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Cheltenham Thursday 16th March 3.30pm

Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+)

Distance: 3 miles

Weights:  11st 0lbs (4yo), 11st 10lbs (5yo+), 7lb allowance for fillies and mares

The feature race on Thursday, the third day of the festival is the Stayers Hurdle, run over three miles of the new course where they must clear 12 hurdles. Formally known as the World Hurdle, this is the pinnacle event for staying hurdlers and often produces a dramatic finish up the hill.

It is a genuine staying event and all the contenders will know they’ve had a race by the end of it.


Stayers Hurdle Records

Fastest Win: Bacchanal 2000 ridden by Mick Fitzgerald trained by Nicky Henderson finished in 336.6s – 5 minutes 36.60 seconds

Most successful horse since 1972 (4 wins):

Big Buck's – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Leading jockey since 1972 (5 wins):

Ruby Walsh – Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Nichols Canyon (2017)

Leading trainer since 1972 (4 wins):

Paul Nicholls– Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Leading owner since 1972 (4 wins):

The Stewart Family – Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Andrea & Graham Wylie – Inglis Drever (2005, 2007, 2008), Nichols Canyon (2017)

Stayers Hurdle Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – All of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 9. 5 of them were aged 7.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings. Only 6 mares have run and just 2 of them were placed.
  • Trainer – Paul Nichols 3 and Willie Mullins 2 are the only trainers to win more than 1 Stayers Hurdle in the last 12 years.
  • Horse – Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) is the only horse to win the race more than once in the last 12 years. 
  • Country – 5 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 4 in Ireland and 3 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 9 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – Geldings carry 11st 10lb and mares 11st 3lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 5 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 13/8 or less. The other 7 were between 6/1 and 14/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 5 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 9 were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – None of the last 12 winners wore any headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 11 of the last 12 winners had run between 46 and 90 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –8 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 12 of them finished in the first 4 last time.
  • Official Rating – 11 of the last 12 winners had an official rating of 153 or higher.

Who are the Stayers Hurdle Leading Contenders?

Thursday’s card contains an exciting renewal of the Stayers Hurdle. Although Flooring Porter has been victorious in each of the last two years, this is a race which isn’t averse to throwing up a big-priced winner. Lisnagar Oscar’s unlikely 2020 victory at 50/1 is one of the more notable shocks in recent seasons, however, there have also been a couple successes at 12/1 and 10/1 since 2017.

Although only two favourites won in the last decade, Home By The Lee’s place towards the top of the market is perfectly understandable. This horse has twice chased home Flooring Porter and clearly enjoys the undulations of Prestbury Park. Flooring Porter is also likely to return and will be aiming to complete a hat-trick, however, the 8-year-old is winless in almost 12 months.

Last year’s Champion Hurdle loser Teauphoo is likely to go off as favourite, and with eight wins from his first 11 appearances plus a recent success in the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park, it gives him a good chance to enjoy success on March 16th.

Paisley Park is also likely to return for this race, however, the 11-year-old may be past his best. This race has been dominated by horses aged six and seven, so it would be an unlikely victory for the veteran performer.

At the time of writing the Stayers’ Hurdle has thirty-three entries, many of which are entered in other races too. I had to check that last year’s winner Flooring Porter is only a seven-year-old as he appears to have been around longer. A year ago, he was winning a Gowran Park handicap off a mark of [122] and finished the season rated [164] a meteoric improver. Not a lot has gone right for Gavin Cromwell’s star hurdler this season, he fell on his seasonal return in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan in November and was then a victim of a farcical start in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. It looked like a false start, and the eventual winner Klassical Dream gained several lengths advantage. That run can be excused and marked-up, he had most of the Irish protagonists in behind him including Sire De Burlais, who was pulled-up on that occasion. He was runner-up at Cheltenham last year. It is interesting that he has qualified for the Pertemps Final, a race he won in consecutive years in 2019 and 2020. In claiming the stayers crown last March, Flooring Porter defeated the two previous champions, Paisley Park and Lisnagar Oscar (fell). Both of those represent the British form and both appear to have peaked, I can’t see either of them as candidates for glory this year. Thyme Hill was popular in the market for the 2020 renewal but had to miss the race. He will have his supporters once again, but I tend to steer clear of unlucky horses. He has had some bad luck in the past but is developing a habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Thyme Hill was second in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot before Christmas, and I can’t see him reversing that form with the winner Champ. Nicky Henderson’s gelding was to be targeted for the 2022 Gold Cup, but due to setbacks and lack of suitable chases, he was given a seasonal debut over hurdles. Paddock watchers observed that Champ was in need of the run at Ascot, and yet he could not have been more impressive. There is still a question mark over which engagement he will take up in March. I expect him to go for the Stayers’ crown. He went into last year’s Gold Cup off the back of an interrupted campaign and pulled-up early and I expect his connections will be keen to avoid a repeat. Champ has reached veteran status having only six chase starts. The son of King’s Theatre has not completed a chase beyond two miles since winning the 2020 RSA. He possibly only has the Denman Chase and Cotswold Chase as suitable options before the festival, and I expect him to stick to the smaller obstacles. Connections already have Chantry House as a Gold Cup contender.

