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County Handicap Hurdle tipsWhen is the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle 2021?

Cheltenham Friday 19th March 2.10pm

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (5yo+)

Distance: 2 miles

Weights:  Handicap

The second race on day four is the Randox Health County Hurdle better known as the County Hurdle.  It is run over about two miles and one furlong and they clear eight hurdles as in the previous race.

Dan Skelton has saddled three of the last four winners.


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County Handicap Hurdle Records

Fastest Win: DESERT QUEST 2006 ridden by Ruby Walsh trained by Paul Nicholls finished in 232.7s – 3 minutes 52.7 seconds

Leading jockey since 1946 (4 wins):

Ruby Walsh – Sporazene (2004), Desert Quest (2006), American Trilogy (2009), Final Approach (2011)

Leading trainer since 1946 (4 wins):

Paul Nicholls – Sporazene (2004), Desert Quest (2006), American Trilogy (2009), Lac Fontana (2014)

Willie Mullins – Thousand Stars (2010), Final Approach (2011), Wicklow Brave (2015), Arctic Fire (2017)

Source: Wikipedia

County Handicap Hurdle Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • AgeAll of the last 12 winners have been aged between 5 and 8.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Willie Mullins (5) and Dan Skelton (3) and Paul Nicholls (2) are the only trainers to saddle more than 1 winner in the last 12 years..
  • Country – 4 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 4 in France, 3 in Great Britain and 1 in Germany.
  • Colour – 9 of the last 12 winners were bay..
  • Weight Carried9 of the last 12 winners have carried at between 10st 5lb and 11st 1lb.
  • Starting Price (SP)10 of the last 12 winners have been between 10/1 and 33/1.
  • Starting Price RankJust 1 favourite has won in the last 12 years and 4 winners were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 10 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 10 of the last 12 winners had run between 26 and 150 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 3 of the last 12 winners had won last time out. 8 finished in the first 3.
  • Official Rating10 of the last 12 winners had an official rating between 134 and 139.

Who are the County Handicap Hurdle Leading Contenders?

Keith is working through the Cheltenham hopefuls and will update this section as soon as he has made his shortlist of contenders

What’s Keith’s County Handicap Hurdle Tips for 2021?

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What was Keith’s County Handicap Hurdle Tip for 2020?

Here is what Keith wrote for the 2020 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle.

Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins have won seven of the last twelve renewals of this race between them.

After flicking through the likely contenders, one that stands out is CIEL DE NEIGE. Trained by Mullins, third last March in the juvenile handicap hurdle he has ran really well in every race since although on the down side he is yet to win.

Unlucky not to break his duck at Newbury in the Grade 3 Betfair hurdle, where he was just beaten by PIC D’ORTHY, who may reoppose in this but will be 3lb worse off at the weights.

 My selection for the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle 2020 is: CIEL DE NEIGE 20/1 each way (NRNB).

On the day, CEIL DU NEIGE looked well enough in the County Handicap Hurdle but he appeared to hit a wall and stopped very quickly.

County Handicap Hurdle Results

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £56270 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 24    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 2.42s   Avg OR: 140     Median OR: 139.5

