Champion Hurdle Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds (Cheltenham 2021 - DAY 1)

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Champion Hurdle Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds (Cheltenham 2021 - DAY 1)
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 we saw a brilliant performance from Epatante to win and she is back to defend her crown in the 2021 renewal! Find here our Cheltenham 2021 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 £450,000.

      The 2021 renewal looks set-up to be another cracker, with Epatante, Honeysuckle 3 and Goshen favorites to win the feature race.

      Who will win the Champion Hurdle 2021?
      We'll take a closer look at this year's Unibet Champion Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in this contest.

      HONEYSUCKLE made it the perfect 10 from 10 in the Irish Champion Hurdle last month, winning the race in far more emphatic fashion than 12 months previously. That display was enough to convince connections to go for the big one, rather than another Mares’ Hurdle, at the Cheltenham Festival.

      EPATANTE is the reigning champion hurdler. She returned better than ever to win the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth at Newcastle in November. but was below par at Kempton over Christmas when beaten by Silver Streak.

      ABRACADABRAS looked the leading Champion Hurdle hope last year but has not quite delivered on his potential despite landing the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown earlier in the season. Since then, he disappointed in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown, a race won by Sharjah.

      GOSHEN unseated in freakish fashion when en route to what would have been a runaway win in the Triumph Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He has endured a rollercoaster campaign, disappointing in two races in Autumn, finishing last of 10 on his hurdles return at Cheltenham back in December before to score a 22 length win in the Kingwell Hurdle last Month.

      Last year's runner-up SHARJAH returned from 5 months off with a cracking effort to win the Grade 1 hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas but was beaten a long way by Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

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      ASPIRE TOWER, a juvenile last season, looks much-improved and has been freshened up since finishing second to Sharjah at Christmas. The former Triumph Hurdle winner beat Abacadabras in the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal and finished second to Sharjah at Leopardstown, He has a great chance of hitting the frame.

      SALDIER is capable of smart form, as he showed when beating Petit Mouchoir and Sharjah in last season’s Morgiana Hurdle, but that was his only appearance last term and he has been beaten a long way in his two starts at Leopardstown this winter.

      Third in the 2019 Champion Hurdle, SILVER STREAK beat Epatante at Kempton over Christmas, showing good pace and jumping skills.

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      • 19 of the last 28 winners had won at Cheltenham before
      • 17 of the last 18 winners finished in the top 3 last time out
      • Horses unbeaten that season often do well (8 of last 10)
      • 6 of the last 12 winners were favourites/joint-favourites
      • 7/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
      • 31 of the past 37 winners won last time out
      • 13 of the past 16 winners were aged between six and eight


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      What is the distance of the Champion Hurdle?

      The Champion Hurdle is run on a distance of 2 miles and 87 yards

      How many obstacles are jumped in the Champion Hurdle?

      There are 8 obstacles to jump for the Champion Hurdle runners

      What time is the Champion Hurdle?

      The Champion Hurdle is the 4th race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 16, 2021 and the official starting time is 3:30pm.

      What is the prize money for the Champion Hurdle?

      The total prize money on offer for the Champion Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be £450,000.

      Who won the Champion Hurdle last year?

      Last year's renewal was won by Epatante at SP of 2/1, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty.

      What weights are carried for the Champion Hurdle?

      11 st 2 lb (4-year-olds). 11 st 10 lb (5-year-olds +). 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.

      Who is the leading jockey in the Champion Hurdle?

      Ruby Walsh rode 4 winners in the last 10 years before retirement. All 4 of these winners was for Willie Mullins. Paul Townend took over that Ruby Walsh's position. Top owner J P McManus has won the last four editions of this famous race (nine in all).

      Who is the leading trainer in the Champion Hurdle?

      Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer having won the race eight times, and J P McManus, who is the leading owner, has nine victories next to his name.

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