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Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £253215
  • 2m 0f 87y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/13 (Won)

  • Win: £1.73
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11-111 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 165

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten superstar who is one of the all-time great mares, with career record now 15-15 (includes 14 wins over hurdles, ten at Grade 1 level); comfortably beat Zanahiyr at Leopardstown most recently, recording a third success in the Irish Champion Hurdle; 2-2 at the Cheltenham Festival, landing the Mares' Hurdle in 2020 then impressively posting a career-best RPR in this contest in 2021; this hurdling queen faces some interesting new challengers but wears her crown proudly and remains hard to oppose.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

May have lost her air of invincibility with defeats in the Hatton's Grace and Irish Champion this winter but in the former contest she still recorded a higher RPR than has ever been achieved in the 15 previous runnings of this race; seemingly doesn't have quite the gears of old but should still make a bold bid to extend her unbeaten Festival record to four; the winner of this event in 2020 and the Champion Hurdle in 2021 and 2022.

7/2

2nd

6

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Leopardstown

Honeysuckle

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, raced in second from 2nd, pecked on landing 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, 3 lengths down last, no extra run-in

6/4

3rd

8

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 130y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Honeysuckle

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

4/9

16/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 23-311 CD

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism with a 3l success in this contest two years ago, producing her peak RPR; finished third to Honeysuckle last year (jumping lacked fluency) and it was the same story at Punchestown next time; has subsequently gained second wins in the Fighting Fifth (dead-heated with Not So Sleepy) and Christmas Hurdle (comfortably); needs a bigger performance to regain her crown but, as in 2021, shouldn't be far away.

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4th

4

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

15:50 Punchestown

Epatante

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Nicky Henderson

in rear but in touch with leaders, some headway on inner 2 out, pushed along when bit short of room home turn, soon outpaced and lost position when ridden, went fourth before last, no extra run-in

11/2

4th

6

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Epatante

11st 3lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Nicky Henderson

Didn't have to be at her best for Grade 2 mares' win at Doncaster in January and disappointing in the mares' hurdle at last month's Cheltenham Festival; however, she won this race last year (good to soft) and there's every chance she'll be best of the rest behind stablemate Constitution Hill, which was the case in the Fighting Fifth and the Christmas Hurdle this season.

12/1

8th

3

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Epatante

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Nicky Henderson

Six-time Grade 1 winner over hurdles, including the 2020 Champion Hurdle; no match for superstar stablemate Constitution Hill in the Fighting Fifth or Christmas Hurdle at the end of 2022 but underlined what a class act she is among her own sex when hacking up in a 2m Grade 2 at Doncaster in January; has won a Grade 1 over this trip; major player.

6/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: -21222 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Favourite when only fourth in last year's Triumph but could have done with a stronger pace to aim at; subsequent form comprises a Grade 2 win at Down Royal and four silver medals in Grade 1s, latest behind Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion where a bad early error wasn't ideal; cheekpieces are now added to usual tongue-tie; proving consistent and should give another good account of himself.

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5th

7

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:55 Fairyhouse

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

disputed lead at steady pace, led narrowly 8th, jumped left and mistake 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened

13/2

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Zanahiyr

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile ground-wise; has finished third in two Champion Hurdles (disqualified on first occasion); no match for highly notable rival at Leopardstown (2m5f) on debut over fences, then justified favouritism at Thurles (2m); worth his place in this field, given his ability over hurdles, but has comparatively high mileage (raced 26 times in total) and others are open to much greater progress.

16/1

1st

9

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Zanahiyr

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, pressed leader, joined leader 2nd, clear with one other before 4th, led 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on and led again run-in, pushed out

7/4

50/1

Form: 244-34 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Readily justified favouritism in the County Hurdle here two years ago then followed up in Tipperary Grade 3; limitations have been seemingly exposed in five Grade 1 races since, latest the Irish Champion behind Honeysuckle and Zanahiyr; now wears a first-time tongue-tie; stiff task.

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2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Saint Roi

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Classy novice chaser last winter, winning a Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) and a close second of five in the big 2m4f novice at this meeting; has not had quite the same edge this season, in Graded races and handicaps, and was never able to get into a rhythm with his jumping when no real threat behind Unexpected Party in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft); has work to do on that form.

5/1

6th

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Saint Roi

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Winner of the County Hurdle at this meeting in 2020 and Grade 1-winning novice chaser last season; has been operating below that level this term but there was some encouragement when fourth of 11 on his 2m1f Fairyhouse handicap chase debut in January and his effort in a Grade 1 since can probably be ignored; good chance this has been the plan all along.

13/2

5th

4

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Saint Roi

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders early, lost touch when jumped badly right 6th, soon weakened, tailed off

66/1

Form: 116421 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Better than ever this season and showed useful form the last twice, finishing second to Epatante in Kempton Grade 1 then narrowly going one better in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (good to soft); however, this is the toughest assignment of his career.

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20th

10

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Glory And Fortune

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Won last season's Betfair Hurdle off just 1lb lower and fourth in the Champion Hurdle here next time; ran with promise on first two starts this season but has failed to shine the next twice, over fences on the first occasion and in the Betfair Hurdle most recently; needs to get back on track.

50/1

13th

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Glory And Fortune

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Returned to chasing the last twice (unseated rider then well held); very useful hurdler who has bits of Grade 1 form and won this major handicap (narrowly on good to soft) last year; however, lumbered with a 5lb higher mark and top weight this time round.

16/1

3rd

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Glory And Fortune

11st 4lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

took keen hold, prominent, left in third 8th, blundered 4 out, soon beaten

6/1

Form: 157-15 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Oldest horse in this field but retains bags of ability and dead-heated with Epatante in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle two starts ago; failed to back up that form in the Christmas Hurdle, coming home 12l behind the Henderson mare, and at the age of ten he looks very unlikely to make it third time lucky in this race (pulled up in 2020, 13l fifth in 2021).

