(Grade 1) - 2 miles, 7 furlongs, 213 yards
(1) Sire Du Berlais
(2) Paisley Park
(3) Lisnagar Oscar
RUNNERS TO WATCH
- Paisley Park (9 year old, E Lavelle) – Dominated the staying hurdle scene in 2019 which peaked in winning this race but could only manage 7th when 4/6 favourite last year. A leading contender on his best form, but may be vulnerable to others now aged 9.
- Sire Du Berlais (9 year old, G Elliott) – A back to back winner of the Pertemps Final at The Festival and has an excellent record around Cheltenham. Would require a career best effort to win this but certainly not ruled out.
- Lisnagar Oscar (8 year old, R Curtis) – Caused a shock when winning this race in 2020 at 50/1. Has not won in three starts since but seems to save his best for Cheltenham with form of 1,3,5,2 on his four runs here. Could be underestimated in the market once again.
- Vinndication (8 year old, K Bailey) – A very interesting runner having raced over fences on his last eight starts. Returns to hurdles for the first time in over three years. Stable confidence appears high and this horse has been well supported in the betting markets in the last few days.
LAST 5 WINNERS
2020 – Lisnagar Oscar (50/1). Age 7. Trainer: R Curtis
2019 – Paisley Park (11/8 Fav). Age 7. Trainer: E Lavelle
2018 – Penhill (12/1). Age 7. Trainer: W Mullins
2017 – Nichols Canyon (10/1). Age 7. Trainer: W Mullins
2016 – Thistlecrack (1/1 Fav). Age 8. Trainer: C Tizzard
Willie Mullins has an excellent recent record, with 2 winners and 2 thirds in the past 4 years.
Paul Nicholls has won this race 4 times, the last time was 2012.
FOLLOW THE FAVOURITES?
Oppose the favourite - Only 2 winning favourites in the past 8 years.
The four most recent winners were all aged 7 and 28 of the last 31 winners were aged 6, 7 or 8.
UK v IRELAND
14 of the last 17 renewals have been won by a UK based trainer. UK 14 vs Ireland 3.
DID YOU KNOW?
10.6/1 is the average SP of the winners of the Stayers’ Hurdle in the last 10 years. This includes winners at 50/1, 14/1 and 12/1.
12/1 and 10/1 were the SPs of Willie Mullins’s last two winners of this race. The Irish supremo is more accustomed to shorter price winners at The Festival but don’t be put off if he saddles one at a bigger price in this race.
15 of the last 18 winners finished 1st or 2nd in their most recent start before The Festival.
6 of the last 12 winners ran in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on their last run. Paisley Park won this season’s renewal.
Lisnagar Oscar’s Stayers’ Hurdle victory in 2020 paid £85.70 on the Tote versus an SP of 50/1.
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