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Champion Bumper TipsWhen is the Champion Bumper 2021?

Cheltenham Wednesday 17th March 5.30pm

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Open NH Flat Race)  (Grade 1) (4-6yo)

Distance: 2 Miles ½ furlongs

Weights –10st 11lb (4yo), 11st 5lb (5-6yo), 7lb allowance for fillies and mares

The seventh and final race on day two is the Champion Bumper. It is a grade one national hunt flat race, over a distance of about two miles and 100 yards.

Some of the winners of this race have gone on to be superstars over jumps in years to come.

Notable past winners include Florida Pearl, Cue Card, and Champagne Fever.

This is another race where the top stables generally do well, but it isn’t always the fancied horses that win. For example, the year that Cue Card won, it went off at 40/1.


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Champion Bumper Records

Fastest Win: Joe Cullen 2000 ridden by CF Swan trained by WP Mullins finished in 221.2 s – 3 minutes 41.2 seconds

Leading jockey (3 wins):

Ruby Walsh – Alexander Banquet (1998), Missed That (2005), Briar Hill (2013)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

Willie Mullins – Wither or Which (1996), Florida Pearl (1997), Alexander Banquet (1998), Joe Cullen (2000), Missed That (2005), Cousin Vinny (2008), Champagne Fever (2012), Briar Hill (2013), Relegate (2018), Ferny Hollow (2020)

Champion Bumper Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 6.
  • Sex – 10 of the last 12 winners were geldings. The 2 winning mares have come from just 12 runners.
  • Trainer – Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott are the only trainers to saddle more than 1 winner in the last 12 years with 4 and 2 wins respectively. 
  • Country – 7 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 2 in France and 3 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 11 of the last 12 winners were bay..
  • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of between 7/1 and 40/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 2 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 5 were in the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 10 of the last 12 winners had run between 32 and 74 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –All of the last 12 winners had won last time out.

Who are the Champion Bumper Leading Contenders?

SIR GERHARD – Unbeaten in 2 bumpers inbcluding a listed event at Naval in December. 

KILCRUIT – Won a Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Festival with a degree of authority.

EILEENDOVER – Has brushed away the opposition in three runs so far. 

THREE STRIPE LIFE – Easy winner at Navan on debut will progress for the run.

What’s Keith’s Champion Bumper Tips for 2021?

Hard to split the leading contenders although EILEENDOVER may find things tough in this compant, last 4 year old to win was Cue Card in 2010. KILCRUIT was pretty impressive cruising past the opposition when winning at Leopardstown and at this current time just shades it for me.

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Here is Keith’s tip for the 2020 Weatherby's Champion Bumper.

Grade 2 bumper winner APPRECIATE IT ticks plenty of boxes and Willie Mullins knows what is required to win this race however the current odds of 7/4 puts me off and I am looking for a bit more value.

PANIC ATTACK won impressively on debut this is what I told the FRT Inner Circle members back in January:

“Impressive winner of a listed bumper at Market Rasen on debut, comfortably taking care of the field without breaking sweat. Probable Champion Bumper contender.”

Since that win she has been bought out of the Willie Mullins yard and moved to trainer David Pipe and while aged just four she misses the age vital statistic but we had a four year old in this race last year that finished second.

My selection for the Champion Bumper 2020 is: PANIC ATTACK 10/1 each way (NRNB).

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to Ladies Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 2. 

Keith's on the day selection was PANIC ATTACK

How did he do?

 In the Champion Bumper PANIC ATTACK was held up and never even looked like getting involved.

Champion Bumper Results

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race)
Distance: 2m½f (3607 yards) Prize (winner): £42202 Direction: Left Handed
Runners: 23    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4-6yo
Winners Time: 4 mins 6.06s   Avg OR: 119     Median OR: 122

