Champion Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, Cheltenham Festival Day One, 12th March 2019

All of a sudden, the Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner. While many race goers have already sorted their tickets and accommodation for the big meeting at Prestbury Park, others will have made other preparations by getting their ante post betting in order.

The Grade 1 Champion Hurdle once again retains its crown as the most highly valued hurdle event on the racing calendar. The two mile and half a furlong race has seen its prize money bumped up with the winner now receiving over £250,000.

It’s been a fascinating National Hunt season so far, which we hope carries through to Cheltenham. The opening day’s featured race is the Champion Hurdle, dominated in recent years by Buveur D’Air. However, we are expecting to see a challenge this year, which offers us some value in the field. Here is our betting preview ahead of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Champion Hurdle Ante Post Betting Tips 2019

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Laurina To Win at 4/1 with Ladbrokes
  • Supasundae Each Way at 16/1 with Betfair

We’ve also got betting tips and previews of the other three Championship races at the Cheltenham Festival:

Champion Hurdle Betting Offers, Free Bets and Enhanced Odds Offers

The betting offers and enhanced odds offers for the Cheltenham Festival have started to roll in from the top bookies, and here we’ll give you the details of those related to the feature race of day one: the Champion Hurdle.

  • More offers to follow nearer the race…

Tips and Preview

The Champion Hurdle is one of the biggest races of the year, and certainly the pinnacle when it comes to hurdles. Buveur D’Air has claimed back to back successes in this race, and the bookies are of the belief that it’s soon to be three. He comes into this race as the 5/4 favourite with BetVictor, as Nicky Henderson looks to maintain his impressive record of training winners of this race.

However, a Boxing Day defeat at Kempton has left many questioning him. An impressive winning streak came to an end that day, despite the eight-year-old coming into that race priced up at 1/4 to win it. His odds have ballooned to a tempting price here, but the fact they’re drifting is a telling sign that there’s an opening for a challenger on Day One at Cheltenham.

Laurina has come into 4/1 with Ladbrokes, emerging as the most likely to push the favourite here. A win at the Mares’ Hurdle in Sandown early this year has put her into contention, with a five-race winning streak backing her ahead of this one. She’s trained by Willie Mullins – a man who has won the Champion Hurdle four times since 2011. We think Mullins will use her to make a push for a big opening day win. With that in mind, we see Laurina carrying her form and making a success of this run, so we’re backing her at 4/1.

Our next pick, Supasundae, does sound like Ant and Dec picked up a presenting gig at Sky Sports. However, the Irish horse is our each-way pick for the Champion Hurdle. He has a pretty solid record in recent outings, and the nine-year-old has some decent form behind him. Just last month he picked up second placed finishes at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown, while he won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle last year. On top of that, he’s also managed to contend at Aintree and in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last year.

On top of that, trainer Jessica Harrington won the Gold Cup and Irish Grand National in 2017. She could be about to land more success at Cheltenham in the Champion Hurdle. With Supasundae priced at 16/1 with Betfair, we think he’s a decent pick to push for glory in this race.