Unibet Champion Hurdle

The Unibet Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1  race, the most prestigious over hurdles, which is open to horses aged four years and above. The race is run on the Old Course and the runners have to jump eight hurdles.

The Champion Hurdle is often run at a fast pace, so it is important that when betting on the race you select a horse which is proven to be able to win in fast paced races.

Buveur D’Air and  Hurricane Fly are recent dual winners, with Faugheen another notable winner.


3.30 Unibet Champion Hurdle (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Steeplechase Race

Distance: 2m 1/2f 

Age: 4 year olds +

Weight: 11st 2lb (4yo) 11st 10lb (5yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for fillies and mares

Prize Fund: £450,000


2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Tuesday 10 March

Cheltenham (Old Course) 3.30:  Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (4yo+) 2m½f (ITV)

Trainers

  • Willie Mullins has trained four of the last 10 winners, with dual winners Buveur D’Air and Hurricane Fly, with a further six runners placed
  • Nicky Henderson has trained three winners and has had five placed runners
  • The race has gone to Irish trainers six times in the last 10 years

Sex

  • One mare, Annie Power, has won in the last 10 years

Age

  • 7yo winners: 4
  • 6yo: 3
  • 5yo: 1
  • 8yo: 1
  • 9yo: 1

Official Rating

  • Eight winners were rated between 162 and 169

SPs

  • There have been five winning favourites in the past 10 years, with one more placed
  • The prices of non-favourite winners ranged from 5/1 to 16/1

Form Pointers

  • Eight winners won their preceding race
  • Eight winners had won a Grade 1 race, with five winning three or more
  • Eight winners had a 70% or better strike rate over hurdles
  • Seven winners were unbeaten in the same season
  • Excluding the second wins of the dual winners, seven winners had previously won over the distance
  • Six winners were having their fourth race of the season
  • Five winners had not previously won at Cheltenham

Number Cruncher’s Verdict

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