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The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle

The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day horseracing event that takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse, the home of jump racing in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, every March.

Part of the National Hunt calendar, the meeting consists of 28 excellent races including some of the finest and most anticipated in the entire sport like The Stayers Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Champion Hurdle, and best of all, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

With the upcoming 2021 Cheltenham Festival being a perfect example, the event often shares a date with St. Patrick’s Day. When it does, the day becomes a tribute to Irish heritage with Ireland becoming the centre of attention – next to the horses, of course.

Over the course of the week, hundreds of millions of pounds are bet on the horses, creating an electrifying atmosphere from the first race to the last, with many of the 250,000 spectators walking away from the event quids in.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The featured race of St. Patrick’s Thursday will be The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle.

About the Race

The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle is a 2 mile, 7 furlong and 213-yard hurdle race penned in on the National Hunt racing calendar.

The race is open to horses aged 4 years and above who are required to jump the 12 fences spread along the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham.

The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle is the fourth of the five featured races The Cheltenham Festival has to offer with a total prize-pool of £325,000. A little more than the £100 offered at the inaugural race in 1912.

The dream-team of trainer Paul Nicholls, jockey Ruby Walsh and the horse Big Buck’s have won The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle a record 4 times, making them the most successful in their respective fields for this race. Ruby Walsh also has a fifth win with horse Nichols Canyon.

The fourth race of St. Patrick’s Thursday at The Cheltenham Festival will be The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle, beginning at 15:30.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Paisley Park (IRE) – 3/1 ante-post favourite – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (19/12/20) – trained by Emma Lavelle
  2. Thyme Hill (IRE) – 7/2 ante-post odds – will turn 8 years old on the day of this race – weighing in at 11-7 (19/12/20) – trained by Philip Hobbs
  3. Benie Des Dieux (FR) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (10/03/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  4. Roksana (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (23/01/20) – trained by Dan Skelton
  5. Sire Du Berlais (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  6. Champ (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (11/03/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  7. Fury Road (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  8. McFabulous (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (09/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  9. Ronald Pump (GB) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/11/20) – trained by Matthew J Smith
  10. Flooring Porter (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Gavin Cromwell

Tips

The Cheltenham Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to make some genuine profits from the very races you’re watching, thanks to the generous offers and promotions circulating from the bookies.

If you don’t consider yourself much of an expert in jump racing, it certainly doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Our knowledgable tipsters will ensure you enjoy every aspect of The festival, including the betting, with absolutely no disadvantage for not having a degree in Equestrian Sciences.

Odds

When it comes to The Cheltenham Festival, the competition between bookies and online betting sites to draw in customers is as fierce as ever with so much money on the line.

This makes prices very competitive, which is good news for you and me. Not only are the starting prices generous, but with added promotions like enhanced odds and paying extra places, you can find yourself getting some seriously boosted returns for your minimum stakes.

£10 on Lisnagar Oscar to win The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle last year would have returned an incredible £500 in profits and that’s before considering any odds boosting promotions that may have been available on this outcome.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle saw some incredible upsets, with 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar finishing in first place, ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Rebecca Curtis.

20/1 Ronald Pump finished 2 lengths behind in second place, followed by 33/1 Bacardys in third and 10/1 Emitom in fourth. 4/6 race favourite and titleholder Paisley Park hampered on the home bend for a disappointing 7th place finish.

2019

In 2019, race favourite Paisley Park won The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle with a starting price of 11/8, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Emma Lavelle.

33/1 Sam Spinner finished in second place, followed by 4/1 Faugheen in third and 16/1 Bapaume in fourth. All 18 of the starting runner made it past the final post.

2018

12/1 outsider Penhill won The Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle in 2018, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

9/4 race favourite Sam Spinner only managed a 5th place finish after a modest gallop, freeing up placement spots for 6/1 Supersundae, 14/1 Wholestone and 33/1 Colin’s Sister.

2017

Back in 2017, it was 10/1 Nichols Canyon that won The Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

33/1 American outsider Lil Rockerfeller was close to causing an upset finishing just ¾ of a length behind the leader, followed by 5/6 race favourite Unowhatimeanharry in third place.

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