StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 The blue riband race of day one is the Unibet Champion Hurdle run over the minimum trip of 2M 87 yards. A race that has been won by luminaries such as Istabraq, Hurricane Fly and Faugheen in recent years amongst others. Some interesting trends are that 8 of the last 10 winners won last time out whilst 8 out of the last 10 winners were aged between 6 and 8 years of age. The great Irish mare Honeysuckle has won the last two renewals for Henry De Bromhead and Rachel Blackmore but it appears she won’t be back to defend her title having been beaten twice this season and will most likely tackle the Mares Hurdle which is a real shame. In her absence we still have an intriguing race which may well be fought out by Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill and Willie Mullin’s State Man both of whom won at the meeting last year. Constitution Hill remains unbeaten under rules and continues to impress with his slick jumping and effortless victories. He’s coasted home from his stablemate (and previous Champion Hurdler herself) Epatante in the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdle at prohibitive odds and will be very hard to beat under Nice De Boinville. His biggest danger undoubtably will come from the Closutton stables of Willie Mullins and just year’s County Handicap Hurdle winner State Man. He’s won all four starts since including grade ones in Ireland this season at Punchestown and Leopardstown (twice). Rated only 6lb behind Constitution Hill he looks booked for second spot. Mullins also has Vauban entered but he is held on both starts this season by his stable mate State Man and surely can only be playing for a place here. A small field is likely for the Champion Hurdle but an intriguing match up between the British Constitution Hill and Irish challenger State Man. It has to be the former for me although he is hardly at a price that he can be backed at. Punters Lounge Tip: Constitution Hill @ 1/3 NR NB at >Paddy Power - Click Here To Bet by The Brigadier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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