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The Champion Hurdle

The most prestigious hurdle race of the national hunt chase year.







The Stan James Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 Hurdle.

The Champion Hurdle is the most prestigious hurdle race in the whole calendar and is run for the best hurdlers and takes place on the opening day of the Cheltenham festival.

First Run in 1927 this is the top class hurdle race that all top class two mile hurdlers are aimed at all season.

There have been many multiple winners and the last triple winner was Istabraq 1998/1999/2000.

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The_2018_Race


The going on the opening day is set to be heavy and this is unusual for the festival where the ground often is better for the opening. Heavy ground often throws the formbook out of the window with unusual results. Time will tell!

The day one championship race the champion hurdle is going the way of the other races with the long-time odds on favourite Buveur D’Air looking the strongest prospect in the race. He has only suffered defeat once jumps and that was by Altior, this horse is one of the few fancied runners not to have had any setbacks in his preparation for the festival. He looks spot on and has won on heavy ground before.

Next in the market is the really strong Faugheen. An extremely talented horse who was the winner of this race in 2015 and has not contested the race since. He started the season with a sparkling return winning a grade 1 in Ireland but was subsequently pulled up in his next race. Nothing was found to be wrong with the horse but he put up a lacklustre reappearance in the Irish version of this race last month. A return to top form would see him very competitive here but at 10 he could be on the wane and may need some luck in running.

Ch’Tibello is a nice horse who will love the ground, he is on the upgrade but will need a fair bit of improvement here.

Charli Parcs has not shown that he can live at this grade yet but he is a very young horse at 5-years-old.

Elgin is interesting at a big price. He is an improving horse but the ground may well be hampering his chances.

Irish Raider Identity Thief is coming into form but does not look to be the sort normally to be troubling these. In his favour is that he has won on heavy and his trainer Henry De Bromhead always has his horses in peak for this time of year.

John Constable started the season well and is a winner on the flat but difficult to fancy given the improvement required here today.

Melon is a well respected horse and has been improving rapidly. He has a lot to find and maybe is one who would like better ground.

Mick Jazz likes soft ground and has Davy Russell on board a jockey who rides this course as well as most, and better than most. Third in the Irish Champion Hurdle behind Supasundae Faugheen and will need to improve.

My Tent or Yours would be the most popular winner having been 2nd in the last three Champion Hurdles. His chance may have passed now but loves this course and distance and the heavy ground should find him running well in the race.

Wicklow Brave. September 2016 this horse beat Order of St George to win the Group 1 Irish St, Leger. He has a lot of class and has won on heavy. Looks to be the springer in the pack.

Yorkhill, very talented but completely nuts. On his best behaviour and top form, he would be challenging for favouritism but he is unreliable.

Verdana blue looks to have little chance today on known form.




List_of_runners


No. Form•Type Horse AGE Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1 111-111 • CD • GELDING Buveur d'Air (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 169
2 132-422 • D • GELDING Ch'tibello (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 154
3 1F6-200 • D • GELDING Charli Parcs (FR) 5 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Noel Fehily 144
4 0-41161 • CD • GELDING Elgin (GB) 6 11st 10lbs Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 161
5 211/-1P2 • CD • GELDING Faugheen (IRE) p 10 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins R. Walsh 167
6 U460-62 • D • GELDING Identity Thief (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs Henry de Bromhead Sean Flanagan 149
7 0F-1162 • D • GELDING John Constable (IRE) T 7 11st 10lbs Evan Williams Leighton Aspell 156
8 122-135 • GELDING Melon (GB) 6 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 160
9 31-3513 • GELDING Mick Jazz (FR) H T 7 11st 10lbs Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 156
10 24222-1 • CD • GELDING My Tent Or Yours (IRE) H 11 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Aidan Coleman 162
11 1/033/01- • C • GELDING Wicklow Brave (GB) B 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins 164
12 1112-06 • CD • GELDING Yorkhill (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins David Mullins 155
13 43-5130 • D • MARE Verdana Blue (IRE) 6 11st 3lbs Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 145





The_Full_Result


No. Form•Type Horse AGE Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1 111-111 • CD • GELDING Buveur d'Air (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 169
2 122-135 • GELDING Melon (GB) 6 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 160
3 31-3513 • GELDING Mick Jazz (FR) H T 7 11st 10lbs Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 156
4 U460-62 • D • GELDING Identity Thief (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs Henry de Bromhead Sean Flanagan 149
5 0-41161 • CD • GELDING Elgin (GB) 6 11st 10lbs Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 161
6 211/-1P2 • CD • GELDING Faugheen (IRE) p 10 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins R. Walsh 167
7 1/033/01- • C • GELDING Wicklow Brave (GB) B 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins 164
9 0F-1162 • D • GELDING John Constable (IRE) T 7 11st 10lbs Evan Williams Leighton Aspell 156
8 132-422 • D • GELDING Ch'tibello (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 154
P/U 1F6-200 • D • GELDING Charli Parcs (FR) 5 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Noel Fehily 144
P/U 1112-06 • CD • GELDING Yorkhill (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins David Mullins 155
N/R 24222-1 • CD • GELDING My Tent Or Yours (IRE) H 11 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Aidan Coleman 162
N/R 43-5130 • D • MARE Verdana Blue (IRE) 6 11st 3lbs Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 145

Stewards Report

Race 4 - 3:30pm

THE UNIBET CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY (CLASS 1)(Grade 1)

BUVEUR D'AIR (FR), MELON and YORKHILL (IRE) wore earplugs.

After jumping the third last flight FAUGHEEN (IRE), placed sixth, shifted left-handed interfering with MELON, placed second, but after viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved.

Following the race Willie Mullins reported that FAUGHEEN, placed sixth, now appears to need further than two miles. The Veterinary Officer reported that CH'TIBELLO (FR), unplaced, was sore behind.







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