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Cheltenham Festival Race Previews: Champion Bumper

Can anyone take down the Willie Mullins powerhouses?



Good Risk At All ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies (right) wins The High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire Standard Open NH Flat Race during the Cheltenham November Meeting 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

With three runners in the top five of the betting, Willie Mullins has been dealt a strong hand for this season’s Champion Bumper.

With Sir Gerhard joining the stable earlier in the month, he possesses the two Irish runners with the best bumper form this season.

Kilcruit turned heads when he eased away from the field in the Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival, cruising to a 12-length victory.

Kilcruit jumped to the head of the Champion Bumper market after his win at Leopardstown last month

The six-year-old saw price cut from 10/1 to 13/8 almost immediately after that win, overtaking his new stablemate at the top of the betting.

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins now boasts the top two in the Champion Bumper betting after Sir Gerhard arrived at Closutton

Sir Gerhard is still unbeaten under rules, winning all both of his races in comfortable fashion.

He is highly anticipated to continue Cheveley Park Stud’s winning streak in this contest, with Envoi Allen and Ferny Hollow both delivering victories in this race in the previous two seasons.

But there is one statistic from the Mullins yard that stands out for this race – his last five winners in this contest have all been double-figure starting prices.

Grangee suffered defeat to the hands of Eileendover at Market Rasen but won at the Dublin Racing Festival on her next start

He does have three entries that fall into this category currently – Ramillies (16/1), Cool Jet (33/1) and Grangee (25/1).

All have winning bumper form, with Grangee even winning the Grade 2 Mares’ Bumper at Leopardstown.

Denise Foster’s Three Stripe Life won convincingly on his sole start, while his stablemate Hollow Games has shown promise on his two bumper starts.

The Irish trainers have dominated this race in recent years and it looks to continue, with seven of the top ten in the betting coming from the other side of the Irish Sea.

The best of the British hopes lie with unbeaten mare Elle Est Belle and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ duo of I Like To Move It and Super Six.

Richard Spencer, who usually trains horses for the flat, has stated his hopes of Wonderwall producing a big race in top-class company while Pressure Sensitive represents the Jonjo O’Neill yard.

One for the Oasis fans, Wonderwall won at Ascot earlier this season and would surely be a popular winner of the Champion Bumper

It’s lining up to be another exciting renewal of the Champion Bumper for fans to look forward to.

  • Ramillies E/W @ 16/1
  • Elle Est Belle E/W @ 25/1
ferny hollow beat stable-mate appreciate it in the 2020 champion bumper at the cheltenham festival

Read our race previews for the other Grade One’s on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle, Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase and Champion Chase.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.