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County Hurdle 2021 Racecard

The County Handicap Hurdle falls on the Friday of the Cheltenham Festival, usually known as Gold Cup day. First run in 1920, it was traditionally the meeting’s curtain-closer. It is still run on the fourth and final day, but following a reshuffle of the schedule in 2009, it has been moved from being the last race, to being the second.

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1:55 Fri 19 Mar COUNTY HURDLE

Distance: 16f 179y Age: 5yo + Prize: £75,000

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
2374/60-P4
jockey silks 1. ADJALI (GER)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
0-0
2374/60-P4
2
P-U112475
jockey silks 2. ANNA BUNINA (FR)
T: John McConnell, Ireland
5
0-0
P-U112475
3
25312562
jockey silks 3. BELFAST BANTER (IRE)
T: Peter Fahey, Ireland
6
0-0
25312562
4
123
jockey silks 4. BLUE LORD (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
123
5
12/14P-P
jockey silks 5. BLUE SARI (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
12/14P-P
6
54-511160
jockey silks 6. BUILDMEUPBUTTERCUP
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
0-0
54-511160
7
32-2110
jockey silks 7. CADZAND (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
6
0-0
32-2110
8
120-42744
jockey silks 8. CALL ME LORD (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
8
0-0
120-42744
9
1-4322
jockey silks 9. CAPTAIN KANGAROO (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
1-4322
10
1/122-12
jockey silks 10. CAYD BOY (FR)
T: Miss Elizabeth Doyle, Ireland
6
0-0
1/122-12
11
2132
jockey silks 11. CHAMPAGNE GOLD (IRE)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
0-0
2132
12
4910-3921
jockey silks 12. CHRISTOPHER WOOD (IRE)
T: Paul Nicholls
6
0-0
4910-3921
13
3/4220-519
jockey silks 13. CIEL DE NEIGE (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
3/4220-519
14
423/130-47
jockey silks 14. COEUR SUBLIME (IRE)
T: Gearoid O'Loughlin, Ireland
6
0-0
423/130-47
15
420-42433
jockey silks 15. DARASSO (FR)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
8
0-0
420-42433
16
59/00FF-F2
jockey silks 16. DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO (IRE)
T: Nick Gifford
8
0-0
59/00FF-F2
17
4/5446-246
jockey silks 17. DOLCIANO DICI (FR)
T: Brian Barr
8
0-0
4/5446-246
18
176F-1B31
jockey silks 18. DROP THE ANCHOR (IRE)
T: P. A. Fahy, Ireland
7
0-0
176F-1B31
19
433-11410
jockey silks 19. DYSART DIAMOND (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
433-11410
20
23U-76212
jockey silks 20. EAMON AN CNOIC (IRE)
T: David Pipe
10
0-0
23U-76212
21
4312-FF06
jockey silks 21. ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
0-0
4312-FF06
22
1126-5U13
jockey silks 22. EDWARDSTONE
T: Alan King
7
0-0
1126-5U13
23
1/2-111
jockey silks 23. ENEMY COAST AHEAD
T: Olly Murphy
7
0-0
1/2-111
24
215-1550
jockey silks 24. ESKYLANE (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
0-0
215-1550
25
51/2-F1138
jockey silks 25. FELIX DESJY (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
8
0-0
51/2-F1138
26
511-32112
jockey silks 26. FIFTY BALL (FR)
T: Gary Moore
6
0-0
511-32112
27
12-26F3
jockey silks 27. FIRE ATTACK (IRE)
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
0-0
12-26F3
28
1211760-9
jockey silks 28. FOVEROS (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
1211760-9
29
22/3311-40
jockey silks 29. FRED (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
0-0
22/3311-40
30
12P6
jockey silks 30. GALOPIN DES CHAMPS (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
0-0
12P6
31
1-125
jockey silks 31. GANAPATHI (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
5
0-0
1-125
32
21-212580
jockey silks 32. GETAWAY GORGEOUS (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
0-0
21-212580
33
417/414-PP
jockey silks 33. GLOBAL CITIZEN (IRE)
T: Ben Pauling
9
0-0
417/414-PP
34
12P-4F241
jockey silks 34. GOLDEN TAIPAN (IRE)
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
0-0
12P-4F241
35
2411
jockey silks 35. GOWEL ROAD (IRE)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
5
0-0
2411
36
2-14116
jockey silks 36. GUARD YOUR DREAMS
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
5
0-0
2-14116
37
206/4-01P7
jockey silks 37. HANNON (IRE)
T: T. Gibney, Ireland
6
0-0
206/4-01P7
38
7-2175441
jockey silks 38. HEAVEN HELP US (IRE)
T: Paul Hennessy, Ireland
7
0-0
7-2175441
39
1-4172
jockey silks 39. HERE COMES MCCOY (IRE)
