Stayers Hurdle Odds 2023
Cheltenham Festival 2023
The Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle over three miles shares the spotlight with the Ryanair Chase on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. This is the most prestigious staying hurdle race of the National Hunt season and was first run in 1912. The most successful horse in the history of the race was Big Buck’s who won it for four consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2012 for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh.
Inglis Drever (2005, 2007, 2008) won it three times while other notable winners include Crimson Embers (1982, 1986), Galmoy (1987, 1988) and Baracouda (2002, 2003). The Stayers Hurdle Odds 2023 features the last three winners of the race in Paisley Park (2019), Lisnagar Oscar (2020) and Flooring Porter (2021).
Stayers Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023
The Stayers Hurdle betting odds illustrate how wide open this year’s race is with four horses separated by just one and a half points. The current favourite is reigning champion Flooring Porter, who made all the running to beat Sire Du Berlais by three and a quarter lengths. He has not won since but was denied his usual front-running role at Leopardstown in December when Klassical Dream gained a useful early advantage.
Klassical Dream would probably have started favourite to provide Willie Mullins with a third race victory but for a shock defeat at Gowran Park in January. He faded tamely to finish fourth behind Royal Kahala and Home By The Lee who both hold entries here.
Champ was pulled up in last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup and made a successful return to hurdling to win the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. He bowled into the lead before repelling Thyme Hill and Paisley Park, prompting trainer Nicky Henderson to keep him over the smaller obstacles.
Champ then started odds-on for the Cleeve Hurdle but was beaten by Paisley Park in a messy race. The winner missed the break, steadily made up the lost ground but lost his position again going down the hill. He then produced his trademark strong finish to revive hopes that he could win a second Stayers Hurdle.
Thyme Hill was fancied for this race last year but missed Cheltenham due to a minor set-back. He then won at Aintree and did nothing wrong behind Champ at Ascot in December. Lisnagar Oscar was a shock 50-1 winner for Rebecca Curtis in 2020 and has been defeated on all nine subsequent starts. His trainer was encouraged by his third in the Cleeve Hurdle but he is still among the outsiders in the Stayers Hurdle odds.
Cheltenham Festival 2023
Latest Stayers Hurdle odds *
*Best prices at the time of writing
Flooring Porter 7-2
Thyme Hill 9-2
Klassical Dream 5-1
Paisley Park 13-2
Asterion Forlonge 10-1
Royal Kahala 10-1
Sporting John 12-1
Burning Victory 33-1
Lisnagar Oscar 33-1
Sire Du Berlais 33-1
Home By The Lee 50-1
Song For Someone 50-1
Thomas Darby 50-1
Stayers Hurdle News
This looks like being one of the most competitive renewals of the Stayers Hurdle in recent years. No horse has managed to dominate the stayers division and Flooring Porter is almost favourite by default. Both Klassical Dream and Champ put up impressive displays only to be beaten next time.
Willie Mullins retains plenty of faith in Klassical Dream, a former Supreme Novices Hurdle winner. He believes the start of the race will be crucial with his horse and Flooring Porter both fast starters while Paisley Park was reluctant when the tapes went up last time. Their respective riders will be on full alert but there are no such concerns for Champ or Thyme Hill.
Champ had virtually pulled his way into the lead at Ascot on his return but needed to be driven along to get past Lisnagar Oscar at Cheltenham. He was unable to repel a rejuvenated Paisley Park up the Cheltenham hill. Thyme Hill has been steady in the Stayers Hurdle betting odds at around 5-1 and will attract plenty of each-way support. He is tough and consistent and the likely fast pace should suit him.
Thyme Hill is trained by Philip Hobbs who could also run Sporting John. He won a Pertemps Hurdle qualifier at Warwick in good style and is joint top-weight for the final of that series. Willie Mullins also has other options besides Klassical Dream, notably former Triumph Hurdle winner Burning Victory. She is thought more likely to run in the Mares’ Hurdle, also the probable target of Royal Kahala.
Lisnagar Oscar looks the most likely outsider once again. He was quietly fancied last year when falling at the seventh and he’s never run a bad race at Cheltenham.