2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Preview

Scheduled to take place in late January or early February of each year at the Leopardstown racecourse is the Irish Champion Hurdle. The inaugural running of the Irish Champion Hurdle was in 1950 when ten-year-old Hatton's Grace won the race for Vincent O'Brien.

The race is open to runners aged four years or older and is run over a distance of two miles where there are eight hurdles that are jumped. The race is part of the two-day Dublin Racing Festival which takes place in either late January or early February, you can find more details here.

Irish Champion Hurdle Content:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Leopardstown Betting Picks page to see which of those runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Henry De Bromhead trained Petit Mouchoir ridden by David Mullins who has set the fastest winning time in the Irish Champion Hurdle, the runner won the race in a time of 3:41.30 that was set when winning the race in 2017. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Mrs John Harrington and jockey Barry Geraghty with Macs Joy who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 4:08.40 in the 2005 renewal.

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

  • 2017 - Petit Mouchoir (3:41.30)
  • 2019 - Apples Jade (3:44.60)
  • 2020 - Honeysuckle (3:49.30)

How competitive is the Irish Champion Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2014 when the race had an over-round of 108%. The race in 2020 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 127%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Irish Champion Hurdle, the over-round has been 114%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £114 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 Irish Champion Hurdle next time out then you would have back a total of 6 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.16. Before placing your bet on the 2023 Irish Champion Hurdle see which other runners today are being back on the racing predictions page.

Irish Champion Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Irish 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 Irish Champion Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse Info
2022
4:06.20
Honeysuckle (GB)
8yo 11-5 1/5F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2021
4:01.50
Honeysuckle (GB)
7yo 11-5 10/11F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2020
3:49.30
Honeysuckle (GB)
6yo 11-3 8/11F
Rachael Blackmore
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2019
3:44.60
Apples Jade (FR)
7yo 11-3 8/11F
Jack Kennedy
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2018
4:00.90
Supasundae (GB)
8yo 11-10 8/1
Robbie Power
Mrs John Harrington (IRE)
2017
3:41.30
Petit Mouchoir (FR)
6yo 11-10 9/10F
David Mullins
Henry De Bromhead (IRE)
2016
3:54.00
Faugheen (IRE)
8yo 11-10 30/100F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2015
3:57.20
Hurricane Fly (IRE)
11yo 11-10 11/10F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2014
3:53.00
Hurricane Fly (IRE)
10yo 11-10 4/7F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2013
4:05.10
Hurricane Fly (IRE)
9yo 11-10 1/6F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • IRE: 19 winners with an additional 23 placings from 117 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • GB: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 6 runners

Irish Champion Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Irish Champion Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race 6 times. Those 6 winners came from Hurricane Fly (2011), Hurricane Fly (2012), Hurricane Fly (2013), Hurricane Fly (2014), Hurricane Fly (2015) & Faugheen (2016). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Irish Champion Hurdle are Henry De Bromhead (5 wins), Mrs John Harrington (2 wins) & C A Murphy (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Irish 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
W P Mullins 29-6-10 -19.62 -14.01
Henry De Bromhead 8-5-6 +3.07 +1.62
Mrs John Harrington 12-2-6 -0.62 +1.97
C A Murphy 7-2-4 -1.05 -1.02
Gordon Elliott 8-1-4 -6.27 -2.24
C Byrnes 2-1-2 -0.17 +0.39
Noel Meade 7-0-2 -7.00 -4.65
D K Weld 3-0-0 -3.00 -3.00
Edward P Harty 2-0-0 -2.00 -1.00
Sabrina J Harty 2-0-0 -2.00 -2.00

Irish Champion Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Irish Champion Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Rachael Blackmore who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Honeysuckle (2020), Honeysuckle (2021) & Honeysuckle (2022).

Here are some of the top Irish 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 4-3-3 +0.84 +0.14
Paul Townend 11-1-5 -9.56 -4.60
Davy Russell 9-1-4 -7.17 -3.91
Robbie Power 6-1-3 +3.00 +2.30
Jack Kennedy 3-1-3 -1.27 +1.46
David Mullins 2-1-1 -0.10 -1.00
Mark Walsh 6-0-0 -6.00 -5.00
Danny Mullins 3-0-1 -3.00 -0.50
Sean Flanagan 3-0-0 -3.00 -3.00
Mr P W Mullins 2-0-0 -2.00 -2.00

2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,1,4,1,1,2,(2,3),4,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,1,1,1,1

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 (57%) - No bigger than 9/1
  • 20 / 20 (69%) - Beaten no more than 6½l (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Ran on GD or worse (Debut)
  • 20 / 20 (79%) - Had 5-25 placings (Non-Hcp)
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Within first 5 of market
  • 20 / 20 (81%) - Previously ran over 2m2f+
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Made 2-7 starts (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Runner aged 6yo+
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Not a Class 2-4 (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Had 2-6 placings (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Made 1-4 starts (Season)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Top 2 within last 3 starts
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Carried at least 11-3 (LTO)
  • 19 / 20 (69%) - No bigger than 7/1 (LTO)
  • 19 / 20 (83%) - Ran in either a G1 or G2 (LTO)
  • 19 / 20 (89%) - Field of fewer than 10 (LTO)
  • 18 / 20 (61%) - Same jockey (Last Win)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Leopardstown racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Irish Champion Hurdle. If you are looking to place on a bet this race well in advance of the actual running, then there may be an ante-post market available for you to place your bet. If you are unfamiliar with this type of betting then head over to the OLBG Betting School and have a read of our Ante-Post Horse Racing article which explains how ante-post betting works.

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Irish Champion Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which has produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +5.76 is when runners were 1st in the betting market. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 4 career wins in Jumps (Hurdle) races, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-21.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Irish Champion Hurdle is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 12 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Fairyhouse, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Fairyhouse last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 15 winners from a total of 108 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 5 winners from a total of 16 runners.

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

  • Montjeu (5 Wins)
  • Sulamani (3 Wins)
  • Good Thyne (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest priced winner was Hardy Eustace in 2007 when winning for D T Hughes at odds of 9/1 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 15 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2023 Irish Champion Hurdle see which other runners today are being back by the best racing tipsters today.

Other Principal races at Leopardstown racecourse

Here are some other notable races at Leopardstown racecourse for throughout the racing season which you may be interested in.

Races in September

Races in December

Races at The Dublin Racing Festival

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