When is the Champion Hurdle 2024? Cheltenham date, start time, runners and betting

Round two of Constitution Hill v State Man?

Constitution Hill wins the Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival 2024 – but we might be deprived of a chance to witness equine freak Constitution Hill in full flight.

Nicky Henderson’s stable superstar routed Ireland’s leading hurdler State Man by 9l in last year’s renewal to continue his unbeaten career record, but a dirty scope unearthed an infection throwing the pair’s rematch in March into doubt.

A chasing career was mooted for Constitution Hill in a bid to emulate the legendary Dawn Run, but connections scrapped that idea and it looks likely that a record number of Champion Hurdle titles will be sought.

Other than State Man, quality challengers to the current champion are thin on the ground so a small field is likely to go to post.

Constitution Hill bagged more than £250,000 for connections by winning last season’s edition and a similar prize is up for grabs in this year’s scrap.

You can run the rule over our Champion Hurdle odds on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise all the key details about next year’s renewal can be found below.

Champion Hurdle 2024 date and start time

The Champion Hurdle is set to take place at Cheltenham on Tuesday, March 12. The post time is provisionally scheduled for 15:30. You can watch the race live on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app or on ITV.

Champion Hurdle 2024 runners and riders

The following 18 horses hold entries for the Champion Hurdle ahead of confirmations and final declarations.

Colonel Mustard (Jockey TBC)
Constitution Hill (TBC)
Echoes In Rain (TBC)
Fils D’Oudairies (TBC)
First Street (TBC)
Gala Marceau (TBC)
Guard Your Dreams (TBC)
Irish Point (TBC)
Lossiemouth (TBC)
Love Envoi (TBC)
Luccia (TBC)
Nemean Lion (TBC)
Not So Sleepy (TBC)
Pied Piper (TBC)
State Man (TBC)
Under Control (TBC)
Zanahiyr (TBC)
Zarak The Brave (TBC)

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Champion Hurdle 2024 betting

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

Constitution Hill is the joint-favourite with Paddy Power for the Champion Hurdle as last year’s winner faces a race against time to prove his fitness and wellbeing in time for the meeting.

Constitution Hill Champion Hurdle (Non Runner Money Back)

State Man is the other joint-favourite early betting after returning to action looking better than ever in the Morgiana, Matheson and Irish Champion Hurdle.

State Man Champion Hurdle (Non Runner Money Back)

Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: “We pulled the market after the Constitutional crisis and have now put it back up with Constitution Hill, who was 1-4 before the suspension, and State Man as 1-2 joint favourites.

“Nicky certainly hasn’t pulled stumps yet on his stable star and we’re Non Runner Money Back so if things go well his latest price could be very generous on the day, while if he doesn’t make it to that even more famous hill, State Man has to be these odds as he has proved he is the best around bar one.”

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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