This 4th race to take place on Tuesday 18th March 2018, at 15.30 GMT, the Champion Hurdle, is always popular with racegoers and punters. For Horses aged four years and over, this Grade 1 National Hunt race over hurdles, covers over 2 miles and half a furlong, on the Old Course. With a prize fund of £370,000, this national hunt hurdle race is one of the most prestigious in the Cheltenham Festival programme.
The 2017 Winner was Buveur D’Air trained by Nicky Henderson at 5/1, with My Tent or Yours (Stablemate at 16/1 in second place, and Petit Mouchoir at 6/1 coming in third.
The race is a fantastic feat of jumping, despite the hurdles being smaller, the competition is based on the speed that the horses run. Favourite to win this year’s Champion Hurdle race again, is Buveur D’Air, who proved in 2017 that he has the ability to win the race again, especially with his speed and the skills to navigate the hill with drive and stamina. Second favourite is Melon, who, although he is still a young horse, has the capabilities to do very well this year.
The Champion Hurdle race is often the highlight of the Festival for many race-goers, as many fantastic horses battle it out to prove which one is the best.