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
71stFerny Hollow (IRE)5124Mullins, W PTownend, P11/1
held up in last pair, steady headway over 4f out, chased leaders turning in, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, ridden clear final 75 yards BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 150
22nd2.5Appreciate It (IRE)6131Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W15/8 (Fav)
in touch, smooth headway to lead narrowly turning in, ridden 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, no impression with winner final 75 yards BF IP MIN 1.5 BF IP MAX 1000
183rd3.25Queens Brook (IRE)5118Elliott, GordonCodd, Mr J J6/1
mid-division on outside, headway 4f out, driven to challenge turning in, kept on and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no impression with front pair final 100 yards, just held on for 3rd BF IP MIN 3.2 BF IP MAX 1000
164thNKThird Time Lucki (IRE)5127Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry16/1
held up in last pair, steady headway over 4f out, driven to chase leaders turning in, ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, just failed for 3rd, no impression with front pair BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 950
65thHDEskylane (IRE)6123Elliott, GordonRussell, D N16/1
held up towards rear, smooth headway to track leaders turning in, driven and unable to quicken over 1f out, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, lost place near finish BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
226th4.5Ocean Wind4130Teal, R AColeman, A12/1
held up towards rear, headway halfway, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 600
117th8Julies Stowaway (IRE)6119Mullins, Ms MargaretMullins, D E40/1
mid-division, headway towards outside 4f out, ridden over 1f out, never pace to challenge BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 950
198th3.75The Glancing Queen (IRE)6124King, ACannon, Tom J12/1
held up towards rear, headway on outside over 4f out, driven to chase leaders turning in, soon one pace, no impression from over 1f out BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
99th1Good Time Jonny (IRE)5114Martin, A JPower, R M66/1
towards rear on inside, driven and headway into mid-division 3f out, kept on same pace, never threatened leaders BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 890
1410th0.5One True King (IRE)5116Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam100/1
mid-division, chased leaders 4f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 400
811th0.5Five Bar Brian (IRE)6122Mullins, W PMullins, David33/1
held up in touch, tracked leaders going well on inside 4f out, ridden and not quicken turning in, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 1000
1312th3.5Mahler Allstar (IRE)6114Sweeney, JonathanWalsh, M P100/1
in touch, tracked leader halfway, led narrowly 6f out, driven and headed turning in, soon lost place, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 950
313th9Ask A Honey Bee (IRE)6124OBrien, FergalHarrison, Liam25/1
in touch, driven and lost place over 4f out, soon outpaced, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000
514th1.75Can You Call5102Martin, Andrew JMartin, James100/1
chased leaders on inside, lost place halfway, outpaced 4f out, no danger after BF IP MIN 800 BF IP MAX 1000
1715th1.25Darling Daughter (IRE)6122Elliott, GordonONeill, Ms Lisa14/1
tracked leader to halfway, in touch, outpaced over 3f out, soon lost place, weakened final 2f BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
116thNKAdrimel (FR)5124Lacey, TJohnson, Richard25/1
prominent, disputed lead over 6f out, ridden and lost place turning in, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 950
1017th0.5Israel Champ (IRE)5130Pipe, D EScudamore, Tom8/1
led, headed over 6f out, driven and lost place 4f out, weakened over 2f out BF IP MIN 5.8 BF IP MAX 1000
2318thNKPanic Attack (IRE)4122Pipe, D EHughes, Brian10/1
held up mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, weakened 2f out BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000
2019thHDAudacity4118Greatrex, W JSheehan, Gavin100/1
chased leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, lost place over 6f out, soon behind BF IP MIN 220 BF IP MAX 1000
2120thHDLet Me Entertain U4103Scudamore, M JPowell, Brendan100/1
mid-division, lost place halfway, soon behind BF IP MIN 550 BF IP MAX 1000
421stNSEBrief Ambition6120OBrien, FergalWedge, Adam100/1
mid-division on inside, chased leaders halfway, driven and lost place over 3f out, weakened 2f out BF IP MIN 400 BF IP MAX 1000
1222ndSHLinelee King (FR)5113Murphy, OllyHeskin, A P100/1
mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, soon behind BF IP MIN 130 BF IP MAX 590
1523rd43Snowpiercer (FR)6101Brooke, Lady SusanBrooke, Miss L150/1
always towards rear on outside, lost touch over 4f out, tailed off BF IP MIN 1000 BF IP MAX 1000
Champion Bumper Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
11.03.2020Soft23Ferny Hollow (IRE)Westerner5Townend, PMullins, W P11/1
13.03.2019Soft14Envoi Allen (FR)Muhtathir5Codd, Mr J JElliott, Gordon2/1
14.03.2018Soft23Relegate (IRE)Flemensfirth (USA)5Walsh, Ms KMullins, W P25/1
15.03.2017Good To Soft22Fayonagh (IRE)Kalanisi (IRE)6Codd, Mr J JElliott, Gordon7/1
16.03.2016Good23BallyandyKayf Tara5Twiston-Davies, SamTwiston-Davies, N A5/1
11.03.2015Good23Moon Racer (IRE)Saffron Walden (FR)6Scudamore, TomPipe, D E9/2
12.03.2014Good22Silver ConcordeDansili6McNamara, Mr R PWeld, D K16/1
13.03.2013Good To Soft23Briar Hill (IRE)Shantou (USA)5Walsh, RMullins, W P25/1
14.03.2012Good20Champagne Fever (IRE)Stowaway5Mullins, Mr P WMullins, W P16/1
16.03.2011Good24Cheltenian (FR)Astarabad (USA)5Johnson, RichardHobbs, P J14/1
17.03.2010Good24Cue CardKings Theatre (IRE)4Tizzard, JoeTizzard, C L40/1
11.03.2009Good To Soft24Dunguib (IRE)Presenting6OConnell, Mr B TFenton, Philip9/2
13.03.2008Good To Soft23Cousin Vinny (IRE)Bob Back (USA)5Mullins, Mr P WMullins, W P12/1
14.03.2007Good To Soft24Cork All Star (IRE)Fasliyev (USA)5Geraghty, B JHarrington, Mrs John11/2
15.03.2006Good23Hairy Molly (IRE)Shernazar6Carberry, PCrowley, Joseph33/1
16.03.2005Good24Missed ThatOverbury (IRE)6Walsh, RMullins, W P7/2
17.03.2004Good24Total Enjoyment (IRE)Flemensfirth (USA)5Culloty, JCooper, Thomas7/1
12.03.2003Good25Liberman (IRE)Standiford (USA)5McCoy, A PPipe, M C2/1
13.03.2002Good To Soft23Pizarro (IRE)Broken Hearted5Spencer, JamieOGrady, E J14/1
15.03.2000Good17Joe Cullen (IRE)River Falls5Swan, C FMullins, W P14/1
17.03.1999Good To Soft25Monsignor (IRE)Mister Lord (USA)5Powell, BPitman, M50/1
18.03.1998Good25Alexander Banquet (IRE)Glacial Storm (USA)5Walsh, RMullins, W P9/1
12.03.1997Good To Firm25Florida Pearl (IRE)Florida Son5Dunwoody, RMullins, W P6/1

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Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

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