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Welsh Champion Hurdle - 31st January, 2015

Paul Nicholls's Silsol was a fine winner at Newbury two starts ago, but he was unable to land a blow on Ladbrokes World Hurdle hope Rock On Ruby when the pair clashed at Cheltenham and the Ditcheat inmate will be aiming to return to winning ways on Saturday when trying to carry top weight to victory in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las.

Oscar Sunset was a winner last time out Taunton for Evan Williams and he will be aiming to build on that effort in this 2m 4f contest, whilst David Pipe's Taj Badalandabad will hope to make the most of a real featherweight at the bottom of the handicap and warrants respect.

Oliver Sherwood's Puffin Billy will return to the hurdling sphere after falling over fences at Ascot last time out and if he can recapture his best form then he will be a significant challenger for this prize, whilst Rebecca Curtis's Foryourinformation appears on the upgrade and will bid for back-to-back victories.

Nigel Twiston-Davies's A Doll In Milan was another that was seen in the winner's enclosure last time out and if progressing can be a factor, with the likes of Little Boy Boru and Kayf Moss adding more depth to a highly-competitive renewal at the Welsh venue.

Latest Betting for 2015 Welsh Champion Hurdle

4/1 Foryourinformation

6/1 Silsol

7/1 Oscar Sunset

8/1 A Doll In Milan

8/1 Taj Badalandabad

8/1 Virtuel D'oudon

10/1 Puffin Billy

12/1 Little Boy Boru

14/1 Radmores Revenge

16/1 Kayf Moss

16/1 William's Wishes

20/1 Awaywiththegreys

20/1 One Term

25/1 Hidden Identity

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Welsh Champion Hurdle History

The Welsh Champion Hurdle is a race run at Ffos Las over two miles, four furlongs for horses aged four years or older.

Having originally been contested at Chepstow in April, the Welsh Champion Hurdle was always battling out with the Aintree Grand National festival to try and attract some of the leading two-mile hurdlers.  Incidentally, it would struggle to attract the classy runners it was after and the race was subsequently terminated in 2002.

However, with Ffos Las opening a racecourse in the late 2000's the contest was given a new lease of life by the new up-and-coming Welsh track and it's first race was supposed to be held in 2010, but freezing conditions forced the meeting to be abandoned.

Nevertheless, the 2011 renewal was far more fortunate and was won convincingly by the classy Oscar Whisky, who was owned by Ffos Las owner Dai Walters.

Taking place in February this race can now be used as a perfect springboard to a tilt at the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is bound to pick up momentum as the years go by.

Recent Winners of Welsh Champion Hurdle

  • 2010 - No Race
  • 2011 - Oscar Whisky
  • 2012 - No Race
  • 2013 - Medinas
  • 2014 - Saphir Du Rheu

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