Form Guide

Champion Hurdle Form Guide 2017

Champion Hurdle Form GuideWe are all set for a sparkling renewal of the 2017 Champion Hurdle, but it has become instantly more winnable for a host of connections following the withdrawal of reigning champion Faugheen, who will miss the race through injury.

Here we look at all the leading contenders for the 2m Grade 1 prize and decipher their season form, as they look to shine on the biggest stage of all and etch their names alongside some of the finest National Hunt horses in racing history, and they can do just that when the tapes go up on March 14.

Main Contenders - Form Guide 2017

Buveur D'air

A Grade One-winning novice hurdler last season, Buveur D'air had been expected to be seen over fences this season, and he was duly seen over the larger obstacles on a couple of occasions, which he comfortably won.

However, he returned to hurdles at Sandown in February and eased to victory in the Listed Contenders Hurdle, and he is now heading the 2017 Champion Hurdle Betting, and could prove to be the one to beat.

Yanworth

Second in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival, Yanworth has blossomed over timber and has amassed two Grade Two wins and a Grade One success on Boxing Day, and is a key player in the Champion Hurdle on March 14.

He kicked off the season with victory in the Coral Hurdle, before sparkling at Kempton Park to win the Christmas Hurdle, while he was a workmanlike winner of the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton in what was another polished display.

Petit Mouchoir

Eighth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, Petit Mouchoir has been one that has launched into the limelight in recent months and a fine win in the Ryanair Hurdle over the festive period showed that she could be a top-class Grade One performer this season.

She followed that up again in Ireland with a fine victory in the Irish Champion Hurdle, beating Footpad, and she could well prove to be the primary shot fired by the Irish gun, with Willie Mullins' stars out of action.

The New One

A Champion Hurdle regular, The New One is set to have another crack at this coveted race, but having failed to win it before then he could struggle to finally bag the prize, however, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained charge will possibly face his easiest task to date in this race, and has to be considered.

A comfortable winner of the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December, he then showed when winning Haydock Park's Champion Hurdle Trial that he still oozes class, and will hope he can sparkle once again at Prestbury Park on March 14.

Brain Power

Nicky Henderson's Brain Power has tasted victory in a brace of handicap hurdles over the last few months, and while he will need a lot more to feature in the Champion Hurdle he has to be given respect, with the race somewhat breaking up.

Wins at Sandown Park and Ascot will mean he heads to Cheltenham looking for a hat-trick of wins, and while Henderson's Buveur D'air will be the first choice challenger, Brain Power could at least sneak a place in this year's race.