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The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, so get your adrenaline flowing ahead of time by checking out the runners and riders to look out for, the key trends to track and the 2023 Champion Hurdle betting offers and free bets.

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Champion Hurdle – What you need to know

The Gold Cup may be the first race that comes to mind at the Cheltenham Festival, but the Champion Hurdle is a huge highlight in its own right.

How long is the Champion Hurdle, when’s it held and where’s it run?

The Champion Hurdle takes place on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival as the feature race, and is run over slightly longer than two miles. This relatively short distance compares with over three miles for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and in excess of four miles for the marathon that is the Aintree Grand National.

Because of their different distances, it is rare to see the best horses from the Champion Hurdle go on to take part in the Grand National, or even in the Gold Cup. Nevertheless, the roll of honour includes some of the best hurdlers ever seen, including Istabraq, Hardy Eustace, Hurricane Fly, and more recently Epatante and Honeysuckle.

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Champion Hurdle confirmed runners

The confirmed runners for the Cheltenham Festival’s 2023 Champion Hurdle will be finalised in the days and hours leading up to the race, but ante-post betting has been available ever since last year’s race, with bookmakers realising the interest in a race of this stature. It’s worth taking note of which bookies offer Non Runner No Bet insurance if you’re considering placing a bet some weeks before the race. This gives you peace of mind by refunding any bets on horses that don’t go on to take part in the race for any reason, whether that’s injury or being entered into a different event.

The 2023 Champion Hurdle runners are currently as follows:

  • Constitution Hill
  • State Man
  • Vauban
  • I Like To Move It
  • Zanahiyr
  • Jason The Militant
  • Not So Sleepy
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Cheltenham Champion Hurdle favourites and tips

The top 4 horses are listed below alongside their biggest achievements to date and current Cheltenham Champion Hurdle betting odds.

HorseMost notable result2023 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle odds*
Constitution Hill2022 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner4/11
State Man2023 Irish Champion Hurdle winner10/3
Vauban2022 Triumph Hurdle winner14/1
I Like To Move It2022 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle winner20/1

*All Cheltenham Champion Hurdle odds last updated on 13th March and subject to change.

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Constitution Hill has been priced up as the hot favourite – the strongest favourite at this year’s Festival – but there remain a number of rivals that shouldn’t be discounted for the Champion Hurdle. Here we look at why Constitution Hill is so well fancied, alongside who is most likely to cause a shock.

Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill got last year’s Festival offer a memorable start by blowing the field away to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by 22 lengths. That win has been followed by two more dominant victories in the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdles, finishing over 10 lengths clear of Epatante – 5th favourite for the Champion Hurdle – in both instances. It remains to be seen whether anyone can even come close at Cheltenham.

State Man

State Man has built on last year’s County Handicap Hurdle with four further wins. He closed out the season by winning the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, justified odds-on favouritism in two more Irish Grade Ones and, most recently, saw off both Honeysuckle and Vauban to win the Irish Champion Hurdle with ease.

Vauban

Vauban completed a trio of wins over Fil Dor in as many months last season, as victories and Leopardstown and Punchestown sandwiched a Triumph Hurdle win on his Cheltenham debut. It was State Man that came out on top at December’s Matheson Hurdle though, so Vauban will have to find a way to turn the tables before even thinking about overcoming the mighty challenge that Constitution Hill presents.

Cheltenham Champion Hurdle betting offers and free bets

Bookmakers usually target the Champion Hurdle with offers for both new and existing customers, so it’ll be interesting to see how they approach the race now it has such a dominant favourite. Check back to see if any enhanced prices are available, as we’ll be promoting the most relevant and appealing Champion Hurdle offers on the market.

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Cheltenham Champion Hurdle past winners

The list of previous Champion Hurdle winners is something of a who’s who of jumps racing. A number of horses have won the race more than once, but securing three wins has proven to be a much rarer feat, most recently accomplished by Istabraq at the turn of the century. Many hoped Honeysuckle could record a third Champion Hurdle victory, but those hopes appear to be dashed after her trainer indicated she’d be more likely to run in the Mares’ Hurdle this time round.

  • 2022 – Honeysuckle (8/11 fav)
  • 2021 – Honeysuckle (11/10 fav)
  • 2020 – Epatante (2/1 fav)
  • 2019 – Espoir d’Allen (16/1)
  • 2018 – Buveur d’Air (4/6 fav)
  • 2017 – Buveur d’Air (5/1)
  • 2016 – Annie Power (5/2 fav)
  • 2015 – Faugheen (4/5 fav)
  • 2014 – Jezki (9/1)
  • 2013 – Hurricane Fly (13/8 fav)
  • 2012 – Rock On Ruby (11/1)
  • 2011 – Hurricane Fly (11/4 fav)
  • 2010 – Binocular (9/1)

Cheltenham Champion Hurdle betting trends

We all like to have an edge when placing our bets, and looking at trends is a popular way of finding one. We’ve gone back through previous Champion Hurdles to see if there are any notable recurring themes in previous winners, making it easier to narrow down the list of potential Champion Hurdle winners.

Key Cheltenham Champion Hurdle betting trends

  • 10/10 – Had previously won at least 4 races
  • 9/10 – Had raced at Cheltenham previously
  • 9/10 – Won at single-figure odds (9/1 or less)
  • 8/10 – Won their most recent race
  • 7/10 – Won by the favourite
  • 7/10 – Aged 7 years old or less
  • 6/10 – Had won at Cheltenham previously
  • 4/10 – Won at the Cheltenham Festival in the previous year
  • 3/10 – Nicky Henderson was trainer
  • 3/10 – W P Mullins was trainer
  • 1/10 – Aged 9 years old or older

Based on the above betting trends, a younger horse with Cheltenham experience, coming to the Festival off the back of a win, is going to appeal, while it is far less important to look for a horse that has actually won over the Prestbury Park fences.

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How to watch and stream the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle

If you’re betting on the Cheltenham Festival, you’ll no doubt want to see how the races unfold, and in some cases you can do so on ITV. However not every race is screened live on free-to-air TV, so it’s worth looking for bookmakers streaming the whole event as an alternative option, especially as many offer this option without asking for any outlay.

Watching an online stream of the Cheltenham Festival on a bookmaker’s site also gives you the ability to cash out your bets midrace, locking in any profits or limiting losses, so work out the best option in advance of race day.

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Cheltenham Champion Hurdle FAQs

What date is Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 2023?

The Cheltenham Festival is usually scheduled for the same week as St Patrick’s Day, with the Champion Hurdle acting as the main event on the opening day. That means this year’s race will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2023.

Who won the Champion Hurdle 2022?

Honeysuckle became a two-time Champion Hurdle winner in 2022.

What time is Champion Hurdle Cheltenham?

The Champion Hurdle is scheduled to start at 3.30pm on Tuesday 14 March 2023.

Has any horse won the Champion Hurdle three times?

Five horses have won the Champion Hurdle on three occasions, with Istabraq completing the feat most recently between 1998 and 2000.

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