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Champion Hurdle betting tips, predictions, preview and free bets (DAY 1 - March 13, 2018)

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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. Last year's race was won by by Buveur D'Air for Nicky Henderson. Find here our Cheltenham 2018 Champion Hurdle race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.



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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 2018 renewal looks set-up to be another cracker, with the reigning champion Buveur D’Air looking to become the first horse since Hardy Eustace to successfully defend his Champion Hurdle title. Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer in the race with six victories.

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

BUVEUR D'AIR has won his four races since landing his first Champion Hurdle 12 months ago. Having returned to action with a bloodless win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, he has since posted further wins at Kempton and Sandown. Nicky Henderson's stable star is unbeaten over hurdles since finishing third to stablemate Altior in the 2016 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and he has racked up nine successive wins since

2015 Champion Hurdle winner FAUGHEEN was an impressive winner of the Morgiana Hurdle in mid November but was pulled up at Christmas with seemingly no good excuse. Then, he found Supasundae too strong in the Irish Champion Hurdle last time out.

MY TENT OR YOURS has raced 20 times over hurdles and been placed in the top three on 19 occasions, winning 7 of these races. Altough he is 11 years old now, he was too good for a number of Champions Hurdle contenders (including Melon, The New One, Ch’Tibello and John Constable) in a steadily-run International Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.  

Last season’s JLT Novices’ Chase winner YORKHILL, who also landed the 2016 Neptune Novices', has been well below-par in his last two runs. He has looked out of sorts over the larger obstacles, a return to hurdling and back at this venue could see him bounce back with a big performance.

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MELON had a great return to action at Down Royal when winning the WKD Hurdle, but he has been beaten in both the following outings. He was far too keen for his own good when beaten in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, leaving little for the finish, disappointing again in the Irish Champion Hurdle.  

WICKLOW BRAVE beat My Tent Or Yours on his last hurdles start at Punchestown in April, although he came up well short in both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in later outings.

JOHN COSTABLE took on a deep surface when behind Buveur D’Air at Sandown, getting quite close to the favourite. He could be the dark horse of this contest alongside ELGIN.

Nicky Henderson’s other potential contenders are VERDANA BLUE and CHARLI PARCS. They are all very useful sorts in their own but their form falls some way below that required to win a Champion Hurdle.

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  • 27 of the last 33 won last time out
  • No unplaced horse from the previous year’s renewal has won for 22 years
  • 19 of the last 20 winners all ran in the same calendar year.
  • Trainer Willie Mullins has won 4 of the last 6 runnings
  • The Fighting Fifth Hurdle has featured 3 winners and 5 placed horses in the last 8 years
  • 7 of the last 10 winners were aged 6 or 7 years-old
  • Just 1 of the last 21 Christmas Hurdle winners has gone on to win the Champion Hurdle in the same season

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