Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 2020 Trends

As with the majority of Cheltenham Festival races, there are certain trends that can help punters to find the winner. Our horse racing experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have taken a look at the most important pointers from the last 10 years which will help you find the best horse to follow in the 2020 renewal of the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle.

Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 2020 Trends

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2020 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Aged between 6 & 9
  • Had won within the last 3 runs
  • Taken part in a Grade 1 contest
  • 5 or more lifetime runs over hurdles
  • Last run between 26 and 78 days ago
  • Had run at least twice that season - winning at least once

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Were officially rated 162 or better
  • Were aged 8 or under
  • Had finished 1st, or no more than four lengths behind, in their start before this.
  • Had no headgear

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Won on their last start
  • Had a start at Cheltenham
  • Had won a Grade 1 going into the race (Espoir D'Allen & Rock On Ruby were the exceptions)

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Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Christmas Hurdle at Kempton has thrown up 4 winners in the last 10 years (Buveur D'air, Faugheen, Rock On Ruby & Binocular). Epatante won this trial in 2019.
  • The Irish Champion Hurdle has thrown up two winners in the last 10 years (Hurricane Fly & Jezki). Honeysuckle won this in 2020.
  • The Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas was used as a springboard for Espoir D'allen to go on to win the 2019 Champion Hurdle.
  • The Haydock Champion Hurdle trial (Ballyandy) and the Fighting Fifth (Cornerstone Lad) were traditionally Champion Hurdle trials, but neither of these races featured the winner in the last 10 years.


Trainer Trends

  • With 4 winners each, Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson have dominated the Champion Hurdle over the years. In fact, Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson have been responsible for 18 of the last 30 placed runners.
  • Gavin Cromwell, Jessica Harrington and Paul Nicholls are the other trainers to have won the race in the last 10 years.
  • Ireland has had 11 of the past 18 winners.

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Jockey Trends

  • Ruby Walsh rode 4 winners in the last 10 years so he was obviously worth following before his retirement. All 4 of these winners was for Willie Mullins, so with Paul Townend taking over that position, he looks the man to follow.
  • Barry Geraghty has won the race twice in the last 10 years and looks to have another solid chance in 2020 with Epatante.
  • Mark Walsh rode his first Champion Hurdle winner in 2019 with Espoir D'allen.

How did the trends do last year?

Espoir D'allen was a bit of a trends buster in 2019. He had never won a Grade One and was aged 5 years old, which were both major negatives, but this did not stop Gavin Cromwell's charge romping to victory!

This was an exceptional year as the trends were pretty much correct for the previous 10 years.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2020?

At the moment Epatante has proved herself as the horse with the most positives heading into the 2020 Champion Hurdle. She won the right trial in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, is the right age, has sampled the Cheltenham Festival and has the right jockey on her back.

Honeysuckle has also emerged as a contender, but will she even run?


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2019 Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stEspoir D'Allen16/1Gavin CromwellMark Walsh
2ndMelon20/1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
3rdSilver Streak80/1Evan WilliamsAdam Wedge

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