Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

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Tuesday 13th March 2018 Cheltenham Festival is the first day and provides three massive races - the Supreme Novices Hurdle, the Arkle Chase and the Champion Hurdle. It is imperative we get off to a great start and we have the information to make that possible. The Racing Horse will offer its members FREE collated trends and news on ALL 28 races giving members everything we need to make a profit!

 Just as last year we will use the successful Racing Horse Richter Scale which is a numerical percentage for expressing the magnitude of an event repeating itself. The power cannot be underestimated!

For example, for this particular race we note there are 13 pieces of information suggesting we back something with a 80% chance or more of happening again!

The Racing Horse RICHTER SCALE: 6-8yo carrying 11st 10lbs, rated 155+ with a run since Christmas, won last time out and ran 3 times that season. Rested for 41 days, ran over hurdles 12 times and a starting price of 7/1.


Buveur D'Air stands out!

The feature race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the Champion Hurdle, a grade one event run over two miles and a half a furlong where the best 2 mile hurdlers will battle up the famous hill for the coveted trophy. This race has normally gone to fairly fancied runners with only Hardy Eustace (33/1 in 2005) and Punjabi (22/1 in 2009) and to a lesser extent Sublimity (16/1 in 2007) being able to upset the form book in the last 20 years or so. More recently the Irish runners and especially those from the stable of Willie Mullins have dominated. In 2016 Annie Power became only the 4th mare to win the Champion Hurdle and this gave Mullins his fourth title in six seasons following earlier victories for Faugheen, and Hurricane Fly twice. 2017 saw a new star in Buveur D'Air!

Handling the ground conditions with the ability to race in large fields is key and must be considered in unison with the trends below...


3.30 Cheltenham: CHAMPION HURDLE 2m110y (Grade 1) 4yo+

20 of the last 20 ran since Christmas (18/20 within last 51 days) (100%)
18 of the last 18 winners won at 2m-2m1f (100%)
13 of last 13 winners top 4 on both previous starts when completing (100%)
12 of the last 13 winners in top 3 on previous start (2014 was 4th) (92%)
11 of the last 12 winners ran since Christmas finishing top 3 (92%)
.9 of the last 10 winners were geldings (90%)
17 of the last 19 winners placed at previous Cheltenham Festival (89%)
16 of the last 18 winners won Grade 1 hurdle or Grade 3 H'cap Hurdle (89%)
16 of the last 19 winners aged 6-8yo (84%)
15 of the last 18 winners returned 11/1 or under (83%)
.8 of the last 10 winners won a Grade 1 Hurdle (80%)
.8 of the last 10 winners won last time out (80%)
.8 of the last 10 winners placed in the first 4 at previous Festival (80%)
10 of the last 13 winners ran 7 or more times over hurdles (77%)
13 of the last 18 winners won a Grade 1 or 2 hurdle that season (72%)
.7 of the last 10 winners were Irish bred (70%)
.7 of the last 10 winners were 6 or 7yos (70%)
.7 of the last 10 winners running in the race for the first time (70%)
.8 of the last 18 favourites have won (44%)


Other Information

Ruby Walsh has ridden the Champion Hurdle winner 4 times in the last 6 years (Hurrican Fly 2011 & 2013, Faugheen 2015 and Annie Power 2016)

Willie Mullins has trained the winner 4 times in the last 6 years.

No horse has won the Champion Hurdle in successive years since Hardy Eustace in 2004 & 2005

2008 winner Katchit is the only 5yo winner since See You Then in 1985

Since 1951 there have only been 4 winners aged 9yo or over

No reigning Supreme Novice Hurdle winner has won the Champion Hurdle since 1971


This factual representation is the very best starting point and this page will be periodically updated right up to the Monday night before the Festival. By then we will have the official runners and riders and a clear idea of the ground conditions. This template will be replicated on all the other 27 races so the reader has all the information they need to WIN at this year's Festival. It is a must-have tool and well worth the £9.95 membership charge...



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