Jan 14 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.
Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Betting Tips
- Buveur D’Air to win at 6/4 with Coral
- Melon each way at 10/1 with Ladbrokes
Hurdle races simply don’t come any bigger than this. Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle has long been the creme de la creme of the discipline, something demonstrated by the top class list of former winners. This side of the new millennium we’ve seen the likes of Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Faugheen all strike gold in the Grade 1 event. Five names in total have managed to win on three consecutive occasions but Buveur d’Air can make it six this March.
Champion Hurdle Betting Offers 2019
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The formerly infallible looking Buveur D’Air showed on Boxing Day that he can actually be beaten. Nicky Henderson’s supreme hurdler was looking to make it 12 successive victories at Kempton and was the heavy odds on favourite to do so. It was expected to be a routine win for the eight-year-old but stablemate Verdana Blue pounced on his error three hurdles out to win by a short head. The defeat should not be cause for concern however as only weeks earlier he was at his best to cruise to victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
Had an uncharacteristic mistake not hampered him at Kempton, there’s little doubt that Buveur D’Air would’ve extended his winning streak. The loss has seen his odds drift for the Champion Hurdle and he’s now available at a more than fair 6/4 with William Hill. Hoping to deny him a third successive crown is Laurina (4/1, Ladbrokes) who has proven more than ready to compete with the boys. She absolutely dominated among the mares last season, winning all four starts easily including a Grade 1 contest at Fairyhouse.
Unfortunately for Laurina’s Cheltenham preparation, she barely had to work a sweat on her delayed season return. Running against just one other at Sandown the six-year-old won by 48 lengths. Willie Mullins, winner of four of the last eight Champion Hurdle renewals, will hand her at least one more outings before the Festival begins but she may just be lacking a little in experience. In previous renewals this may not have been an issue but when facing Buveur D’Air any hopeful rival needs to be performing at their full potential.
Mullins’ fantastic record in this race means that any of his entries must be taken seriously. He’s got several other possibilities for this prestigious event and Melon is likely one that will be entered into the mix. The seven-year-old came so close to a fantastic win in last year’s renewal, pushing Buveur D’Air all the way to the line. While Mullins couldn’t have too many complaints with the loss, had Paul Townend found a little more space earlier on, we may have had a different outcome. Having come within a neck’s length of beating the odds on favourite last year, Melon stands as a superbly priced each way option (10/1, 888sport).
Cheltenham Championship Races