Champion Hurdle Betting Offers & Preview – Tuesday 13th March 2018
With St Patrick’s Day approaching this weekend, that means we’re getting ready for the biggest week in racing. Cheltenham Festival kicks off on Tuesday, with four days of top quality racing ahead.
The biggest highlight from Day One is the Champion Hurdle, the two mile, Grade 1 race which headlines Tuesday’s action. Expect plenty of focus on this one throughout Tuesday’s live coverage, while we have some Champion Hurdle betting tips and predictions for you to take a look at.
Champion Hurdle Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change. Please see relevant betting site for the latest prices.
Champion Hurdle Betting Offers and Free Bets
Here are the latest betting offers to use on the Champion Hurdle! Note that T&Cs Apply and that customers must be aged 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.
- Buveur D’Air 50/1 at Coral – new customers only, 18+, Ts and Cs apply, max £1 bet, winnings paid in free bets. UK+IRE New Customers Only. Winning bets paid in cash based on the normal price on our website. Enhanced odds paid in free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned.
- Buveur D’Air at 40/1 with Betfair – New Customers can get Buveur D’air at an enhanced 40/1 to win the Champion Hurdle. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
- Faugheen at 100/1 with Betfair – New Customers can get Faugheen at an enhanced 100/1 to win the Champion Chase. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
- Ladbrokes £50 Free Bet Offer – New customers to Ladbrokes can claim a tidy £50 free bet when they join and bet that amount. 18+. New customers only. Promo code ‘F50’ required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min £/€5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools = match max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Single bets only. Free bet cannot be used on certain markets. T&Cs apply.
Champion Hurdle 2018 Betting Tips
As far as the bookies are concerned, Buveur D’air is the heavy favourite for this race. You can back him at 8/15 with Betfair, and the fact that the main contenders have all got big questions surrounding them going in to Tuesday’s race makes us think that the favourite is in danger of easing to a victory.
Faugheen comes in as second favourite at 6/1 with Ladbrokes, but that still seems a little short for a 10-year-old who missed all of last season. While he has got the quality to threaten in this race, it’s difficult to see him outpacing the favourite given his circumstances.
Third favourite Yorkhill (12/1 with BetVictor) also isn’t in any kind of form, meaning that he’s likely to come up short. While these three are expected to push for the top spots in the Champion Hurdle, we think there could be some gaps opening up behind Buveur D’air in this race, which gives us a couple of value bets to run with here.
With no clear candidate to follow Buveur D’air over the line, the without favourite market is something to look at here. The highest finisher outside of the 8/15 shot pays out here, and we think it could be Willie Mullins’ contender Melon. The six-year-old has a decent record at Cheltenham, and he’s made a bright start. A win at the Down Royal helped him round off a strong 2017. Almost exactly one year ago, he finished second behind Labaik here in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle – which leaves him in good shape here. We’re backing Melon to finish first without the favourite, which can be backed at 13/2 with bet365.
We also like the look of Wicklow Brave as a potential each-way bet, who is priced out at 14/1 with Betfred. A victory at Punchestown last year has set him up for a good run here, as long as he’s on form. The big price reflects the occasional inconsistency of the nine-year-old, but we think he’s perfectly placed to make a strong start, which should see him push for an each-way spot. Given how open this race is, we think it’s worth getting another from Mullins’ stable onside for this one.
With three entries from the 13, Willie Mullins still has the chance to maintain his excellent record in this race that has seen him win four of the last six renewals.
- 2017 – Buveur D’Air, ridden by Noel Fehily, trained by Nicky Henderson
- 2016 – Annie Power, ridden by Ruby Walsh, trained by Willie Mullins
- 2015 – Faugheen, ridden by Ruby Walsh, trained Willie Mullins
- 2014 – Jezki, ridden by Barry Geraghty, trained by Jessica Harington
- 2013 – Hurricane Fly, ridden by Ruby Walsh, trained by Willie Mullins
- 2012 – Rock On Ruby, ridden by Noel Fehily, trained by Paul Nicholls