Moon Racer: will have his third hurdles run in the Champion Hurdle
PICTURE: Getty Images Pipe confirms Racer for Champion Hurdle By Andrew King 2:48PM 11 MAR 2017
MOON RACER will go for the Stan James Champion Hurdle over the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, trainer David Pipe confirmed on Saturday.
The lightly-raced eight-year-old won the Champion Bumper in 2015, but has only had three starts since then two of which came over hurdles.
Winner of a Grade 2 at Cheltenham's November meeting when last seen, Moon Racer is now going to take his chance at hurdling's top table.
Part-owner Bryan Drew said: "We're going to have a go at the Champion Hurdle. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I don't think I'll get a better chance of winning it."
Trainer David Pipe added: "We discussed all the options open to Moon Racer with the horse's connections as he had entries in the Supreme and Champion on the opening day. It has been decided that we will go for the Champion Hurdle."
Moon Racer can be backed at 10-1 for the Champion Hurdle, and his presence in the race could also influence connections of Neon Wolf, who are debating the Supreme or Neptune Novices' Hurdle.
The Neptune favourite, Neon Wolf's task in that race was made easier earlier on Saturday following the news that Finian's Oscar will miss out through injury.
But Moon Racer was third-favourite at around 4-1 for the Supreme, and his absence could make the opening race of the festival a more attractive proposition to trainer Harry Fry and connections.