Oscar Whisky leading Champion Hurdle hope after Cheltenham G2 win

Bookmakers rate Oscar’s son Oscar Whisky (6g Oscar-Ash Baloo, by Phardante) just a 6/1 chance for the Champion Hurdle after an impressive success in the G2 Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Last season’s G1 Aintree Hurdle hero has now won eight of his 11 starts for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner Dai Walters following his length and three-quarters defeat of Get Me Out Of Here in the two and a half mile contest at Cheltenham.

“He jumped beautifully, he got racing quite early and I suspect Barry (Geraghty) didn’t think they had gone a great gallop. This is a good trip for him,” Henderson told Press Association Sport. “He jumped beautifully all the way, he got racing quite early – I know Barry wanted to hold on a bit longer but I suspect they didn’t go a great gallop early. He was racing two out and he’s quickened up nicely. That is a good trip for him.

“He has to go to the Welsh Champion Hurdle (at the Walters-owned Ffos Las), although the timings aren’t great and I’m not sure what to do with him between now and February.”

Oscar Whisky was bred by Stephanie Hanly and having been bought for 36,000 euros as a yearling by Norman Williamson, he was resold for 80,000 euros to Walters as a three-year-old at the 2008 Goffs Land Rover Sale.

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