Jan 31 2019
Irish Champion Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, 3:10 at Leopardstown, Saturday 2nd February 2019
The pick of the action in Dublin this Saturday is the historic Irish Champion Hurdle. This Grade One race covers 2 miles, and it’s set to put some big names through their paces ahead of the Cheltenham Festival later this year. Supasundae comes into this one looking to defend his title, but can he come out on top in a tight field this weekend?
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Supasundae was great value last year. Not only was he an outsider for this race, he thrilled the onlookers by reeling in favourite Faugheen late in the day, storming to a victory. It was a fine result, but can he repeat that display here? It’s hard to back against him based on that display, but this is no one horse race. The defending champion doesn’t even come here as the favourite for glory.
That honour goes to Apple’s Jade, who sits out in front of Willie Mullins’ Melon in the betting. Apple’s Jade is priced up at 5/4 with BetVictor to take a victory in this one, after finishing 2018 with a win at Leopardstown. She won the Christmas Hurdle here, continuing a three race winning run overall. That latest win came in a three mile race at this course, but Apple’s Jade is expected to adjust to the shorter length this weekend.
After all, Apple’s Jade also won at Fairyhouse in December too, a race which was a little over 2 miles long. She edged out Supasundae on that occasion, and we’re backing her to do the same in this one. This race is closer to her favoured distance, despite recent success at longer courses. She’s also boosted by the fact that Melon, the 11/4 second-favourite with Ladbrokes, is out of form. His last win came in November 2017, and that was in a Grade Two. There’s little there to justify Melon’s price ahead of this meeting.
We see Apple’s Jade as the obvious choice in Saturday’s meeting. We still think there’s value in her price of 5/4 with BetVictor, especially with the alternatives all showing some weaknesses. We are backing the favourite to win, while there could even be an opening for a shock second place finisher.
Petit Mouchoir is our each way pick here, at 16/1 with Betfair. He had a decent 2017 and 2018, including two victories and a string of placed finishes. He may not be the main candidate to challenge Apple’s Jade, but based on last season’s surprise contender, we think it’s worth covering this outsider to make a push for a strong finish. We are getting the eight-year-old on side ahead of Saturday’s renewal, alongside a stake on Apple’s Jade.