Stayers’ Hurdle Tips
Our experts have you covered when it comes to discovering the ins and outs ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. We have everything on this page to help you with your Stayers’ Hurdle betting.
Crucial run style pointers, trends and the history of the race, and looking at Stayers’ Hurdle odds and the danger of overlooking big-priced outsiders. The predictions will come from our experts, and we’ll have our Stayers’ Hurdle tips uploaded as we get nearer to the big day.
Last year’s race saw 33/1 outsider Sire Du Berlais cause a major upset, winning for Gordon Elliott under a fine Mark Walsh ride.
Stayers’ Hurdle Tips – Overlooked Outsiders
The horses competing in this season’s Stayers’ Hurdle are yet to be announced, but the race has proved lucrative for those chasing the longer odds. As history tells us, outsiders can’t be overlooked in the Stayers’ Hurdle betting.
Only two of the last ten favourites have won. There were winners at some hefty prices in the remaining eight contests, including 2021 victor Flooring Porter at 12/1 and last year’s winner Sire Du Berlais at 33/1, but none bigger than Lisnagar Oscar in 2020, who was a whopping 50/1 winner. So the shortest horses’ Stayers’ Hurdle odds don’t always point towards the winner.
Our Stayers’ Hurdle tips will be uploaded nearer the time, but don’t discount an underdog story here.
2024 Stayers’ Hurdle Runners + Odds – Thursday 14th March 3:30
|J: Philip Byrnes
T: Charles Byrnes
|J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
|J: Danny Mullins
T: Gavin Cromwell
|Home By The Lee
|J: J J Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien
|J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
|J: Johnny Charron
T: Gabriel Leenders
|J: Aidan Coleman
T: Emma Lavelle
|J: Keith Donoghue
T: Mrs John Harrington
|Henri Le Farceur
|J: Felix de Giles
T: Hugo Merienne
|J: Rex Dingle
T: Jeremy Scott
|Sire Du Berlais
|J: Mark Walsh
T: Gordon Elliott
How to pick a Stayers’ Hurdle winner
Strong stamina is the key to coming out on top in the Stayers’ Hurdle. It can be a punishing race, and those who want to keep grinding away up the home straight come out on top.
Only one horse older than eight has won the Stayers’ Hurdle for the last nine years, which was last year’s 11YO winner Sire Du Berlais. So you generally need a horse to come in who is a relative youngster in their career to date.
There can also be a big field in this race, as in the last twelve years, there have been a double-figure number of runners every time. Aside from Flooring Porter’s from-the-front successes in 2021 and 2022, the other five winners in the last seven years had all raced in midfield or further back for the majority of the race and conserved their energy for the business end.
All About The Stayers’ Hurdle: Past and Present
The inaugural running of the Stayers’ Hurdle came in 1912 and is a Grade 1 race on the old course at Cheltenham over three miles with twelve hurdles jumped. It’s been sponsored by Paddy Power since 2020 but was known as the World Hurdle from 2005 to 2016 when Ladbrokes sponsored it and for a year by Ryanair.
Paul Nicholls is the winning-most trainer with four victories, and Ruby Walsh has won it the most times as a jockey, with five victories to his name.
Even though it’s a long race, the winning distance is generally not long. Since 1995, the race has not been won by more than five lengths, which shows the competitive nature of the event.
How Do Horses Qualify For the Stayers’ Hurdle Race?
To be eligible to run in the Stayers’ Hurdle, horses need to be at least four years old and have a BHA rating of 130 or higher. Geldings carry 11st 10lbs (four-year-olds carry 11st), with mares getting a 7lb allowance.
What is the Stayers’ Hurdle Prize Money in 2024?
The prize money for the 2024 Stayers’ Hurdle was a pool of £325,000, with £197.695.65 going to the winner’s connections. The runner up received £74,482.81, with the third-place horse taking home £37.276.54. Prize money went all the way down to eighth place, collecting £1,194.54.
Stayers’ Hurdle Past Winners
The Stayers’ Hurdle has been a happy hunting ground for previous winners over the past couple of decades. Baracouda won it back to back in 2002 and 2003, Inglis Drever claimed three titles between 2005 and 2008 before Big Bucks reigned supreme by racking up a series of four wins from 2009 to 2012. Most recently, Flooring Porter is the most recent two-time winner, having won in 2021 and 2022.
|2011||Big Buck’s||10/11F||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2012||Big Buck’s||5/6F||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2013||Solwhit||17/2||Paul Carberry||Charles Byrnes|
|2014||More Of That||15/2||Barry Geraghty||Jonjo O’Neill|
|2015||Cole Harden||14/1||Gavin Sheehan||Warren Greatrex|
|2016||Thistlecrack||1/1F||Tom Scudamore||Colin Tizzard|
|2017||Nichols Canyon||10/1||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2018||Penhill||12/1||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins|
|2019||Paisley Park||11/8F||Aidan Coleman||Emma Lavelle|
|2020||Lisnagar Oscar||50/1||Adam Wedge||Rebecca Curtis|
|2021||Flooring Porter||12/1||Danny Mullins||Gavin Cromwell|
|2022||Flooring Porter||4/1||Danny Mullins||Gavin Cromwell|
|2023||Sire Du Berlais||33/1||Mark Walsh||Gordon Elliott|
Other Races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival
The Stayers’ Hurdle is one of seven races on another terrific card at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, 14th March 2024. It gets underway with the Turners Novices’ Chase and the feature race of the day is the Ryanair Chase. Here is the complete list of races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival.
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