Free tips Cheltenham Festival Tips: Champion Hurdle number 7 for Nicky Henderson with Buveur d’Air?

2018 Cheltenham Tips – Unibet Champion Hurdle (Day 1)

Nicky Henderson knows what it takes to win a Champion Hurdle race.  He brought the brilliant but fragile See You Then to the Festival three times in the mid-1980’s and three times he won the showpiece two mile hurdle race.

Henderson also landed the Champion Hurdle in 2009 with Punjabi, in 2010 with Binocular and 2017 with Buveur d’Air.  And it is this horse who we believe will take the Unibet sponsored race for Nicky Henderson who is, ironically, an ambassador for the go-ahead online sportsbook.  

At 4/6 with Irish bookmakers Paddy Power who are at the time of writing joint top price about the defending champion and all Cheltenham bets with the Irish firm already come with ‘non-runner no-bet’ terms.

Like Binocular, Buveur d’Air is French-bred and owned by the legendary JP McManus.  Both horses won the Champion Hurdle aged 6 but the record books show 7 is the optimum age when it comes to this race.  Unlike Binocular (who was a fully exposed horse), Buveur d’Air is very much still on the improve and has won the last eight of his nine career starts over hurdles.

Video: Buveur D’Air winning the Christmas Hurdle last December

There is no justification in opposing him with a domestic challenger and while Irish trainer Willie Mullins is sure to be well represented in the first big race of Cheltenham 2018, all of his challengers have some type of question-mark hanging over them.

We have been betting on Buveur D’Air since last year here at Betfinder at various prices from 4/1 and lower plus in doubles, trebles and Cheltenham free bets too. His preparation has been textbook so far and should he land the big race on Cheltenham Champions Day 1 we will be on as free roll for the rest of the Festival.  Come on Buveur!

Recommended Champion Hurdle Bet:

Buveur d’Air at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power


Champion Hurdle Betting Odds

Buveur D’Air – 4/6 fav

Faugheen – 6/1

Melon – 8/1

Yorkhill – 10/1

My Tent Or Yours – 16/1

Defi Du Seuil – 20/1

Min – 25/1

Apple’s Jade – 25/1

Limini – 33/1

Arctic Fire – 33/1

Mick Jazz – 33/1

Wicklow Brave – 33/1

The New One – 40/1

Ch’tibello – 50/1

*Subject to ante-post terms, other prices available for NRNB markets.


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