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Champion Hurdle 2019 Form Guide: Apple's Jade The Standout Contender In Cheltenham Festival Day One Feature

Tuesday 12th March 2019
Apple's Jade is the form horse heading into the Champion Hurdle
Apple's Jade is the form horse heading into the Champion Hurdle

Ten horses will go to post for the 2019 Champion Hurdle, which takes centre stage on day one of the Cheltenham Festival at 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoon and we take a look at how all the runners have performed this season.

The form guide ahead of the big race is vital to assess, as punters look to try and find the winner of what is a vintage renewal of the Tuesday showpiece event.

No.1 Brain Power - 2 races this season - 1 win

Nicky Henderson's Brain Power started the season over fences and was well beaten in fourth place in the Shloer Chase, but a win in the International Hurdle in December will mean he heads into the Champion Hurdle on the back of a victory.

Form Rating: 7/10

No.2 Buveur D'Air  - 3 races - 2 wins

A dual Champion Hurdle winner, Buveur D'Air is the proven form choice for this year's renewal, but a shock defeat in the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day has left some questioning whether he is the force of old, and despite two victories this season, he heads into the race with a blotted copybook.

Form Rating: 7/10

No.3 Espoir D'Allen - 3 races - 3 wins

Unbeaten in his three starts this season, Espoir D'Allen is one of the most progressive performers in the field, but having only won a Grade 3 race last time out then he may have a 100% record this season, but his form doesn't match up to some of his rivals.

Form Rating: 8/10

No.4 Global Citizen - 4 races - 2 wins

Victorious in 50% of his races this campaign, Global Citizen is making a huge step up in grade and while he won the Grade 2 Champion Hurdle Trial earlier in the season, he was well beaten in the Christmas Hurdle, so has a lot to find.

Form Rating: 2/10

No.5 Melon - 2 races - 0 wins

A spectacular runner-up in the 2018 Champion Hurdle, Melon has failed to find that same spark over timber this season and has finished fourth in two Grade 1 events this season, so will need a significant turnaround in form to claim victory.

Form Rating: 4/10

No.6 Sharjah - 5 races - 3 wins

One of Willie Mullins' surprise packages this season, Sharjah has notched up back-to-back Grade 1 victories in Ireland and has launched himself into the Champion Hurdle picture.  He will need to continue on an upward curve, but his form is some of the best in the race.

Form Rating: 9/10

No.7 Silver Streak - 5 races - 2 wins

A consistent performer at his level, Silver Streak has finished in the first two in all his races this season, but while he has put up a bold bid in some decent events this campaign, this is a whole new test for him and he will surely be battling it out for minor honours.

Form Rating: 5/10

No.8 Apple's Jade - 4 races - 4 wins

Arguably the most impressive horse in training this season, Apple's Jade has steamrollered some top notch opposition in Grade 1 company to launch to outright favourite for the Champion Hurdle, and if the Gordon Elliott-trained starlet can emulate her Irish runs on British soil then she will be the one to beat on Tuesday.

Form Rating: 10/10

No.9 Laurina - 2 races - 2 wins

An 18-length winner of the Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last season, Laurina has been handed two relatively straight-forward tasks in the mares' division this season, so while she may ooze potential her form doesn't stack up against some of her opponents here.

Form Rating: 6/10

No.10 Verdana Blue - 7 races - 4 wins

A campaign that has seen her run on the Flat and over hurdles, Verdana Blue's career high came on Boxing Day when she beat Buveur D'Air in the Christmas Hurdle.  However, she has failed to replicate that victory and she will have a lot to do to frank that form here.

Form Rating: 6/10

2019 Champion Hurdle Odds

Apples Jade J W Kennedy / G Elliott 9/4 9/4 2 2 9/4 5/2 9/4 2 2
Laurina R Walsh / W P Mullins 5/2 5/2 5/2 5/2 5/2 11/4 5/2 5/2 5/2
Buveur DAir B J Geraghty / N J Henderson 11/4 11/4 11/4 11/4 11/4 3 11/4 11/4 11/4
Espoir DAllen M P Walsh / G P Cromwell 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Melon P Townend / W P Mullins 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Sharjah Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Brain Power Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 33 33 33 33 33 40 33 33 33
Verdana Blue D N Russell / N J Henderson 33 33 33 33 33 40 33 33 33
Global Citizen D Bass / B Pauling 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Silver Streak Adam Wedge / Evan Williams 66 66 80 80 66 66 66 80 80
Each Way Terms 3
1/5
3
1/5
- 3
1/5
3
1/5
3
1/4
3
1/5
3
1/5
3
1/5

2019 Champion Hurdle Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Apples Jade J W Kennedy / G Elliott
5/2
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5/2
9/4
9/4
9/4
9/4
2
2
2
2
2. Laurina R Walsh / W P Mullins
11/4
FREE BET ODDS
11/4
5/2
5/2
5/2
5/2
5/2
5/2
3. Buveur DAir B J Geraghty / N J Henderson
3
FREE BET ODDS
3
11/4
11/4
11/4
11/4
11/4
11/4
4. Espoir DAllen M P Walsh / G P Cromwell
16
FREE BET ODDS
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
5. Melon P Townend / W P Mullins
16
FREE BET ODDS
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
6. Sharjah Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins
20
FREE BET ODDS
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
7. Brain Power Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson
40
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40
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
8. Verdana Blue D N Russell / N J Henderson
40
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40
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
9. Global Citizen D Bass / B Pauling
50
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50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
10. Silver Streak Adam Wedge / Evan Williams
80
FREE BET ODDS
80
80
80
80
66
66
66
66
66
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:30 . Odds are subject to change.
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