Will it be Hurricane Fly or stable mate Faugheen that legendary jockey Ruby Walsh chooses for the Cheltenham Festival 2015 Champion Hurdle? While no decision has yet been made, Walsh knows one thing for sure and that’s his head will rule his heart.
Stakes are high and memories of choosing Kauto Star over Denman, and seeing the alter race up the hill ahead of him, still linger with Wlash saying: “That was sore.
“There is nothing worse than making the wrong decision. Those decisions could happen again but it wouldn’t be made for sentiment anyway.”
So will it be 11-year-old, record breaking Hurricane Fly going for his third Champion Hurdle, or just out of novices, but race favourite Faugheen?
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Walsh said: “They are both in great form at home. Hurricane, for me, is the form horse at the moment.
“Faugheen has the potential. We’ll see how they work in the next few days and we will make a decision then.
“I’m delighted with both of them. Faugheen is working really well, he is a good work horse, so you would be expecting him to.
“Hurricane Fly is definitely in really good fettle at the moment.”
There’s definitely more value to be had in backing Hurricane Fly, who is currently at 8/1 with Paddy Power Bookmakers. Faugheen may be the up and coming horse but at odds of 5/4 there’s no real value, particularly if Walsh opts for Hurricane Fly suggesting he thinks he has the better chance of the two.
Plus if the going is just on the softer sides of things it will suit Hurricane Fly more than Faugheen even if he has won all eight of his starts!
But don’t think that it’s a two horse race though, with Jezki and The New One both in form and with slightly better odds than Faugheen, it could be a great day for the Twiston-Davies if The New One gets home first – a very likely prospect and at 3/1 is worth a bet.