2023 Champion Hurdle Preview, Trends & Analysis

A two-mile Champion Hurdle for the fastest hurdlers in national hunt racing, and the ability to travel well at speed and hurdle without losing momentum is crucial in this race at the Cheltenham racecourse.

2023 Champion Hurdle Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 Champion Hurdle Preview

A two-mile Champion Hurdle for the fastest hurdlers in national hunt racing, and the ability to travel well at speed and hurdle without losing momentum is crucial in this race at the Cheltenham racecourse. Below we go into the race in much more detail with previous trends and form picks highlighted by our expert tipsters in forum posts to help you find the winner of the Champion Hurdle.

Istabraq was the last horse to win three Champion Hurdles (1998 to 2000), could Honeysuckle return in 2023 in an attempt to match that? Make sure to have a read of the Best Bookies for Cheltenham and Best Bookie for BOG so you get the most out of your festival betting.

Champion Hurdle Content:

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When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 3:45.10 was set by Annie Power in 2016, that is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by W P Mullins and ridden by R Walsh. The slowest winning time was set in 2008 when Katchit won in a time of 4:08.10, booked to ride was Robert Thornton on this Alan King trained runner.

These are the top three quickest run Champion Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2016 - Annie Power (3:45.10)
  • 2014 - Jezki (3:45.25)
  • 2006 - Brave Inca (3:50.00)

How competitive is the Champion Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2011 when the race had an over-round of 113%. The race in 2020 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 128%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Champion Hurdle, the over-round has been 119%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £119 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Champion Hurdle next time out then you would have back a total of 11 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +1.41. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page so you can get easy access to the OLBG racing picks on a daily basis.

Champion Hurdle 11 Aug @ 13:11 - AntePost
Constitution Hill 2.75
Honeysuckle 4.50
Vauban 7.00
State Man 9.00
Sir Gerhard 17.00
Maries Rock 26.00
Bob Olinger 26.00
Pied Piper 26.00
El Fabiolo 26.00
Epatante 26.00

Champion Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Champion Hurdle past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Champion Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse Info
2022
3:50.13
Honeysuckle (GB)
8yo 11-3 8/11F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2021
3:54.63
Honeysuckle (GB)
7yo 11-3 11/10F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2020
4:07.03
Epatante (FR)
6yo 11-3 2/1F
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2019
3:59.07
Espoir DAllen (FR)
5yo 11-10 16/1
Mark Walsh
Gavin Cromwell (IRE)
2018
4:05.00
Buveur DAir (FR)
7yo 11-10 4/6F
Barry Geraghty
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2017
3:50.90
Buveur DAir (FR)
6yo 11-10 5/1
Noel Fehily
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2016
3:45.10
Annie Power (IRE)
8yo 11-3 5/2F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2015
3:50.90
Faugheen (IRE)
7yo 11-10 4/5F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2014
3:45.25
Jezki (IRE)
6yo 11-10 9/1
Barry Geraghty
Mrs John Harrington (IRE)
2013
3:59.35
Hurricane Fly (IRE)
9yo 11-10 13/8F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Champion Hurdle have been based:

  • IRE: 12 winners with an additional 17 placings from 101 runners
  • GB: 8 winners with an additional 23 placings from 145 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 4 runners
  • GER: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Champion Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Champion Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Nicky Henderson who has won the race 5 times. Those 5 winners came from Punjabi (2009), Binocular (2010), Buveur DAir (2017), Buveur DAir (2018) & Epatante (2020). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Champion Hurdle are W P Mullins (4 wins) & Henry De Bromhead (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Champion Hurdle trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Nicky Henderson 37-5-15 +6.67 +5.45
W P Mullins 33-4-12 -21.32 -12.97
Henry De Bromhead 8-2-3 -4.17 -3.80
Paul Nicholls 10-1-2 +2.00 -1.90
Alan King 10-1-1 +1.00 -3.00
Philip Hobbs 8-1-2 -2.50 -4.11
Mrs John Harrington 6-1-2 +4.00 +0.90
C A Murphy 4-1-3 -1.25 +0.43
Gavin Cromwell 2-1-2 +15.00 +9.10
John G Carr 2-1-1 +15.00 +8.60

Champion Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Champion Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Rachael Blackmore who has won the race 2 times. Those 2 winners came from Honeysuckle (2021) & Honeysuckle (2022). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Champion Hurdle, Paul Townend has had a total of 11 rides to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Champion Hurdle jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Rides, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Rachael Blackmore 3-2-2 +0.83 +0.10
Mark Walsh 6-1-1 +11.00 +4.60
Paul Townend 11-0-5 -11.00 -3.15
Daryl Jacob 7-0-0 -7.00 -7.00
Davy Russell 6-0-1 -6.00 -3.00
Tom Scudamore 6-0-1 -6.00 -5.05
Sam Twiston-Davies 5-0-1 -5.00 -4.17
Robbie Power 5-0-0 -5.00 -5.00
Aidan Coleman 4-0-3 -4.00 +1.10
Paddy Brennan 4-0-1 -4.00 -2.80

