Champion Hurdle Betting Odds 2021 | Winner Cheltenham

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This article looks at the latest Champion Hurdle odds. The race is one of the biggest betting events of the season and there is ante post betting. We look at the prospects for the first and second favourites which are popular Champion Hurdle tips. The Champion Hurdle Cheltenham race is the highlight of the first day of the four-day meeting in March and many bookmakers reveal odds at the time.

Champion Hurdle Betting Odds Winner – Favourites 2021

Please refer to the following Champion Hurdle odds comparison table which displays the betting for the leading contenders and the Champion Hurdle favourites 2021. The best Champion Hurdle odds for each horse appear in bold under the name of the best Champion Hurdle odds bookmaker.

Champion Hurdle Tips

The current Champion Hurdle favourites 2021 in the Champion Hurdle odds are Epatante and Sharjah. Bookmakers offer Champion Hurdle odds in the win and each-way market.

The Champion Hurdle Cheltenham race is not a handicap so each way bets are settled at one fifth the win odds for three places. Here is a form guide for Epatante and Sharjah for an event which takes place on the Tuesday of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.


Epatante won the Champion Hurdle in 2020 so is the defending champion. The race has a history of producing multiple winners who win the race more than once. Epatante is a mare and, therefore, receives a sex allowance of seven pounds from the male horses.

She is trained by Nicky Henderson and the regular rider is Aidan Coleman. The seven-year-old was an easy winner of the Champion Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and is one of the main Champion Hurdle favourites 2021.

The Henderson horse has won eight races from 11 starts and amassed over £475,000 in prize money. She has only finished outside the first two in one race. Epatante beat Sharjah by three lengths in the race last year as the 2/1 favourite. The horse has the form and ratings to win the Champion Hurdle for the second time in two years. Epatante has an Official Rating of 161 and a Racing Post Rating of 163.


Sharjah has three lengths to make up with Epatante from the Champion Hurdle Cheltenham 2020 race. The runner-up last year is trained by Willie Mullins and the regular jockey is Mr Patrick Mullins, the son of the trainer.

The eight-year-old gelding carries seven pounds more than Epatante in the race in March. Race conditions are the same as last year and the Champion Hurdle odds suggest Sharjah cannot reverse the form with the favourite.

Sharjah has an Official Rating of 164 and Racing Post Rating of 168 so at level weights is better than Epatante. The seven pounds weight concession could make all the difference as it did last year. The latest Champion Hurdle odds suggest Sharjah can be placed again. However, winning the race looks beyond the runner-up from 12 months ago. That means Epatante is the best selection from the Champion Hurdle tips but Sharjah is still one of the Champion Hurdle favourites 2021.

Champion Hurdle Cheltenham Festival

This section provides some background about the race.

Racing History

The Champion Hurdle was first run in 1927. It takes place on the Old Course on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. The race distance is just over two miles and there are eight hurdles. The Champion Hurdle is the most prestigious hurdle race of the season.

The race has a history of producing multiple winners because the champion can often replicate the form in another year. Buveur D’Air is the last multiple champion winning the race in 2017 and 2018. The horse appears in the current odds but is not one of the Champion Hurdle tips.

Prize Money

The prize money for the 2021 Champion Hurdle has not been confirmed but here is the prize money for the race in 2020:

  • 1st: £264,610.00
  • 2nd: £99,693.00
  • 3rd: £49,894.00
  • 4th: £24,923.00
  • 5th: £12,509.00
  • 6th: £6,254.00
  • 7th: £3,104.00
  • 8th: £1,599.00

The Champion Hurdle is the richest race of the season in the discipline and the championships race for hurdlers over the minimum distance of two miles.

Famous Winner

In recent years, the most famous winner of the Champion Hurdle is Istabraq who won the race in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The horse was the ante post favourite in 2001 but the race did not take place because there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the UK.

The horse lost the opportunity to be the only four-time winner of the Champion Hurdle. The gelding was trained by Aidan O’Brien who is now a leading trainer of Flat horses and the regular jockey was Charlie Swan. Istabraq was the favourite in the betting in the three winning years.


Four other horses have won the Champion Hurdle three times. The leading jockeys are Tim Molony, Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty with four wins. The leading trainer is Nicky Henderson with eight wins. The leading owner is JP McManus with nine wins. Epatante is trained by Henderson and owned by McManus.

Champion Hurdle – FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the common questions related to the race:

What Time is the Champion Hurdle Cheltenham 2021?

The 2021 Champion Hurdle is scheduled to take place at 15.30 on the first day of the Festival but race rimes could be subject to change.

Who Won the Champion Hurdle Last Year?

Epatante won the Champion Hurdle last year, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty. The 2/1 favourite beat Sharjah by three lengths.

Which Horse is the Favourite to Win in 2021?

Epatante is the favourite for the 2021 Champion Hurdle at about 9/4. The second favourite is Sharjah at 8/1.

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