T: Olly Murphy
6
0-0
1-4172
40
P-213110
jockey silks 40. HES A HARDY BLOKE (IRE)
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
6
0-0
P-213110
41
4111-FU60
jockey silks 41. HIGHWAY ONE O TWO (IRE)
T: Chris Gordon
6
0-0
4111-FU60
42
6P-142740
jockey silks 42. HYBERY (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
0-0
6P-142740
43
84-68131
jockey silks 43. HYDROPLANE (IRE)
T: Ian Williams
5
0-0
84-68131
44
125
jockey silks 44. IRASCIBLE (FR)
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
0-0
125
45
311U74
jockey silks 45. JESSE EVANS (IRE)
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
5
0-0
311U74
46
840-1316U
jockey silks 46. LE PATRIOTE (FR)
T: Dr Richard Newland
9
0-0
840-1316U
47
3205/824-1
jockey silks 47. LEONCAVALLO (IRE)
T: David Pipe
9
0-0
3205/824-1
48
22/4-72131
jockey silks 48. LUCKY ONE (FR)
T: Paul Nicholls
6
0-0
22/4-72131
49
4168
jockey silks 49. MAGIC TRICKS (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
0-0
4168
50
111-73
jockey silks 50. MARIE'S ROCK (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
0-0
111-73
51
211-4
jockey silks 51. MASTERS LEGACY (IRE)
T: Philip Hobbs
6
0-0
211-4
52
3-1641722
jockey silks 52. MENGLI KHAN (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
8
0-0
3-1641722
53
243/31F13
jockey silks 53. MICK MAESTRO (FR)
T: Nick Kent
8
0-0
243/31F13
54
1/132-1430
jockey silks 54. MILKWOOD (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
7
0-0
1/132-1430
55
221
jockey silks 55. NATURAL HISTORY
T: Gary Moore
6
0-0
221
56
1P11390
jockey silks 56. N'GOLO (IRE)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
1P11390
57
1/2
jockey silks 57. NIBLAWI (IRE)
T: Sophie Leech
9
0-0
1/2
58
4212-00
jockey silks 58. NIGHT EDITION (FR)
T: David Pipe
5
0-0
4212-00
59
1/33270-36
jockey silks 59. OAKLEY (IRE)
T: Philip Hobbs
8
0-0
1/33270-36
60
235-23352
jockey silks 60. PETIT MOUCHOIR (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
10
0-0
235-23352
61
0/F61-2F42
jockey silks 61. PIC D'ORHY (FR)
T: Paul Nicholls
6
0-0
0/F61-2F42
62
314-2P11
jockey silks 62. PROSCHEMA (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
6
0-0
314-2P11
63
33310-273
jockey silks 63. REPETITIO (IRE)
T: Nigel Hawke
5
0-0
33310-273
64
82-5U1826
jockey silks 64. RIVER BRAY (IRE)
T: Victor Dartnall
8
0-0
82-5U1826
65
1830-1114
jockey silks 65. ROBINSHILL (IRE)
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
10
0-0
1830-1114
66
513-93323
jockey silks 66. SAINT D'OROUX (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
5
0-0
513-93323
67
F/1-66
jockey silks 67. SALDIER (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7
0-0
F/1-66
68
53-2U1UF6
jockey silks 68. SCARDURA (IRE)
T: Neil Mulholland
7
0-0
53-2U1UF6
69
F220-1428
jockey silks 69. SHAKEM UP'ARRY (IRE)
T: Ben Pauling
7
0-0
F220-1428
70
112-12F31
jockey silks 70. SOARING GLORY (IRE)
T: Jonjo O'Neill
6
0-0
112-12F31
71
2118-450
jockey silks 71. SOLO (FR)
T: Paul Nicholls
5
0-0
2118-450
72
113P-P304
jockey silks 72. SON OF CAMAS (FR)
T: Nicky Henderson
6
0-0
113P-P304
73
12-328R11
jockey silks 73. STRONG GLANCE
T: Olly Murphy
8
0-0
12-328R11
74
1112-155
jockey silks 74. TEA CLIPPER (IRE)
T: Tom Lacey
6
0-0
1112-155
75
30412-213
jockey silks 75. TEGEREK (FR)
T: Jonjo O'Neill
7
0-0
30412-213
76
4P-411413
jockey silks 76. THE SHUNTER (IRE)
T: Emmet Mullins, Ireland
8
0-0
4P-411413
77
1-1511
jockey silks 77. THEDEVILSCOACHMAN (IRE)
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
5
0-0
1-1511
78
114-11214
jockey silks 78. THIRD TIME LUCKI (IRE)
T: Dan Skelton
6
0-0
114-11214
79
2210-1U9
jockey silks 79. THYME WHITE (FR)
T: Paul Nicholls
5
0-0
2210-1U9
80
11060-867
jockey silks 80. TIGER TAP TAP (GER)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
0-0
11060-867
81
B57/0
jockey silks 81. URADEL (GER)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
10
0-0
B57/0
82
5436-0422
jockey silks 82. VOIX DU REVE (FR)
T: Iain Jardine
9
0-0
5436-0422
83
24-125144
jockey silks 83. WEST CORK WILDWAY (IRE)
T: Paul O'Flynn, Ireland
7
0-0
24-125144
84
342-121
jockey silks 84. WITNESS PROTECTION (IRE)
T: Martin Keighley
8
0-0
342-121
85
1212-0220
jockey silks 85. WOLF PRINCE (IRE)
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
5
0-0
1212-0220
86
1/42253-11
jockey silks 86. YOU RAISED ME UP (IRE)
T: Martin Brassil, Ireland
8
0-0
1/42253-11
87
20251251
jockey silks 87. ZUREKIN (IRE)
T: Sophie Leech
5
0-0
20251251

