Last Saturday, Nicky Henderson’s exciting juvenile CHARLI PARCS was declared to face off against fellow JP McManus owned Defi Du Seuil in the opening JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial, but the ground went against Charli Parcs and he was duly taken out of the race.
Defi Du Seuil now heads the market for the Cheltenham Festival after a smooth win, but it could work in Charli Parcs’ favour with a gilt edged opportunity to get a pre-festival sighter in the bet365 Scottish Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Musselburgh at 1.30pm on Saturday. He is a 4/9 chance with Betfair at the time of writing and even at a short odds, he should just be too good for his rivals.
A winner on his only start in France, Charli Parcs was purchased by JP McManus in November 2016 for a hefty price tag of 250,000 Euros, but he went some way in paying that back with a seriously bright start to his British hurdling career in the 32Red Introductory Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton on December 27th. The imposing and talented four-year-old gelding was giving weight away to more experienced and race-fit rivals on the day, but produced a superb opening effort under Noel Fehily.
Travelling strongly from flag fall, his jumping was fluent and assured and the further the race went on, the more it became abundantly clear he was in a class of his own. It was a really impressive debut and the clock backed it up in no uncertain terms.
Musselburgh tends to have decent ground for most of the year and being a fair track, it presents our Cheltenham 2017 Betting tip with an ideal race in which to gain some more experience.
In terms of dangers, Cliffs Of Dover is the obvious place to start being unbeaten in his last five hurdle starts, but he has been on the go since last summer now and it remains to be seen at what stage he becomes vulnerable to an improver. Charli Parcs should really be winning this comfortably, cementing his position toward the head of the JCB Triumph Hurdle market.