 2014 Fighting Fifth And 2015 Champion Hurdle: 40-1 Irving