Betting Forecast : Betting forecast will appear here when available.

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The County Hurdle is a Grade 3 race open to horses aged five years and over, and like the preceding race on the Friday card, the Triumph Hurdle, it is raced on the New course, over a distance of just under 2 miles and 1 furlong, and features eight hurdles.

Being a handicap, horses competing in the County Hurdle are subject to a graded system of weights, according to form, age and sex.

In theory, this means a more level playing field and increased competition, allowing less accomplished horses a better chance than they might otherwise have.

The top weight is usually 11 stone 12 pounds, although the bottom weight can vary depending on the strength of the competitors.

As a Grade 3 handicap, the County Hurdle is of a more accessible standard than many of the elite races during the Festival, which makes it a popular race for stables of all sizes in their quest for a Festival win.

Consequently, it usually features in excess of 25 runners, with a record field of 30 going to post in 2005.

The large field also makes it a formidable race for bettors, albeit often a lucrative one for those lucky enough to pick a winner (being a handicap of more than 15 runners, bookies will also pay out on four places at a quarter of the odds, as standard).

Since the turn of the millennium, only one favourite and two joint-favourites have been victorious in the County Hurdle, during which time six horses have won at odds of 20/1 or greater.

Between 1995 and 2016, the race was known as the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle, in honour of the great Irish trainer who retired in 1994, having recorded a total of 23 Cheltenham Festival victories – though none of them came in this race.

Unusually for a race with such a long CV, that is not restricted to horses of a specific age, there have been no multiple winners of the County Hurdle in its entire 99-year history.

Its most famous winner this century is probably Rooster Booster Philip Hobbs’ popular grey gelding, who won in 2002, and went on to finish first and second respectively in the 2003 and 2004 renewals of the Champion Hurdle, all under jockey Richard Johnson .

The title of most successful trainer in the County Hurdle is jointly-held at present, and will likely be contested for a number of years yet, given both parties are still very much at large in the National Hunt sphere.

Willie Mullins , who trained Thousand Stars (2010), Final Approach (2011), Wicklow Brave (2015) and Arctic Fire (2017), and Paul Nicholls, who trained Sporazene (2004), Desert Quest ( 2006), American Trilogy (2009) and Lac Fontana (2014) both have four wins apiece. The 2019 success of Ch’tibello provided Dan Skelton with a third win in the race.

Ruby Walsh is the jockey with the most wins, also with four – two of which were achieved in conjunction with Wilie Mullins: Sporazene (2004), Desert Quest (2006), American Trilogy (2009) and Final Approach (2011).

Special mention should also be given to Jonjo O’Neill , who achieved the feat of winning the race both as a jockey, with Path of Peace (1982) and Jobroke (1986), and again as a trainer with Master Tern (2000).

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County Hurdle 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the County Hurdle?

2 miles and 179 yards

How many obstacles are jumped in the County Hurdle?

8

What day of the festival is the County Hurdle?

Day 4

What time is the County Hurdle?

14:10

What weights are carried for the County Hurdle?

As it is a traditional National Hunt handicap hurdle, weights range from 11 st 12 lb for the top weight, to 10 st for the bottom weight.

What is the purse for the County Hurdle?

£100,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the County Hurdle?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the County Hurdle?

Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls, with four wins apiece

Who won the County Hurdle?

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

Where can I compare the odds for the County Hurdle?

Click the link to visit our County Hurdle Odds Comparison page.

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