A certainty. A shoo-in. Can’t be beaten.
Call it what you like but the return of reigning Champion Hurdler and all-round wonder horse Constitution Hill in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day (1.55pm) has the opposition running for cover.
But Paddy’s not budging.
He’s stacked up a load of Constitution Hill Specials in the winning distance markets to put your racing smarts to the test.
A maximum of 5 rivals will take on the ‘Hill’ on Boxing Day after final decs are made on Saturday, December 23. On all known form – he wins. Easily.
Last year he won this contest by 17 lengths from stablemate Epatante and then went on to beat State Man by nine lengths in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Paddy has priced him up in our Lengthen your Odds market to Win by 10 Lengths or more or more. If you fancy a repeat of last year’s performance, we’ve priced up to Win by 16 Lengths or more.
Winning distances for the Christmas Hurdle
Cumulative Distance Special this season
And if you think that Boxing Day is the start of another season of unrivalled glory we have a Cumulative Distance Special to keep you rolling through Constitution Hill’s campaign.
Win Distance in Christmas Hurdle & Champion Hurdle ’23/24
We’ve even got a distance special on Nicky Henderson’s superstar winning both the Christmas Hurdle on Dec 26 and the Champion Hurdle next March by 10 lengths or more. Huzzah!
To win Christmas Hurdle, Champion Hurdle & Aintree Hurdle
And if you think he’ll repeat last season’s feat of winning the Christmas Hurdle, Champion Hurdle and Aintree Hurdle, well go right ahead.
Now, they say no-one remembers second place?
Meh. Paddy’s priced up the forecast on ALL the other runners to chase Constitution Hill home.
But don’t just take Paddy’s word for it, here’s what our PP News Columnists, Podcasters and all-round racing gurus have to say.
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I can see Nico de Boinville lying up behind the leaders and not taking it up until later on as connections will presumably want to give him as easy a time as possible. Why would you want to give Constitution Hill a hard race when he could be winning multiple Champion Hurdles in the years to come. That’s how I’d look at it if I was riding him.
A Grade 1 here albeit with a long odds on shot in the Christmas Hurdle over 2m. Jumps racing’s star performer Constitution Hill is the main attraction and should bolt up for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville on a delayed comeback. Last year’s winner and this year’s Champion Hurdle hero is miles too good for this lot and I’ll chance the old boy Sceau Royal to take second although Rubaud is much more likely on recent form!
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No surprise here with me picking Constitution Hill. With Rubaud in the field we should be guaranteed a true run race and, with that in mind, I would be backing Constitution Hill to win by more than six lengths from Rubaud.
This is all about the outstanding Constitution Hill, who will surely extend his unbeaten hurdle record to eight. Rubaud has listed and Grade 2 wins to his name over this C&D and is the one likely to follow him home.
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