As with all highly-anticipated races, it’s expected that most punters will assemble their horse racing tips distinctly prior to them getting underway. This always applies to Cheltenham Festival, where it’s crucial that you use statistics and reasoning behind each bet, or you’ll face seeing your bet ruined when a far more capable horse goes on to win the meeting by a distance.
One of the most celebrated race meetings at Cheltenham Festival is the Champion Hurdle, where the UK and Ireland’s best hurdlers compete at the most prestigious festival in the sport. The bookmakers currently rank Buveurd’Air as being the clear favourite at odds of 5/6, but with some punters now backing second favourite Laurina at odds of 9/2, it’s worth considering if there’s any value in opting to back against what many recognise as being a race already won by the favourite.
Adding Laurina to your racing tips for Cheltenham Festival
If last year’s Cheltenham Festival was anything to go by, Laurina is a worthy one to watch, winning The Dawn Run at odds as favourable as 4/7 with some bookmakers. We can only assume that he’d be added to a lot of bettors’ horse racing tips for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival if it wasn’t for the formidable record of Buveurd’Air, who’s won an incredible fifteen of eighteen major race meetings including two successive wins in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Champion Hurdle.
Feeling unnerved by such a record is understandable but it doesn’t cancel out the unbeaten run of Laurina, who currently enjoys a bout of four successive wins dating back to December 2017. This takes his record to four wins and a second from six rules races. After picking between the two horses for your horse racing tips, it’s likely that you’ll have to decide between the trainers to identify a winner, with Buveurd’Air being trained by Nicky Henderson and Laurina being trained by Willie Mullins, making for an extremely tough call.
It’s possible to win this race for three years in succession – Hatton’s Grace, Sir Ken, Persian War, See You Then and Istabraq all being fine examples – so Buveurd’Air wouldn’t be completing this feat for the first time. The question then focuses on whether or not Buveurd’Air is capable of winning the Champion Hurdle three times over the space of three years. He’s shown how capable he is in the past, resulting in a lot of horse racing tips involving the bay gelding, but Laurina’s record boasts as much ability in remaining consistent.