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  • on 28.02.2012
  • at 10:07 AM
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Champion Hurdle Betting Preview & Odds

The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 race, open to horse aged four years and older. The race is the most prestigious hurdle race of not only the Cheltenham Festival, but the entire National Hunt season.

Run over a trip of 2m and 1/2 furlong the Champion Hurdle is the first of 4 Championship races at the Festival, and the third race of the opening day is renowned for producing tight and exciting finishes between the world’s top hurdlers.

Five horses have won the race three times, with Aiden O’Brien’s Istabraq being the most recent; with wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He holds the Champion Hurdle record of 3m 48.1s – making him undoubtedly the greatest racehorse in the event’s history.

Champion Hurdle Trends

  • 23 of the last 27 winners had won their last race.
  • Since 1985, only one five year old has won the race (Katchit).
  • Since 1958, only three winners have been aged older than eight.
  • 7 of the last 12 winners have been trained in Ireland.
  • 16 of the last 22 winners had previously won at Cheltenham.
  • 19 of the last 20 winners came from the first six in the betting.
  • 4 of the last 10 winners went off favourite

Champion Hurdle Odds

Champion Hurdle Tips

Last year’s Champion Hurdle was won by the Willie Mullins trained Hurricane Fly. Ruby Walsh rode the 11/4 winner on the day; beating Peddlers Cross by just over a length, with Oscar Whisky getting up for third.

In the 2012 renewal, the horse is expected to go off a short-price favourite and looks to be one of the bankers of the Festival.

2010 Champion Hurdler Binocular is also back in decent form after winning the Christmas Hurdle recently and Nicky Henderson’s runner has to be given serious consideration once again, along with Rock On Ruby who has a decent chance of filling the places at a relatively big price.

Providing the favourite runs to form he should win well, and although the price doesn’t represent great value compared to runners in other races – Hurricane Fly should be the one the bookies are running scared of on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2012.

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
Arkle Chase »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

RSA Chase »
*Queen Mother Champion Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

Ryanair Chase »
*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

*Cheltenham Gold Cup »

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