In this post, we take a look at the 2024 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle odds and give you a rundown of the chances of each of the betting favourites.
The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain open to horses four years or older.
The race is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and ½ furlong (2 miles and 87 yards, or 3,298 metres), with eight hurdles to jump.
It is the last leg of the Triple Crown of Hurdling and will take place on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.
2024 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Odds
|2024 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Betting Odds|
|Impaire Et Passe||5/1||16.7%|
|Il Etait Temps||50/1||2%|
|Zarak The Brave||50/1||2%|
2024 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle Betting Favourites
Constitution Hill– 4/9
The early favourite for the 2024 Champion Hurdle is the 2023 winner of this event, the Nicky Henderson-trained 6-year-old gelding and the son of Blue Bresil and Queen Of The Stage, Constitution Hill. He has a perfect career record of seven victories from seven outings on track.
The horse’s most recent outing on track was at Aintree back in April where he won the Aintree Hurdle winning the six-horse field over the two-mile and a half trip coming three lengths clear of closest challenger Sharjah.
That has been the horse’s sole outing since his impressive victory in the 2023 Champion Hurdle where he cruised to success. Comfortable throughout, Nico de Boinville kicked for home with two fences to go and blew away the chasing pack with Irish hope State Man the closest challenger nine lengths back in second. Following the race jockey de Boiville said “What a horse, just absolutely delighted,” while Henderson called the horse “extraordinary”.
Constitution Hill looks unbeatable right now and even at odds of 4/9, it’s hard to make the case of backing against him for the 2024 Champion Hurdle.
The Racing Post Jumps Horse Of The Year is – CONSTITUTION HILL 🤍🖤 pic.twitter.com/Dh3v7arcRX
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) April 29, 2023
Impaire Et Passe – 5/1
The second favourite is the five-year-old gelding trained by W P Mullins son of Diamond Boy and Brune Ecossaise, Impaire Et Passe. He is another unbeaten horse with five victories from five excursions on the track.
The horse’s most recent outing on track was at Punchestown at the end of April where he won the Grade (1) Novice Hurdle beating four other horses and coming 7.5 lengths ahead of the closest challenger High Defnition to land the spoils and continuing his perfect record.
It should be noted that as well as having a perfect record, he has won each of his races comfortably by a cumulative total of 44.5 lengths. He is one of the quickest horses in training.
A lightly raced horse with serious class and credentials at 5/1 he could prove a shrewd challenger to Constitution Hill yet.
🇮🇪 ✈️ Impaire Et Passe is a weapon of mass destruction!!
For a horse who’s only had five starts under rules the world is his oyster. ⭐️pic.twitter.com/LtvK8qw1eB
— Stephen R Power (@racingblogger) April 28, 2023
State Man – 7/1
The third favourite for the race is the six-year-old gelding, another contender trained by WP Mullins this time the son of Doctor Dino and Arret Station, State Man. He has a career record of seven victories and two runner-up finishes from his ten outings on the track.
The horse’s most recent run came at Punchestown at the end of April where he put in another impressive showing beating five other horses coming 3 lengths ahead of runner-up Vauban to win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle. State Man was runner-up in this race last time coming 9 lengths back of winner Constitution Hill ending the horse’s six-race winning streak.
State Man is currently 7/1 to avenge his defeat from the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and under the guidance of WP Mullins it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
💛🖤 State Man makes a mockery of the County Hurdle
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 18, 2022
Marine Nationale– 20/1
The fourth favourite is the six-year-old trained by Barry Connell and the son of French Navy and Power Of Future.. Marine Nationale is another horse unbeaten from his time on the track passing the winning line five times on five occasions.
His last outing came at Cheltenham back in March in the Supreme Novice Hurdle winning the fourteen-horse field coming 3.25 lengths ahead of runner-up Facile Vega. That win would make it the horse’s fifth success from five races in which it has won by a cumulative 22.25 lengths on four race-courses Punchestown (2), Killarney, Fairyhouse and most recently Cheltenham.
Barry Connell is both the Trainer and Owner of this impressive gelding and while the horse remains unbeaten it still needs to improve considerably to trouble those at the top of the market he is currently seen as having a 20/1 chance.
Five from five!
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 14, 2023
Lossiemouth – 25/1
Joint fifth favourite is another trained by W.P. Mullins the four-year-old filly Loosiemouth who is the son of Great Pretender and Mariner’s Light. His career record to date is five wins and one runner-up finish from six races.
The horse most recently ran and won at Punchestown in the Ballymore Champion Hurdle beating runner-up Zarak The Brave by 1.5 lengths. This was the horse’s second victory on the spin following a Triumph Hurdle success back in Cheltenham in March.
The horse is currently 25/1 to win at the Cheltenham Festival again in 2024.
A very talented horse who wins the Triumph Hurdle at the #CheltenhamFestival 🏆
— Cheltenham (@cheltenham) March 17, 2023
Vauban – 25/1
Another joint fifth favourite is another trained by W.P. Mullins the five-year-old Vauban who is the son of Galiway and Waldfest. His career record to date is seven wins and three runner-up finishes and one third-place finish from fifteen outings.
The horse most recently at a disappointing showing at Flemington in the Melbourne Cup where the horse finished fourteenth place from a high-class field of twenty-three horses. Vauban finished 13.5 lengths back of winner Without A Fight to end its two race-winning streak.
The horse is now a 25/1 to win the 2024 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle
What a stunning performance from Vauban!
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 20, 2023
Facile Vega – 33/1
The sixth favourite is a classy horse and another part of the strong MP Mullins stable, the six-year-old son of Walk In The Park and a certain Quevega. Facile Vega who has a career record of eight victories and one runner-up finish from his ten times on track.
The horse most recently had an impressive showing in Navan this month (November 2023) beating eleven other horses in a Beginners Chase coming 3.75 lengths ahead of runner-up Inthepocket to make it a victorious return the the track after a 207-day break making it two wins in a row.b
🚀 Winning debut for Facile Vega over fences at Navan Racecourse
🏇 10 runs
🥇 Eight wins
🏆 G1 Champion Bumper
🏆 G1 Punchestown Champion Bumper
🏆 G1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle
🏆 G1 Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle
✅ Successful chasing debut pic.twitter.com/1UYIcVRC8t
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 18, 2023
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