Champion Hurdle 2020 Betting Update
The Champion Hurdle is the main showcase of day one at the Festival, and the current favourite is Nicky Henderson’s Epatante (11/4). Fresh from a convincing win in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton she has just one blip on her CV, a ninth-place finish in the Mares Novices’ last year when she was said to be Nicky’s “best chance of the meeting”.
Envoi Allen (4/1) is clearly one of the top Novices’ this season, and it remains to be seen if connections will take a chance and step him up against the older horses. Whichever way Gordon Elliot chooses to go with him Chevley Park Stud’s star novice will be in with an almighty chance of becoming a two-time Cheltenham winner.
Honeysuckle (4/1) has won seven races in a row and is yet to taste defeat in her career, she does have an easier assignment in the Mares’, but an open-looking Champion Hurdle could tempt Henry De Bromhead for a shot at glory.
Willie Mullins has a trio of horses all with Grade 1’s to their names, but consistency has been hard to come by from Sharjah (8/1), Saldier (6/1) and Klassical Dream (9/1). Pentland Hills (6/1) enjoyed a fine debut season over hurdles having won three from three but will have to step up from his seasonal reappearance when 5th in the International Hurdle.