13th Mar 2022 | Cheltenham Festival
Champion Hurdle Trends
Honeysuckle is back to defend her title with Appreciate It the big danger but can he return to winning ways a year after his last outing in the Supreme?
Race Profile: The most prestigious hurdling event in the National Hunt calendar, the roll of honour reads like a who’s who of jump racing. Lanzarote, Persian War and Istabraq to name but a few. One of the biggest betting races of the festival, it captures the imagination with old heroes returning year after year to defend their titles.
Five horses have won the race three times, with Istabraq denied his chance for a fourth when the festival was cancelled due to foot and mouth in 2001.
The race has cut out in recent months, with defections making it much more wide open on paper.
15 of the last 16 winners have been aged between six and eight.
13 of the last 16 winners had won their last race.
23 of the last 27 winners had previously placed at the festival.
Horses that fit all the trends:
Odds correct at time of publishing: 14:50 13th Mar, 2022 but subject to change