Peddlers Cross Set For Return
2011 Champion Hurdle runner-up Peddlers Cross is set for a return to racing in the Cheltenham Jumpers’ Bumper at Kempton on Friday.
The eight-year-old has not raced since he finished a disappointing eighth in the Grade 2 Newson Chase on the 15th of March 2012.
Peddlers Cross was expected to make his return on Saturday but because of the uncertainty regarding the weather trainer Donald McCain decided to move the return up a day so that his jumper was guaranteed a run before the Cheltenham Festival.
“Peddlers Cross is in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham, but with Doncaster [where he also holds an entry] in the balance, I thought Kempton would be the best place,” McCain said on his Betfair blog.
McCain said that the son of Oscar had struggled with minor injuries but is fit and ready for his long-awaited return to the track.
“He’s had a long time off and has had a few niggles so we are hoping to give him a nice experience on his return to racing,” McCain said.
“He’ll get a good surface to race on, he’s in good order at home and it’s time to crack on with him.”
Peddlers Cross is currently entered for both the Ladbrokes World Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival but McCain said he is still unsure which race he will set the gelding for.
“There are no firm plans as to which race he will go for at Cheltenham – I’d like to be clearer in my mind about that but the weather has meant that we are a bit behind schedule on that front,” McCain said.
“Either way, Cheltenham in March is what he is being trained for, whichever race he ends up in.”
Peddlers Cross is currently available at odds of 10/1 in the World Hurdle betting market and Bet365and 40/1 for the Champion Hurdle.
Whatever race during the Cheltenham Festival Peddlers Cross ends up in you can get the best odds at Bet365.