Champion Hurdle 2021

Champion Hurdle Tips

The Champion Hurdle is shaping up to be one of the races of the week and the two mares currently head the market. Honeysuckle made it the perfect 10 from 10 in the Irish Champion Hurdle last month, and it’s great to see connections decide to go down this route.

The star mare has improved again this season. She’s shown she has the speed for two miles, but she may be better suited to more testing ground which would be a slight concern.

Epatante was disappointing at Kempton over Christmas when beaten by Silver Streak and will need to bounce back to form to regain her crown here. However, out of the two at the top of the market, Honeysuckle looks like the one to side with after her sensational victory at Leopardstown.

Looking further down the market, one at a price who could run well is Sharjah. He was beaten a long way by Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle but he put in a similar level performance last year before returning to form at Cheltenham, finishing runner-up to Epatante.

He’s versatile in regards to the ground so it would be no surprise to see him bounce back to form again here. The race will be run to suit the eight-year-old and he can pick up the pieces late on.

Champion Hurdle Prediction

Honeysuckle will be hard to beat, but if you’re looking for an each-way bet, Sharjah at 16/1 is your ticket.

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Champion Hurdle Favourite

It’s fairly tight at the top of the Champion Hurdle market as it stands, with Henry De Bromhead-trained Honeysuckle the narrow favourite at 5/2. The seven-year-old was last seen dismantling a star-studded field in the Grade 1 Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and connections will be expecting last year’s Mares’ Hurdle winner to enjoy further success in this bigger prize at the 2021 Festival.

Last year’s Champion Hurdle winner Epatante is a 7/2 chance currently and is the most backed in the market since it opened, with 24% of bets. Howevever, Honeysuckle (39%) and Goshen (27%) have taken far more in the past month than Epatante (9%). In what’s expected to be a hugely exciting renewal, Goshen (4/1) is in contention to make amends after his Triumph Hurdle tragedy last year. Gary Moore’s gelding returned to form emphatically with a 22-length victory in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton late last month.

  • Honeysuckle 5/2
  • Epatante 7/2
  • Goshen 4/1
  • Abacadabras 14/1
  • Silver Streak 14/1
  • Sharjah 16/1



Champion Hurdle Runners 

23 runners are currently entered for the race of the maximum 26, but it will certainly be less than that come the day of the race. You can see the current ante-post betting for the race here

Champion Hurdle Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey
2020 Epatante Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
2019 Espoir D'Allen Gavin Cromwell M. P. Walsh
2018 Buveur D'Air Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
2017 Buveur D'Air Nicky Henderson Noel Fehily
2016 Annie Power Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2015 Faugheen Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2014 Jezki Jessica Harrington Barry Geraghty
2013 Hurricane Fly Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh
2012 Rock On Ruby Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily
2011 Hurricane Fly Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh