Saturday's win for Paul Nicholls' Pic D'Orhy saw Exchange punters win at 110 against an industry SP of 33/1
"In a typical big field Saturday handicap, Pic D'Orhy was unfancied by punters, going off at an industry SP of 33/1."
Saturday's thrilling Betfair Hurdle provided a brilliant example of the unrivalled value the Betfair Exchange offers punters.
In a typical big field Saturday handicap, Pic D'Orhy was unfancied by punters, going off at an industry SP of 33/1.
But Betfair Exchange punters who saw something in the Paul Nicholls runner were able to get bets matched at a mighty 110.0109/1, three times the size of sportsbook players.
It's no surprise the French import was one of the outsiders - two previous efforts in the UK produced a pair of mid-field finishes - but he travelled well throughout and outlasted his rivals in a close finish.
An outing at next month's Cheltenham Festival is unlikely at this stage and a career chasing awaits the five-year-old next season with the Arkle a possible target.
Nicholls said:"We bought him to go chasing and he's a big horse who will be a serious chaser. He doesn't lack speed and I should have probably put him in the Champion Hurdle. If he goes up 7lb he'd be on the fringe of the weights, but he's won a big one and is for the future and we'll mind that."
The big race win gave Nicholls a boost in the Trainers' Championship battle with Nicky Henderson. Although still the outsider of the two, the Betfair Ambassador is 15/8 to upset 2/5 Henderson.
Nicholls could enjoy successive big race wins with Cyrname odds-on to win next weekend's Betfair Chase at Ascot.