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Stayers' Hurdle 2021 Racecard

The Stayers’ Hurdle – formerly known as the World Hurdle - has been the feature of Day Three at the Cheltenham Festival since 2005 and was first run in 1912. It currently takes place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. The Stayer’s Hurdle is a Grade 1, run over three miles on the New Course at Cheltenham, and the race has a total of twelve hurdles.

3:05 Thu 18 Mar STAYERS' HURDLE

Distance: 23f 213y Age: 4yo + Prize: £240,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

PAISLEY PARK has looked as good, if not better than ever this term, doing well to get up close home to land the Long Walk at Ascot on his latest outing, so he's an obvious choice to regain his crown. Sire du Berlais tends to save his best for the Festival, so a bold showing is expected from him, while 2020 winner Lisnagar Oscar shouldn't be ruled out.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. BACARDYS (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
10
11-10
* *
* *
Smart hurdler who ran up to best when third in this last season. Somewhat disappointing this term however, so unlikely to make a similar impact.
2
jockey silks 2. BEACON EDGE (IRE)
J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
7
11-10
* * *
* * *
Smart hurdler who didn't need to improve to win 6-runner Boyne Hurdle at Navan (from Fury Road) last time and may well benefit from the step up in trip, so he's no forlorn hope.
3
jockey silks 3. FLOORING PORTER (IRE)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland
6
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Has been firmly on the up this season and made the breakthrough at the top level with an emphatic success from the front in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown 80 days ago. Could improve again.
4
jockey silks 4. FURY ROAD (IRE)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
7
11-10
* * *
* * *
Smart and likeable hurdler who was a narrow third in the Albert Bartlett 12 months ago and was narrowly denied by Beacon Edge in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan recently. Place claims.
5
jockey silks 5. IF THE CAP FITS (IRE)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Harry Fry
9
11-10
* * *
* * *
Grade 1 winning hurdler who scored easily at Ffos Las on chase debut. Hasn't looked a natural upped in class since, but return to the smaller obstacles should suit. Not totally dismissed.
6
jockey silks 6. LIL ROCKERFELLER (USA)
J: Bryony Frost
T: Neil King
10
11-10
* *
* *
Last hurdling win came well over 3 years ago and, while he's posted a couple of good efforts in second this term, he's expected to come up short in a first-time visor.
7
jockey silks 7. LISNAGAR OSCAR (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Rebecca Curtis
8
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Last year's winner who looked right back to his best when runner-up in the Rendlesham at Haydock last time, so likely to give a good account once more.
8
jockey silks 8. MAIN FACT (USA)
J: Fergus Gillard
T: David Pipe
8
11-10
* *
* *
Made it 9 on the spin when scoring on return to hurdles off a mark of 147 over C&D in November. Has come up short in better company since, though, and similar story likely to unfold.
9
jockey silks 9. PAISLEY PARK (IRE)
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Emma Lavelle
9
11-10
* * * * *
* * * * *
Still the leading staying hurdler, a point underlined by his strong-finishing victory in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December. Should take all the beating as he looks to regain the crown.
10
jockey silks 10. RESERVE TANK (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: Colin Tizzard
7
11-10
* * *
* * *
Grade 1 winning novice hurdler who ran to a similar level over fences last season. Probably needed the run when only fifth in National Spirit at Fontwell on return and faces a stiffer task, now.
11
jockey silks 11. SAM SPINNER
J: Henry Brooke
T: Jedd O'Keeffe
9
11-10
*
*
High-class hurdler who made it 3-3 over fences last term but has been most disappointing on both outings this term, including in Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury 111 days ago.
12
jockey silks 12. SIRE DU BERLAIS (FR)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
9
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Landed Pertemps Final again last season and has shaped as if retaining all of his ability this term, so he ranks as the main danger to Paisley Park having likely been primed for a big run.
13
jockey silks 13. THE STORYTELLER (IRE)
J: Keith Donoghue
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
10
11-10
* * * *
* * * *
Smart hurdler who has developed into a very classy chaser and ran a cracker when second in the Irish Gold Cup last time. Definite claims if he can replicate that level back in this sphere.
14
jockey silks 14. VINNDICATION (IRE)
J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
8
11-10
* * *
* * *
Most likeable and progressive chaser who took it up another notch when 2 lengths second to Cyrname in Charlie Hall on reappearance. Fell on only subsequent start but has the class to get involved.
15
jockey silks 15. YOUNEVERCALL (IRE)
J: Ciaran Gethings
T: Kim Bailey
10
11-10
*
*
Smart hurdler who was fourth to Paisley Park in the Long Walk at Ascot but was pulled up in the Relkeel at Kempton subsequently. Up against it.

Betting Forecast : 15/8 1.87 PAISLEY PARK, 7/1 7 SIRE DU BERLAIS, 9/1 9 VINNDICATION, 11/1 11 FURY ROAD, 11/1 11 FLOORING PORTER, 16/1 16 THE STORYTELLER, 22/1 22 IF THE CAP FITS, 22/1 22 LISNAGAR OSCAR, 22/1 22 BEACON EDGE, 40/1 40 MAIN FACT, 50/1 50 LIL ROCKERFELLER, 50/1 50 BACARDYS, 50/1 50 RESERVE TANK, 80/1 80 YOUNEVERCALL, 100/1 100 SAM SPINNER

The Stayers’ Hurdle has produced multiple winners like no other race at Cheltenham Festival has over the year; Big Buck’s (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Inglis Drever (2005, 2007, 2008), Baracouda (2002, 2003), Crimson Embers (1982, 1986), Galmoy (1987, 1988), Silver Bay (1913, 1914), Sobrino (1930, 1933) and Warwick (1923, 1925).

The leading jockey (since 1972) is  Ruby Walsh  who has been successful in the race five times, four of which came on Big Buck’s, whilst the fifth came on Nichols Canyon in 2017.

It’s a similar story with the leading trainer, with Paul Nicholls – trainer of Big Buck’s - leading the way with four victories.

The latest renewal saw a new star emerge in the shape of Paisley Park, who has won all of his starts in 2018/19. The well-backed favourite briefly looked in trouble over two furlongs out, having to be nudged along by Aidan Coleman coming down the hill, but once he met the rising ground in the straight there was only going to be one winner.

Paisley Park is still only a young horse, and he has the ability to reign the division for several years to come yet, just like Big Buck’s and Inglis Drever did.

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Stayers' Hurdle 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Stayers' Hurdle?

3 miles

How many obstacles are jumped in the Stayers' Hurdle?

12

What day of the festival is the Stayers' Hurdle?

Day 3

What time is the Stayers' Hurdle?

15:00

What weights are carried for the Stayers' Hurdle?

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

What is the purse for the Stayers' Hurdle?

£325,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Stayers' Hurdle?

Ruby Walsh

Who is the leading trainer in the Stayers' Hurdle?

Paul Nicholls

Who won the Stayers' Hurdle?

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

Where can I compare the odds for the Stayers' Hurdle?

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