Champion Hurdle Trends

Before the festival it is always important to carefully research the races before having a bet in them. One way of doing this is to look at the key trends from the race.

@Cameron3012 has compiled the following trends to help pick this years Champion Hurdle winner!


Champion Hurdle Trends:


  • 12/15 had final prep run within 51 days of race day (Jezki raced 65 days before his win in 2014 and Faugheen also bucked the trend in 2015 when not racing since December 2014)
  • 27/33 won last time out
  • 21/27 were previous winners at Cheltenham
  • 21/28 finished in the first 4 of a festival race the previous year (Whilst Annie Power failed on this stat last year she was going to hose up in the mares hurdle before falling at the last in 2015)
  • 22/25 were in the first 6 in the betting
  • Ireland have a great record saddling 11 of the last 17 winners – 64.7% strike rate
  • 17/27 were aged 6 or 7 (although 8 yr olds have won 5 in that time. Only 3 9 year olds have obliged (including Hurricane Fly in 2013)
  • There has only been 1 5 year old winner since 1985 (Katchit for Alan King)
  • 15/16 were at least 4th or better at Cheltenham in the past
  • Only two winners since 1993 did not have a prep run in the same calendar year – Faugheen (as with many Mullins championship race favs) bucked this trend in 2015
  • Previous year’s Supreme Novices winner has not won since 1971 (Altior – goes for the Arkle)
  • 4/6 winners had contested the previous year’s renewal and all finished third (last year’s third was Nichols Canyon who may not run in this)
  • Only 1/27 International Hurdle winners have obliged (The New One this season’s winner)
  • Only 2/25 Christmas Hurdle winners have obliged in this (this year’s won by Yanworth)


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