Cheltenham Festival: Paddy’s antepost favourites for the 2023 Championship races

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The 2022 Cheltenham Festival provided plenty of action, drama and entertainment – and the four championship races were no exception!

Honeysuckle was roared home after making it back-to-back victories in the Champion Hurdle, Energumene claimed a maiden Champion Chase crown for Willie Mullins, Flooring Porter blitzed the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle field once again, while A Plus Tard was electric on his way to claiming the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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A whole season of hard work and effort went into landing the big prizes but fresh challengers await this season as plenty of exciting novices that displayed their talent at the Festival have made the step into open company.

Paddy Power’s traders have been busy little beavers and drawn up Cheltenham Festival odds for the four championship races – and we’ve taken a deep dive into the betting markets to look at the early favourites.

Champion Hurdle

Constitution Hill delivered one of the most impressive performances at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival to rout the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle field and the gelding’s time also compared favourably to Honeysuckle’s in the Champion Hurdle.

The six-year-old routed stablemate and 2020 Champion Hurdle heroine Epatante without coming off the bridle on his first start in open company in the the Fighting Fifth Hurdle before repeating the feat in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

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Constitution Hill Champion Hurdle (Non Runner Money Back)

Champion Chase

Energumene’s success in last year’s renewal ensured Willie Mullins got his hands on the Champion Chase for the first time in his training career – but the Irish-trained horse has fallen behind Edwardstone in our antepost betting after a disappointing third in the rescheduled Clarence House won by Editeur Du Gite.

Edwardstone, last season’s Arkle hero, already has a Grade 1 in open company on his CV after a stirring display in December’s Tingle Creek.

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Edwardstone Champion Chase (Non Runner Money Back)

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

Another bold front-running display ensured Flooring Porter became the first horse since the legendary Big Buck’s in 2012 to win the race two years in a row.

Gavin Cromwell’s charge has delivered two sub-par performances this term, however, and is only 50/50 to appear at the Cheltenham Festival after a training setback which has allowed Teahupoo to climb to the top of the early market after comprehensive victories in the Hatton’s Grace and Galmoy.

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Teahupoo Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle (Non Runner Money Back)

Gold Cup

A Plus Tard displayed a devastating turn of foot in the closing stages to win the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup by 15l from last year’s winner and stablemate Minella Indo, but a disappointing start to this season has Henry de Bromhead’s gelding tumbling down the market.

Willie Mullins’ Galopin Des Champs is the antepost favourite after a superb seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan added to his frighteningly good performances over fences in his novice chasing campaign. His next target is the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Racing February on the first weekend of February.

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Galopin Des Champs Gold Cup (Non Runner Money Back)

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