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2020 Irish Champion Hurdle - Honeysuckle to make it seven in a row

Can Honeysuckle continue her strong run of form?
Honeysuckle is yet to taste defeat over hurdles (Getty Images)

2020 Irish Champion Hurdle Preview

The Irish Champion Hurdle is Saturday Grade One national hunt event with all eyes descending on Leopardstown in Ireland.

Honeysuckle is seeking a seventh-straight success and looks hard to beat while last year's winner Apples Jade could cause an upset at odds.

2020 Irish Champion Hurdle Betting Odds

Klassical Dream4.50
Apples Jade11.00
Petit Mouchoir15.00
Darver Star21.00
Monsieur Lecoq21.00

2020 Irish Champion Hurdle Best Bet - Honeysuckle @ 2.25

The unbeaten Honeysuckle confronts the Irish Champion Hurdle as the short priced favourite.

A winner of six runs over hurdles, Honeysuckle won by a combined 20 lengths across her last two races. Henry de Bromhead’s mare produced career-best performance to beat the boys in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse last time out.

It's hard to mount a case as to why Honeysuckle isn't the NAP of the day.

2020 Irish Champion Hurdle Value Bet - Apples Jade @ 15

The old mare recaptured her best over the hurdles on December 28, winning by a large margin in the Grade One Frank Ward Memorial Hurdle.

Unfortunately she was recently pulled up at Grade Two level just a week ago at Gowran Park, highlighting the best and worst of Apples Jade.

Her best is obviously good enough here given she took out this event last year, but whether she can reach the heights at the top level again is the biggest question.

At this price she's worth a small investment.

Irish Champion Hurdle FAQ

When is the Irish Champion Hurdle?

The Irish Champion Hurdle is scheduled to start on February 1 at 3.10 GMT. 

Where is the Irish Champion Hurdle held?

The Irish Champion Hurdle is held at Leopardstown, which is located in Ireland.

Who won last year's Irish Champion Hurdle?

Apples Jade took out the 2019 edition of the Irish Champion Hurdle from Leopardstown in Ireland.


Honeysuckle will be extremely hard to beat as she seeks a seven-straight win.

If the champ does falter, Apples Jade is capable of causing an upset at big odds.

Best Bet: Honeysuckle To Win The Irish Champion Hurdle @2.25 at bet365 - 10 Units
Value Bet: Apples Jade To Win The Irish Champion Hurdle @15.00 at bet365 - 5 Units

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