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The Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle is a Grade 1 championship hurdle race..

The Stayers' Hurdle is the most prestigious 3 mile hurdle race in the whole calendar and is run for long distance hurdlers on the third day of the Cheltenham festival.

First Run in 1972 this is the race that all top class long distance hurdlers are aimed at all season.

The race is open to all horses of the age 4 years and over.

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The Stayers hurdle over 3 miles looks the most competitive championship race we have had with plenty in with chances.

Willie Mullins is again having a great festival and he sends Barcardys to the race. He has had a disappointing season so far and fell last time out. A lot to be taken on faith.

Two runs and two wins for Donna’s Diamond. Will act on the ground and beat the smart Agrapart who was very good at Cheltenham the race before. Takes a big step up in class here but is a massive price.

L’Ami Serge is a good horse who loves soft ground. Has a lot in his favour from the best Festival trainer.

Lil Rockafeller ran a cracker to finish 2nd last year. His massive price does not reflect his chance.

Old Guard. Good horse who rarely runs a bad race. The ground may have gone against him and unproven at trip.

Penhill has his season debut in this race. Landed a touch first time out last season here in the novice hurdle. Connections like a punt so any move in price should not be ignored.

Sam Spinner. Many good judges pick for the race and will start short if not fav. Done nothing wrong and from a small stable. Great potential will handle ground and stays this trip. Everything in his favour today and looks the likely winner.

Supersundae, winner of the Irish champion hurdle. Good horse but stamina doubts in this ground.

The New One. Most popular horse in race and could have a good chance now having been upped in trip. Strong chance at a good price.

The Worlds End. Needs to improve and would prefer better ground.

Unowwhatimeanharry. Top class horse who started odds-on for this last year. Good chance and now coming in for support.

Wholestone. Good hurdler, coming into form, will stay and act on ground.

Yanworth. Good horse 7th in last year’s champion hurdle. Gets top jockey Barry Geraghty on board. Sure to run well.

Augusta Kate. Another for the Mullins yard. Will need to show improvement here and has been improving. 2nd last time behind yesterday’s 7l RSA winner Presenting Percy, look good form and could be something of a dark horse.

Colin’s Sister. Recent form not good enough and perhaps would like better ground?

Let’s Dance, significant improvement required and perhaps better ground.


No/Draw Form•Type Horse Age Weight Trainer/Owner Jockey BHA Rating
1 11P1-3F • GELDING Bacardys (FR) 7 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins R. Walsh 151
2 44/U4-11 • D • GELDING Donna's Diamond (IRE) 9 11st 10lbs Chris Grant Callum Bewley 146
3 1-21223 • GELDING L'Ami Serge (IRE) H 8 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Daryl Jacob 159
4 20-3162 • GELDING Lil Rockerfeller (USA) p 7 11st 10lbs Neil King Trevor Whelan 156
5 131541 • C • GELDING Old Guard (GB) 7 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 156
6 114112- • CD • GELDING Penhill (GB) 7 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 153
7 211-211 • GELDING Sam Spinner (GB) 6 11st 10lbs Jedd O'Keeffe Joe Colliver 164
8 412-321 • C • GELDING Supasundae (GB) 8 11st 10lbs Mrs J. Harrington Robbie Power 164
9 4-14221 • C • GELDING The New One (IRE) 10 11st 10lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 161
10 1F1-044 • GELDING The Worlds End (IRE) 7 11st 10lbs Tom George A. P. Heskin 152
11 131-123 • CD • GELDING Unowhatimeanharry (GB) T 10 11st 10lbs Harry Fry Noel Fehily 163
12 3-42612 • CD • GELDING Wholestone (IRE) 7 11st 10lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Aidan Coleman 161
13 D1-1F21 • C • GELDING Yanworth (GB) 8 11st 10lbs Alan King Barry Geraghty 163
14 211-111 • C • MARE Apple's Jade (FR) T 6 11st 3lbs Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 158
15 615-642 • MARE Augusta Kate (GB) 7 11st 3lbs W. P. Mullins David Mullins 145
16 15-1433 • D • MARE Colin's Sister (GB) 7 11st 3lbs Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan 150
17 124-F15 • C • MARE Let's Dance (FR) p 6 11st 3lbs W. P. Mullins Daniel Mullins 145



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