Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Betting Tips

Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Tips

Champion Hurdle Betting Tips at Bet UK

The Champion Hurdle is the first major race of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and will be contested on the festival's opening day. Featuring some of the best hurdlers of the national hunt season from across the UK and Ireland, here at Bet UK, we'll be bringing you all the information you need to know about the race and the top UK Horse racing markets.

Ahead of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, we'll have all of the latest online betting odds within the UK horse racing markets, including the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup. We'll also have daily horse racing betting tips, so you'll have key insight for all of the races at Prestbury Park.

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Champion Hurdle Betting Tips

The Champion Hurdle is the premier race on the opening day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, and ten runners are expected to head to post for what is a highly anticipated clash between two of the top Irish raiders. Our selection from the Cheltenham festival racecards and the one currently stands top of the Cheltenham Betting odds is Honeysuckle.

Trained by Henry De Bromhead, Honeysuckle heads to Cheltenham with an unbeaten record, with one of those victories coming in this race last year. She is expected to be partnered by Rachel Blackmore and will prefer if there is slight give in the ground given her form over two miles. She’s currently 6/4 in UK horse racing betting odds, and we’d suggest backing her early to get the best price.

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About The Champion Hurdle

The feature race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Champion Hurdle, is run on the old course at Cheltenham over a distance of just over two miles. The most prestigious hurdling event in the calendar, its the last leg of the triple crown of hurdling, which also features The Fighting Fifth Hurdle and The Christmas Hurdle

Champion Hurdle Betting Tips

With the 2022 Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, we'll have all of the top UK horse racing betting markets running alongside our selection of Cheltenham Tips. Each day our tipster will pick out the best options from across UK horse racing today and give their reason as to why they could pass the post first. So whether you're looking to bet to win, each way or a forecast, we'll have all of the horse racing odds you'll need.

Champion Hurdle Recent Winners

Year Horse Winning Trainer
2021 Honeysuckle Henry de Bromhead
2020 Epatante Nicky Henderson
2019 Espoir d'Allen Gavin Cromwell
2018 Buveur d’Air Nicky Henderson
2017 Buveur d’Air Nicky Henderson
2016 Annie Power Willie Mullins
2015 Faugheen Willie Mullins
2014 Jezki Jessica Harrington
2013 Hurricane Fly Willie Mullins
2012 Rock on Ruby Paul Nicholls
2011 Hurricane Fly Willie Mullins

Champion Hurdle Top Trainers

In the last decade, two names have become synonymous with the Champion Hurdle: Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins. Picking up five and four wins respectively, looking at the racecards, it's these name punters will focus on when browsing the UK horse racing cards before this race, especially given their calibre of runners.

Top Trainer Stats

Trainer R-W-P Stats
Nicky Henderson 39-5-14
Willie Mullins 31-4-12
Paul Nicholls 10-1-2
Alan King 10-1-1
Philip Hobbs 8-1-2

Champion Hurdle Top Jockeys

When it comes to jockeys to watch in the Champion Hurdle, it's all about the Irish jockeys as they top the rankings in the last 20 running of this race. Last season it was Rachel Blackmore who took the victory, and prior to that, it was the now-retired Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty who seemed to always pass the post first.

Top Jockey Stats

Trainer R-W-P Stats
Mark Walsh 5-1-1
Rachel Blackmore 2-1-1
Paul Townend 10-0-5
Daryl Jacob 7-0-0
Davy Russell 6-0-1

Cheltenham Champion Chase Betting Trends

When it comes to betting trends for the Cheltenham Champion Chase, if you're a backer of the favourite, then those horses have passed the post first in five of the last ten runnings. It's also worth noting that many runners have 5+ wins across their career, many coming in Grade 1 wins.

Looking at the size of the field, many participants in the Champion Chase ran in fields of under 11 last time out, and when it comes to weights, many of the runners and winners of this race carried 11-2 or higher when competing last time out.

Bettors who like to combine trends will also like to note that horses who have gone on to win this race also have one or more victories with the same jockey in the saddle, most likely the one who will partner them round the course at Cheltenham. Also 71% of runners have won within their last three starts.

Champion Hurdle FAQs

Who has won the Champion Hurdle the most?

There are five horses who have gone on to win the Champion Hurdle three times in their career, Hatton's Grace, Sir Ken, Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Champion Hurdle?

With eight wins and the potential to add more, it's Nicky Henderson who has the most winners in this race, dating from 1985 to 2020.

How long is the Champion Hurdle?

The distance of the Champion Hurdle is 2 miles and ½ furlong, and it takes in eight hurdles.

What is the prize money for the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The prize pot for the Champion Chase is £337,500

What time is the Champion Hurdle?

The race is featured on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

How many runners are there in the Queen Mother Champion Chase?

The number of runners in the 2022 renewal in the Champion Hurdle will be decided closer to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival. However, there were ten runners headed to post in the 2021 race.

Is the Champion Hurdle broadcast on TV?

Like all of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, the Champion Hurdle will be broadcast on ITV.

Where can I bet on the Champion Hurdle?

Right here at Bet UK! We'll have all of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival betting odds and all the latest markets from across UK horse racing.

Who won the 2021 Champion Hurdle?

The 2021 running of this race was won by mare Honeysuckle.

*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.

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