Stayers Hurdle Betting Odds

The Cheltenham Festival is full of feature races, and on the third day, it’s the chance for the long-distance hurdlers as they take to the track in the Stayers Hurdle. Classed as the leading long-distance hurdle event within the national hunt calendar, the Stayers Hurdle odds feature runners who have previously contested and managed to actually land a victory in the race.  

Classed as a Grade 1 race, the Stayers Hurdle 2023 will be proceeded by Ryanair Chase and the Pertemps Final, so there is plenty of big race action across the day.

About the Stayers Hurdle

If there is one big race which always provides more bang for your buck, it's the Stayers Hurdle. Also known as the World Hurdle for a short time due to sponsorship, this feature race is on the penultimate day of the festival; horses will need to jump twelve hurdles over a distance of approximately three miles if they're going to have a chance of winning.

The inaugural race of the Stayers Hurdle took place in 1912, and since the restoration of the Cheltenham course, it has been run on the new course. Always contested on what is known as St Patrick's Day Thursday, the race has a strong Irish following even though it has been honours even across the many renewals of the race.

When it comes to the winners of this race, many have managed to pick up successive wins Grade 1 wins. However, the most successful horse in history is Big Buck's, who has four victories in this race between 2009 and 2012.

Stayers Hurdle Betting Odds

If you're looking to place a bet on the race, we've got the latest Stayers Hurdle odds that you can take a look in the ante-post markets and on race day. This means whether you want to place a bet away in advance or you're looking to wait until just before post time when the final declarations are in, all of the top odds will be available. There is also the option to bet on the starting price of a horse, so this process allows bettors to select the price at which a horse begins the race at. However, starting price betting

Stayers Hurdle 2024 betting odds

After unfortunately falling short in 2023, Teahupoo is the early favourite for the 2024 Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, to find the best odds for all horses for this race, bet at BetUK!

Teahupoo is still a relatively young horse and if he had prevailed last year, the horse would have been the youngest winner since 1951! So, it could be argued that the race came a little too early for the current favourite and that is why the odds are in their favour.

Other horses that are in the running for this race include Impair Et Passe, Marie's Rock and Klassical Dream. If one of these horses impress you in any other race, it may be worth checking out their odds for this race.

Stayers Hurdle Betting Tips

As the race approaches, everyone likes to be in the know regarding who is likely to pick up a winning position or land themselves in each way sport when it when comes to the biggest races, including the Stayers Hurdle. As the race approaches of the festival approaches, we'll have all of the latest betting tips from the horse racing world, so you'll be in the know.

If you're looking for more betting tips, check out some of the links below.

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Stayers Hurdle Winners

When it comes to previous winners of this race, Big Buck's is the name which everyone associates with this famous race following his four victories between 2009 and 2012. No horse within the top stayers category has gone on to repeat that feat. However, many who have tackled the three-mile distance have tried When it comes to recent winners, horses such as reigning champion Flooring Porter, Lisnagar Oscar, Paisley Park and Nichols Canyon, who have taken on the twelve fences and taken the victory at Cheltenham.

However, as this race is the leading long-distance race in the calendar, many horses come back for multiple attempts, even if they finish outside the placings.

Stayers Hurdle Recent Winners

  • 2023 - Sire du Berlais
  • 2022 - Flooring Porter
  • 2021- Flooring Porter
  • 2020 - Lisnagar Oscar
  • 2019 - Paisley Park
  • 2018 - Penhill
  • 2017 - Nichols Canyon
  • 2016 - Thistlecrack
  • 2015 - Cole Harden

Stayers Hurdle Top Jockeys

When it comes to jockeys who have managed to land a winner in this race at Cheltenham, there are some who stand out, including Ruby Walsh as the leading jockey.

This Irish domination has continued in the last three renewals of the races, with some riders finding it the perfect distance to land a win, including Danny Mullins, as he attempts to take the leading jockey crown.

Stayers Hurdle Winning Jockeys

  • 2023 - Mark Walsh
  • 2022 - Danny Mullins
  • 2021 - Danny Mullins
  • 2020 - Adam Wedge
  • 2019 - Aidan Coleman
  • 2018 - Paul Townend
  • 2017 - Ruby Walsh
  • 2016 - Tom Scudamore
  • 2015 - Gavin Sheehan

Stayers Hurdle Winning Trainers

The perfect combination of winners for any race comes with a top trainer, and given the sheer amount of horses and jockeys who have won this race in recent years, the leading trainer mantle still stands with Paul Nicholls, thanks to his multiple winners in the race.

However, many trainers have been looking to take the leading trainer crown at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years as they send horses over the hurdles.  Many of those who've picked up a first success in the Stayers Hurdle have gone on to land multiple winners in this race and other Grade 1 contests at Cheltenham.

