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2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Odds - Honeysuckle trails State Man in Leopardstown betting

03 Feb 2023
Jon Vine 03 Feb 2023
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  • Latest odds and betting for the 2023 Irish Champion Hurdle
  • This historic Grade One takes place at Leopardstown on day two of the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday 5th February
  • Honeysuckle will bid to make it four wins on the bounce
  • State Man, Vauban and Sharjah also feature in the betting
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Rachael Blackmore riding Honeysuckle clear the last to win The Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse. (Getty)

Day two of the Dublin Racing Festival is headlined by the Irish Champion Hurdle. Great's like Hatton's Grace, Dawn Run, Istabraq and Hurricane Fly have won this iconic race and Henry De Bromhead's mare Honeysuckle will attempt to defend her crown for a third time this year.

Let's take a look through the latest Irish Champion Hurdle betting and run through the headline entries.

2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Odds

State Man11/10
Sir Gerhard10/1

*Odds taken on 24/1/23*

2023 Irish Champion Hurdle Entries

State Man2023 Irish Champion Hurdle FavouriteGET 11/10 HERE
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Honeysuckle suffered the first defeat of her career on her reappearance in the Hatton's Grace, where Henry De Bromhead's mare was beaten into third by Teahupoo and Klassical Dream. Honeysuckle is, however, still unbeaten over two miles and returns to Leopardstown looking for her fourth-straight victory in this Grade One.

The defending champion sits second in the betting behind State Man, who's risen to the top of the two-mile hurdle ranks in Ireland, thanks to victories in the Morgiana and Matheson Hurdles this season. Willie Mullins' star beaten stablemates Vauban and Sharjah when collecting the Matheson Hurdle here over Christmas and both could return to take on State Man at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Willie Mullins could also be represented by Echoes In Rain and Sir Gerhard, who's also entered up in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival. Gordon Elliot could run Pied Piper and Zanahiyr, with both looking to bounce back following poor efforts over Christmas. Thomas Mullins' Takarengo is the final entrant in this year's Irish Champion Hurdle.

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