15th Mar 2021 | Cheltenham Festival
Champion Hurdle Trends
Epatante hasn't been perfect this season but he ticks many of the right boxes as does Honeysuckle who looks the obvious challenger.
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.
14 of the last 15 winners have been aged between six and eight.
12 of the last 15 winners had won their last race.
22 of the last 26 winners had previously placed at the festival.
Horses that fit all the trends:
Odds correct at time of publishing: 17:37 15th Mar, 2021 but subject to change