When is the French Champion Hurdle? Auteuil date, start time, runners and betting

Seven Irish runners in this!

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There is plenty of Irish interest in the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil – the French Champion Hurdle to you and me – at Auteuil this weekend.

Friend of Paddy Power Hewick is partnered by Rachael Blackmore, Klassical Dream spearheads Willie Mullins’ four-strong squad, dual Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle hero Flooring Porter takes his chance and Emmet Mullins’ surprise Champion Novice Chase winner Feronily bids for another major success.

It’s hardly surprising that Ireland’s brightest and best are making the trip to France for the 3m1½f contest because of the €390,000 prize pot but there are, of course, plenty of home challengers in the 15-runner field including Auteuil specialists Theleme and Hermes Baie.

The latest French Champion Hurdle odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise all the key details about this year’s renewal can be found below.

French Champion Hurdle 2023 date and start time

The French Champion Hurdle is set to take place at Auteuil on Saturday, May 20. The post time is set for 14:15 BST. You can watch the race live on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app.

French Champion Hurdle 2023 runners and riders

Feronily (Donagh Meyler)
Klassical Dream (Paul Townend)
Folsom Prison (Jeremy Da Silva)
Asterion Forlonge (Nico de Boinville)
Haut En Couleurs (Johnny Charron)
Anouma Freedom (Geoffrey Re)
Flooring Porter (Danny Mullins)
Lucky One (Gabin Meunier)
Theleme (Gaetan Masure)
Kilcruit (Lucas Zuliani)
Hewick (Rachael Blackmore)
Hermes Baie (Bertrand Lestrade)
Goa Lil (Felix De Giles)
Roberta Has (Angelo Zuliani)
Sans Bruit (Nicolas Gauffenic)

Klassical Dream and Flooring Porter

French Champion Hurdle 2023 betting

French Champion Hurdle odds are on paddypower.com and prices for the leading contenders can be seen on our snazzy widgets below.

Klassical Dream is the favourite with Paddy Power for the French Champion Hurdle as trainer Willie Mullins bids to saddle a sixth winner in the race.

American Grand National winner Hewick is next in our betting as ‘Shark’ Hanlon’s globetrotting star bids to follow up last month’s victory in the Oaksey Chase.

Theleme is also prominent in the market ahead of 15th successive run at Auteuil and the six-year-old boasts a trio of Grade 1 victories in testing conditions here on his CV.

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