PAISLEY PARK – Winner of this race in 2019 but struggled in last year's renewal when seventh, he lost 2 shoes during the race which could explain the poor run. Back to his best when winning the Long Walk hurdle last time staying on well.

THYME HILL – Has some decent form at Cheltenham and beat PAISLEY PARK at Newbury before going down by a neck to that rival last time.

SIRE DU BERLAIS – Dual festival winner of the Pertemps Final Network Handicap Hurdle. Won a Grade 2 in November.

BENIE DES DIEUX – Runner up in last year’s Mares Hurdle. 

What’s Our Stayers Hurdle Tips?

As the name of the race suggests, stamina is the name of the game. This three-mile contest hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for favourites in recent years with just one market principal having scored since Thistlecrack’s 2016 victory. The pace of this race can often catch out several newcomers and it often takes a certain type of performer to prevail in this unique contest.

Although Teauphoo is the favourite, following his exploits elsewhere, he is unproven at this track and didn’t enjoy its only previous visit to Gloucestershire. Home by the Lee has looked quite convincing lately, however, he lost by over seven lengths to Flooring Porter in this contest last season. Nevertheless, this horse could be older and wiser this time around.

Blazing Khal is interesting, but we haven’t seen this horse in action since 2021, so it might be worth backing Gold Tweet. The 6-year-old came over from France and was excellent at this course at the end of January in a Grade 2. Although this is harder, that appears to be an excellent prep run.

Pick – Gold Tweet – 8/1

Our Antepost tips for the Stayers Hurdle:

Champ – 1 point win @ 9/2 (Hills; 7/2 Bet 365 NRNB)

Flooring Porter – 0.5 point each-way @ 11/2 (several firms)

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BENIE DES DIEUX is immediately crossed out due to the poor record of mares in the race, also she is more likely to run in the Mares Hurdle again. SIRE DU BERLAIS has earned the right to a crack at this race but may find one or two too good. 

Basically this race could boil down to a match between THYME HILL and PAISLEY PARK who are honours even this season with a win apiece. My trusty pin is hovering over THYME HILL as my ante-post selection, his younger legs may just prevail from the late challenge of PAISLEY PARK up that Cheltenham Hill. 

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On the day we told our VIP Members PAISLEY PARK 15:05 Cheltenham 2/1 – With THYME HILL injured serious contenders in this race are now thin on the ground. Won this in 2019 and reportedly lost 2 shoes when disappointing last year, back at his best at Ascot when nailing THYME HILL on the line, it is a shame we wont get to see a rematch today.

How did we do?

PAISLEY PARK was held up towards rear, headway out wide before 2 out, ridden chasing leaders between last 2, outpaced before last, kept on well run-in, went 3rd towards finish.

Here is what Keith wrote for the 2020 Stayers Hurdle.

With CHAMP expected to continue chasing and be aimed at the RSA Insurance Novices Chase and BENIE DES DIEUX likely to try and regain her Mares Hurdle Crown this race is going to cut up badly.

It is a shame really as to my mind BENIE DES DIEUX is the one most likely to get close to PAISLEY PARK.

CITY ISLAND would have to show a remarkable return to form to be competitive here and SUMMERVILLE BOY is held by PAISLEY PARK on their January meeting.

My selection for the Stayers Hurdle 2020 is:  PAISLEY PARK 10/11 (NRNB) who is as near to a festival banker as you are likely to see.

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to St Patricks 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 3. 

On the day, Keith chose Paisley Park, however, we saw another odds on favourite turned over when PAISLEY PARK was unable to produce his trademark late run, it was reported he had lost two shoes during the race.

