Horse Racing Cheltenham Festival By Jon Ivan-Duke

Ups and Downs for Twiston-Davies

Nigel Twiston-Davies experienced mixed fortunes in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham. The New One ran out a good winner of the race with jockey Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle, but Mad Moose could well have seen his final start under rules after refusing to race again in his first race back from a ban.


The New One is now 11-4 second-favourite (from 7-2) with William Hill to land the Champion Hurdle in March.


“The New One has done everything expected of him, but it wasn’t enough to usurp Faugheen at the head of the Champion Hurdle betting,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


William Hill’s ‘Mad Moose Special’ market was popular with punters – although the majority were optimistic he would race.


“Our customers were optimistic that Mad Moose would race today, with more bets placed on him to clear the first flight (odds of 1-2) than refuse to race (6-4). Once again, the quirky horse has cost punters.”


Champion Hurdle: 2-1 Faugheen, 11-4 The New One, 11-2 Jezki, 10-1 Annie Power, 14-1 Hurricane Fly, 16-1 Irving, 25-1 Sign Of A Victory, 33-1 Tiger Roll, 40-1 Calipto, Clever Cookie, Garde La Victoire, Vaniteux, 50-1 Purple Bay, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)