Champion Hurdle Tips 2022

Our betting experts pool together the best of the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle tips for the opening day of this year’s Festival. This big Grade 1 contest is the highlight of Tuesday’s card at Cheltenham, and it showcases the best 2m hurdlers around. This Champion Hurdle preview scours the field for this year’s exciting renewal.

Champion Hurdle Potential Runners & Favourites

Former Champion Hurdle winners include greats like Istabraq, Persian War, and Hurricane Fly. This is the most coveted hurdles race in National Hunt racing, and here, our experts examine some of the top Champion Hurdle 2022 tips.

HONEYSUCKLE landed last year’s Champion Hurdle at the Festival, winning by more than six lengths against Sharjah. Once she hit the front after a good jump two from home, there was no stopping her.

She is back for a title defence this year, and with Rachael Blackmore more than likely to keep the ride, Honeysuckle is going to be very well-supported. The 8-year-old, trained by Henry de Bromhead, really is something special. 

Honeysuckle returned to action in February after a break of more than two months to easily win the Irish Champion Hurdle (Grade 1). That’s now 14 wins in 14 starts for Honeysuckle.

APPRECIATE IT is undoubtedly no mug and couldn’t be heading to the Cheltenham Festival in a better mood. He warrants immense respect in Champion Hurdle betting tips as well, but can he get one over on Honeysuckle?

Strangely enough, Appreciate It is going to Cheltenham without a prep race, having not been seen since victory in the Supreme Novices’ last year. 

Is that some masterstroke by trainer Willie Mullins because trends indicate that each of the last 20 winners had taken their Champion Hurdle win after winning in the preceding 180 days? We’ll wait and see. 

EPATANTE is a high-class hurdler and has won both efforts this season, with scores at Newcastle and Kempton. Those were in the other two legs of the Triple Crown of Hurdling, the Fighting Fifth and the Christmas Hurdle. Granted, her last two defeats have been at the hands of Honeysuckle, and she may need more to complete the Triple Crown series.

So, there are some high-profile, top-class contenders among the Champion Hurdle runners. Does that leave much wiggle room for longer-priced options? TEAHUPOO has been hyped up recently and has been shortening in the market after winning all three efforts in pattern

company since switching to Gordon Elliott.

ZANAHIYR didn’t lay a glove on Honeysuckle at Leopardstown in February but continues to show plenty of improvement in this sphere nonetheless.

Champion Hurdle Noticeable Entries

Horse Silks Trainer/Jockey Odds
Honeysuckle J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
Appreciate It Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
Teahupoo Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Robbie Power
T: Gordon Elliott
Epatante Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Aidan Coleman
T: Nicky Henderson
Adagio Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J:Tom Scudamore
T:David Pipe
Zanahiyr Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Tommy’s Oscar Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny McMenamin
T: Ann Hamilton
Saint Roi Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Mark Walsh
T: Willie Mullins
Glory And Fortune Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Stan Sheppard
T: Tom Lacey
Not So Sleepy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jonathan Burke
T: Hughie Morrison

*Odds Correct as of 11am 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Champion Hurdle Race? 

Recently, there has been a trend towards favourites in Champion Hurdle betting tips. When Honeysuckle got to the line first twelve months ago, she was the third favourite to win in the last four renewals of the Champion Hurdle.

Extending that back further, six of the last nine renewals have seen a winning favourite crop up. Will that streak continue this year with Honeysuckle looking to complete the double in the feature race? None of the last 20 winners of the Champion Hurdle have done so at bigger odds than 16/1.

Champion Hurdle Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

Year Favourite Horse* Winning Horse
2021 Honeysuckle Honeysuckle (11/10)
2020 Epatante Epatante (2/1)
2019 Apple’s Jade (6th) Espoir D’Allen (16/1)
2018 Buveur D’Air Buveur D’Air (4/6)
2017 Yanworth (DSQ) Buveur D’Air (5/1)
2016 Annie Power Annie Power (5/2)
2015 Faugheen Faugheen (4/5)
2014 Hurricane Fly (4th) Jezki (9/1)
2013 Hurricane Fly Hurricane Fly (13/8)
2012 Hurricane Fly (3rd) Rock On Ruby (11/1)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up, DSQ = Disqualified

Champion Hurdle History & Present Time

As pointed out in this Champion Hurdle preview, this is the pinnacle of hurdling. The Grade 1 Champion Hurdle is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over 2m. It’s open to four-year-olds and up, with a 7lb allowance for fillies and mares. There are eight hurdles in the Champion Hurdle.

The race had its inauguration in 1927, and it has produced some fantastic champions. Hatton’s Grace became the first to land a hattrick in the race in 1951, while Persian War took centre stage in a golden era that started in the late 60s. More modern greats include the likes of Istabraq, Hardy Eustace and Hurricane Fly.

Champion Hurdle Jockey & Trainer Records

The leading jockey in the Champion Hurdle sees a three-way tie between Tim Molony, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty. They each won the contest four times in their respective careers. No active jockey has won the race more than once.

The leading Champion Hurdle trainer is Nicky Henderson, who has guided eight winners to success. He has taken three of the last five renewals of the fixture, with Buveur d’Air and Epatante combined.

Tips for all the other races on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival

1:30 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips See Preview
2:10 Arkle Chase Tips See Preview
2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase Tips See Preview
3:30 Champion Hurdle Tips See Preview
4:10 Mares’ Hurdle Tips See Preview
4:50 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Tips See Preview
5:30 National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase Tips See Preview