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When is the 2023 Champion Hurdle?

Last updated: 23 Mar 2022
Freetips staff 23 Mar 2022
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  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2023 Champion Hurdle
  • The Champion Hurdle takes place at Cheltenham on Tuesday 14th March in 2023
Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle (blue and white cap) jump the last before winning the Champion Hurdle. (Getty)

When is the 2023 Champion Hurdle?

The 2022 Champion Hurdle will take place on day one of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 14th March. The Champion Hurdle will be run at 3:30pm.

Who won the last Champion Hurdle?

Honeysuckle made it an incredible 15 races unbeaten by winning her second Champion Hurdle in 2022.

What is the Champion Hurdle?

The Champion Hurdle is the feature Championship race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. The Champion Hurdle is a Grade One hurdles race, run over a distance of two miles.

Where is the Champion Hurdle run?

The Champion Hurdle is always run at Cheltenham racecourse during their popular Cheltenham Festival, held during the middle week of March every year.

Which horses will run in the Champion Hurdle?

Honeysuckle will return for one final season on the track in 2022/23 and a third Champion Hurdle win will be her main objective. Honeysuckle will likely face stiff competition in 2023, as three excellent winners from this year's meeting, Constitution Hill, Vauban and Sir Gerhard could all be pointed at the Champion Hurdle.

Where can I watch the 2023 Champion Hurdle?

The 2023 Champion Hurdle will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you plan on watching the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Champion Hurdle Live Streaming 

The bet365 live streaming service covers a wide range of horse racing on a daily basis. Here's how to stream the 2023 Champion Hurdle live online:

  1. Visit bet365 > live streaming > horse racing
  2. Log-in or register for an account (use the bet365 bonus code NEWBONUS if opening a new account)
  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Champion Hurdle History

The highlight on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle. This Championship race was first run at Cheltenham in 1927, and the Champion Hurdle has been won by many of the sport's greatest names.

Brown Jack won the second running of the Champion Hurdle in 1928. He went on to win the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot for six years on the bounce, as well as victories in the Goodwood Cup, Doncaster Cup and the Ebor.

Insurance was the first two-time winner of the Champion Hurdle, securing back to back wins in 1932 and '33. National Spirit repeated that feat in the late 1940s, before the great Hatton's Grace reeled off a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle triumphs between 1949 and 1951.

The following year, Sir Ken began his own sequence of three Champion Hurdle wins. Other three-time winners include Persian War, See You Then and Instabraq, who secured his hat-trick of victories right at the end of the 20th century.

Four jockeys have won the Champion Hurdle on four separate occasions. Tim Molony rode both Hatton's Grace and Sir Kien, Gold Cup winning jockey Ruby Walsh rode four winners for Willie Mullins, scoring on Faugheen, Annie Power and twice aboard the great Hurricane Fly.

Three of Barry Geraghty's four victories came on Nicky Henderson horses. Henderson is the most successful trainer in the history of the Champion Hurdle, having saddled the winner eight times Whenever you read any Cheltenham Festival tips, Nicky Henderson's name will appear regularly.

Hardy Eustace stole the hearts of the nation with back-to-back Champion Hurdle wins in the mid-2000s. Hurricane Fly was the next superstar to come out of the Champion Hurdle, handing Willie Mullins his first and second victories in 2011 and '13.

Buveur D'Air then secured back-to-back wins for Geraghty and Henderson in 2017 and '18. With his former winner on the sidelines, Henderson turned to top mare Epatante in 2020, and she powered home under Geraghty to secure an impressive victory over four of Ireland's best.

For the second year in a row, a mare reigned supreme at Cheltenham, as unbeaten Honeysuckle powered to a superb victory in the Champion Hurdle. Henry De Bromhead's star successfully defended her crown in 2022, winning for the 15th successive race in a row.

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