2020 Champion Hurdle Free Tips and Trends

The Grade One Champion Hurdle is the feature contest on day one (Tuesday) of the Cheltenham Festival and is run over 2m on the old course. 

Here at TQ we give you the key Champion Hurdle trends to help you pick the winner based on past statistics. Use these trends to find the best profiles – including age, trainer, current form etc, of recent Champion Hurdle winners.

The Champion Hurdle is recognised as the most prestigious hurdling race of the jumps season and is currently sponsored by leading bookmaker Unibet.

Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle Winners

2019 – ESPOIR D’ALLEN (16/1)
2018 – BUVEUR D’AIR (4/6 FAV)
2017 – BUVEUR D’AIR (5/1)
2016 – ANNIE POWER (5/2 fav)
2015 – FAUGHEEN (4/5 fav)
2014 – JEZKI (9/1)
2013 – HURRICANE FLY (13/8 fav)
2012 – ROCK ON RUBY (11/1)
2011 – HURRICANE FLY (11/4 fav)
2010 – BINOCULAR (9/1)
2009 – PUNJABI (22/1)
2008 – KATCHIT (10/1)
2007 – SUBLIMITY (16/1)
2006 – BRAVE INCA (7/4 fav)
2005 – HARDY EUSTACE (7/2 jfav)
2004 – HARDY EUSTACE (33/1)
2003 – ROOSTER BOOSTER (9/2)

Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle Betting Trends

16/17 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
15/17 – Had raced at Cheltenham before
15/17 – Had raced within the last 7 weeks
15/17 – Aged 8 or younger
14/17 – Rated 159 or higher
13/17 – Had finished in the top 4 in a Cheltenham Festival race the season before
13/17 – Had won 6 or more times over hurdles before
13/17 – Won last time out
11/17 – Placed favourites
10/17 – Had won at Cheltenham before
10/17 – Aged 6 or 7 years-old
10/17 – Irish bred winners
10/17 – Irish trained winners
9/17 – Winning distance – 2 1/2 lengths or more
8/17 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
7/17 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
6/17 – Ran in the previous season’s Champion Hurdle
6/17 – Had won a race at the Cheltenham Festival the previous season
4/17 – Trained by Willie Mullins
4/17 – Trained by Nicky Henderson (has won the race 7 times in all)
The average winning SP in the last 17 runnings is 9/1

Champion Hurdle Stats:

Champion Hurdle Stats:
5 year-olds are just 3 from 103 since 1985
30 of the last 36 winners won their previous race
23 of the last 34 winners were placed in the top 4 at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival
22 of the last 24 winners had a race that calendar year (i.e we are looking for horses that have run in 2020)
26 of the last 29 winners hailed from the first 6 in the betting market
Just 3 of the last 29 Christmas Hurdle winners has gone onto win the Champion Hurdle that season
Irish-trained horses have won 13 of the last 21 renewals

Champion Hurdle – 22 Year Trends

13/22 – Irish-trained winners
9/22 – British-trained winners
Willie Mullins (Ire) has trained 4 of the last 9 winners
Nicky Henderson (UK) has trained 4 of the last 11 winners

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