2023 Champion Hurdle Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,3,2,(1,9),1,6,14,3,10,1,3,1,4,1,1,DSQ,1,6,1,1,1

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 20 / 20 (56%) - Placed within past 19-78 days
  • 20 / 20 (61%) - No bigger than 9/2 (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (64%) - Won within past 19-153 days
  • 20 / 20 (65%) - Had 1-3 placings (90 Days)
  • 20 / 20 (68%) - Won within past 180 days
  • 20 / 20 (73%) - No bigger than 9/2 (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (74%) - On GS or worse ground (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (79%) - Within first 10 of market
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Had 5+ wins (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Ran in Non Hcp (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Made 2-7 starts (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Contested a G1
  • 19 / 20 (72%) - Won within 3 starts
  • 19 / 20 (73%) - Ran over 15.5-16f (LTO)
  • 19 / 20 (74%) - 1+ Wins with jockey
  • 19 / 20 (84%) - Field of under 11 (LTO)
  • 19 / 20 (85%) - Carried 11-2+ (LTO)
  • 18 / 20 (53%) - No Bigger than 16/1
  • 18 / 20 (74%) - Made 8+ starts (Non-Hcps)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Cheltenham racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Champion Hurdle. How well do you know your horse racing? Are there certain types of races which are you are unsure of? Why not take a look at this Types Of Horse Race article to familiarise yourself with the different types of racing, that is just one of many helpful horse racing articles in the OLBG Betting School.

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Champion Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which has produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +24.43 is when runners ran over 2m when last winning. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 places in the past 90 days, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-87.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Champion Hurdle is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Sandown, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Sandown last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 16 winners from a total of 238 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 4 winners from a total of 13 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Champion Hurdle:

  • Archway (2 Wins)
  • Crillon (2 Wins)
  • Montjeu (2 Wins)
  • Sulamani (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Champion Hurdle despite multiple attempts:

  • Kings Theatre (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Beat Hollow (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Perugino (0 Wins from 6 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest priced winner was Hardy Eustace in 2004 when winning for D T Hughes at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Conor O'Dwyer. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 10 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2023 Champion Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Schedule at the Cheltenham Festival

Have a look at our racing tipsters Cheltenham predictions for the Champion Hurdle. Next up is the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle, head over to find trends and tips.

Cheltenham Festival races for Tuesday 14th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Constitution Hill (GB)
5yo - 9/4
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Edwardstone (GB)
8yo - 5/2
Alan King
Tom Cannon
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Corach Rambler (IRE)
8yo - 10/1
Lucinda Russell
Derek Fox
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
Honeysuckle (GB)
8yo - 8/11
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Maries Rock (IRE)
7yo - 18/1
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Brazil (IRE)
4yo - 10/1
Padraig Roche
Mark Walsh
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Stattler (IRE)
7yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival races for Wednesday 15th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Sir Gerhard (IRE)
7yo - 8/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
LHomme Presse (FR)
7yo - 9/4
Venetia Williams
Charlie Deutsch
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup (Link)
Commander Of Fleet (IRE)
8yo - 50/1
Gordon Elliott
Shane Fitzgerald
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Energumene (FR)
8yo - 5/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
9yo - 5/2
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Global Citizen (IRE)
10yo - 28/1
Ben Pauling
Kielan Woods
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Facile Vega (IRE)
5yo - 15/8
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival races for Thursday 16th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Bob Olinger (IRE)
7yo - 6/5
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Third Wind (GB)
8yo - 25/1
Hughie Morrison
Tom OBrien
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Allaho (FR)
8yo - 4/7
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Flooring Porter (IRE)
7yo - 4/1
Gavin Cromwell
Danny Mullins
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Coole Cody (IRE)
11yo - 22/1
Evan Williams
Adam Wedge
16:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Mares Novices Hurdle
Love Envoi (IRE)
6yo - 15/2
Harry Fry
Jonathan Burke
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Chambard (FR)
10yo - 40/1
Venetia Williams
Miss Lucy Turner

Cheltenham Festival races for Friday 17th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
JCB Triumph Hurdle
Vauban (FR)
4yo - 6/4
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
State Man (FR)
5yo - 11/4
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
The Nice Guy (IRE)
7yo - 18/1
W P Mullins
Sean OKeeffe
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
A Plus Tard (FR)
8yo - 3/1
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Billaway (IRE)
10yo - 13/8
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs PP Mares Chase
Elimay (FR)
8yo - 9/4
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Banbridge (IRE)
6yo - 12/1
Joseph Patrick OBrien
M M McDonagh

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