Cheltenham 2021: Your Top 10 Stayers Hurdle Questions Answered
Updated: 10th February 2021
The Stayers Hurdle is the biggest race on the penultimate day of the Cheltenham Festival. Testing the stamina and guile of the runners and riders as they attempt to safely make it over the timber hurdles on the new course at Prestbury Park.
If you’re already browsing the ante-post horse racing betting odds for this race, the chances are you may already have a runner in mind. But if you’re new horse racing or only place bets on the biggest events of the season, your knowledge of this race could be limited our tipster has taken a look back of the most recent renewals and answered the top questions you’ll need to consider when browsing through our Cheltenham Tips.
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What Prize Money Is On Offer For Winning The Stayers Hurdle?
Formerly named the World Hurdle due to sponsorship, the prize money on offer for the 2021 renewal of the Stayers Hurdle will be approximately £325,000. Making it the second most expensive purse on offer within a hurdling race at the Festival, it’s a race which attracts those runners who favour stamina over speed.
What Is the Distance Of The Stayers Hurdle?
One of the first races to be contested on the New Course at the Cheltenham Festival, it’s a race which is run over 3 miles, making it the leading long-distance hurdle event in the UK National Hunt Calendar.
How Many Hurdles Will Be Jumped In The Stayers Hurdle?
Runners will need to navigate 12 hurdles including those in the home straight before tackling the Cheltenham Hill in order to be in with a chance of taking the victory. Stamina is an attribute that is needed by all runners here, so when placing a bet it’s wise to take that into account.
Which Cheltenham Course Is The Stayers Hurdle Run On?
As it’s a race that takes place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, it will be run on the New Course as the racing switches locale halfway through the week. A furlong longer in distance, it also has a longer run in which horses and jockeys will need to contend with.
Who Won the 2020 Stayers Hurdle?
The 2020 renewal of the Stayers Hurdle was a very interesting contest. It was very much expected that Paisley Park would cement his dominance over the rest of the top runners in the Long Distance hurdling field by keeping his impressive record intact. However, it was in-fact Rebecca Curtis and Adam Wedge who made history with Lisnagar Oscar who was a whopping 50/1 before the race and a whopping 100/1 in January that year. If only we had a little something called hindsight!
Who Are The Horses To Watch In 2021?
Paisley Park is back for another crack at this race and currently sits at 10/3 in the betting odds. But he isn’t the only runner that you should be considering given the form of some of the early declarations on the racecards.
Willie Mullins-trained Benie Des Dieux sits at 8/1 in the betting, and after falling in the Mares Hurdle in 2020 and 2019, this could be a chance for her to redeem herself and recement her previous winning form before last years event.
Further down the betting markets its last years winner who catches the eye and even at odds of 33/1 we wouldn’t rule from the 2020 winner in this race but poor performances at Newbury and Wetherby justify the low price. Two horses that we believe are good value at the moment are Kemboy at 25/1 and Vinndication at 20/1 as both have enough in their previous performances to indicate they could cause some trouble for the favourites.
Which Races Can Influence The 2020 Stayer Hurdle?
There are a few races which can influence the betting markets of the Stayers Hurdle, and one of those is the aforementioned Cleeve Hurdle. This race actually provides the most winners in the last 20 renewals of the race, with eight runners managing to win both races that season. The other race punters should be keeping a close eye on is the Long Walk Hurdle which is run at Ascot in December.
Run over a similar distance to the Stayer Hurdle The Long Walk Hurdle gives punters an early look at the horses who could potentially head to Cheltenham as early as December. Won this year by Tom George-trained The World’s End who is also on the card for the main event at the Cheltenham Festival, he could be an each-way chance in the betting markets.
Who Was The Last Stayers Hurdle Winner To Retain Their Crown?
This accolade goes to one of the best hurdlers to ever grace the field of Horse Racing, and that is Big Bucks. Trained by Paul Nicholls and partnered by Ruby Walsh on all four of his victories in this race between 2009 and 2012 it led to him being awarded the accolade of greatest staying hurdler in history. During this four year period, he also managed to pick up victories in the Cleeve Hurdle, Liverpool Hurdle, Long Distance Hurdle and Long Walk Hurdle across those seasons.
Who Is The Trainer With The Most Stayers Hurdle Wins?
Following on from the success of Big Bucks in this race, the trainer with the most wins is, of course, Paul Nicholls. Although he’s been unable to replicate that success since no other trainer has come close to in terms of picking up successive wins although Willie Mullins did come close with 10/1 shot Nichols Canyon and 12/1 chance Penhill in 2017 and 2018.
Which Jockey Has The Most Stayers Hurdle Wins?
Forming the third part of the trio which dominated this race in the late 2000s and early 2010s is Irish jockey, Ruby Walsh. One of the most successful names in National Hunt Racing, Walsh was named the leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival on 11 occasions between 2004 and 2017. Retiring from the sport in 2019, his feats have yet to be overtaken by any other jockey and look as though they’ll stay that way for a few years to come.
With the Stayers Hurdle always an interesting Grade One contest to pick a potential winner from, we hope our facts and figures will help you to make an educated decision on how to back come raceday. But if you’d like to browse the ante-post markets, we’ve got the latest odds for this race and all the others at the Cheltenham Festival in the 21.co.uk sportsbook.
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