2016 Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is one of the most coveted and fiercely contested hurdle races in national hunt racing.

The Champion Hurdle is an old race with a rich Cheltenham Festival heritage stretching back to 1927 when Blaris won the first ever race, ridden by George Duller. The race is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race and is run on the Old Course at Prestbury Park.

Entry to the Champion Hurdle is restricted to four-year-old and above horses that are required to jump eight hurdles during the 2 mile, 11 yard race.

Champion Hurdle Betting Odds

Champion Hurdle Winners

A number of fine racehorses have made their mark on National Hunt racing in this key Cheltenham Festival race. The most successful racehorse in the history of the event is Istabraq who won the race on three occasions, and also lays claim to the fastest-ever time in the race at 3 minutes, 48 seconds.

A Champion Hurdle win is also a significant achievement for any top National Hunt jockey and Tim Molony is the most successful jockey in the history of the event with four Champion Hurdle wins in the 1950s. Other notable Champion Hurdle winners include Charlie Swan who rode Istabraq to his three consecutive wins in the event.

The trainer credited with the most Champion Hurdle winners is Peter Easterby who racked up five wins over three decades. The Champion Hurdle is one of the Cheltenham Festival races that has been dominated by the Irish horse racing fraternity for much of its history, with wins by the likes of Richard Johnson the exception rather than the norm.