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2021 Champion Hurdle Odds and Tips – 7/1 chance offers magical ante-post value

  • The betting markets for the 2021 Champion Hurdle are open
  • Defending Champion Epatante heads the market
  • Goshen and Abacadabras sit just behind
  • We take a look through the market and pick out our best ante-post bet
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Abacadabras (centre) jumping the last in the lead in the 2020 Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

We take a look through the ante-post betting for the feature Championship race on day one of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and offer readers our ante-post 2021 Champion Hurdle tips.

Day one of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be headlined by the Champion Hurdle. In 2020, Epatante secured her second Grade One victory of the season in this historic hurdles race and she’s the favourite to retain her crown in 2021.

I’ve taken a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Champion Hurdle and decided to side with one of last season’s most impressive novices.

2021 Champion Hurdle Odds


Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Epatante4/1William Hill
Goshen5/1bet365
Abacadabras7/1Ladbrokes
Envoi Allen10/1William Hill
Honeysuckle16/1William Hill
Shishkin16/1Paddy Power
Bar20/1

2021 Champion Hurdle Tips


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Epatante ran out a comprehensive winner of the Champion Hurdle in 2020, and she’s the current favourite to retain her crown at next year’s meeting. Although she was very good value for her victory, I’m not convinced this was a particularly strong Champion Hurdle. 

Sharjah, who isn’t one of the more fearsome hurdlers around, managed to finish a reasonably close second on soft ground he’s not supposed to like. Darver Star finished third, despite having started the season rated just 119.

Goshen would have sealed a superb victory in the Triumph Hurdle, had it not been for that infamous error at the last. Gary Moore’s gelding is a beast of a horse and could take the division by storm in 2020/21. I, however, am always a little weary backing talented juveniles as they step into open company, and I don’t fancy a punt on Goshen at this current time.

To me, the best option is ABACADABRAS, who lost just twice during a Group One-winning novice campaign. His first defeat came out the hands of the ultra-talented Envoi Allen in the Royal Bond. Then, despite drifting markedly on the day of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Abacadabras came to the last cantering, only to get edged out of it on the strides before the line by the valiant Shishkin. 

Unlike the two rivals who beat him last term, who both look strong chasing prospects in the making, Abacadabras is a little smaller in stature and much slicker over his hurdles. Gordon Elliott’s charge will have strengthened up further with another summer on his back and Gigginstown Stud would love nothing more than a Champion Hurdle winner, before they exit the sport of horse racing.

Abacadabras could take all the beating at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, and 7/1 looks an excellent ante-post price.

Champion Hurdle FAQs

Who won the 2020 Champion Hurdle?

Epatante was a comfortable winner of the Champion Hurdle, run on the 69th birthday of her owner, JP McManus, who has now had four consecutive winners of the feature race on the Cheltenham Festival’s opening day. Well supported from the night before and sent off 2-1 favourite, Epatante became an eighth winner of the Champion Hurdle for her trainer, Nicky Henderson.

When is the Champion Hurdle 2021?

The 2021 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle will take place on Tuesday March 16th as part of Day One at the Cheltenham Festival. The feature race is the championship contest for 2m hurdlers and has been won by some of the greatest hurdlers of all time.

What are the latest Champion Hurdle 2021 odds?

Defending Champion, Epatante leads the ante-post betting, with Abacadabras and Goshen sitting just behind.

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Verdict

Abacadabras ran a cracker in the 2020 Supreme, and is sure to improve again during his second season over hurdles. He looks my best ante-post bet in the 2021 Champion Hurdle.

2021 Champion Hurdle Ante-Post Tip: Abacadabras Straight Win @700 at BetMGM - 20 Units

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