Willie Mullins horse halved in price for Cheltenham Champion Hurdle success

Wille Mullins has some decent chances on opening day.

County Hurdle winner Saint Roi returned to action with a comfortable success in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle at Tipperary under Mark Walsh on Sunday.

It was a lovely reappearance from the five-year-old gelding on good to soft ground. They didn’t go much of a gallop and as a result he wasn’t always fluent over his hurdles.

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Nonetheless, connections will be very pleased with that performance. Willie Mullins will be delighted as he netted the first two races on the card, a brace of Grade 3’s.

Mark Walsh steadied him into the last hurdle where he was clumsy and lost momentum. It was a lazy jump but the response was excellent when he was asked to quicken.

He clearly has a huge tank and is an exciting horse for owner JP McManus. The Irish owner has farmed the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for the past decade and more.

When this horse gets a stronger pace to aim at in a larger field, he will be seen to best effect. There is a long way to go between now and March but the excitement is already flowing for the national hunt season.

Saint Roi looked electric when winning the County Hurdle at the Festival in March and the form of that race has worked out extremely well. Aramon in second has been in scintillating form since and is another who could line up in the big race in March.

Punters are already latching on to this horse for the showpiece race on the Tuesday. Some firms have already cut the horse from 20/1 into 10/1 minutes after the race.

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