Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Bets and Tips
Cheltenham Day 1 – Tuesday 13th March 2018
A betting bonanza on Cheltenham Champion Day gets underway with the Supreme Novices Hurdle, traditionally scheduled for 1.30pm, then moving onto the Arkle Trophy Chase at 2.05pm for a quickfire Grade 1 double.
Following the Ultima Handicap Chase at 2.40pm it’s time for the big race of the day, the Stan James sponsored Champion Hurdle which is scheduled to go off at 3.30pm at the Prestbury Park racecourse in Gloucestershire.
Champion Hurdle Runners & Riders 2018
Buveur D’air is the defending Champion Hurdler, owned by JP McManus and will be ridden by his retained jockey Barry Geraghty. The pair are very much the favourites to win the Cheltenham Champion Day showpiece contest.
Second favourite in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle betting odds is the Willie Mullins trained Faugheen, ridden by Ruby Walsh – the bookies favourite to be once again crowned top Cheltenham Festival jockey for 2018.
Melon and Yorkhill are also high in the Champion Hurdle odds for top Irish trainer Willie Mullins, with jockey Paul Townend set to be given the choice of the pair.
Ruby Walsh suffered a broken leg in the early part of the 2017-2018 National
Hunt season, but he has been recovering very well from the resulting operation and the Irish iron man and Cheltenham favourite is expected to be back in the saddle in the early part of the Spring.
Walsh is very much the key man at the Mullins stable and after a rather horrid spell for the outfit before and over Christmas, they’ve now begun to turn a corner as we move steadily into the new year.
Champion Hurdle Free Bets & Betting Offers
- William Hill Festival Non-Runner Insurance + Bet £10, Get £30 Free Bets offer.
- Paddy Power £20 Risk Free Bet & NRNB (Non-Runner No Bet) betting markets now available for ALL 2018 Cheltenham races.
- Betfair £100 Deposit Bonus which can be used on the Champion Hurdle.
- Bet365 also go ‘Non-Runner No Bet’ on the 5 Championship races, including the Champion Hurdle race.
Champion Hurdle Latest Odds
*Subject to ante-post terms, other prices available for NRNB markets.
Buveur D’Air – 4/6 fav
Faugheen – 6/1
Melon – 8/1
Yorkhill – 10/1
My Tent Or Yours – 16/1
Defi Du Seuil – 20/1
Min – 25/1
Apple’s Jade – 25/1
Limini – 33/1
Arctic Fire – 33/1
Mick Jazz – 33/1
Wicklow Brave – 33/1
The New One – 40/1
Ch’tibello – 50/1
Champion Day 1 Betting Tips
The obvious choice for any Cheltenham Day 1 tips is Nicky Henderson’s stable star BUVEUR D’AIR in the Champion Hurdle. A young horse with a superb engine who, in his two starts so far this season (en route to defending his 2017 Champion Hurdle crown) has looked even better!
Even if his main challenger Faugheen does turn up at his absolute best, he will still have a real battle on his hands to deny the younger, more consistent JP McManus owned horse.
From those horses further down the Champion Hurdle betting lists, THE NEW ONE makes some each-way appeal Champion Hurdle odds of 40/1 if the ground comes up soft, while My Tent Or Yours would look big at 16/1 on the day if the ground was good to soft or better so
Horse Racing Tips
2017 Champion Hurdle Results
2017 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1 – Class 1 – £400,000 Prize Money)
- 1st – BUVEUR D’AIR (5/1)
- 2nd – My Tent Or Yours (16/1)
- 3rd – Petit Mouchoir (6/1)
Noel Fehily produced a memorable ride to score a big win on Buveur D’Air in the 2017 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle, who ran out a comprehensive winner of the race and returning at very generous Champion Hurdle odds of 5/1.
The winner found a sustained turn of foot up the famous Cheltenham hill to deny the evergreen and gallant My Tent Or Yours.
Petit Mouchoir led them a merry dance but didn’t jump the best and paid for those errors late on.