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15:30 Cheltenham Racecard - 13th March 2018

15:30 Cheltenham
Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
  • 4YO plus, 13 Runners
  • Winner £256,275, 2nd £96,165, 3rd £48,150, 4th £23,985, 5th £13,057, 6th £6,528
  • Distance 2m 87y
  • Going Heavy-soft in places
Race Conditions
Course Winner
Distance Winner
Horse Form
Won Last Time Out
Ran Within 30 Days
Order By Odds
# Runner
Silk
1
Buveur D'air B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 yrs, 11-10 38 Form: 111-111
11 Tips
Has won nine hurdle races, two NH flat races and two chases from 1m 4f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 1-16fav at Sandown over 2m (soft) last month, beating John Constable by 1 3/4l. Has won 3 times this season.
Silk
2
Ch'tibello Harry Skelton D Skelton 7 yrs, 11-10 Form: 132-422 He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on good to soft and heavy ground. Beaten 2 1/2l by Elgin when second of 6 at 6-4fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton over 1m 7f (soft) last month.
Silk
3
Charli Parcs N D Fehily N J Henderson 5 yrs, 11-10 31 Form: 1F6-200 Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 1f on good ground. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Kalashnikov when 14th of 24 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury over 2m (soft) last month.
Silk
4
Elgin Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 yrs, 11-10 24 Form: 7-41161
1 Tip
Winner of five hurdle races and a NH flat race from 1m 7f to 2m on good and soft ground. A winner at 5-1 in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton over 1m 7f (soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Ch'tibello by 2 1/2l. Has won 3 times this season.
Silk
5
Faugheen R Walsh W P Mullins 10 yrs, 11-10 38 Form: 211/1P2
1 Tip
Has won 12 hurdle races, a NH flat race and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft - heavy. Beaten 2 1/4l by Supasundae when second of 8 at 9-10fav on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown over 2m (soft) last month.
Silk
6
Identity Thief S W Flanagan H de Bromhead 8 yrs, 11-10 24 Form: U460-62
1 Tip
Winner of three hurdle races, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 2m 4f on soft and yielding ground. Beaten 1 1/2l by Forge Meadow when second of 6 at 9-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park over 2m (heavy) last month.
Silk
7
John Constable L P Aspell Evan Williams 7 yrs, 11-10 Form: 0F-1162 He has won four hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 1 3/4l by Buveur D'Air when second of 3 at 10-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Sandown over 2m (soft) last month. Has won at Market Rasen and Haydock this season.
Silk
8
Melon P Townend W P Mullins 6 yrs, 11-10 Form: 122-135 Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good and soft ground. Finished 12l behind Supasundae when fifth of 8 at 7-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown over 2m (soft) last month.
Silk
9
Mick Jazz D N Russell G Elliott 7 yrs, 11-10 38 Form: 31-3513 He has won three hurdle races at 2m on good and soft ground. Third of 8 behind Supasundae beaten 7l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown over 2m (soft) last month.
Silk
10
My Tent Or Yours Aidan Coleman N J Henderson 11 yrs, 11-10 87 Form: 24222-1
1 Tip
Has won seven hurdle races and two NH flat races from 1m 6f to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 5-1 in a Grade 2 hurdle race here over 2m 1f (soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating The New One by 1 1/4l.
Silk
11
Wicklow Brave Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 9 yrs, 11-10 Form: 1033/71- Winner of four hurdle races and three NH flat races from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 12-1 in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle at Punchestown over 2m (good - yielding) on his latest NH outing in April last year, beating My Tent Or Yours by 1 1/2l.
Silk
12
Yorkhill D J Mullins W P Mullins 8 yrs, 11-10 38 Form: 1112-86
1 Tip
Has won four hurdle races, two NH flat races, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft - heavy. Well beaten at 7-4 when sixth of 7 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Coral Dublin Chase at Leopardstown over 2m 1f (soft) last month.
Silk
13
Verdana Blue Nico de Boinville N J Henderson 6 yrs, 11-3 31 Form: 43-5130 She has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 3f on good and good to soft ground. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Kalashnikov when 10th of 24 on her latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury over 2m (soft) last month.
View Race Verdict And 16 Tips
Newspaper Tips
Silk Nap Tips Tipsters Odds
Buveur D'air
11 Tips
11 Tips
  • The Scout Daily Express
  • Robin Goodfellow Daily Mail
  • Newsboy Daily Mirror
  • James Burn LAMBOURN
  • Steve Mason RP Ratings
  • Emily Weber SPOTLIGHT
  • Marlborough Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • Patrick Weaver The Star
  • Templegate The Sun
  • Rob Wright The Times
Yorkhill
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Ebor The Press, York
My Tent Or Yours
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • TOPSPEED
Faugheen
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • POSTDATA
Elgin
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Garry Owen Daily Record
Identity Thief
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Farringdon Morning Star
The Sportsman's Verdict
Only a fully firing Faugheen appears capable of laying a glove on the reigning champion BUVEUR D'AIR and with that severely up in the air with many doubts remaining over how much ability the former champion retains, the Seven Barrows superstar can land back-to-back Champion Hurdle crowns. Yet to be truly challenged in all four outings since romping away with this prize last year, the seven-year-old appears somewhat untouchable at present in what is a very weak division. My Tent Or Yours has finished second at four Cheltenham Festivals including in this three times and he must rate as the best bet for the silver medal once again, while Elgin has been supplemented for this following his Wincanton Kingwell Hurdle win and Alan King's progressive six-year-old has course form in the book having landed the Greatwood Hurdle earlier this season. Wicklow Brave and Yorkhill are both interesting back over hurdles and are others who shouldn't be ruled out getting involved in the hunt for minor money.
The Sportsman's Prediction
Silk Pos Runner
1st Buveur D'Air
2nd Elgin
3rd My Tent Or Yours
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