Punjabi (grey silks): could bid to win for the first time since the FestivalPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Punjabi favourite for Welsh Champion Hurdle
REIGNING Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle hero Punjabi has been made the even-money favourite by William Hill for the revived Welsh equivalent after headlining a 12-horse entry for Saturday's Ffos Las showpiece.
Should the weather relent and enable Ffos Las to stage theSIS Live Welsh Champion Hurdle, a race staged at Chepstow until being axed early in the last decade, Punjabi will bid to win for the first time since his Cheltenham triumph.
The Alan King-trained Medermit, who finished in front of Punjabi in last month's Boylesports.com International, is the next highest-rated horse in the £50,000 contest, which has attracted Irish hurdlers De Valira, Donnas Palm and Won In The Dark.
William Hogarth, who had been set to contest Saturday's abandoned Tolworth Hurdle, could race for Wales and trainer Keith Goldsworthy, while the host countrycould also be represented by the Alison Thorpe-trained Treaty Flyer.
SIS Live Welsh Champion Hurdle
William Hill: Evens Punjabi, 5-2 Medermit, 7-2 Donnas Palm, 12-1 De Valira, 14-1 Blue Bajan, 16-1 Won In The Dark, 20-1 Red Moloney, 25-1 Mutual Friend, 33-1 Treaty Flyer, 50-1 Nortonthorpe Lad, William Hogarth, 200-1 Dreams Jewel
Paddy Power: 10-11 Punjabi, 11-4 Medermit, 10-3 Donnas Palm, 16 Blue Bajan, 20 Red Moloney, 25 Mutual Friend, De Valira, 33 Won In The Dark, Treaty Flyer, 40 Nortonthorpe Lad, 66 William Hogarth, 200 Dreams Jewel