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
181stSaint Roi (FR)5137Mullins, W PGeraghty, B J11/2 (Fav)7.603.10
held up towards rear, smooth headway after 2 out, challenged going well last, soon led, quickened clear, cosily BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 10
22nd4.5Aramon (GER)7149Mullins, W PTownend, P8/110.003.18
held up in rear, headway on outside after 2 out, shaken up against stands rail before last, ridden and switched left flat, stayed on, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
33rdHDEmbittered (IRE)6146OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J14/117.265.08
chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led next, headed after last, no impression on winner, kept on BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
104thHDBuildmeupbuttercup6141Mullins, W PMullins, D E16/120.174.64
held up towards rear, headway after 2 out going well, every chance last, no impression on winner flat, kept on BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
205th3.75Elusive Belle (IRE)6136Henderson, N JWaley-Cohen, Mr S (3)20/137.356.58
mid-division, headway after 3 out, chasing leaders before last, stayed on same pace flat BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
96th2.25Moon Over Germany (IRE)9141Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael25/131.936.60
mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, soon close up, hanging left before last, faded flat BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 65
157thHDThatsy (FR)6139Elliott, GordonRussell, D N8/111.003.74
held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, kept on flat, never on terms with leaders BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000
178th1Beat The Judge (IRE)5138Moore, G LMoore, Joshua66/1179.3923.00
in touch in mid-division, headway after 2 out, driven before last, one pace BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
259th1.5Sir Valentine (GER)7134Twiston-Davies, N ABargary, J P20/143.426.40
chased leaders, outpaced after 2 out, no impression after BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 950
710thNSEMohaayed8142Skelton, DanielAndrews, Bridget11/118.743.85
in touch in mid-division on outside, closed 3rd, switched right 2 out, one pace last, no impression BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 890
611thSHScaramanga (IRE)5142Nicholls, P FCarver, Bryan (5)50/158.099.88
in touch in mid-division, headway after 2 out, beaten when mistake last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 1000
1612th1Oakley (IRE)7138Hobbs, P JJohnson, Richard25/130.966.46
in rear, pushed along after 1st, headway approaching last, no impression BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 500
2613th1.25Lethal Steps5133Elliott, GordonORegan, Denis50/1210.0020.36
in touch in mid-division, mistake 3rd, headway after 3 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 400
2414th3.5Tiger Voice (FR)5134Bromhead, Henry DeColeman, A50/1110.0017.00
held up towards rear, not clear run when effort after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
1415th1Ciel De Neige (FR)5139Mullins, W PWalsh, M P6/17.732.72
mid-division, headway after 2 out, driven and weakened before last BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
416th3Christopher Wood (IRE)5145Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry33/150.009.19
held up towards rear, effort after 2 out, weakened before blunder last BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 950
2117th2.75Rathhill (IRE)7135Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico25/136.0011.08
held up towards rear, well beaten 2 out BF IP MIN 27 BF IP MAX 1000
1118th2.5Adjali (GER)5140Henderson, N JJacob, Daryl16/121.004.76
chased leaders, lost place before 2 out, soon behind BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 950
1319th1.5Tiger Tap Tap (GER)5139Mullins, W PMullins, David28/136.668.06
held up in rear, modest effort wide after 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 14.5 BF IP MAX 950
820th0.75Pakens Rock (IRE)7142Murphy, B TBrouder, Mr K J (3)40/148.129.05
led after 1st, headed next, weakened quickly after 2 out BF IP MIN 36 BF IP MAX 990
1221st1Zanza (IRE)6140Hobbs, P JHoulihan, Sean M (3)33/133.156.48
mid-division, lost place before 3rd, behind 3 out BF IP MIN 38 BF IP MAX 1000
122nd13Eldorado Allen (FR)6150Tizzard, C LPower, R M33/155.009.30
chased leaders, ridden and weakening when hampered on inside after 2 out, soon well behind BF IP MIN 27 BF IP MAX 1000
1923rd33Le Ligerien (FR)7137Hobbs, P JJones, Ben R (3)50/194.1813.00
not always fluent, led until after 1st, led 2nd, mistake and headed 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUStolen Silver (FR)5143Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam12/118.004.40
prominent, not fluent 3rd, lost place after 5th, weakening when blundered 3 out, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Minella Charmer (IRE), You Raised Me Up (IRE)

County Handicap Hurdle Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft24812/1
Good To Soft28610/1
Good To Soft27520/1
Good To Soft22550/1
Good To Soft28912/1
Good To Firm2159/2
Good To Soft28510/1


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Race Schedule

13:30The JCB Triumph Hurdle2m abt 1fHurdle
14:10The County Handicap Hurdle Race2m abt 1fHurdle
14:50The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Raceabt 3mHurdle
15:30The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)3m abt 2½ fChase
16:10The St. James’s Foxhunter Chase3m abt 2½ fChase
16:50The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase2m abt ½fChase
17:30Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle2m abt 4½ fHurdle

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