Home to 28 exquisite races including some of the most prestigious of the entire National Hunt calendar, The Cheltenham Festival is the focal point of horseracing enthusiasts every time it takes place, year after year.
Generally occurring around mid-March, The Festival often coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and attracts thousands of Irish visitors to Cheltenham Festival, helping make up the 250,000 spectators that descend on Cheltenham Racecourse annually.
Included in the 28 races are the likes of The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Cheltenham Festival, second only to The Grand National in terms of prize money, will take place this year from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. Day Two, also known as Ladies Day, will conclude with The Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
About the Race
The Weatherbys Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race and an annual rarity for Cheltenham Racecourse – the home of jump racing.
The race is open to horses between the ages of 4 and 6 years old, spanning 2 miles and 87 yards of the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham.
Established in 1992 as The Festival Bumper, the race has also been sponsored by the likes of Guinness and Toe, before Weatherbys took the reigns in 1997.
Horse trainer Willie Mullins has had the most success in The Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a grand total of 9 wins between 1996 and 2018. Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey in this race, attaining 3 first-places between 1998 and 2013
The 2021 Weatherbys Champion Bumper will be the final race of Ladies Day on Wednesday the 17th of March, commencing at 17:30.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Sir Gerhard (IRE) – 5/2 ante-post favourite – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 11-13 (18/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Kilcruit (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (05/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Eileendover (GB) – 7/1 ante-post odds – will be 5 years old on Day One – weighing in at 10-3 (16/01/21) – trained by Pam Sly
- Ramillies (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Brandy Love (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (12/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Highland Charge (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (28/11/20) – trained by Noel Meade
- Take Tea (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (14/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Gerri Colombe (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (16/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Hollow Games (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-13 (29/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Letsbeclearaboutit (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (18/12/20) – trained by Gavin Cromwell
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Recent years have seen some great starting odds, including last year’s 11/1 Ferny Hollow, 7/1 Fayonagh in 2017, and the incredible 25/1 Relegate in 2018, who would have turned a £10 outright stake into £250 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Weatherbys Champion Bumper, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year, it was the fantastic Ferny Hollow that took the title in The Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a starting price of 11/1, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
15/8 race favourite Appreciate It finished two and a half lengths behind in second, followed by 6/1 Queens Brook in third and 16/1 Third Time Lucki in fourth.
The 2019 victor of The Weatherbys Champion Bumper was 2/1 race favourite Envoi Allen, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott. Envoi Allen’s team left this race with an extra £42,712.
7/2 second-favourite Blue Sari finished in second place as expected, followed by 20/1 outsider Thyme Hill. Filling in the fourth prize placement spot was 14/1 Abacadabras.
2018 saw the unlikely outsider Relegate win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a starting price of 25/1, ridden by jockey Katie Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.
9/2 race favourite Acey Milan finished in fourth place after pushing too hard too early and failing to impress. Second place was taken by 6/1 Carefully Selected, followed by 14/1 Tornado Flyer in third.
Fayonagh was the winner of the 2017 Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a starting price of 7/1, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott.
9/2 favourite Cause Toujours finished all the way down in 9th place after using up energy and falling back 1 furlong out. This freed up placement spots for 10/1 Debuchet in second, 22/1 Claimantakinforgan in third and 10/1 Next Destination in fourth place.