Cheltenham Day 3 Tips: STAYERS’ HURDLE

  • 14/03/2019
  • 15:30

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Let’s not beat around the bush here. PAISLEY PARK is going to retain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown. Emma Lavelle’s star has certainly improved this season, and looks to have a little more progression left to come. There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the reigning Champion is the strongest and most-consistent stayer since Big Bucks.

If you’re going to back Paisley Park with a single bet, you have to do it now. 10/11 is a good price, which will only get shorter as we get closer to the Festival.

That’s not the most original of Stayers’ Hurdle tips, I know. So, I’m going to have a second bet in this year’s race and try and find one who might place off a big price. Summerville Boy is almost guaranteed to place if he gets around, but he offers little value at 10/1. Footpad would appeal if declared and The Worlds End is worth more than a second look.

The one who offers the most appeal from an each-way stand-point though is BACARDYS. Willie Mullins’ charge is a proven Grade One-level performer and he has run well in this race in previous years. If Bacardys hadn’t run at Leopardstown over Christmas, he would almost certainly be a 12/1, 14/1 shot. As it is, he can currently be found at 25/1, which I don’t think is a fair reflection of his ability, or how he performed in the early stages of the season.



The oldest of all the four recognized Championship races at the Cheltenham Festival, the best-staying hurdlers have been battling it out for the honor of being crowned Stayers’ Hurdle champion for the better part of a century. To be considered amongst the greats of the hurdling game, a victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle is a must-have on any horses list of accomplishments. 

Silver Bay claimed back-to-back Stayers’ Hurdle victories during the 1910s and he’s since been joined on the roll of honor by other multiple winners like Baracouda, Inglis Drever and four-time champion, Big Buck’s. There might not be a big Buck’s in this year’s field but the race still needs to be won, so get all of our Cheltenham day 3 tips here and see who our experts are backing.


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