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
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Champion Hurdle Ten Year Trends

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
9/10had won at least one race that season
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.

One of the most well known stats in NH racing was the poor performance of five-year-olds in the Champion Hurdle until Katchit made a hole in that statistic in 2008 but even with his victory horses of that age are still one win from NINETY attempts since the previous five-year-old winner See You Then in 1985.

Can OUR CONOR improve the stats of the five-year-olds?

Champion Hurdle Last Ten Winners

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'Dwyer7/1F
2004Hardy Eustace7yoD HughesC O'Dwyer33/1

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 2014

Only one winner since 2007 has come from a traditional Bumper background with horses that have graduated from the Flat becoming the background to look out for.

Champion Hurdle Tips 2014

Hugely impressive in the Triumph Hurdle last year OUR CONOR has been brought along slowly this season by Dessie Hughes and the trainer was quite bullish in a recent quote about his charge overturning this season's defeats by Hurricane Fly.

Hughes has won the Champion Hurdle twice before and has trained Our Conor with just this race in mind.

If he can reproduce his Triumph Hurdle performance even this top class field will struggle to cope with him.

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Champion Hurdle Odds 2014

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