Binocular out of the Champion Hurdle
We wake to the news reigning Champion Hurdler Binocular will not be returning to defend his throne for a second year, with JP McManus' charge absent from the 10 declarations on Sunday morning.
As a result, Supreme Novice Champion Menorah is now William Hill's 3-1 market leader ahead of Irish hope Hurricane Fly at 7-2, and unbeaten Neptune Investments hero Peddlers Cross at 4-1.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said 'This certainly takes some shine off what is one of the most eagerly-anticipated races of the week, however it definitely means that a new name will be etched into the Champion Hurdle roll of honour, and we install Supreme victor Menorah as our 3-1 market leader.'
Stan James Champion Hurdle (NRNB): 3-1 Menorah, 7-2 Hurricane Fly, 4-1 Peddlers Cross, 7-1 Oscar Whisky, 9-1 Dunguib, 12-1 Khyber Kim, 14-1 Mille Chief, 25-1 Thousand Stars, 40-1 Overturn, 50-1 Clerk's Choice, 150-1 Bygones of Brid (E/W 1/4 1,2,3)
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