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Peddlers Cross Aintree 10.04.2010

Peddlers Cross: entered in the Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle

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Peddlers gears up for Festival at Musselburgh

PEDDLERS CROSS, runner-up to Hurricane Fly in the 2011 Champion Hurdle, gets the chance to go on trial for next month's World Hurdle after Musselburgh was deemed fit to race on Wednesday.

Officials at the track had planned to inspect at 8am, but no check was necessary which will delight Donald McCain, who trains Peddlers Cross.

He failed to make the grade as a chaser last season so McCain has switched his one-time stable star back to hurdles.

The eight-year-old is again entered in the Champion Hurdle, but ranges from 25-1 to 50-1 in the betting for that, while Ladbrokes make him 10-1 for the 3m World Hurdle which they sponsor.

Owned by Tim Leslie, Peddlers Cross tackles 2m6f for the first time in Musselburgh's conditions hurdle - added to the card under an initiative whereby trainers can suggest to the BHA races they would like to see programmed.

McCain, who ran the son of Oscar in a jumpers' bumper last month, said: "He's a very good hurdler and wasn't bought to win a Flat race at Kempton. We went there to do a job, I was happy with him and he came back well. He's ready to go and after the race we'll see where we stand."

Thurles also faced an inspection, but was given the go-ahead as well, while there are all-weather meetings at Lingfield, Southwell and Kempton.

good, good to firm in places
Thurles heavy
Lingfield standard
Southwell standard
Kempton standard

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