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4th

4

(7)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Not So Sleepy

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

disputed lead early, led after 1f

9/1

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Acts on any going; very useful dual-purpose performer who retains his ability and enthusiasm despite his advancing years; comfortably won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, rescheduled to Sandown, when last seen three months ago; however, beaten in this race for the last four years (form figures P555) and, at the age of 12, is surely set for another supporting role.

33/1

1st

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:15 Sandown

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Showed useful Flat form this autumn despite his advancing years; dead-heated in this contest in 2021 but was a humble third behind Constitution Hill 12 months ago and even further behind that superstar in the Champion Hurdle; other youngsters in this field add to his vulnerability.

40/1

Form: /1111- CD

Last run: 364 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Absent since running away with the Supreme on this card 12 months ago, completing a Grade 1 novice hat-trick in the process and impressively going one better than when second in the 2020 Champion Bumper; was due to go down the Arkle route this term but had a setback in December and sticks to hurdles for this belated reappearance; raced mainly on soft/heavy (has won on yielding); it was not a vintage Supreme last year but he destroyed his rivals and could have tons more to offer at the top level; exciting contender.

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2nd

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Appreciate It

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

midfield early, headway on near side of group 4 out, joined leaders going okay before 3 out, led narrowly after 3 out, headed after 2 out, weakened run-in, no match for winner

11/4

3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

Appreciate It

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan; failed to replicate that form in the Savills at Leopardstown.

8/1

5th

2

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Appreciate It

11st 10lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Top-class novice hurdler in 2020/21 season; career interrupted before resuming last season with two chase wins against modest opposition; failed to score in four Grade 1 attempts; emerged with reputation enhanced with front-running effort to split Fastorslow and Galopin Des Champs in the John Durkan.

16/1

OUR TIP

20/1

Form: 122-22 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Smart and rock-solid youngster whose form figures over hurdles read 12112222, including a Grade 1 win last term (runner-up in the Triumph next time); good efforts in the Greatwood over C&D (off top weight) and the Kingwell at Wincanton, three months apart, this season; had a minor setback in between those two runs; acts on any ground; now goes in first-time tongue-tie; has largely progressive RPRs and should go well again.

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5th

1

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Adagio

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

15/2

8th

1

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Adagio

11st 10lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Smart and rock-solid youngster whose form figures over hurdles read 12112222, including a Grade 1 win last term (runner-up in the Triumph next time); good efforts in the Greatwood over C&D (off top weight) and the Kingwell at Wincanton, three months apart, this season; had a minor setback in between those two runs; acts on any ground; now goes in first-time tongue-tie; has largely progressive RPRs and should go well again.

20/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:20 Wincanton

Adagio

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Grade 1 winner as a juvenile last winter (soft) and runner-up twice at that level at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals afterwards (both on good to soft); raced only once this term, when close second in major handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (2m, good) in November, but that level of form already makes him a big player here and we may not have seen the best of him yet.

5/4

Form: 231111 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Appears to be David taking on Goliath, as he represents the Northumberland-based Hamiltons who have a very small string but place their horses superbly well; very progressive and completed a four-timer with his Grade 2 win at Haydock most recently, taking hurdles record to 8-13; should acquit himself well, but a heartwarming and fairytale success may prove hard for him to reach in these much deeper waters.

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1st

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Won off this mark on reappearance at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October and he's versatile ground-wise; not beaten far when fourth of five at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) last time, despite jumping to the right (which isn't the norm for him), and he's not ruled out.

13/2

4th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Tommys Oscar

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ann Hamilton

Grade 2 novice chase winner over C&D last winter and looked just as good when scoring comfortably on seasonal debut at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October; last month's Musselburgh fourth (2m4f, soft) was perfectly respectable and today's shorter trip arguably suits him better; good chance.

9/4

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Two wins and a second from his three starts here, admittedly as a hurdler and over two years ago; a peak chase performance, such as his 2m1f Kelso win in October, would also see him bang there but he has a bit more to prove judged on his few appearances under rules over this sort of trip.

8/1

Form: 12-111 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Improving 5yo who dashed clear for an 11l success in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park (2m, heavy; fourth Graded win) last month, taking his record to 6-7 and entering the Champion Hurdle picture in a big way; won on yielding in the autumn; has a very attractive profile and almost certainly hasn't reached his ceiling yet; highly interesting on first Grade 1 start.

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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Favourite for this last year (soft) when close third behind Sire Du Berlais and Dashel Drasher; not quite at his best next time when 3l fourth in Grade 1 Champion Stayers at Punchestown; has run just once this season, when showing very classy form to win the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in December for the second successive season; only seven and may be a stronger sort than 12 months ago, which could enable him to come out on top.

7/4

1st

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Teahupoo

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on outer, headway and disputed lead before 2 out, ridden and led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/4

4th

8

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy hurdler over 2m but showed improved form raised in trip this season; beat Klassical Dream and Honeysuckle in the Grade 1 Hattons Grace over 2m4f before hammering Summerville Boy in the Galmoy Hurdle up to this trip; a close third to Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers' Hurdle last time and a serious chance today.

5/2

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Payout
Exacta £92.00
Straight Forecast £120.10
Tricast £1770.00
Trifecta £854.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Honeysuckle

TOPSPEED:

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WEST COUNTRY:

Adagio

LAMBOURN:

Epatante

RP Ratings:

Honeysuckle

POSTDATA:

Honeysuckle

The Times:

Honeysuckle

Telegraph:

Honeysuckle

The Guardian:

Honeysuckle

The Sun:

Honeysuckle

Daily Record:

Honeysuckle

Daily Mail:

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Daily Express:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Star:

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