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The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy is the first featured race and the fourth race of the Day on Day One of The Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest meetings on the National Hunt horseracing calendar that attracts around 250,000 spectators every March.

The Festival takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse in mid to late March and often coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, which makes for a memorable occasion with the help of our Irish friends.

Featured races include The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Champion Day, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday, and The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Friday.

The 2021 edition of The Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The first featured race of The Festival on Day One, also known as Champion Day, will be The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at 15:30.

About the Race

The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race that is run on the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The race is open to horses that are ages four and above which will have to run 2 miles and 87 yards over 8 hurdles to be crowned the winner.

This race is the final leg of The Triple Crown of Hurdling, an award given to any horse that wins The Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, The Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park and The Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival within the same jumping season. The prize is £1,000,000 split between the owner, trainer, stable lad and stable staff.

Since The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy was first run in 1927, it has become the most prestigious hurdle race in the National Hunt calendar.


The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Epatante (FR) – 2/1 ante-post favourite – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (26/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  2. Honeysuckle (GB) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (29/11/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  3. Sharjah (FR) – 7/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  4. Silver Streak (IRE) – 9/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Evan Williams
  5. Saint Roi (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  6. Concertista (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  7. Aspire Tower (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (29/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  8. Abacadabras (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  9. Song For Someone (GER) – 16/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (12/12/20) – trained by Tom Symonds
  10. Goshen (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – will be 6 years old on the day – weighing in at 11-0 (12/12/20) – trained by Gary Moore


You don’t have to be a horseracing expert to win it big on the races at The Cheltenham Festival – that’s what our team of tipsters are for.

The odds will give you an indication of where horses are expected to finish in the race, but when so many variables are involved, you can never be certain.

Not only will we analyse the horses, jockeys, trainers and weather conditions ahead of each race, but we’ll make sure we find you all the best offers and promotions so you can get the best price on your chosen horse, as well as free bets to make your decision absolutely risk-free.


With tens of millions being gambled on the horses over this incredible four-day event, The Cheltenham Festival brings some of the best odds out of the bookies. With The Festival being so valuable to them, they run numerous generous promotions in an attempt to draw in customers old and new.

These promotions can include things like price-boosts, paying extra places and free bets. So you could end up winning a small fortune on a big outsider with a no-risk free bet.

A £10 bet on Espoir D’Allen to win The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in 2019 would have returned £160 in profits thanks to his generous starting price of 16/1.

Previous Winners


The 2021 ante-post favourite Epatante won The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy last year, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

Epatante was 2/1 favourite in 2020 in a 17 horse race that only saw two horses pull up and fail to finish.


16/1 outsider Espoir D’Allen won the Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in 2019, ridden by jockey Mark Walsh and trained by Gavin Cromwell.

Second and Third place was made up by big outsiders, too, including 20/1 Melon and 80/1 SIlver Streak who I’m sure many will be backing heading into this race at Cheltenham Festival 2021.


French 4/6 favourite Buveur D’Air won his second consecutive Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy in 2018, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

The remainder of the £467,750 purse was shared proportionately by second-place Melon with a starting price of 7/1, third-place Mick Jazz with a starting price of 25/1 and fourth-place Identity Thief with a starting price of 50/1.


In 2017, The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy was won by 5/1 Buveur D’Air, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Nicky Henderson.

2/1 starting price favourite Yanworth was unimpressive throughout and only managed a seventh-place finish in a race contended by 11 runners that only saw 10/1 Moon Racer pull up.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

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Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

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We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


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Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.