The primary championship race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival takes centre stage at three.30pm on Tuesday and all eyes can be on Buveur D’Air as Nicky Henderson’s celebrity bids to land back-to-back Champion Hurdle crowns…
- There have been 12 back-to-back winners of the Champion Hurdle
- Nicky Henderson has educated six winners of the Champion Hurdle
- Solely two Champion Hurdle winners have been aged 10+
|Tuesday 13th March – three.30pm||Odds||Gained/Misplaced||Guess|
| Buveur D’Air to win
|@ four / 7||
|Melon (every method)||@ 16 / 1||
Buveur D’Air – Too Good
The reigning champion cruised to victory on this race twelve months in the past and may turn out to be the thirteenth back-to-back winner of the Champion Hurdle because it was first run again in 1927. The 7-year-old – unbeaten in his final 9 begins – has barely been troubled this season, profitable all three outings with the minimal of fuss and exhibiting an exquisite hurdling model when touchdown the Combating Fifth and Christmas Hurdles.
It’s troublesome to look past the bookmakers’ favorite and the four/7 market chief (Unibet) can hand Henderson his seventh winner on this Grade 1 contest.
The Greatest Of The Relaxation
Faugheen, the 2015 Champion Hurdle, is bidding to turn out to be solely the third horse to reclaim their crown after dropping it, though it appears a giant ask for Willie Mullins’ 10-year-old to roll again the years and rediscover former glories.
Solely two horses aged 10 and over have received the Champion Hurdle, with 13/2 wanting a contact skinny.
The age pattern can also be in opposition to perennial bridesmaid, My Tent Or Yours, who has completed runner-up on no fewer than 4 events on this championship two-miler. Nicky Henderson’s 11-year-old might supply each-way worth at 20/1 although (Ladbrokes).
Talking of each-way worth, Melon ought to enhance because the hood that was fitted for the Irish Champion Hurdle (and clearly did not work) can be eliminated for this race Prestbury Park, the place the 6-year-old was runner-up within the Supreme final yr.
The likes of Sublimity, Jezki and Buveur D’Air have all received the Champion Hurdle after being overwhelmed within the earlier season’s Supreme and Melon appears to be the choose of the remaining at a tempting 16/1 (Bet Victor).
In the meantime, the 2017 JLT winner, Yorkhill, is on the market at 16/1 following a vastly irritating, and at occasions complicated, marketing campaign.
Preserve an eye fixed out for Alan King’s Elgin (20/1) after the 6-year-old was supplemented for this two-mile championship race following his victory within the Kingwell Hurdle – three Champion Hurdle winners have used the Kingwell as their remaining prep race earlier than Competition success since 2002.
2018 Champion Hurdle Odds
*Odds right as of 12th Mar, 17:53. Odds are topic to vary.
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