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County Handicap Hurdle tipsWhen is the Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle 2022?

Cheltenham Friday 18th March 2.10pm

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

Distance: 2 miles

Weights:  Handicap

The second race on day four of Cheltenham Festival 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.

The County Hurdle is a handicap race open to horses aged five years and older.

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?

We are working through the Cheltenham hopefuls and will update this section as soon as we have made his shortlist of contenders

Dan Skelton usually has a decent one for this race and has landed the prize three times in recent years; the Alcester handler could add to his tally in the race with WEST CORK who may have ‘bounced’ when running a disappointing race at Ascot back in December behind Tritonic.

The Midnight Legend gelding placed in a Grade Two contest as a novice as well as winning twice, but he was absent for more than 21 months following his runner-up effort in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle prior to making a winning return at Cheltenham in November in the Greatwood Hurdle where he held off Adagio.

That form has taken a couple of boost since and while he disappointed next time at Ascot he had excuses for that run which may have come too soon on the back of his reappearance; while he was reported post-race to have suffered an overreach during the contest.

He could prove yet to be well-handicapped given his lightly-raced profile for one of his age and with plenty of time to get over his exertions he has to be of interest for his top handler who has a good recent record in the race.


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At antepost, we tipped ELIMAY for the County Handicap Hurdle, she went on to race in the Mare Hurdle later in the day (and came a close second).

On the day we tipped:

CHAMPAGNE GOLD 13:55 Cheltenham 7/1 each way – Massive hike in the weights after finishing runner up in the Ladbrokes Trophy but don't hold that against him as he is highly likely to improve again. Should be thereabouts in this highly competitive handicap

Unfortunately it was never in  contention crossing the line in 17th place.

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.


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County Handicap Hurdle Results

McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m1f (3699 yards) Prize (winner): £42202 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 25    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 4 mins 2.27s   Avg OR: 141     Median OR: 140 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
261stBelfast Banter (IRE)6129Fahey, PeterSexton, K C33/139.997.97
held up in mid-division, not clear run and lost ground after 3 out, headway final bend, 3rd last, led flat, stayed on well, clear towards finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 190
12nd1.25Petit Mouchoir (FR)10155Foster, Mrs DeniseGainford, Mr J C (7)22/119.004.98
chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, edged left and not able to quicken before last, rallied flat, went 2nd towards finish, stayed on, not able to trouble winner BF IP MIN 6.2 BF IP MAX 1000
153rd1Milkwood (IRE)7140Mulholland, N PDunne, R T28/134.528.20
chased leaders, challenged after 2 out, led and carried right before last, headed flat, stayed on BF IP MIN 1.2 BF IP MAX 1000
184thHDEclair De Beaufeu (FR)7139Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W11/114.863.19
mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, switched left before last, close up behind leaders flat, stayed on BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
45th0.5Edwardstone7148King, ACannon, Tom J18/118.625.69
mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway after 2 out, 7th last, stayed on, not quite able to challenge leaders BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 990
106thHDThird Time Lucki (IRE)6143Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry8/18.743.79
held up in mid-division, good headway 3 out, challenged after 2 out, soon led, edged right and headed approaching last, led again briefly flat, no extra towards finish BF IP MIN 3.05 BF IP MAX 1000
77thNKDrop The Anchor (IRE)7146Fahy, P ATorrens, Simon (3)33/151.438.97
held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway final bend, not clear run before last, ran on flat, never nearer BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000
228th1.75Anna Bunina (FR)5135McConnell, John CMcNamara, Conor (3)125/1145.1318.19
held up towards rear, some headway but still 12th flat, ran on flat, nearest finish BF IP MIN 110 BF IP MAX 1000
169th0.75Ciel De Neige (FR)6140Mullins, W PONeill, Jonjo (Jr)22/123.006.40
chased leaders, driven final bend, 6th last, no impression flat BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 1000
1210th0.5You Raised Me Up (IRE)8141Brassil, MartinOKeeffe, Darragh5/1 (Fav)10.142.72
chased leaders on inside, driven after 2 out, not clear run approaching last, stumbled at last, no extra BF IP MIN 6.6 BF IP MAX 900
2411th2.25Captain Kangaroo (IRE)6131Mullins, W PHayes, Brian18/128.356.24
held up towards rear, driven and headway approaching last, never involved BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 990
1412th0.75Thyme White (FR)5140Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry28/170.039.99
held up in rear, disputing 13th last, kept on, never dangerous BF IP MIN 28 BF IP MAX 1000
313th1.75Cayd Boy (FR)6149Doyle, Miss ElizabethWalsh, M P22/128.006.03
mid-division, headway on inside after 2 out, disputing 13th last, no impression BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 200
1714th1Ganapathi (FR)5140Mullins, W PTownend, P6/18.002.76
held up towards rear, headway on outside 2 out, not clear run before last, well held flat BF IP MIN 4.8 BF IP MAX 1000
1915th4.75Saint Doroux (FR)5138Foster, Mrs DeniseJacob, Daryl40/137.897.24
held up, mistake 1st, bumped about on inside before 2 out, 12 last, no extra BF IP MIN 36 BF IP MAX 1000
2316thNKFifty Ball (FR)6135Moore, G LMoore, Joshua12/117.234.83
led until after 1st, prominent, not fluent 3 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 990
917th0.5Champagne Gold (IRE)6144Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael6/120.003.65
mid-division, some headway 2 out, driven final bend, weakening before last BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000
2518th0.75Strong Glance8131Murphy, OllyColeman, A40/136.007.53
held up in rear, keen early, bad mistake 5th, no impression BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 1000
519th2.25Darasso (FR)8147OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J80/174.1415.67
held up in rear, behind from 3rd BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
2020th1Gowel Road (IRE)5137Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam12/118.005.70
prominent, not fluent, weakened after 2 out BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000
1121st2.25Mengli Khan (IRE)8142Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico66/1110.8622.09
prominent, led 2nd, headed after 2 out, weakened before last BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
1322nd7Wolf Prince (IRE)5140Cromwell, Gavin PatrickPower, R M66/152.9612.00
held up in mid-division, bumped about on inside approaching 2 out, again not much room at 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
2123rd2.25Getaway Gorgeous (IRE)7136Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J66/177.9215.14
not fluent 1st, always towards rear BF IP MIN 70 BF IP MAX 990
624th3.5Buildmeupbuttercup7147Mullins, W PMullins, D E25/141.126.73
held up in rear, not fluent 1st, ridden and struggling from 4th BF IP MIN 38 BF IP MAX 1000
2PUGlobal Citizen (IRE)9150Pauling, BenBass, David100/1257.9332.45
led after 1st, headed and slow 2nd, stayed prominent, lost place after 3 out, behind in last and mistake 2 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 140 BF IP MAX 1000

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
19.03.2021Good To Soft25Belfast Banter (IRE)Jeremy (USA)6Sexton, K CFahey, Peter33/1
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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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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