Mar 8 2018
Champion Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, 3:30 at Cheltenham, 13th March 2018
The Cheltenham Festival returns on Tuesday, 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 1/2 with Coral
- Wicklow Brave Each Way at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
The obvious place to start here is with last year’s impressive winner of the race, Buveur D’air. 4½l too good for stablemate My Tent Or Yours twelve months ago, before following up by a similar margin from that rival in the Aintree Hurdle, he is a perfect two from two this season, and showed seriously impressive speed when slamming The New One at Kempton last time out. It’s difficult to find any holes in the Nicky Henderson star and he looks the most likely winner.
Champion Hurdle Betting Offers
Top Offer – check out our post on the 50/1 Buveur d’Air offer where you can see the Ts and Cs and how to claim.
More offers will be here soon but you can also check out all of our Cheltenham Festival offers for 2018. If you fancy an ante post bet, be sure to see which bookies offer NRNB at this year’s Festival too.
The Champion Hurdle does have a very clear favourite according to the bookies, who have priced up Buveur D’air at 1/2 with Coral. He’s followed by Faugheen, who comes in to this one at 13/2 with Betfair. There’s quite a gulf between the top two according to the bookies, but is there justification in the seven-year-old’s short price going in to Tuesday’s biggest race?
We certainly think there’s reasons to get on board with the favourite, although price could be an issue. The Nicky Henderson trained bay gelding is only cut so short because he has been saved for this event, having ran just once in 2018. He did finish last year in excellent form, so there was little reason to push him too hard in the lead up to the Champion Hurdle.
His last six races have seen him go in to the hurdles as a heavy favourite, and Henderson has seen the seven-year-old come good on every occasion. While there’s obviously going to be greater competition at Cheltenham on Tuesday, we still have a lot of confidence in the favourite, which has us backing Buveur D’air for another win this week.
If that price seems to short for you, then you might want to consider going with our each way tip in this race. We’re going for Wicklow Brave as our outside choice ahead of this one, who is a much bigger option. He comes in to this race priced up at 14/1 with Ladbrokes, and we see plenty of value in those odds.
Cheltenham Championship Races