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Champion Hurdle 2021 Racecard

3:05 Tue 16 Mar CHAMPION HURDLE

Distance: 16f 87y Age: 4yo + Prize: £337,500 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

HONEYSUCKLE looked better than ever when easily landing the Irish Champion last month and is taken to get the better of last year's winner Epatante and extend her unbeaten record to 11. Goshen put himself firmly back in the mix for this with his impressive Kingwell success and looks best of the remainder.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
1212-2152
jockey silks 1. ABACADABRAS (FR)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
7
11-10
* * *
1212-2152
* * *
Smart hurdler who disappointed when 23¾ lengths fifth to Sharjah in Matheson at Leopardstown over Christmas. Back on song when second in Irish Champion since but Honeysuckle 10 lengths ahead of him.
2
11F2-12
jockey silks 2. ASPIRE TOWER (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
5
11-10
* *
11F2-12
* *
Front runner who was second in last year's Triumph. Improved again when accounting for Abacadabras in Down Royal Grade 2 on reappearance and fine second to Sharjah in Matheson since.
3
111U-01
jockey silks 3. GOSHEN (FR)
J: Jamie Moore
T: Gary Moore
5
11-10
* * * *
111U-01
* * * *
Had the 2020 Triumph at mercy before an unseat at the last. Suffered fibrillating heart when disappointing in International on hurdle return but well and truly back on track in Kingwell last month.
4
12-121212
jockey silks 4. JAMES DU BERLAIS (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-10
* * *
12-121212
* * *
Smart hurdler for Robert Collet in France, winning 3 times at listed/Graded level in first half of the season. Ended his time over there with close second in Auteuil Grade 1 in November. Bit to find.
5
15/110P-U1
jockey silks 5. NOT SO SLEEPY
J: Jonathan Burke
T: Hughie Morrison
9
11-10
*
15/110P-U1
*
Front-runner who has won back-to-back renewals of the Betfair Exchange Trophy (Handicap) at Ascot but needs to raise his game significantly to get involved at this level. Pulled up in this last year.
6
F/1-66
jockey silks 6. SALDIER (FR)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
11-10
*
F/1-66
*
Smart at his best but beaten a long way in Matheson and Irish Champion since returning from over a year on the sidelines. Cheekpieces on first time. Plenty to prove at present.
7
1B/4162-13
jockey silks 7. SHARJAH (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-10
* * *
1B/4162-13
* * *
Won a third successive Matheson at Leopardstown in December. Well-held third to Honeysuckle in Irish Champion since but bounced back from poor run in that last year to chase home Epatante in this.
8
1326-1C21
jockey silks 8. SILVER STREAK (IRE)
J: Tom O'Brien
T: Evan Williams
8
11-10
* * *
1326-1C21
* * *
Placed in 2019 running of this but well behind Epatante last year. Beat that rival in Christmas Hurdle at Kempton but did enjoy run of race from the front. Probably more a place than win contender.
9
119/111-12
jockey silks 9. EPATANTE (FR)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-3
* * * *
119/111-12
* * * *
Decisive winner of this race last year. Very impressive in Fighting Fifth on return and excuses when beaten by Silver Streak at Kempton over Christmas. Likely to make bold bid to defend her crown.
10
11/1111-11
jockey silks 10. HONEYSUCKLE
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-3
* * * * *
11/1111-11
* * * * *
Produced an outstanding performance when beating Benie des Dieux at 2020 Festival and in even better form when easily making it a perfect 10-10 over hurdles in Irish Champion latest. Leading claims.

Betting Forecast : 9/4 2.25 HONEYSUCKLE, 5/2 2.5 EPATANTE, 9/2 4.5 GOSHEN, 12/1 12 SILVER STREAK, 16/1 16 ABACADABRAS, 18/1 18 SHARJAH, 22/1 22 ASPIRE TOWER, 33/1 33 JAMES DU BERLAIS, 80/1 80 NOT SO SLEEPY, 100/1 100 SALDIER

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Champion Hurdle 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Champion Hurdle?

2 miles and 87 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Champion Hurdle?

8

What day of the festival is the Champion Hurdle?

Day 1

What time is the Champion Hurdle?

15:30

What weights are carried for the Champion Hurdle?

11 st 2 lb (4-year-olds). 11 st 10 lb (5-year-olds +). 7 lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Champion Hurdle?

£450,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Champion Hurdle*?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Champion Hurdle*?

Nicky Henderson

Who won the Champion Hurdle?

You can check out our Champion Hurdle results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Champion Hurdle?

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