Zarkandar 8/1 fav for Betfred Hurdle

Updated: January 12, 2012

Triumph Hurdle winner Zarkandar was on Wednesday installed as the 8/1 favourite for the Betfred Hurdle at Newbury on February 11th.

The Betfred, more commonly known as the Totesport Trophy, could be the starting point for the Paul Nicholls trained gelding who is high up in the ante post lists for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.

Speaking to the Racing Post on Wednesday, Betfred spokesman George Primarolo said “It will be interesting to see if Paul Nicholls uses the Betfair Hurdle as a prep race for Zarkandar ahead of the Champion Hurdle and he’ll have to go close off a mark of 151 if he is to trouble the likes of Hurricane Fly at Cheltenham in March.”

Along with Zarkandar, Nicholls could run Rock On Ruby, narrowly touched off by Binocular in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, and Brampour.

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