The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy is the first featured race and the fourth race of the Day on Day One of The Cheltenham Festival.
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest meetings on the National Hunt horseracing calendar that attracts around 250,000 spectators every March.
The Festival takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse in mid to late March and often coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, which makes for a memorable occasion with the help of our Irish friends.
Featured races include The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Champion Day, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday, and The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Friday.
The 2021 edition of The Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The first featured race of The Festival on Day One, also known as Champion Day, will be The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at 15:30.
About the Race
The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that is run on the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The race is open to horses that are ages four and above which will have to run 2 miles and 87 yards over 8 hurdles to be crowned the winner.
This race is the final leg of The Triple Crown of Hurdling, an award given to any horse that wins The Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, The Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park and The Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival within the same jumping season. The prize is £1,000,000 split between the owner, trainer, stable lad and stable staff.
Since The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy was first run in 1927, it has become the most prestigious hurdle race in the National Hunt calendar.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Epatante (FR) – 2/1 ante-post favourite – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (26/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Honeysuckle (GB) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (29/11/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Sharjah (FR) – 7/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Silver Streak (IRE) – 9/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Evan Williams
- Saint Roi (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Concertista (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Aspire Tower (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (29/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Abacadabras (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Song For Someone (GER) – 16/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (12/12/20) – trained by Tom Symonds
- Goshen (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old on the day – weighing in at 11-0 (12/12/20) – trained by Gary Moore
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A £10 bet on Espoir D’Allen to win The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in 2019 would have returned £160 in profits thanks to his generous starting price of 16/1.
The 2021 ante-post favourite Epatante won The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy last year, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.
Epatante was 2/1 favourite in 2020 in a 17 horse race that only saw two horses pull up and fail to finish.
16/1 outsider Espoir D’Allen won the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in 2019, ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Gavin Cromwell.
Second and Third place was made up by big outsiders, too, including 20/1 Melon and 80/1 SIlver Streak who I’m sure many will be backing heading into this race at Cheltenham Festival 2021.
French 4/6 favourite Buveur D’Air won his second consecutive Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in 2018, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.
The remainder of the £467,750 purse was shared proportionately by second-place Melon with a starting price of 7/1, third-place Mick Jazz with a starting price of 25/1 and fourth-place Identity Thief with a starting price of 50/1.
In 2017, The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy was won by 5/1 Buveur D’Air, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Nicky Henderson.
2/1 starting price favourite Yanworth was unimpressive throughout and only managed a seventh-place finish in a race contended by 11 runners that only saw 10/1 Moon Racer pull up.