24 possible runners left in The Champion Hurdle 2019

Apple's Jade and Jack Kennedy winning The Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. Credit: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

BUVEUR D’AIR, Verdana Blue and Apples Jade head the entries for the 2019 Champion hurdle, 11 of the 24 entries are from Ireland.

Dual reigning champion Buveur D’Air (Nicky Henderson, 178) is among 24 going forward for the £450,000 G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle. The eight-year-old would become the sixth three-time winner of the two-mile hurdling championship and the first since Istabraq in 2000 if successful on opening Champion Day, Tuesday, March 12 of The Festival™ presented by Bulmers. It was like hitting double zero on Best Casino Sites when he was beaten by Verdana Blue
Prolific mare Apple’s Jade (Gordon Elliott, 185) is the leading Irish-trained hope following her 16-length demolition job from the front in the G1 Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown earlier this month, her first race at two miles since the spring of 2016.
Willie Mullins’ five contenders include highly-regarded mare Laurina (168p), who is unbeaten in five starts since joining Ireland’s champion Jump trainer, plus last year’s runner-up Melon (177) and Sharjah (166+), the winner of G1 contests at Punchestown and Leopardstown this season.
Unibet Champion Hurdle
Grade 1, £450,000 Total Prize Fund. Cheltenham, Old Course, 3.30pm, Tuesday, March 12, two miles and half a furlong (2m 87y). For four-year-olds and upwards who are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the senior BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation – horses who are not qualified for a rating in GB, IRE or FR may also be entered (such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130 – the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 4yo: 11st 2lb; 5yo+: 11st 10lb; fillies & mares allowed 7lb. Entries closed January 15, entries revealed January 16 (27 entries). Scratchings deadline February 12 (24 remain), £22,500 supplementary stage & six-day confirmation stage March 6, final declaration 10.00am, March 10, maximum number of runners 26.
Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
APPLE’S JADE (FR)
7
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
BRAIN POWER (IRE)
8
Michael Buckley
Nicky Henderson
BUVEUR D’AIR (FR)
8
J P McManus
Nicky Henderson
CALL ME LORD (FR)
6
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Nicky Henderson
CHARLI PARCS (FR)
6
J P McManus
Nicky Henderson
CH’TIBELLO (FR)
8
The Can’t Say No Partnership
Dan Skelton
CILAOS EMERY (FR)
7
Luke McMahon
Willie Mullins IRE
ESPOIR D’ALLEN (FR)
5
J P McManus
Gavin Cromwell IRE
FARCLAS (FR)
5
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
GLOBAL CITIZEN (IRE)
7
The Megsons
Ben Pauling
LAURINA (FR)
6
Sullivan Bloodstock Limited
Willie Mullins IRE
MELON
7
Mrs J Donnelly
Willie Mullins IRE
MOHAAYED
7
June Watts
Dan Skelton
PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR)
8
Gigginstown House Stud
Henry de Bromhead IRE
PINGSHOU (IRE)
9
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
Colin Tizzard
SALDIER (FR)
5
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE
SAMCRO (IRE)
7
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
SHARJAH (FR)
6
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE
SILVER STREAK (IRE)
6
L Fell
Evan Williams
SUPASUNDAE
9
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
Jessica Harrington IRE
VERDANA BLUE (IRE)
7
Crimbourne Stud
Nicky Henderson
VISION DES FLOS (FR)
6
Ann & Alan Potts Limited
Colin Tizzard
WE HAVE A DREAM (FR)
5
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Nicky Henderson
WHOLESTONE (IRE)
8
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Nigel Twiston-Davies

 

24 entries remain following February 12 scratchings deadline
11 Irish-trained
 
THE FOLLOWING THREE HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED:
MAN OF PLENTY, TOMBSTONE (IRE), WESTERN RYDER (IRE)
 
Timeform Ratings (Weight-Adjusted)
Apple’s Jade  185
Buveur d’Air  178
Melon    177
Petit Mouchoir  173
Samcro  173
Supasundae  173
Espoir d’Allen  172
Verdana Blue  170+
Laurina  168p
Cilaos Emery  168

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