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Champion Bumper 2020 Racecard

The Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt Flat race which takes place at the Cheltenham Festival each year, and is run over a distance of about two miles and half a furlong (2 miles and 87 yards). Open to horses aged between four and six years old, the Champion Bumper was established in 1992 and is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham. It was initially called the Festival Bumper, and had various sponsors in the early years, including Tote and Guinness. However, Weatherbys have been sponsoring the race since 1997 and it is now widely known as the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

5:30

Wednesday 11 March

Distance: 16f 87y Age: 4yo 6 Prize: £75000 Going: Soft

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. ADRIMEL (FR)
J: Richard Johnson
T: Tom Lacey
5
11-5
Expensive recruit who made it 2-2 in bumpers in good style at Doncaster 3 weeks ago, staying on well. Hard to say where his limit lies.
33 stars

2
jockey silks 2. APPRECIATE IT (IRE)
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
Timeform's top-rated bumper performer after a hugely-impressive success in last month's Leopardstown Grade 2 won in 2019 by last year's Champion Bumper hero Envoi Allen. Trainer has won this 9 times.
44 stars

3
jockey silks 3. ASK A HONEY BEE (IRE)
J: Mr Liam Harrison
T: Fergal O'Brien
6
11-5
Hasn't put a foot wrong in bumpers thus far, defying a double penalty and showing great determination from the front as he got the hat-trick up at Wetherby last month. This stiffer test will suit.
33 stars

4
jockey silks 4. BRIEF AMBITION
J: Adam Wedge
T: Fergal O'Brien
6
11-5
Off the mark in bumpers at the first time of asking at Southwell in October and has improved in defeat in listed events since, keen early behind Ocean Wind at Newbury last time. More needed still.
22 stars

5
jockey silks 5. CAN YOU CALL
J: Mr James Martin
T: Andrew Martin
5
11-5
Showed plenty on debut behind Third Time Lucki at Market Rasen in December, not seen to best effect, but this is a huge step up.
11 stars

6
jockey silks 6. ESKYLANE (IRE)
J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-5
In front of Appreciate It on debut and got off the mark himself in bloodless style at Navan 8 weeks ago. Form falls short of his 2 stablemates who get the mares allowances.
33 stars

7
jockey silks 7. FERNY HOLLOW (IRE)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
11-5
Well-regarded sort (gone off odds-on all 3 starts) with some solid Irish bumper form to his name and he opened his account in fine style in a first-time hood at Fairyhouse. Solid contender.
33 stars

8
jockey silks 8. FIVE BAR BRIAN (IRE)
J: D. J. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
Off 25 months after his encouraging debut but that proved no barrier as he opened his account in good style for new yard in the mud at Fairyhouse 8 weeks ago. Should do better again.
33 stars

9
jockey silks 9. GOOD TIME JONNY (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: A. J. Martin, Ireland
5
11-5
Landed a gamble in good style on second run for yard in Musselburgh event 8 weeks ago, quickening clear, but plenty more needed now fitted with tongue tie.
22 stars

10
jockey silks 10. ISRAEL CHAMP (IRE)
J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
5
11-5
Lots to like about his victories in listed bumpers here and at Ascot last year upon being fitted with a hood and tongue tie. Sure to be up there early and part of a strong David Pipe challenge.
44 stars

11
jockey silks 11. JULIES STOWAWAY (IRE)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: Ms Margaret Mullins, Ireland
6
11-5
Chased home Fire Attack at Limerick before opening account in bumpers at the third attempt at Navan 3 weeks ago, always prominent and digging deep. Yard had the second in this in 2017.
33 stars

12
jockey silks 12. LINELEE KING (FR)
J: A. P. Heskin
T: Olly Murphy
5
11-5
Made it second-time-lucky in bumpers with clear-cut success in the mud at Sedgefield in January. Will need to improve markedly to take a hand here.
22 stars

13
jockey silks 13. MAHLER ALLSTAR (IRE)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Jonathan Sweeney, Ireland
6
11-5
Promise amidst greenness behind Appreciate It on bumper debut at Leopardstown over Christmas. This looks a step up too far.
11 stars

14
jockey silks 14. ONE TRUE KING (IRE)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
5
11-5
Made all in the mud at Ludlow on first start for yard in January but that form is weak and he has a ton of improvement to find to be competitive in this.
22 stars

15
jockey silks 15. SNOWPIERCER (FR)
J: Miss Lorna Brooke
T: Lady Susan Brooke
6
11-5
Just fair form in bumpers and impossible to fancy at this level.
11 stars

