Champion Hurdle

A two mile sprint race for the fastest hurdlers in national hunt racing. An ability to travel well at speed and jump without losing momentum is crucial.

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Hurricane Fly - Champion Hurdle
Hurricane Fly

Champion Hurdle Ten Year Trends

10/10had won at least one race that season
9/10 had final prep run within 51 days of Festival
9/10had previously finished at least fourth at the Cheltenham Festival with six out of ten previous winners at the Festival
9/10were aged six to nine
8/10had between ten and twenty runs over hurdles
7/10had won last time out


Champion Hurdle Trends Analysis

From the above trends the two that stand out are the need for a relatively recent prep race and the age of the winner to be six to nine.

Champion Hurdle Last Ten Winners

YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
2014Jezki6yoMrs J HarringtonB Geraghty9/1
2013Hurricane Fly9yoW MullinsR Walsh13/8F
2012Rock On Ruby7yoP NichollsN Fehily11/1
2011Hurricane Fly7yoW MullinsR Walsh11/4F
2010Binocular6yoN HendersonAP McCoy9/1
2009Punjabi6yoN HendersonB Geraghty22/1
2008Katchit5yoA KingR Thornton10/1
2007Sublimity7yoJ CarrP Carberry16/1
2006Brave Inca8yoC MurphyAP McCoy7/4F
2005Hardy Eustace8yoD HughesC O'Dwyer7/2F


The table above shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).

Champion Hurdle Preview 2015

Willie Mullins has another powerful hand to play in this year's Champion Hurdle with Faugheen, Arctic Fire and dual former winner Hurricane Fly all representing the master Irish trainer.

Last year's winner Jezki will be out to try and become the first back to back winner since Hardy Eustace.

British hopes seemingly rest solely with The New One who will be looking to overturn his bad luck in last year's race.

Champion Hurdle Tips 2015

OLBG member Liammet50 has selected FAUGHEEN:

"Answered every question asked of him in the style of a champion. Proved he handles the course with an impressive victory in the Neptune last year. Has been campaigned cleverly by his top trainer to peak at The Festival."

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