2022 Punchestown Champion Hurdle Betting Odds at Punchestown racecourse

Friday, 29 April 2022

While it’s yet to be seen as to the final Punchestown Champion Hurdle racecard, we might see Honeysuckle left out of this race although Constitution Hill was another Cheltenham Festival winner and perhaps Nicky Henderson will send his horse to this Festival after a spellbinding win in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

The five-year-old produced an unreal performance at the 2022 Cheltenham meeting and we’re intrigued to see how he’ll measure up in Ireland, although there could be some stiff opposition in the race. Zanahiyr, Teahupoo and Epatante are other horses with more experience who can run a big race.

2022 Punchestown Champion Hurdle Tips

Constitution Hill has only run on three occasions although the five-year-old grabbed lots of Cheltenham headlines during the 2022 Festival. Nicky Henderson was giving out very positive vibes before the 2022 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the runner motored up the hill to suggest that this is a horse that could give Honeysuckle a big race in next year’s Champion Hurdle.

Perhaps Constitution Hill will clash with Honeysuckle if the latter lines up in this race and it’s a mouth-watering prospect to see the two horses clash over two miles for the first time. The mare has won two English Champion Hurdles and she will continue to benefit from a mares’ allowance when it comes to these Grade 1 encounters.

Bookmaker Unibet were the first to go up with prices and they have Honeysuckle trading at around the even money mark, with Henry de Bromhead’s horse unbeaten during her career thus far and she has passed every test with flying colours, with the mare obliging at betting odds of 8/11 in the 2022 Champion Hurdle.

It was arguably Honeysuckle’s toughest assignment of her career to date and Rachael Blackmore is likely to be reunited with a horse that won the Unibet Champion Hurdle by three lengths when fending off the challenge of previous winner Epatante who could well line up in this encounter.

Zanahiyr is currently the third favourite to win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and the horse ran an excellent race in the 2022 Champion Hurdle. The Gordon Elliott-trained charge was able to finish in third place in the Grade 1 race and that was despite being sent off at a starting price of 28/1.

Jack Kennedy is likely to be on board for this heat and there will be a hope that the two betting favourites are able to somehow outbattle each other and leave an opportunity. Even running into another third spot would be a great outcome, with Teahupoo bidding for the same result.