The 2023 rendition of the race was won by Gordon Elliott who had his 33/1 horse - Sire du Berlais win the race by a nose ahead of the 40/1 horse Dashel Drasher and the favourite for the race Teahupoo.

Recent Stayers Hurdle Winning Trainers

  • 2023 - Gordon Elliott
  • 2022 - Gavin Cromwell
  • 2021 - Gavin Cromwell
  • 2020 - Rebecca Curtis
  • 2019 - Emma Lavelle
  • 2018 - Willie Mullins
  • 2017 - Willie Mullins
  • 2016 - Colin Tizzard
  • 2015 - Warren Greatrex

Stayers Hurdle Key Trends

Before identifying a runner within the Stayers Hurdle odds, there are many betting trends which can be followed and help you select a runner who will perform well in this long-distance hurdle. The race needs a horse who is a specialist in long-distance racing, which means they’ll require a unique set of skills in order to take victory over smaller obstacles.

Identifying the favourite within the betting odds can always be fruitful, as favourites have managed to win six of the last 20 renewals of the race, and they’ve also managed to finish in the placings within seven of those races.  Further trends to support those stats include 69% of runners having 2-5 placings a year before the Stayers Hurdle. 

When it comes to recent winners, a key betting indicator in the Stayers Hurdle odds is that 69% of runners, were listed within the first 9 of the betting markets, which means looking further down the listings may not be a wise decision to make.  

However, there are other horse racing trends which can affect the outcome of the race and whether a horse will move up or down the betting odds. 

Previous Form

Whether it’s previous form within this race or a feeder race such as the Cleeve Hurdle or the Lismullen Hurdle. Former winners often come to the Stayer Hurdle, looking to continue their winning trend. Some horses, including Flooring Porter, have won this race in consecutive years, so looking back to see if they’ve participated previously can be a fruitful betting option. 

Going Conditions

The Stayers Hurdle is a test of stamina, which means the better ground will be needed for a faster race. However, if the weather conditions aren't favourable and the heavier ground is called, it can be an even harder test, so finding a horse who will favour the mud and grind could be a better selection. 

Horses Weight

The weight allowance for mares within this race can give them a slight advantage over the competition as all geldings will run at a weight of 11st 10lb whereas mares will run under a weight of 11st 3lb.

History of the Stayers Hurdle

As one of the premium National Hunt hurdle races, the Stayers Hurdle is a staple of the Cheltenham Festival and one of the top events in the British racing calendar. Open to horses aged four years or older, up to 20 horses can compete on the New Course at Cheltenham racecourse. The track is approximately 3 miles, (4,785 metres to be exact) and is run with twelve hurdles, the feature race on the third day of the festival is one of the leading events in the National Hunt season.

Everything you need to know about the Stayers Hurdle

The original Stayers Hurdle race took place in 1912 with a prize pool of approximately £100 with the name of the "Stayers Selling Hurdle"" with the winning horse being sold for half the prize pool after the race. The race has sporadically been canceled over the years due to the likes of World Wars, Foot & Mouth disease and even bad weather. However, the race went ahead in 2019 and 2020 despite worries regarding various health concerns. You'll see the race named a variation of things over time as the likes of Lloyds Bank, Bonusprint, Waterford Crystal and Paddy Power have all sponsored the event. However, the biggest change of the event was the name of the "World Hurdle" which it was changed to back in 2005.

  • Most successful horse Big Buck's – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Leading jockey Ruby Walsh – Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Nichols Canyon (2017)
  • Leading trainer Paul Nicholls– Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Leading owner The Stewart Family – Big Buck's (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) & Andrea & Graham Wylie – Inglis Drever (2005, 2007, 2008), Nichols Canyon (2017)

Stayers Hurdle FAQS

When is the Stayers Hurdle?

The race will be run on Thursday 14th March 2024 at the Cheltenham Festival.

What time is the Stayers Hurdle?

The race will be run at 3.30pm.

How many obstacles will be jumped in the race at the Cheltenham Festival?

There are twelve hurdles to be jumped within this race and they will be tackled on the new course and of course, racing up the Cheltenham hill is almost an obstacle in itself!

How long is the Stayers Hurdle?

The race is run over a distance of three miles.

What is the prize money for the Stayers Hurdle?

The winner will take home a prize of approximately £182,000

Which races feed into the Stayers Hurdle?

Like all races at Cheltenham, the Stayers Hurdle has other Grade 1 races which act as feeder races, and these are the Christmas Hurdle and the Long Walk Hurdle.

What was the Stayers Hurdle previously called?

Before its rename, the race was also called the World Hurdle.

Who is the oldest winner of the Stayers Hurdle?

This accolade falls to Zarane in 1927, aged 13. But three horses aged 11, Waterford Glass II and Crimson Embers landed wins in the earlier years of the festival with Sire du Berlais rolling back the years to win the Stayers Hurdle at last year's festival.

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