Cheltenham Day 1 Tips: Unibet Champion Hurdle

  • 28/12/2019
  • 15:30

2020 Champion Hurdle Tips

I’ll let you know right from the get-go, I won’t be having a big bet in this year’s Champion Hurdle. Even if Honeysuckle does run and Epatante is fully fit – quotes from Nicky Henderson’s stable tour suggest she is – I have no strong opinion about any of the runners in this wide-open renewal. Epatante brings the best form into the race and will surely feature in many Cheltenham Festival free bet offers, but I think she’s too short in the betting.

When I previewed the Champion Hurdle in February, I threw up two outsiders sitting on appealing prices who could go very well. The first of those is SUPASUNDAE, who’s won three Grade Ones over two miles in recent seasons and boasts winning form here at the Festival. Jessica Harrington’s star made a pleasing return to action in the Irish Champion Hurdle and fully deserves a crack at the Champion Hurdle, having finished second and seventh in the last two Stayers’ Hurdles.

The second of my each-way Cheltenham Festival tips will be SILVER STREAK at 25/1 with William Hill, who snuck into the places when the big-guns flopped in the 2019 Champion Hurdle. Evan Williams’ grey followed Epatante home in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, and could have finished closer to the favourite had it not been for a terrible error at the third-last. Silver Streak goes well fresh and handles Cheltenham racecourse well. He looks a solid Cheltenham Festival day one tips and should run well beyond his odds.

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DARYL CARTER’S VIDEO PREVIEW

Cheltenham tips for Tuesday

TIMERACE
1:30Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Tips
2:10Arkle Chase Tips
2:50The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase Tips
3:30Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Tips
4:10Mares’ Hurdle Tips
4:50Novices’ Handicap Chase Tips
5:30National Hunt Chase Tips

The opening day of the Festival features a full seven races. Find all of our Cheltenham day 1 tips here to get full coverage of Champion Day.


The UniBet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

The most prestigious race on Champions Day is undoubtedly the Champion Hurdle, a two-mile Grade One which has been won by some of the fastest and most famous horses ever to jump an obstacle. The roll-on honor for the Champion Hurdle reads like a who’s who of National Hunt racing – with three-time winners Hatton’s Grace, Persian War and Istabraq standing out amongst their peers. 

Spectators will want to make sure their have their place in the stands before this historic contest starts, as witnessing a Champion Hurdle is an occasion racing fans will never forget.

For betting advice on every race, this year check out our Cheltenham day 1 tips hub, with all the wagering information you will need.