Unexposed Melon Should Be Too Juicy For Experienced International Hurdle Rivals
Saturday 16th December 2017, 3.05pm - International Hurdle (Cheltenham)
A busy day at Cheltenham continues on Saturday afternoon with the International Hurdle taking the lion share of the spotlight. Rooster Booster was the last horse to win the International and Champion Hurdle in the same season, and once again we have a stellar field engaged for the Grade 2 contest.
- No horse has ever won the International Hurdle more than three times - The New One is going for a 4th win this weekend
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The New One Aiming To Make History
The New One has made this race his own in recent years with three wins in the contest for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and he is on the verge of making his own piece of history.
As it stands, he is level with Relkeel and Birds Nest on three wins in the Champion Hurdle trial race, and a win this weekend will see him become the first four time winner. The 9YO continues to perform well despite his advancing years, and put in a good effort last time out when 4th in the Greatwood Hurdle off of top weight.
He loves the course and distance as we know, and plenty will be backing him for a famous win at 2/1 with bet365.
It won't be easy for him though as he comes up against an old rival in My Tent Or Yours (5/1), and a new one in the form of Melon.
My Tent Or Yours has been something of a legend for Nicky Henderson and was 2nd behind The New One in this contest last year. Also 2nd in three Champion Hurdles, the 10YO always travels well through his races, but you would be surprised if he was good enough in this company at his age.
Melon Has To Be The One
Melon is the young upstart from Ireland and is the one we are still not sure how good he is at this stage. The Willie Mullins trained 5YO was 2nd in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle back in March, and made an impressive winning return in the Grade 2 at Down Royal last month. This is another step up for him but if he is the each way Champion Hurdle contender many believe he is, then Melon is the one to beat at 2/1 with bet365.com.
Old Guard (12/1) has to be respected as a former winner but looks to have a bit to find this time, whilst similar comments apply to Chi'Tibello (8/1) who shouldn't be good enough. On balance, Melon has to be the one given his talent and ability to improve, and the fact that Willie Mullins is sending him over is a tip in itself.
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*Odds correct as of 15th Dec, 14:31. Odds are subject to change.
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