2022 Champion Hurdle Trends and Free Tips

Champion Hurdle Trends


The Grade One Champion Hurdle is the feature contest on day one (Tuesday) of the Cheltenham Festival and is run over 2m on the old course.  We give you the key Champion Hurdle trends to help you pick the winner based on past statistics. Use these trends to find the best profiles – including age, trainer, current form etc, of recent Champion Hurdle winners.

The Champion Hurdle is recognised as the most prestigious hurdling race of the jumps season and is currently sponsored by leading bookmaker Unibet – the 2021 Champion Hurdle winner was the Henry De Bromhead-trained mare Honeysuckle, powered home to win by 6 ½ lengths, and is likely to be back for more to defend her Champion Hurdle title in 2022.

Here at JUICESTORM we take a look back at recent winners and gives you the key Champion Hurdle trends to look out for ahead of the 2022 renewal – this year run on Tuesday 15th March.


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Recent Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle Winners

2021 – HONEYSUCKLE (11/10 fav)
2020 – EPATANTE (2/1 fav)
2019 – ESPOIR D’ALLEN (16/1)
2018 – BUVEUR D’AIR (4/6 fav)
2017 – BUVEUR D’AIR (5/1)
2016 – ANNIE POWER (5/2 fav)
2015 – FAUGHEEN (4/5 fav)
2014 – JEZKI (9/1)
2013 – HURRICANE FLY (13/8 fav)
2012 – ROCK ON RUBY (11/1)
2011 – HURRICANE FLY (11/4 fav)
2010 – BINOCULAR (9/1)
2009 – PUNJABI (22/1)
2008 – KATCHIT (10/1)
2007 – SUBLIMITY (16/1)
2006 – BRAVE INCA (7/4 fav)
2005 – HARDY EUSTACE (7/2 jfav)
2004 – HARDY EUSTACE (33/1)
2003 – ROOSTER BOOSTER (9/2)

Key Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle Betting Trends

18/19 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
17/19 – Had raced at Cheltenham before
17/19 – Aged 8 or younger
16/19 – Had raced within the last 7 weeks
16/19 – Rated 159 or higher
15/19 – Won last time out
14/19 – Had finished in the top 4 in a Cheltenham Festival race the season before
14/19 – Had won 6 or more times over hurdles before
13/19 – Placed favourites
12/19 – Aged 6 or 7 years-old
11/19 – Had won at Cheltenham before
11/19 – Irish trained winners
11/19 – Winning distance – 2 1/2 lengths or more
10/19 – Irish-bred winners
9/19 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
8/19 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
7/19 – Had won a race at the Cheltenham Festival the previous season
6/19 – Ran in the previous season’s Champion Hurdle
5/19 – Trained by Nicky Henderson (has won the race 8 times in all)
4/19 – Trained by Willie Mullins
The average winning SP in the last 19 runnings is 8/1

Champion Hurdle Stats:

5 year-olds are just 3 from 109 since 1985
32 of the last 38 winners won their previous race
24 of the last 36 winners were placed in the top 4 at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival
23 of the last 26 winners had a race that calendar year (i.e we are looking for horses that have run in 2022)
28 of the last 31 winners hailed from the first 6 in the betting market
Just 4 of the last 31 Christmas Hurdle winners have gone onto win the Champion Hurdle that season
Irish-trained horses have won 14 of the last 23 renewals

Champion Hurdle – UK vs Ireland (Last 24 Years)

14/24 – Irish-trained winners
10/24 – British-trained winners


JUICESTORM VERDICT: It’s anyone’s guess to the level of form and fitness last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner – Appreciate It. He’s looked top class and has won all four hurdles starts for the powerful Willie Mullins yard. But he’s not been seen since winning at the Festival 12 months ago and that’s the worry for all his backers. Therefore, it’s hard to get away from the current champ – HONEYSUCKLE. She’s won all 14 starts over hurdles now after landing her third Irish Champion Hurdle last month at Leopardstown and gets the handy 7lbs allowance again. Of the rest, 5 year-olds don’t have the best record in the race so Teahupoo, although I do think this horse will be useful in time, Zanahiyr and Adagio all have this trend to overcome. The 2020 winner – Epatante – has returned this season to win the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdles and getting the mares’ allowance is another you can’t rule out. But the safe call is to stick with Honeysuckle, with TEAHUPOO and EPATANTE the clear e/w value calls in the race for me.


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