Champion Hurdle - 2021
The Champion Hurdle is set to be the most bet on race on Day 1 of Cheltenham Festival. It's run over 2m abt ½f with the winner horse galloping away with £450,000 in prize money.
Champion Hurdle Odds
Check out the best odds that British Bookmakers offer for the favourites to win the Champion Hurdle in 2021 below. Tap ALL ODDS to view odds from more bookmakers.
NB: Champion Hurdle odds correct at the time this Cheltenham betting guide went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 05:22 on 10/03/2020.
Champion Hurdle Betting Guide
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Cheltenham Day 1 Races
While the feature race of the day is the Champion Hurdle, there are also 6 other races being run on Tuesday the 16th of March. The full line up for Day 1of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival is:
- 13:30 - Supreme Novices Hurdle - [2m 87y]
- 14:10 - Arkle Challenge Trophy - [1m 7f]
- 14:50 - Handicap Steeple Chase - [3m abt 1f]
- 15:30 - Champion Hurdle - [2m abt ½f]
- 16:10 - Mares Hurdle - [2m 3f 200y]
- 16:50 - Novices Handicap Chase - [2m 4f 44y]
- 17:30 - National Hunt Chase - [3m 7f 147y]
Cheltenham Festival 2021
The Cheltenham Festival is, without a doubt, the biggest racing meet of the year, and with unrivalled betting opportunities and some of the best horses in the world set to take part, it’s not surprising that British Bookmakers are fighting for punters attention.
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2020 - Champion Hurdle
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Nicky Henderson, who won the 2017 and 2018 races with ‘Buveur d'Air’ is looking to claim his 7th Champions Hurdle title, after losing last years race to Espoir D'Allen’.
Trained by Gavin Cromwell, ‘Espoir D'Allen’, was only the 3rd 5 year old to win the race since 1985, and made history with a 15-length securing the widest winning margin in race history.
The top contenders are predominately from Ireland and France, and with 11 of the past 18 winners trained in Ireland, it’s no surprise that bookmakers favourites come from Irish stables.
23 of the last 26 winners have featured in the bookmaker’s top 6 runners, so let’s take a look at which horses bookmakers offer as the favourite to take the 2021 Champions Hurdle title.
‘Epatante’ is a firm favourite with British Bookmakers to win the 2021 Champions Hurdle.
The 6 year old French Mare is trained by Nicky Henderson and comes out of the J.P McManus stable, and with an 80% win rate, ‘Epatante’ looks extremely strong coming into the race.
Willie Mullins trained ‘Benie Des Dieux’ is another of the top contenders to win the Champions Hurdle, alongside Irish runner ‘Pentland Hills’, another Nicky Henderson runner.
4 year old ‘Solo’ from the USA, ‘Honeysuckle’ and Gordon Elliott’s ‘Envoi Allen’ are also expected to put up a strong challenge for the Champions Hurdle prize money.
The other contender’s in bookmakers top 10 are ‘Supasundae’, trained by Jessica Harrington, ‘Sharjah’ the 7 year old French Gelding trained by Willie Mullins, ‘Darver Star’ who's trained by last year’s race winner Gavin Cromwell, and ‘Pic Dorhy’ a French 5 year old.
2019 - Champion Hurdle
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The French 8 year old has won 12 of his last 13 races, and with a 77.78% win rate, it’s no wonder bookmakers see ‘Buveur D’Air’ as a favourite to take the title for the 3rd year in a row.
‘Apple’s Jade’, the 7 year old Irish Bay mare trained by Gordon Elliott, is another of the top runners at most online bookmakers when you look at their Champion Hurdle odds.
‘Apple’s Jade’ has a pretty good record at Cheltenham, and given she has won her last 4 races and boasts a 68.42% win rate, Gordon Elliott’s mare is definitely one to keep an eye on.
British Bookmakers also see Willie Mullins ‘Laurina’ as another potential challenger for the Champion Hurdle that's taking place on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival.
The 6 year old French Bay Mare has never actually lost a race, and while this is a big outing for her, expectations are high, and she could easily keep the winning streak going!
‘Sharjah’, who is also trained by Willie Mullins, is also up there in the bookmakers top runners.
This 6 year old French Bay Gelding has performed well in the last 2 outings, winning the Ryanair Hurdle from Supasundae, and the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in November.
The last amongst the bookmakers top 6 are ‘Melon’, yet another Willie Mullins runner, who is expected to perform well when looking at bookmakers Champion Hurdle odds.
Nicky Henderson’s ‘Verdana Blue’ is also a front-runner. Of course, there are a few outsiders that could easily steal the show, such as 'Brain Power' and also 'Supasundae'.