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Champion Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 1)

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The Champion Hurdle is the feature race of the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, run over two miles and half a furlong. The contest is recognised as the most prestigious hurdling race of the jumps season. The 4-6 favourite Buveur D'Air recorded back to back wins in 2017 and 2018 as he prevailed by just a head from Melon twelve months ago. Find here our Cheltenham 2019 Champion Hurdle race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

 

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2019 CHELTENHAM DAY 1 TIPS AND PREDICTIONS 

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CHAMPION HURDLE BETTING PREVIEW 

The Champion Hurdle is the peak test of a two mile hurdler, a combination of speed and stamina needed to win this contest. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle, for horses aged four years and upwards. It comes with a prize purse of £370,000.

The 2019 renewal looks set-up to be another cracker, with the reigning champion Buveur D’Air looking to make a hat-trick of victories and the the mare Apples Jade taking her chance in this race rather than the easier option of the Mares Hurdle.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Champion Hurdle 2019 and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

BUVEUR D'AIR was third in the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but went on an astonishing sequence after, winning his next 11 starts, including back-to-back wins in this race. His short-head defeat at the hands of stablemate Verdana Blue in the Christmas Hurdle was a fair setback. Yet he bounced back with a strong win at Sandown last month and he deserves his status as favourite for this race.

APPLE'S JADE was third in the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, despite going off as 1/2 favourite. The Gordon Elliott trained 7yo gets a hefty sex allowance and that could make all the difference as they come thundering up the Cheltenham hill. She has taken her form to a new level this season, unbeaten in four starts, with eye-catching margins each time. She trounced the boys over two miles at the Dublin Festival

LAURINA, still unbeaten, is the big hope for Willie Mullins after dazzling in the Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle last year. She has since extended her winning streak to six races but has only won one Grade 1 contest and that was at Fairyhouse last April. She cantered home by 48 lengths at Sandown in January for her seasonal debut.

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SHARJAH was only 8th in the Supreme last season but landed the Ryanair Hurdle from Supasundae - with Melon in 4th - at the Christmas meeting and had previously won the Morgiana Hurdle from Faugheen when they met at Punchestown in November.

MELON, a winner of just two of his nine hurdles for the yard to date, was second in the Supreme here in 2017 and was third to My Tent Or Yours in the International Hurdle last season. Fourth in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas, he needs to take a sizeable step forward if he is to go one place better in this race in 2019.

BRAIN POWER enter the Festival on the back of his International Hurdle win, where he looked pretty good to be fair. He beat the 150-rated Silver Streak by 1 ¾ lengths in receipt of 4lb. He’s got a mark of 158 which in theory gives him an outside chance of reaching the frame

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VERDANA BLUE was a fluent winner of the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton in November and bear the 1/4 favourite Buveur D'Air in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Unfortunately, he is not being considered for this race and is going back on the flat, but that may change if the ground is good.

ESPOIR D'ALLEN missed the spring Festivals last season, but has returned seemingly better than ever - winning each of his three starts this winter at Grade Three level. He has won on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race when 4-9fav in the Group 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas over 2m  in January, beating Wicklow Brave by 2 1/2l.

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Honestly, SILVER STREAK and GLOBAL CITIZEN look out of contention.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

  • Ladbrokes Betting BonusApple's Jade  2/1Bet
  • Boylesports Betting BonusBuveur D'Air  11/4Bet
  • Bet365 Betting BonusLaurina  7/2Bet
  • Betfair Sportsbook Betting BonusSharjah 16/1Bet
  • Unibet Betting BonusMelon  18/1Bet
  • Sportingbet Betting BonusEspoir D'Allen  20/1Bet
  • Betfred Betting BonusBrain Power  33/1Bet
  • Unibet Betting BonusVerdana Blue  40/1Bet

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CHAMPION HURDLE TRENDS 

  • 5 of the last 12 winners were favourites/joint favourites, 6/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
  • 19 of the last 26 winners had won at Cheltenham before
  • 9 of the last 12 (and 29 of the last 35) winners won last time out
  • 15 of the last 16 winners finished in the top 3 last time out
  • 12 of the past 14 winners were aged between six and eight
  • 5 year-olds are just 2 from 102 since 1985
  • Irish-trained horses have won 12 of the last 20 renewals
  • 9 of the last 12 winners were rated 163 or higher

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