The Entries for the Champion Hurdle, Mares’ Hurdle & Stayers’ Hurdle?


On Tuesday, both Honeysuckle and Constitution Hill were among 17 entries for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 14—a step closer to the highly anticipated contest.

Constitution Hill, trained by Nicky Henderson, is unbeaten and won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by 22 lengths over stablemate Jonbon, arguably the festival’s best performance.

Honeysuckle, who suffered her first defeat at Fairyhouse last month in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, may complete her sensational career with a hat trick in the feature on day one of the festival.

Willie Mullins, who may also be represented by Vauban, Sir Gerhard, Sharjah, and Echoes In Rain, has entered State Man as one of Constitution Hill’s greatest threats.

The number of entries for the 2m12f competition at this stage last year was 23; this year, there were only 17 entries.

Honeysuckle is still running in the Mares’ Hurdle, but Epatante is not there.

After Marie’s Rock was one of 24 horses entered, Henderson will also have a leading contender in the Mares’ Hurdle. Honeysuckle is also in the running, despite connections favouring the Champion Hurdle once more.

With an emphatic victory in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham, Marie’s Rock is the ante-post favourite to retain the Mares’ crown she won last year at odds of 18-1.

Epatante, her stablemate, was omitted by Henderson from the 2m4f Grade 1 entries, but she could be added later. Additionally, she is entered in the Champion Hurdle.

With Grade 1 winners Brandy Love and Echoes In Rain entered, Mullins is expected to hold a strong hand, and he may also be represented by Shewearsitwell, Braganza, and Gauloise. Mullins has won this race nine times since it was first introduced in 2008, six of those victories coming with Quevega.

Porter is flooring in pursuit of a Stayers hat trick.

Flooring Porter, who leads a field of 28 for the day-three highlight, will attempt to win the Stayers’ Hurdle for the third time in a row.

Home By The Lee, a fellow Irish raider who has defeated Flooring Porter twice this season, will present the eight-year-old, who is trained by Gavin Cromwell, with a formidable obstacle.

After winning the Jack de Bromhead Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown in style last month, Joseph O’Brien’s team is 6-1 with most companies.

It is anticipated that Paisley Park will also compete for Emma Lavelle. Paisley Park has finished third to Flooring Porter in this race the past two years. On Boxing Day, the veteran showed off his class by winning the Long Walk Hurdle at Kempton.

Champ, who won the Newbury Long Distance Hurdle over Paisley Park, was not entered.

The number of entries for the Stayers’ Hurdle has decreased since 2022, when 33 entries were received.

Entry lists in full

Champion Hurdle (17)

Bob Olinger
Constitution Hill
Echoes In Rain
First Street
I Like To Move It
Jason The Militant
Knappers Hill
Love Envoi
Not So Sleepy
Pied Piper
Sir Gerhard
State Man

Mares’ Hurdle (24)

Ailie Rose
Anna Bunina
Bop Bop Bobbin
Brandy Love
Echoes In Rain
Get A Tonic
Holly Hartingo
Lady Adare
Love Envoi
Marie’s Rock
Midnight Ginger
Molly Ollys Wishes
Queens Brook
Royale Margaux
Santa Rossa
West Balboa

Stayers’ Hurdle (28)

Ashdale Bob
Asterion Forlonge
Beacon Edge
Blazing Khal
Botox Has
Chacun Pour Soi
Dashel Drasher
Flooring Porter
Gelino Bello
Haut En Couleurs
Home By The Lee
Klassical Dream
Langer Dan
Marie’s Rock
Paisley Park
Saint Sam
Sams Profile
Sir Gerhard
Sire Du Berlais
Summerville Boy


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Trainer Philip Hobbs says that the impressive Thyme Hill, will go to Ascot next for his Cheltenham Festival preparation. He is currently the shortest-priced British-trained horse in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.

The Grade One-winning hurdler quelled the fears over his jumping last Monday, when winning the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton by 15 lengths.

Thyme Hill is best-priced 10-1 to land the 3 mile contest which would be a second victory forPhilip Hobbs, after One Knight’s win in 2003. However, it should be a very competitive affair with recent top-level winners Gaillard Du Mesnil and Gerri Colombe at the top of the market at 8-1.

“He’s come out of the race well,” said Hobbs. “I presume we’ll be looking at a race like the Reynoldstown next for him before we think about Cheltenham.”

Hobbs thinks the testing conditions at Kempton suited his runner, who reversed Newbury form with McFabulous, and will now target the race O’Faolains Boy won before going on to land the Brown Advisory in 2014.

Hobbs said: “I think it was a combination of the cheekpieces, soft ground and a strong pace which saw him improve.”

The victory was a third at the top level and second over fences for Thyme Hill. Thyme Hill started chasing at the relatively late age of eight.



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Like us, if you watched it, you too would have been amazed by Contitution Hill’s win in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Barry Geraghty was no different saying the following about him:

“There’s not much more we can say about Constitution Hill – again, he was brilliant in the Christmas Hurdle. I thought it would be impossible for him to impress us more, but he went and did so anyway.

Kempton is a sharp, fast track and you don’t normally get a horse winning a Grade 1, especially a two mile hurdle, around there by as many lengths as he put in.

A 17 length win in a Grade 1 is almost unheard of. Him, and only him, might get me out of retirement (joking), but in all seriousness, Nico [De Boinville] is doing a great job with him.”

He may have only been joking about coming out of retirement for him, but I imagine it would be tempting.

We are certainly all looking forward to seeing what more he can do at the Champion Hurdle on 14th March 2023.



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