Stayers Hurdle Results

Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m (5273 yards) Prize (winner): £182878 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 10    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 58.24s   Avg OR: 156     Median OR: 156.5     Hurdles: 12

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
21stFlooring Porter (IRE)711-10164Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMullins, D E4/1
jumped well, made all, clear at times, went left last, soon straightened up and asserted, stayed on well, well in command final 75 yards BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 5.7 Owner: Flooring Porter Syndicate
92nd2.75Thyme Hill811-10161Hobbs, P JOBrien, T J11/2
mid-division on inside, not fluent 9th, pushed along after 3 out, headway 2 out, stayed on and went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, just held onto 2nd BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: The Englands and Heywoods
73rdNSEPaisley Park (IRE)1011-10161Lavelle, Miss E CColeman, A17/2
towards rear, pushed along briefly before 7th and after 8th, ridden before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, headway last, stayed on flat, almost took 2nd last stride, no impression on winner BF IP MIN 5.2 BF IP MAX 200 Owner: Mr Andrew Gemmell
14th1.25Champ (IRE)1011-10163Henderson, N JONeill, Jonjo (Jr)11/2
mid-division, headway going well 3 out, went 2nd 2 out until hung left before last, held flat, stayed on BF IP MIN 3.85 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr John P McManus
45th1Klassical Dream (FR)811-10166Mullins, W PTownend, P11/4 (Fav)
playing up just before start and started a couple of lengths behind rest, held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, went 2nd before last, soon hung left, lost 2nd flat, faded BF IP MIN 2.02 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs J Coleman
36th2.5Home By The Lee (IRE)711-10150OBrien, Joseph PatrickSlevin, J J33/1
chased winner until 4th, stayed prominent, outpaced before 2 out, no impression after, ran on final 100 yards BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Sean Odriscoll
57thNKKoshari (FR)1011-10152Christie, D MMoore, J M100/1
held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, effort after 2 out, switched left before last, no impression on leaders BF IP MIN 14.5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mahon, Keenan, Otoole & Aird
108th0.75Royal Kahala (IRE)711-3148Fahey, PeterSexton, K C11/2
chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd from 4th until 2 out, outpaced before last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 6.2 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Winning Ways Starlet Syndicate
89th5.5Song For Someone (GER)711-10151Symonds, TomBoinville, Nico33/1
mid-division on outside, lost place 4th, closed before 5th, effort approaching 2 out, weakened well before last BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Lady Gibbings
6PULisnagar Oscar (IRE)911-10147Curtis, Miss RebeccaWedge, Adam40/1
chased leaders on outside and often pressing for 2nd, ridden and weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Racing For Fun

Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m (5273 yards) Prize (winner): £135048 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 15    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 51.78s   Avg OR: 156     Median OR: 156

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
31stFlooring Porter (IRE)6Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMullins, D E12/115.005.01
made all, hit 2 out, clear when edged right briefly run-in, stayed on strongly, unchallenged BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 13.5
122nd3.25Sire Du Berlais (FR)9Foster, Mrs DeniseWalsh, M P5/17.802.30
mid-division on inside, headway chased leaders after 3 out, went 2nd run-in, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 4.6 BF IP MAX 1000
93rd1.75Paisley Park (IRE)9Lavelle, Miss E CColeman, A9/4 (Fav)3.651.78
held up towards rear, headway out wide before 2 out, ridden chasing leaders between last 2, outpaced before last, kept on well run-in, went 3rd towards finish BF IP MIN 1.58 BF IP MAX 1000
24th0.5Beacon Edge (IRE)7Meade, NoelFlanagan, S W10/113.003.84
mid-division, smooth headway on heels of leaders before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace before last, no chance with winner when lost 2nd run-in and weakened into 4th close home BF IP MIN 3.55 BF IP MAX 900
135th3.5The Storyteller (IRE)10Foster, Mrs DeniseDonoghue, K M11/113.563.70
towards rear, headway before last, plugged on run-in BF IP MIN 4.8 BF IP MAX 1000
146th4.25Vinndication (IRE)8Bailey, K CBass, David16/126.007.20
hit 1st, chased winner until before 7th, chased leaders, ridden and weakened before the last BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
17th8.5Bacardys (FR)10Mullins, W PTownend, P50/156.0011.52
held up and behind, not fluent and pushed along 5th, never on terms BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 1000
158th5.5Younevercall (IRE)10Bailey, K CGethings, Ciaran100/1160.0019.34
chased leaders, went 2nd before 7th until 2 out, weakened quickly between last 2 BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 1000
59th2.75If The Cap Fits (IRE)9Fry, HarryJacob, Daryl25/134.0910.23
held up towards rear, headway out wide 3 out, weakened before next BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
7FLisnagar Oscar (IRE)8Curtis, Miss RebeccaSkelton, Harry11/114.214.42
chased winner until 3rd, chased leaders until fell 7th BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
4PUFury Road (IRE)7Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W4/15.802.44
always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before the last BF IP MIN 5.9 BF IP MAX 1000
6PULil Rockerfeller (USA)10King, N BFrost, Bryony66/181.5011.32
chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd until hit 7th, weakened quickly and pulled up after 3 out BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
8PUMain Fact (USA)8Pipe, D EGillard, Fergus150/1337.1848.80
always in rear, tailed off when bad mistake 2 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 270 BF IP MAX 1000
10PUReserve Tank (IRE)7Tizzard, C LPower, R M50/169.7515.86
always behind, pushed along and struggling after 6th, tailed off 9th pulled up soon after BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 1000
11PUSam Spinner9OKeeffe, JeddBrooke, Henry66/191.1919.20
chased leaders on inside, beaten when mistake 3 out, pulled up before next BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000

Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle (Grade 1)
Distance: 3m (5273 yards) Prize (winner): £182878 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 15    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 3.20s   Avg OR: 153     Median OR: 153

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
71stLisnagar Oscar (IRE)7146Curtis, Miss RebeccaWedge, Adam50/1120.0012.04
mid-division, headway before 7th, led coming off home bend, stayed on well flat, asserting inside final 100 yards BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 450
102nd2Ronald Pump7156Smith, Matthew JCooper, Bryan J20/153.736.37
held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway before 3 out, not clear run after home bend, soon switched left then right, went 2nd before mistake last, stayed on, held inside final 100 yards BF IP MIN 1.76 BF IP MAX 1000
23rd3Bacardys (FR)9157Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W33/174.769.80
held up in rear, headway on outside going well home bend, went 3rd last, hung left briefly, stayed on but no impression on front pair BF IP MIN 2.24 BF IP MAX 1000
54th0.75Emitom (IRE)6153Greatrex, W JSheehan, Gavin10/116.153.40
held up in mid-division, not fluent 9th, not much room when untidy 2 out, soon closed up, hung left after last, kept on and edged right inside final 100 yards BF IP MIN 8.8 BF IP MAX 1000
115th0.5Summerville Boy (IRE)8156George, T RBurke, Jonathan10/115.502.89
chased leaders, went 2nd when hit 2 out, every chance home bend, unable to quicken before last, no impression but kept on flat BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
136th1.75Tobefair10153Hamer, Mrs D ABellamy, Tom50/1141.1913.00
mid-division, headway under pressure after 2 out, chasing leaders before last, kept on same pace flat until no extra towards finish BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
87th6.5Paisley Park (IRE)8169Lavelle, Miss E CColeman, A4/6 (Fav)1.791.34
mid-division, headway before 7th, pushed along briefly after 3 out, hit 2 out, unable to quicken when hampered home bend, weakened final 100 yards BF IP MIN 1.62 BF IP MAX 1000
158th3Apples Jade (FR)8157Elliott, GordonJohnson, Richard7/18.803.20
jumped right, led, clear before 4th until before 2 out, headed coming off last bend and soon weakened BF IP MIN 3.6 BF IP MAX 1000
129th18The Jam Man (IRE)7150McNally, Ronan M PFlanagan, S W50/1100.0613.00
held up in rear, not fluent 8th, well beaten before 2 out BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 1000
110th0.5Ask Dillon (IRE)7141OBrien, FergalONeill, Jonjo (Jr)66/193.0711.50
raced in 3rd, went 2nd after 4th behind clear leader, pushed along after 3 out, lost 2nd when mistake 2 out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 42 BF IP MAX 1000
9PUPenhill9156Mullins, W PTownend, P10/114.222.92
held up in last, mistake 3rd and soon pulled up BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000
14PUWest Approach10149Tizzard, C LCobden, Harry100/1406.3830.00
mid-division, pushed along and lost place before mistake 9th, well behind after 3 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 290 BF IP MAX 1000
3PUCity Island (IRE)7153Brassil, MartinWalsh, M P14/117.553.78
held up in mid-division, headway going ok when not much room after 2 out, weakened and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 14.5 BF IP MAX 1000
4PUDonnas Diamond (IRE)11145Grant, CDowson, Thomas100/1673.1550.00
chased leader until after 4th, mistake 6th, lost place before 9th, behind 3 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 430 BF IP MAX 1000
6PULami Serge (IRE)10155Henderson, N JJacob, Daryl50/1167.8216.50
held up towards rear, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000

Stayers Hurdle Previous Winners


DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft15612/111-1016080d
Good To Soft18711/811-1016847d
Good To Soft13917/211-1015454d
Good To Soft1466/111-1017047d
Good To Soft17911/811-1017247d
Good To Soft1485/111-1016347d
Good To Firm10611/211-1016347d
Good To Soft12840/111-1014819d

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Cheltenham Festival Thursday

Race Schedule

13:30The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2m abt 4fChase
14:10The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)Abt 3mHurdle
14:50The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
2m abt 5fChase
15:30The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)abt 3mHurdle
16:10The Craft Irish Whiskey Co Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fChase
16:50The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2m 1fHurdle
17:30The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)3m abt 2fChase

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