2013 Champion Hurdle Betting Preview

The feature event of the opening day of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival is the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy.

The Champion Hurdle is always one of the most competitive events of the Cheltenham Festival and 2013 is expected to be no exception with the past three winners of the event set to start in the race.

Willie Mullins-trained Hurricane Fly (15/8) is the favourite in the 2013 Champion Hurdle betting market at Bet365 Bet365 followed by Zarkandar (7/2), Rock on Ruby (9/2) and Grandouet (7/1).

With so many quality horses the Champion Hurdle is a very difficult betting race so our team of horse racing experts have analysed the relevant form guide facts and betting statistics to come up with our trifecta tip for the event.

2013 Champion Hurdle Form Guide Facts and Betting Statistic

– The 2012 Champion Hurdle was won by the Paul Nicholls-trained Rock on Ruby who was ridden by Noel Fehily.

– Rock on Ruby will contest the Champion Hurdle again in 2013 as will 2011 winner Hurricane Fly and 2010 winner Binocular.

– Rock on Ruby started the 2012 Champion Hurdle on the fourth line of betting. Grandouet is currently on the fourth line of betting in the 2013 Champion Hurdle betting market at Bet365 Bet365.

– Hurricane Fly, Zarkandar and Rock on Ruby are all last-start winners.

– Hurricane Fly, Binocular, Rock on Ruby, Zarkandar, Cinders and Ashes and Khyber Kim have previously won at Cheltenham.

– Hurricane Fly, Binocular, Rock on Ruby, Zarkandar, Grandouet, Cinders and Ashes and Countrywide Flame have all won at Grade 1 level.

– Every horse in the race has previously won over the distance of the Champion Hurdle.

– Hurricane Fly and Zarkandar are both undefeated in three starts this season.

2013 Champion Hurdle Trifecta Tip

Rock on Ruby (9/2) from Zarkandar (7/2) and Hurricane Fly (15/8)

After analyzing the race it is clear that Rock on Ruby is the best value runner in the 2013 Champion Hurdle betting market. Last year’s winner started his campaign with a solid third behind Zarkandar in the Grade 2 International Hurdle before scoring at Doncaster in the 32Red Hurdle. The son of Oscar heads into the Champion Hurdle third-up, just as he did last year, and trainer Harry Fry believes that he is in terrific form. At his current Champion Hurdle odds Rock on Ruby is easily the best bet in the race.

Zarkandar is undefeated this season with his best win coming over Grandouet and Rock on Ruby in the International Hurdle. The six-year-old finished fifth in last year’s Champion Hurdle but there is no question he has improved significantly in the last twelve months. The only question mark over Zarkandar is whether he will handle the step up in weights as he will met Rock on Ruby and Hurricane Fly on level pegging for the first time.

Hurricane Fly will start the 2013 Champion Hurdle as favourite but after last year’s disappointment it is difficult to trust the son of Montjeu especially at such short odds. Just like last season Hurricane Fly heads into the Cheltenham Festival undefeated after winning at Grade 1 level, including the Irish Grand National, on three occasions. Basically his lead-up has been almost identical to 2012 which makes taking the short odds on offer even riskier. Hurricane Fly must be included in Champion Hurdle trifectas but isn’t good value to win the race.

Leading online sportsbook Paddy Power Paddy Power obviously doesn’t think that Hurricane Fly will win the race either and will refund all losing bets on the race if he wins!

You can find the best Cheltenham Festival odds at Bet365 Bet365.

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