Unibet Champion Hurdle

Date Time Class Distance
Tue 15th March 2022 15:30 Grade 1 2 miles 110 yards


Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Honeysuckle Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead
2nd 3.5 Epatante Aidan Coleman N J Henderson
3rd 1 Zanahiyr J W Kennedy G Elliott
4th 2.75 Saint Roi M P Walsh W P Mullins
5th 1.5 Glory And Fortune Stan Sheppard Tom Lacey
6th nk Not So Sleepy J J Burke H Morrison
7th nk Appreciate It P Townend W P Mullins
8th 5.5 Adagio T Scudamore D Pipe
9th 12 Tommy's Oscar Danny McMenamin Mrs A Hamilton
10th 6 Teahupoo R M Power G Elliott
williamhill - Watch Racing Live Online + Bet £10 Get £30*
*New online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the win part of EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10. Free bet stakes are not returned in settlement of winning free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days. Full T&Cs here.

Champion Hurdle Offers

About the Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is the premier 2 mile hurdles race in National Hunt racing. Run on the Old Course at Cheltenham, the race features eight hurdles. Entry to the race is open to 4-year-old and above hurdlers. The exact race distance extends a touch over 2 miles, with an extra half furlong on the run-in.

The Champion Hurdle typically attracts the top 2 mile hurdlers in the sport, although star mares are sometimes preferred for the Mares Hurdle later in the day. Multiple wins in the Champion Hurdle will usually secure a horse status as an all-time great. Only one horse, the mare Dawn Run, has won the Champion Hurdle as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Betting on the Champion Hurdle

A huge amount of activity takes place on the Champion Hurdle betting markets, with casual racing fans piling money into the race. The antepost favourite is often deserving of its billing, but the weight of money getting behind its market position will push odds well below statistical probability of winning the race. As a result its not unusual for horses priced under Evens to lose this race.

If you’re looking for direction on where to put your money, restrict your bets to horses with official ratings of 160 or higher. Class really does count in this race. Also keep an eye out for the winners of the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Christmas Hurdle if they make the final field, as those races serve as quality trials for Irish and English racehorses respectively.

Champion Hurdle Past Winners

Date Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2021 Honeysuckle 7 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead (IRE)
2020 Epatante 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson (IRE)
2019 Espoir d'Allen 5 Mark Walsh Gavin Cromwell (IRE)
2018 Buveur d'Air 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2017 Buveur d'Air 6 Noel Fehily Nicky Henderson

More past winners

Date Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2016 Annie Power† 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)
2015 Faugheen 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)
2014 Jezki 6 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington (IRE)
2013 Hurricane Fly 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)
2012 Rock On Ruby 7 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
2011 Hurricane Fly 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE)
2010 Binocular 6 Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson
2009 Punjabi 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2008 Katchit 5 Robert Thornton Alan King
2007 Sublimity 7 Philip Carberry John Carr (IRE)
2006 Brave Inca 8 Tony McCoy Colm Murphy (IRE)
2005 Hardy Eustace 8 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes (IRE)
2004 Hardy Eustace 7 Conor O'Dwyer Dessie Hughes (IRE)
2003 Rooster Booster 9 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2002 Hors La Loi III 7 Dean Gallagher James Fanshawe
2001 no race   due to foot-and-mouth crisis  
2000 Istabraq 8 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
1999 Istabraq 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
1998 Istabraq 6 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien (IRE)
1997 Make A Stand 6 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
1996 Collier Bay 6 Graham Bradley Jim Old
1995 Alderbrook 6 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
1994 Flakey Dove† 8 Mark Dwyer Richard Price
1993 Granville Again 7 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1992 Royal Gait 9 Graham McCourt James Fanshawe
1991 Morley Street 7 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding
1990 Kribensis 6 Richard Dunwoody Michael Stoute
1989 Beech Road 7 Richard Guest Toby Balding
1988 Celtic Shot 6 Peter Scudamore Fred Winter
1987 See You Then 7 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1986 See You Then 6 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1985 See You Then 5 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1984 Dawn Run† 6 Jonjo O'Neill Paddy Mullins (IRE)
1983 Gaye Brief 6 Richard Linley Mercy Rimell
1982 For Auction 6 Colin Magnier[d] Michael Cunningham (IRE)
1981 Sea Pigeon 11 John Francome Peter Easterby
1980 Sea Pigeon 10 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1979 Monksfield 7 Dessie Hughes Des McDonogh (IRE)
1978 Monksfield 6 Tommy Kinane Des McDonogh (IRE)
1977 Night Nurse 6 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby
1976 Night Nurse 5 Paddy Broderick Peter Easterby
1975 Comedy of Errors 8 Ken White Fred Rimell
1974 Lanzarote 6 Richard Pitman Fred Winter
1973 Comedy of Errors 6 Bill Smith Fred Rimell
1972 Bula 7 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter
1971 Bula 6 Paul Kelleway Fred Winter
1970 Persian War 7 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies
1969 Persian War 6 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies
1968 Persian War 5 Jimmy Uttley Colin Davies
1967 Saucy Kit 6 Roy Edwards Peter Easterby
1966 Salmon Spray 8 Johnny Haine Bob Turnell
1965 Kirriemuir 5 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1964 Magic Court 6 Pat McCarron Tommy Robson
1963 Winning Fair 8 Alan Lillingston[d] George Spencer (IRE)
1962 Anzio 5 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn
1961 Eborneezer 6 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1960 Another Flash 6 Bobby Beasley Paddy Sleator (IRE)
1959 Fare Time 6 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1958 Bandalore 7 George Slack Stan Wright
1957 Merry Deal 7 Grenville Underwood Arthur Jones
1956 Doorknocker 8 Harry Sprague Charlie Hall
1955 Clair Soleil 6 Fred Winter Ryan Price
1954 Sir Ken 7 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson
1953 Sir Ken 6 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson
1952 Sir Ken 5 Tim Molony Willie Stephenson
1951 Hatton's Grace 11 Tim Molony Vincent O'Brien (IRE)
1950 Hatton's Grace 10 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)
1949 Hatton's Grace 9 Aubrey Brabazon Vincent O'Brien (IRE)
1948 National Spirit 7 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth
1947 National Spirit 6 Danny Morgan Vic Smyth
1946 Distel 5 Bobby O'Ryan Charles Rogers (IRE)
1945 Brains Trust 5 Fred Rimell Gerry Wilson
1944 no race   due to WWII  
1943 no race   due to WWII  
1942 Forestation 4 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth
1941 Seneca 4 Ron Smyth Vic Smyth
1940 Solford 9 Sean Magee Owen Anthony
1939 African Sister† 7 Keith Piggott Charles Piggott
1938 Our Hope 9 Perry Harding Roderic Gubbins
1937 Free Fare 9 Georges Pellerin Ted Gwilt
1936 Victor Norman 5 Frenchie Nicholson Morgan Blair
1935 Lion Courage 7 Gerry Wilson Frank Brown
1934 Chenango 7 Danny Morgan Ivor Anthony
1933 Insurance 6 Billy Stott Basil Briscoe
1932 Insurance 5 Ted Leader Basil Briscoe
1931 no race   due to frost  
1930 Brown Tony 4 Tommy Cullinan Jack Anthony
1929 Royal Falcon 6 Dick Rees Bob Gore
1928 Brown Jack 4 Bilbie Rees Aubrey Hastings