Relkeel Hurdle Tips 2022

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When is The Relkeel Hurdle 2022?

The Rekeel Hurdle is run under the sponsor's name The Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle Race is scheduled as the penultimate race at the New Years Day Meeting at Cheltenham.

For 2022, the race is on Saturday 1st January getting underway at 3.05pm

The race was established in 1988 and was originally run as Sport of Kings Challenge, then renamed in 1993 to the Lonesome Glory Hurdle.  In 2000 it became the Relkeel Hurdle running at the Cheltenham International Meeting.  In 2016 it moved to the New Years Day meeting.

This Grade 2 race is run over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 and a half furlongs and is open to horses aged 5 years and older. 



    • Age – 9 of the last 11 winners were aged between 5 and 8.
    • Sex – All of the last 11 winners were geldings.
    • Trainer – Most successful in the last 11 years has been Nicky Henderson with 3 wins.
    • Horse – Just 1 horse in the last 11 runnings has won more than once.
    • Country – 6 of the last 11 winners were bred in Ireland, 4 in France and 1 in Great Britain.
    • Colour – 8 of the last 11 winners were bay..
    • Weight Carried – 9 of the last 11 winners carried at least 11st.
    • Starting Price (SP) – 7 of the last 11 winners returned a SP of 5/1 or less, the other 4 were 8/1, 10/1, 10/1 and 16/1.
    • Starting Price Rank – 5 of the last 11 winners started as favourite and 7 were in the first 2 in the betting.
    • Headgear – None of the last 11 winners wore any headgear.
    • Days Since Last Run – 10 of the last 11 winners had run between 21 and 35 days ago. 
    • Last Run Form – 4 of the last 11 winners had won last time out, 6 finished in the first 3 last time.
    • Official Rating – 9 of the last 12 winners had an official rating between 150 and 167.

    Relkeel Hurdle Previous Winners

    Race started 2000, Cancelled in 2008, ran in December until 2015/2016 when moved to New Years Day

    DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
    Cheltenham2m5fGood To Soft668/111-61461(0)24d
    Cheltenham2m4½fGood To Soft495/410-121600(0)35d
    Cheltenham2m4½fGood To Soft1275/111-21610(0)21d
    Cheltenham2m5½fGood To Soft6511/211-71380(0)27d
    Cheltenham2m5fGood To Soft742/110-121400(0)20d
    Newbury2m5fGood To Soft569/110-121250(0)31d


    Relkeel Hurdle Tips

    Our Relkeel Hurdle tips will be added to the site as final declarations are in for the races.  Check out the race pages for all our tips.

    Keith's Tip

    MCFABULOUS 14:20 Kempton 6/5 Course and distance winner in March and impressive in the Persian War at Chepstow, was outstayed when third at Newbury subsequently. Drop back in trip will see him back at his best.

    How did we do?

    MCFABULOUSLY that is how we did. MCFABULOUS was eased into the race and took the lead before the last keeping on to the line.

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    Relkeel Hurdle Results

    Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)
    Distance: 2m5½f (4620 yards +63 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £17085 Direction: Right Handed
    Runners: 7    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
    Winners Time: 5 mins 7.04s   Avg OR: 153     Median OR: 154

    Full Results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    51stMcfabulous (IRE)711-3154Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry10/11 (Fav)2.001.44
    waited with in touch in last trio, good headway on outside approaching 4 out, close 3rd after next, went 2nd on wide outside 2 out, led before last, kept on well run-in BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 2.6
    32nd2.25On The Blind Side (IRE)911-4CkPc151Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico11/114.005.01
    led until before 2 out, in front again 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on same pace run-in, just held on for 2nd BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
    43rdHDThomas Darby (IRE)811-4156Murphy, OllyColeman, A12/115.005.40
    held up in touch in last trio, closer 6th, pushed along chasing leaders after 3 out, ridden to lead briefly before 2 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on run-in pressing for modest 2nd BF IP MIN 2.14 BF IP MAX 1000
    14th12Call Me Lord (FR)811-6151Henderson, N JBowen, James C12/115.865.51
    held up in touch in last trio, outpaced after 3 out, plugged on in 4th before 2 out BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
    25th1.75Summerville Boy (IRE)911-6155George, T RTwiston-Davies, Sam6/17.913.13
    chased leader until after 2nd, chased leaders, hit 5th and next, 2nd again briefly after 3 out, weakened and bad mistake next BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
    76th20Indefatigable (IRE)810-11151Webber, P RMcLernon, R P11/113.175.00
    chased leaders out wide, went 2nd before 5th, every chance 3 out until pushed along and weakened on long run before next BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 1000
    6PUYounevercall (IRE)1011-0CkPc TT156Bailey, K CBass, David13/29.604.03
    pushed along at times, chased leaders on inside, tracked leader after 2nd until before 5th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up BF IP MIN 8.6 BF IP MAX 1000

    Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2)
    Distance: 2m4½f (4456 yards +95 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £28475 Direction: Left Handed
    Runners: 6    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 2    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
    Winners Time: 5 mins 14.42s   Avg OR: 152     Median OR: 152

    Full Results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    51stSummerville Boy (IRE)811-0153George, T RBurke, Jonathan10/112.506.39
    made all, hard pressed last, stayed on strongly and going away final 75 yards BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 12.5
    62nd2.25Roksana (IRE)810-13151Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry7/24.692.15
    raced keenly, held up in touch, effort to challenge last, stayed on, no impression on winner final 75 yards BF IP MIN 2 BF IP MAX 1000
    13rd1.25William Henry (IRE)1011-4CkPc WS156Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico15/29.403.95
    chased leaders, not clear run before last, soon switched left, went 3rd flat, stayed on, no impression on winner final 75 yards BF IP MIN 2.2 BF IP MAX 1000
    44th3.25Janika (FR)711-0158Henderson, N JBowen, James C9/4 (Fav)3.471.94
    chased leader, every chance 2 out, ridden before last, stayed on same pace flat BF IP MIN 2.7 BF IP MAX 1000
    25th2.25Quel Destin (FR)511-3146Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry12/116.506.25
    held up in rear, mistake 2nd, headway on outside 5th, not quicken before last, faded flat BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
    36th10Emitom (IRE)611-0147Greatrex, W JSheehan, Gavin5/23.802.18
    chased leaders, not fluent, lost place after 2nd, outpaced from 2 out, well beaten last BF IP MIN 3.6 BF IP MAX 1000

    Cheltenham New Years Day Meeting - 1st January 2022


    12:10The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)2m abt 4½fHurdle
    12:45The Paddy Power Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)3m abt 2½fSteeple Chase
    1:20The Paddy Power Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021Million Novices’ Steeple Chase (Dipper Novices Chase) (Class 1) (Grade 2)2m abt 4½fSteeple Chase
    1:55The Paddy Power Millionaire Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase) (Class 1) (Grade 3)
    (Feature race)
    2m abt 4½fSteeple Chase
    2:30The Paddy Power 74 Sleeps To Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)abt 3mHurdle
    3:05The Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle Race (Grade 2)2m abt 4½fHurdle
    3:35The Cheltenham Pony Club Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed)1m abt 6fBumper

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