Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips for Cheltenham Festival 2021

The big race on day one looks set to be a cracker.

Champion Hurdle

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The cream of the hurdling crop will tackle the Champion Hurdle – and the 2021 renewal looks set to be a treat. Quite simply, it’s the big one on a bumper first day of action at Prestbury Park.

Eight hurdles. 2 miles and 87 yards. The Old Course. It’s one hell of a race. Oh, and it’s also the last leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling, following the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park.

A string of legendary horses have landed the race including three-time winners Istabraq, Hatton’s Grace, Sir Ken, Persian War and See You Then. The likes of Annie Power, Faugheen and Hurricane Fly have claimed glory in more recent years – all with our very own Ruby Walsh on board.

Epatante is aiming for back-to-back wins after edging out Sharjah by three lengths last year. The seven-year-old was the antepost favourite with Paddy, despite a shock defeat to Silver Streak in the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day, although Honeysuckle has climbed to the top of the betting after winning the Irish Champion Hurdle. Buveur D’Air – the winner in 2017 and 2018 – is also among the entries after returning from a 14-month injury break in January.

A total of 27 runners were initially entered in the race. Not all the horses will make the final cut so thanks to Paddy’s non-runner money back offer, there’s no risk of losing out if your pick pulls out.

CHAMPION HURDLE ODDS

9/4
Honeysuckle Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

3/1
Epatante Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

10/3
Goshen Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

12/1
Silver Streak Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

12/1
Abacadabras Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

14/1
Sharjah Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

14/1
Concertista Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

14/1
Aspire Tower Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

16/1
James du Berlais Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

20/1
Buveur Dair Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

33/1
Song For Someone Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

20/1
Jason The Militant Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

66/1
Verdana Blue Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

50/1
Sceau Royal Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

50/1
Saldier Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

66/1
Not So Sleepy Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

100/1
Buzz Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

100/1
Ballyandy Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

100/1
Coeur Sublime Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

100/1
Petit Mouchoir Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

100/1
Winston C Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

100/1
For Pleasure Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

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CHAMPION HURDLE ANTEPOST TIPS

Brendan Duke:CONCERTISTA is another worth backing with the non-runner money back concession”

14/1
Concertista Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

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Timeform:HONEYSUCKLE has a Timeform rating 3lb higher than last year’s Champion Hurdle winner Epatante, who had been a deserving favourite in light of the paucity of credible rivals. However, she now looms large and is the one to beat.”

9/4
Honeysuckle Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

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Ruby Walsh: “Before Christmas I would have fancied Epatante but since the Irish Champion Hurdle, I would be all over HONEYSUCKLE

9/4
Honeysuckle Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

FULL PREVIEW: RUBY WALSH’S CHAMPION HURDLE BEST BET

Frank Hickey: “I would definitely have HONEYSUCKLE over Epatante and ASPIRE TOWER has a great chance of hitting the frame, but I don’t think he will shorten up that much”

9/4
Honeysuckle Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

14/1
Aspire Tower Champion Hurdle - Non Runner Money Back

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WHEN IS THE CHAMPION HURDLE?

The Champion Hurdle takes place on Tuesday March 16, on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival 2021. It’s scheduled to start at 15.05.

CHAMPION HURDLE WINNERS AT THE LAST FIVE FESTIVALS

2020 – Epatante (Horse), Barry Geraghty (Jockey), Nicky Henderson (Trainer)

2019 – Espoir D’Allen, Mark Walsh, Gavin Cromwell

2018 – Buveur D’Air, Barry Geraghty, Nicky Henderson

2017 – Buveur D’Air, Noel Fehily, Nicky Henderson

2016 – Annie Power, Ruby Walsh, Willie Mullins

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL‘S BIG RACES

March 16 – 13.20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 16 – 13.55 – Arkle Chase latest odds and tips

March 16 – 15.05 – Champion Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 16 – 15.40 – Mares’ Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 17 – 13.20 – Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 17 – 13.55 – Festival Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips

March 17 – 15.05 – Queen Mother Champion Chase latest odds and tips

March 18 – 13.20 – Marsh Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips

March 18 – 14.30 – Ryanair Chase latest odds and tips

March 18 – 15.05 – Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 19 – 13.20 – Triumph Hurdle latest odds and tips

March 19 – 14.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase latest odds and tips

March 19 – 15.05 – Gold Cup latest odds and tips

March 19 – 16.15 – Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase latest odds and tips

    CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL DAY ONE SCHEDULE

    13:20 – Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y

    13.55 – Arkle Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y

    14.30 – Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f

    15.05 – Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y

    15.40 – Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y

    16.15 – Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 87y

    16.50 – National Hunt Chase (Grade 2) 3m 5f 201y

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