Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Betting Tips
The Champion Hurdle is the first big race of the Cheltenham Festival, running at 3:30 on Tuesday 10th March. This is one of the best hurdles of the season, so we can always count on a first class show. Buveur D’Air’s winning streak was broken last year after an early fall, with outsider Espoir D’Allen picking up the pieces for a 16/1 win. To help you prepare for this year’s race, Bet UK are bringing you all you need to know about the Champion Hurdle, including Champion Hurdle betting tips.
Bet UK’s online betting has the latest horse racing betting odds for all races at the Cheltenham Festival, including the Champion Hurdle. Bet UK also has Cheltenham betting tips for all races at this year’s Festival.
History of the Champion Hurdle
The Champion Hurdle first got underway in 1927, with a prize pot of £365 for eventual winner Blaris. The race had a rocky start and was cancelled multiple times before becoming a Cheltenham Festival staple in 1947. Early on, 3 of the greatest ever hurdlers dominated the race: National Spirit, Hatton’s Grace and Sir Ken. No other horse was able to take the crown from them until 1955. In 1984, Dawn Run was the first mare to win the Champion Hurdle, having previously already won the Irish and French equivalent races. She would later go on to win the Gold Cup, the only horse to have ever achieved such a feat.
These days, the Champion Hurdle is still one of the most prestigious races of the horse racing calendar. The race is used as the final event in the ‘Road to Cheltenham’. The Road to Cheltenham consists of the Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Newcastle), International Hurdle (Cheltenham), Champion Hurdle Trial (Haydock) and finally the Champion Hurdle (Cheltenham).
Racecard for the 2020 Champion Hurdle
3:30 Cheltenham - Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
Grade 1 - Class 1 - 2m 1/2f
|1||Ballyandy||-64231||Sam Twiston-Davies||Nigel Twiston-Davies||11-10|
|2||Call Me Lord||73-212||James Bowen||Nicky Henderson||11-10|
|3||Cilaos Emery||1-11F1||Paul Townend||W P Mullins||11-10|
|4||Coeur Sublime||423-13||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||11-10|
|5||Cornerstone Lad||31-113||Henry Brooke||Micky Hammond||11-10|
|6||Darasso||511-42||Mark Walsh||Joseph Patrick O'Brien||11-10|
|7||Darver Star||111132||Jonathan Moore||Gavin Cromwell||11-10|
|8||Fusil Raffles||21-11P||Daryl Jacob||Nicky Henderson||11-10|
|9||Gumball||-31260||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||11-10|
|10||Le Patriote||1-1484||Charlie Hammond||Dr Richard Newland||11-10|
|11||Not So Sleepy||15-110||Jonathan Burke||Hughie Morrison||11-10|
|12||Pentland Hills||111-52||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||11-10|
|13||Petit Mouchoir||-44223||Rachael Blackmore||Henry De Bromhead||11-10|
|14||Sharjah||1B-416||Mr P W Mullins||W P Mullins||11-10|
|15||Silver Streak||35-132||Adam Wedge||Evan Williams||11-10|
|16||Supasundae||271-24||Robbie Power||Mrs John Harrington||11-10|
|17||Epatante||119-11||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||11-3|
2020 Champion Hurdle Betting Tip
Pentland Hills is a past winner at the Cheltenham Festival, which is always a huge sign of potential when looking at tips for this year’s racing. Last year, his victory came in the Triumph Hurdle which runs on the new course. That course features the infamous Cheltenham hill to lead up to the finish, which makes his strong final run even more impressive. Pentland Hills also has a win at this distance, so there is no reason that he can’t have an impressive run out.
Pentland Hills is 5/1 in Bet UK’s ante post betting. Ante post betting is basically a bet placed on a race, in advance of the racecards being 100% confirmed. So, there is every chance that Pentland Hills doesn’t end up racing in the Champion Hurdle. But, at Bet UK, you won’t have to worry about that. Our Non Runner No Bet offer means that any ante post bet placed on the 2020 Champion Hurdle will be refunded if your horse doesn’t run.
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In the lead up to the event, get the latest Cheltenham betting odds over at Bet UK’s online betting. Not sure which horse to bet on? Then take a look at our Cheltenham betting tips for the thoughts of our racing expert.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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