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Cheltenham tips: Who to back for the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival


Cheltenham is back once again this week, although there won’t be any crowds to cheer on the horses for the final straight. With four days of action coming up, we have all of the tips you need for feature races at Cheltenham.

The sport’s most famous event gets underway in Gloucestershire on Tuesday March 16.

The festival will feature 28 races in total, as the UK’s top jockeys go head-to-head.

We start with Tuesday’s feature race, the Champion Hurdle, before culminating in the Gold Cup on Friday afternoon.

Express Sport spoke to the experts at Betfair for the best tips ahead of the Cheltenham Festival this week.

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“A Cheltenham Festival like no other kicks off without crowds, but despite the absence of spectators, there is no shortage of quality action on day one,” he told Express Sport.

“Tuesday’s feature race, the Champion Hurdle, is one of the most eagerly-anticipated races of the meeting.

“Irish challenger Honeysuckle is the 2/1 favourite, as the talented mare looks to extend her unbeaten run over hurdles to 11 wins from 11 races.

“Honeysuckle faces tough competition from last year’s winner and 7/2 fancy, Epatante, who was well-beaten at Christmas by Silver Streak.


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