Binocular has been eased to 3/1 (from 11/4) for the Champion Hurdle and Oscar Whisky cut to 11/1 (from 14/1) after trials wins.
Oscar Whisky was undoubtedly the more impressive of the two in winning the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, barely coming off the bride to record an eight length victory. Binocular also won relatively easily at Sandown but failed to impress AP McCoy who was similarly downbeat after the horse won the same race twelve months ago.
“Although both Binocular and Oscar Whisky posted reasonably facile successes this afternoon, the former wasn’t as impressive as anticipated and this adds another dimension to what is already a fascinating renewal of the Champion Hurdle,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Medermit has been cut to 6/1 (from 10/1) for the Arkle after running out the game winner for the totepool Challengers Novices’ Chase by half a length from Captain Chris. The latter has been cut to 9/1 (from 12/1) for the Jewson Novices’ Chase at the Festival with Medermit similarly trimmed to 7/1 (from 9/1) for the same race.