16
jockey silks 16. THIRD TIME LUCKI (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
5
11-5
Smart and progressive form, readily coming clear as he followed up his Market Rasen success at Huntingdon 7 weeks ago. Exciting prospect.
44 stars

17
jockey silks 17. DARLING DAUGHTER (IRE)
J: Ms L. O'Neill
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
10-12
Two from 2 in bumpers, improving plenty and belying 25/1 odds when landing Leopardstown Grade 2, well positioned in steadily-run affair. Bit more required here but wouldn't dismiss her doing that.
33 stars

18
jockey silks 18. QUEENS BROOK (IRE)
J: Mr J. J. Codd
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
10-12
Put daylight between herself and the rest when storming home in the mud first time up in this sphere at Gowran last month. Plenty more to come and another promising mare for the yard here.
33 stars

19
jockey silks 19. THE GLANCING QUEEN (IRE)
J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
6
10-12
A rarity in that she's having her second crack at this having finished fifth last year before impressively winning the Nickel Coin for mares at Aintree. Goes well fresh and an intriguing runner.
33 stars

20
jockey silks 20. AUDACITY
J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Warren Greatrex
4
10-11
Given a peach of a ride when landing 14f listed bumper here on New Year's Day from Ocean Wind. Bombed out behind that rival at Newbury next time though and set to fall short even if back to form.
22 stars

21
jockey silks 21. LET ME ENTERTAIN U
J: Brendan Powell
T: Michael Scudamore
4
10-11
Successful debut in heavy-ground Exeter bumper last month, hanging left under 2f out but asserting close home. Entitled to improve but would be a shock winner.
22 stars

22
jockey silks 22. OCEAN WIND
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Roger Teal
4
10-11
Well-bred Godolphin cast-off who took a big step forward when winning second bumper in Newbury listed event last month. Form up there with the principals and he could ruffle a few feathers.
33 stars

23
jockey silks 23. PANIC ATTACK (IRE)
J: Brian Hughes
T: David Pipe
4
10-4
Very impressive when making successful start for Willie Mullins in listed Market Rasen bumper in January. Big-money purchase for new connections and gets tons of weight. Lots to like.
55 stars

Analyst's Verdict

PANIC ATTACK has made the move to David Pipe following her deeply-impressive success at Market Rasen and there is plenty more to come from the filly. Her new yard has enjoyed success in this and she has plenty going for her getting a big allowance with improvement surely forthcoming. Appreciate It is the clear pick of the Willie Mullins trio, while Third Time Lucki is another exciting runner.

The Champion Bumper is the most prestigious race of its type in the National Hunt calendar, and has been won in the past by some horses that have gone on to be top-class performers over jumps, notably Florida Pearl and Dunguib.

Cue Card and Champagne Fever are two of the more successful winners of the race in recent years, both of whom went on to achieve further success at the Cheltenham Festival, in the Ryanair Chase and Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, respectively.

Cue Card always struck of a horse with any amount of ability, but it took him a few years to get to full capacity.

His victory in the 2013 Ryanair Chase was the best performance on Timeform ratings since the inaugural running in 2005, Cue Card making most and deserving extra credit given the mistakes he made during the race.

His burst of speed between the last two flights left his rivals for dead, beating a high-class performer in First Lieutenant by nine lengths.

Cue Card went on to win six more times at the highest level – including three wins in the Betfair Chase at Haydock – and was arguably in with a very good chance of winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016, still travelling ominously well and moving upsides the leaders when making a rare jumping lapse three from home.

The 2019 renewal of the Champion Bumper was won by Envoi Allen, who was well backed ahead of the race and rewarded backers with a second win in the race for trainer Gordon Elliott.

The most successful Champion Bumper trainer is Willie Mullins , who has won the race a remarkable nine times (he also rode the winner he trained in 1996), with: 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) and Relegate (2018).

The most successful Champion Bumper jockey is

The most successful Champion Bumper jockey is Ruby Walsh, who has tasted success in the race three times, with: Alexander Banquet (1998), Missed That (2005) and Briar Hill (2013).

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Champion Bumper 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Champion Bumper?

2 miles and 87 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the Champion Bumper?

None

What day of the festival is the Champion Bumper?

Day 2

What time is the Champion Bumper?

17:30

What weights are carried for the Champion Bumper?

10st 11lbs (4yo). 11st 5lb (5yo-6yo). 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

What is the purse for the Champion Bumper?

£75,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Champion Bumper?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Champion Bumper?

Willie Mullins

Who won the Champion Bumper?

You can check out our Champion Bumper results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Champion Bumper?

Click the link to visit our Champion Bumper Odds Comparison page.

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