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

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

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.37
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 111-11 CD

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 173

Form & Verdict

Established his superstar status in the Supreme on this card last year, pulverising his rivals in a fast time; similarly impressive in the Fighting Fifth and Christmas Hurdle this season, both times beating 2020 Champion Hurdle-winning stablemate Epatante; has won his five rules starts (all on ground softer than good) by an aggregate of 77l and is a rare talent who looks destined to be one of the all-time greats the way he's going; tactically versatile, jumps superbly, oozes class, possesses a sharp turn of foot and a great temperament, so has everything; brilliance in equine form.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Constitution Hill

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Currently head and shoulders above the rest in this division; won this race by 17l last year, en route to an impressive success in the Champion Hurdle; not quite so dominant over 2m4f at Aintree on last appearance but still beat his rivals comfortably and remains unbeaten under rules; now reappears at Christmas having missed the Fighting Fifth at both Newcastle (due to abandonment) and rescheduled Sandown (due to heavy ground); continues to set a very tall standard, being again well clear on ratings.

1/8

3/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-1111 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Handicap snip off 141 in the County at this meeting 12 months ago (good to soft) and has subsequently completed a Grade 1 four-timer, making all to dethrone Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle most recently (tactically versatile, doesn't need to lead); comfortably beat stablemate Vauban in the Matheson (soft) the time before; 6-6 in completed starts for current yard; up-and-coming hurdler who has developed into a serious candidate for this prize; respected.

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6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

State Man

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; won the County Hurdle here two years ago and has been dominant at Grade 1 level since, apart from when no match for outstanding Constitution Hill in this contest last year (still ran creditably in second place); better than ever on latest start, easily winning the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown for the second time; very dependable and is clear top on ratings with Constitution Hill missing the race.

1/3

1st

4

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, raced in second, led going easily home turn, went clear omitted last, easily

2/7

1st

3

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

State Man

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, chased clear leader, not fluent 4th, pressed leader before 3 out

1/2

Form: D3F-7P5 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Third past the post in this contest 12 months ago when still a consistent sort (subsequently disqualified; banned substance in sample); first two efforts this term can be excused but latest run (behind State Man and Vauban in the Irish Champion) is harder to forgive; difficult to support on recent form.

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Verdict Starting price

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

OUR TIP

14/1

Form: 11-123 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Looked a Champion Hurdle prospect when completing a Grade 1 hat-trick in 4yo hurdles last February-April, including a ready success in the Triumph here (good to soft); far from disgraced behind stablemate State Man in the Matheson (runner-up) and Irish Champion Hurdle (third) since switched to open Grade 1 company; this youngster could well rate higher still; in the mix.

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1st

4

(6)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Vauban

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W P Mullins

prominent on outer, led going easily over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well

10/11

1st

7

(7)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Vauban

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: W P Mullins

Won French Listed race (1m4f, soft) in 2021 on final Flat start and has since become a high-class hurdler for this yard, winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2022 and finishing second in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2m, yielding) this April; could be well treated now back on the Flat and top Irish trainer has enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting; unraced on fast ground.

13/8

2nd

5

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Vauban

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, raced in second early, not fluent 1st, soon lost second but prominent, went second again going easily home turn, ridden and outpaced before last, not fluent last, kept on well, no match for winner

6/1

Form: 155-35 D

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Dead-heated for first in last season's Fighting Fifth; well-held third to Constitution Hill in same race this term and subsequently well beaten over 3m in rescheduled Long Walk at Kempton; Champion Hurdle regular, with form figures of P55 in this race, but thoroughly exposed and looks set for another supporting role at best, especially as he's now an 11yo.

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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: 20-161 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Progressive hurdler who powered clear for a 17l success in the Kingwell at Wincanton (1m7f) last month, bouncing back from his Relkeel flop over 2m4f; rated by trainer as being as good as the yard's best hurdlers in the past, including two horses who were placed in the Champion Hurdle; 3-3 over C&D, the most recent in this season's Greatwood (defied top weight in emphatic style); has raced mostly on good/good to soft; should go well.

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0

2

8th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Uttoxeter

I Like To Move It

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Very smart hurdler with good-ground wins in the Greatwood Handicap at Cheltenham and the Grade 2 Kingwell at Wincanton, easily the best of his five runs last season; his two heaviest defeats last term were on soft but best run the previous campaign was on good to soft; has much the best form in this small but select field; the one to beat if the ground is okay.

1/2

5th

2

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

I Like To Move It

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Well-beaten sixth of seven in last month's Champion Hurdle and he weakened on his sole previous attempt at this sort of trip; however, the ground was soft for both of those runs and perhaps he's better served by a sounder surface; has won the Greatwood Handicap and the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle and he's an each-way contender if able to produce his best form.

25/1

6th

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

I Like To Move It

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Progressive hurdler who powered clear for a 17l success in the Kingwell at Wincanton (1m7f) last month, bouncing back from his Relkeel flop over 2m4f; rated by trainer as being as good as the yard's best hurdlers in the past, including two horses who were placed in the Champion Hurdle; 3-3 over C&D, the most recent in this season's Greatwood (defied top weight in emphatic style); has raced mostly on good/good to soft; should go well.

20/1

Form: /73-49 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Suited by soft/heavy ground; smart on his day for Henry de Bromhead but was nowhere near best, albeit on a faster surface than ideal, on final run for that stable; faded into ninth off top weight in 2m1f handicap here on debut for Phil Kirby; bare recent evidence suggests he's not the force of old.

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22

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Jason The Militant

10st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Capable of very useful form for Henry de Bromhead; however, record for current stable is far from convincing and latest defeat came in lower grade at Newcastle; hopes of revival are pinned on first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces worn the last twice).

100/1

5th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Jason The Militant

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to tumble down the weights and is one to watch in the betting, but hasn't been shaping as though he's about to halt the slide.

8/1

5th

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Jason The Militant

11st 11lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

led

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £17.00
Straight Forecast £16.80
Trifecta £97.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Constitution Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

I Like To Move It

RP Ratings:

Constitution Hill

TOPSPEED:

Constitution Hill

POSTDATA:

Constitution Hill

LAMBOURN:

Constitution Hill

The Times:

Constitution Hill

Telegraph:

Constitution Hill

The Guardian:

Constitution Hill

Daily Mail:

Constitution Hill

D Express:

Constitution Hill

Daily Mirror:

Constitution Hill

The Star:

Constitution Hill

Daily Record:

Constitution Hill