Mar 11 2019
Champion Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, 3:30 at Cheltenham, 12th March 2019
The Cheltenham Festival returns on Tuesday 12th March, and the highlight of the open day’s action is the Champions Hurdle. The return of the Festival is no doubt being headlined by this 16 and a half furlong race, but will the opening day’s biggest race see any kind of shocks? Ahead of the start of this year’s festival, you can see our Champion Hurdle betting tips and predictions below.
The opening day of the Cheltenham Festival finishes up with the Champion Hurdle, which is dominated by talk of the returning champion. Can Buveur d’Air claim a third straight victory at this race? As it stands, there are plenty of contenders who are shaping up to steal the crown.
- Apples Jade to win – at 2/1 with bet365
- Sharjah each way – at 16/1 with Betfair
Runners and Riders News
There are currently 10 in the field for Tuesday’s race, which is set to make it the smallest field since 2015. There are a couple of outsiders in the field coming into this one, with Global Citizen and Silver Streak the 100/1 outsiders with bet365. However, the main focus comes up at the top, as Buveur d’Air aims to secure a third straight win in this race. That hasn’t be achieved since 2000, when Istanbraq landed three-in-a-row. The competition appears to be fiercer this time around, and the bookies aren’t all that confident in the returning champion landing more success this week.
Odds and Preview
Buveur d’Air comes into this one having been butted out as the favourite, drifting out to 5/2 with BetVictor for the win. However, December saw him edged out at Kempton in the Christmas Hurdle, losing out to Verdana Blue; who is an interesting 16/1 shot with Ladbrokes ahead of this race.
However, we’re focusing on the new favourite – Apples Jade. The seven-year-old has been cut to 2/1 with bet365, making her a main contender for this one. A great winning streak of late has put her out in front here, after four straight wins dating back to November. She’s won nine of her last 11 outings overall, and we think that this is set to be another strong run from her. We’re also going in with a slighter bigger pick for this one, as we’re going each-way on Sharjah.
The Willie Mullins’ trained six-year-old has put together a strong record over hurdles, and after a few solid results in a row he’s set to be a contender for this one. He comes into this race on the back of a win at the Ryanair Hurdle, while he claimed a success in Punchestown back in November. Despite back to back wins, he can be found at 16/1 with Betfair going into this one, making him a great each-way option.
Buveur d’Air’s recent domination of this race has ended a mini-trend, after four straight Irish winners. Having backed one of Willie Mullins’ picks, we can see him getting a chance to add to his four victories at this meeting, the first of which came back in 2013.
- 2018: Buveur d’Air – Jockey: Barry Geraghty; Trainer: Nicky Henderson
- 2017: Buveur d’Air – Jockey: Noel Fehily; Trainer: Nicky Henderson
- 2016: Annie Power – Jockey: Ruby Walsh; Trainer: Willie Mullins
- 2015: Faugheen – Jockey: Ruby Walsh; Trainer: Willie Mullins
- 2014: Jezki – Jockey: Barry Geraghty; Trainer: Jessica Harrington
Cheltenham Championship Races