Jan 17 2019
Stayers’ Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, 15:30 at Cheltenham Festival Day Three, 14th March 2019
Day three of the Cheltenham Festival sees the second of the weeks championship hurdle contests provide the headline act, as the best of the stamina laden performers line up for this Grade 1, three-mile contest. Here we highlight a few of the likely contenders for glory and pick out our best bets for the race.
Stayers’ Hurdle 2018 Betting Tips and Free Bets
- Apple’s Jade to win at 8/1 with Coral
- Paisley Park each way at 12/1 with William Hill
Also check out our betting previews of the other three Championship races:
Stayers’ Hurdle 2019 Betting Offers and Free Bets
- We’re expecting some BIG enhanced offers for the 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle in due course, and we’ll post all the details here. In the meantime check out our main Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers and Free Bets article for details of the latest Cheltenham promos.
Helping ensure day three of the Cheltenham Festival is full of excitement is the regularly competitive Stayers Hurdle. Standing as the leading long distance hurdle event on the National Hunt calendar, it’s a race that absolutely demands a high level of stamina. Its inaugural run back in 1912 saw the winner handed £100 for their triumph but today the victorious horse will pocket their connections over £180k.
Gordon Elliot has a big decision to make ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival with Apple’s Jade the leading contender, among most bookies, in both this race and the OLGB Mares’ Hurdle. She has competed in the latter during the previous two season but is more than capable to take on a new challenge. Last season ended in disappointing fashion for the seven-year-old but a six month break has done her the world of good. On her return in November the bay mare hammered Jezki at Navan and then beat Supasundae by an even bigger margin at Fairyhouse.
Having looked so comfortable at two and half miles, Elliot was happy to try her once against in the three mile Christmas Hurdle. The extra distance caused her no troubles as she easily pulled clear of the chasing pack. It was the second time winning this race and on the back of this, she’d stand every chance of clinching victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle. There is a risk of her being preferred elsewhere during the Festival unlike Penhill (6/1, Coral) though who realistically has no other targets. The eight-year-old is a three mile specialists and hasn’t run any shorter since December 2016.
As in previous seasons, Willie Mullins appears happy not to give his bay gelding a run out before Cheltenham. This approach has worked to good effect in recent seasons with victories secured in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and in last year’s Stayers’ Hurdle. As the reigning champion of this race, he’s one with a strong claim but you should expect him to wind up short if facing Apple’s Jade. The same can also be said for Supasundae (10/1, Coral) who has lost to the talented mare three times over the last two seasons. Jessica Harrington’s horse is an incredibly consistent performer but lacks the necessary edge to win a race like this.
Further down the ante post betting, it’s a small surprise to see Paisley Park as long as 12/1 (William Hill) given her Long Walk Hurdle success. It’s not been unusual for winners of the Grade 1 contest to go on to win the Stayers’ Hurdle in the same season. The double has been done by the likes of Thistlecrack, Big Buck’s and Baracouda. Although Aidan Coleman’s gelding cannot yet be considered among such company, he has made great strides forward this season. With improvements made with every race following the summer break, he’s one to consider as an each way option.