Mar 12 2018
Betfair Faugheen Cheltenham Offer: 100/1 on Faugheen to win the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday 13th March 2018
The Cheltenham Festival is here and there are loads and loads of great Cheltenham Festival offers and odds enhancements popping up.
One of the best that has materialised thus far come from Betfair: enhanced odds of 100/1 on Faugheen to win the Champion Hurdle.
New Customers can get Faugheen at an enhanced 100/1 to win the Champion Hurdle. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
While many are tipping the favourite (and last year’s winner) Buveur D’Air for success in the Champion Hurdle, it’s certainly no one-horse race! (Incidentally, if you fancy the favourite, check out our 50/1 Buveur D’Air Offer article.)
It should be noted that Faugheen is one of the true greats of the sport. With 13 victories to his name, including the Champion Hurdle and three other Grade 1 hurdles in 2016, if this horse returns to form, he could romp clear by some distance. He’s currently floating around the 6/1 mark as the second favourite.
Of course, he hasn’t been quite himself of late. He was pulled up at Leopardstown in December and managed only a second place finish behind Supasundae in the Irish Champion Hurdle. Clearly almost two years away from the track takes its toll on even the best of them, but there were signs of improvement last time out that could give his fans hope.
Trainer Willie Mullins is setting Faugheen up with cheekpieces for the Champion Hurdle in the hope it will rekindle the star’s form. Whether the headgear will be the thing that gets this fine runner back to his best remains to be seen, but at odds of 100/1, it could be worth taking the chance if you don’t already have a Betfair betting account.
Champion Hurdle Past Winners
As mentioned it was Buveur D’Air who took victory in the Champion Hurdle in 2017. The Nicky Hendrson-trained gelding finished four and half lengths ahead of My Tent Or Yours and further three ahead of third placed Petit Mouchoir.
Four of the previous six winners came from the awesome trainer/jockey combo of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh: Hurricane Fly in 2011 and 2013, Faugheen in 2015 and Annie Power in 2016. Can they combine to take Faugheen to victory again in 2017? We think it’s certainly possible.
Here are the most recent winners of the race:
• 2017 – Buveur d’Air – jockey Noel Fahily, 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
• 2013 – Hurricane Fly – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
• 2012 – Rock On Ruby – jockey Noel Fehily, trainer Paul Nicholls
• 2011 – Hurricane Fly – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
• 2010 – Binocular – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Nicky Henderson
• 2009 – Punjabi – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
• 2008 – Katchit – jockey Robert Thornton, trainer Alan King
• 2007 – Sublimity – jockey Philip Carberry, trainer John Carr
• 2006 – Brave Inca – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Colm Murphy
One thing that could well count against Faugheen is his age. The last 10 year old to win the Champion Hurdle was Sea Pigeon in 1980 (who won as an 11 year old the following year too!). Since then nine year olds have won in 1992 (Royal Gait), 2003 (Rooster Booster), and 2013 (Hurricane Fly).
There have been plenty of longer odds winners in recent times too. In fact the favourite has triumphed in the Champion Hurdle only four times from the last 11 renewals.
So will we see a renaissance for Faugheen at Cheltenham in 2018? We certainly hope so!
Also check out our 100/1 Cheltenham Acca Offer article for an alternative 100/1 offer from Betfair!