Irish Champion Hurdle Betting Odds Comparison - Leopardstown

06/02/2021 15:15:00

The Irish Champion Hurdle is one of the biggest races on the Irish National Hunt horse racing calendar, with this race being sponsored by Chanelle Pharma and it will be run over two miles on rather testing ground considering the heavy rainfall in Ireland over the past few weeks.

The ground shouldn’t be a huge issue for Honeysuckle who has been a revelation over the past couple of years, with the seven-year-old having won the 2020 Champion Hurdle and it appears that she’s even better this time around.

Can Honeysuckle Land Irish Champion Hurdle Double?

Honeysuckle narrowly beat Darver Star in this race last year before lowering the colours of Benie Des Dieux in the Mares Hurdle at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, with Henry de Bromhead now looking for his horse to achieve the same targets this coming year.

Honeysuckle has only been seen once at a racecourse this season, with Rachael Blackmore guiding her to victory in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on 29 November 2020, with the horse just about doing enough to edge out Ronald Pump in this race.

Honeysuckle has never lost during her career although there are many other pretenders to the crown and perhaps we should consider the possibility that she’ll be beaten by some other charge.

Sharjah Bidding to Topple Honeysuckle at Leopardstown

Sharjah is wearing the famous Rich Ricci colours and comes from the same stable as Chacun Pour Soi and Min, with Willie Mullins capable of putting in the sort of training performance that could see the eight-year-old win the race at attractive odds of 5/2.

Sharjah was the two-length winner of Grade 1 Matheson Hurdle and jockey Patrick Mullins gave the charge a brilliant spin over two miles on soft ground, with Aspire Tower beaten into second on that occasion.

We should also reflect on that superb performance in last season’s English Champion Hurdle where the horse completely outran his odds to finish second at 16/1 behind Epatante and many will think he’s a decent price for this clash.

Saint Roi and Aspire Tower Next in Irish Champion Hurdle Betting

Saint Roi runs in the JP McManus colours although he’s also trained by Willie Mullins and the horse was sent off as favourite for the Matheson Hurdle at betting odds of 13/8, although the six-year-old was only able to finish fourth on that occasion.

Saint Roi could bounce back in a race like this and it shouldn’t be forgotten that the horse won the County Hurdle at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, although Aspire Tower is another runner to consider and Henry de Bromhead saw his horse follow Sharjah closely home in that race over the festive season.