Champion Hurdle Free Bets, Live Stream Cheltenham

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The Champion Hurdle is the feature race of a star-studded race list on the Tuesday of the Cheltenham Festival, which is the first day of the five day extravaganza at Prestbury Park.

Over the years the hotly-anticipated hurdle showpiece has produced so many spectacular moments and spectacular horses that are now etched into Cheltenham Festival folklore.

Perhaps the greatest multiple winner of the race was Sea Pigeon. The classy individual won the Champion Hurdle in 1980 and 1981. It was this era of hurdling, that involved other multiple hurdling champions Monksfield (1978 and 1979) and Night Nurse (1976 and 1977), that really ignited the interest with this type of discipline and even grabbed the attention of people outside the racing world. Those three horses were involved in some incredible races which still live long in the memory of a range of Cheltenham regulars.

Another legend of Cheltenham courtesy of his Champion Hurdle exploits is three-time winner Istabraq.

After already showing a liking for Cheltenham by winning the Royal Sunalliance Novices' Hurdle in 1997, trainer Aiden O'Brien dropped him back to the two mile distance of the Champion the following season and what transpired over the next three years turned a horse that once upon a time didn't break his maiden on the Flat until his fourth race, into a legend of the sport. His wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000 were all done in tremendous style and by an aggregate of 19 lengths he was a crowd pleaser of the highest order.

The 2012 renewal was won by the Paul Nicholls-trained Rock On Ruby, who toppled one of the hot-pots of the Festival Hurricane Fly.

The two will do battle again in 2013 but with a strong generation of younger hurdlers making the step up to all-aged level, it could be one of them that rule supreme. Darlan (16/1), who finished second in last year's Supreme Novices Hurdle, could be ready to go one better in 2013.

It should be a cracker, make sure you get your bets down and settle down for an afternoon of excitement from Prestbury Park.