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  • 15:40 Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle 2m 4f 110y

  • (Grade 2) £40,000 added 4yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner £22,780 2nd £8,548 3rd £4,280 4th £2,132
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 23.00s
  • Off time: 15:40:41

Oscar Whisky will attempt to reprise last year win in the Unicoin Homes Relkeel Hurdle

Last Updated: 14/12/12 1:15pm

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Oscar Whisky: Should enjoy a 'nice run round'.

Oscar Whisky: Should enjoy a 'nice run round'.

Oscar Whisky attempts to land the Unicoin Homes Relkeel Hurdle for the second year running at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Owner Dai Walters, the creator of Ffos Las racecourse, is delighted Barry Geraghty maintains his 100% association with his smart hurdler trained by Nicky Henderson.

They have chalked up 12 wins from 16 starts together and Oscar Whisky will probably be long odds-on to dispense with just the two rivals, Brampour and Crack Away Jack, after scaring off most of the opposition.

"There's just the three runners and I think he's the best horse in the race," said Walters.

"Obviously the ground is going to be soft and he handled it last time no problem when winning at Ascot. It should be a nice run round for him.

"I expect Barry (Geraghty) will take them on from the start, but I will leave to Nicky (Henderson) and Barry how to ride him.

"Barry is the only jockey to have ridden him in all his 16 races and he's a good pilot.

"We'll see how he goes before deciding on his next race. There's a race on New Year's Day back at Cheltenham which he won last year.

"You've got to take advantage of the weather. He lost a couple of meetings last year through the weather, including the Welsh Champion Hurdle."

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