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THE STAYER'S HURDLE

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Grade 1 Class 1 Championship Hurdle
over 2 Mile 7 Furlongs 213 Yards

 

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THE RACE

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The 2020 Paddy Power 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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2020 Race Conditions For 4yo+, which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered . Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Handicapper shall be final. Weights 4yo 11st; 5yo+ 11st 10lb



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LIST OF RUNNERS

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Number Form Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1   1201-32 • GELDING Ask Dillon (IRE) p 7 11st 10lbs Fergal O'Brien Paddy Brennan 141
2   F6-2124 • GELDING Bacardys (FR) 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins 157
3   111-6P2 • C • GELDING City Island (IRE) T WS 7 11st 10lbs Martin Brassil Mark Walsh 153
4   2/2135-2 • D • GELDING Donna's Diamond (IRE) 11 11st 10lbs Chris Grant Thomas Dowson 145
5   1112-61 • D • GELDING Emitom (IRE) 6 11st 10lbs Warren Greatrex Gavin Sheehan 153
6   301/0-20 • GELDING L'Ami Serge (IRE) 10 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Daryl Jacob 155
7   3-230F3 • D • GELDING Lisnagar Oscar (IRE) 7 11st 10lbs Rebecca Curtis Adam Wedge 146
8   1111-11 • CD • GELDING Paisley Park (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs Emma Lavelle Aidan Coleman 169
9   12/-6322 • CD • GELDING Penhill (GB) 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 156
10   11-1224 • GELDING Ronald Pump (GB) H T 7 11st 10lbs Matthew J. Smith B. J. Cooper 156
11   4-61F12 • C • GELDING Summerville Boy (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs Tom George Jonathan Burke 156
12   111142 • D • GELDING The Jam Man (IRE) 7 11st 10lbs Ronan M. P. McNally Sean Flanagan 150
13   221-134 • CD • GELDING Tobefair (GB) 10 11st 10lbs Debra Hamer Tom Bellamy 153
14   21U3P4 • C • GELDING West Approach (GB) p 10 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Harry Cobden 149
15   3-5231P • C • MARE Apple's Jade (FR) B T 8 11st 3lbs Gordon Elliott Richard Johnson 157



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THE 2020 RACE

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Paisley Park. Is the best horse in the race. He was unbeaten last season and took this race with some ease. He is unbeaten in his two runs this season beating Thistlecrack at Newbury and then beating Summerville Boy at this course in January's Cleeve Hurdle. He is full of clas, ell fancied and stats at odd-on for the race. He is seen as many people banker of the meeting and because of his connections will be a very popular win or lose.

Summerville Boy is a top-class long-distance chaser. He was second to Paisley Park in his last race where he made a mistake at the last. He only went down by just under two length and would have been closer to the winner but for the mistake, but looked unlikely that day to get the better of him. If anything does not go right for Paisley Park then he should be there to pick up the spoils.

Emitom was very disappointing first time out at this course in January finishing last of six in the Relkeel hurdle behind Summerville Boy he made up for it in his next run winning the Rendelshan in good style ay Haydock. He made jumping mistakes in both those races and that is a worry here. At 6 years old he is still learning his trade but could run well in a competitive race, for the places.

Penhill was second in this race two seasons ago behind Supasundae. After going to Aintree a month later he was not seen for over 500 days due to injury. Since coming back he has been improving all the time. His run where he finished 2nd to the very smart Benie Des Dieux was optimistic although he was a long way behind. He then looked better in a Grade 2 at Naven. If back to his best and is the winner does not perform he could be the one to produce a shock.

City Island took the scalp of the much-fancied Champ in last seasons Ballymore at the festival. He then ran lack-lustre in the early summer and was put away. He was tried chasing in his first run of the season but he made mistakes along the way. He was better in his last race, another novice chase, but was a long way behind the winner. Not without a chance of making the frame based on his festival run last season.

Barcardys was 6th last season but fell the season before, however, he has looked much better in his runs this season. He was a long way winner 1st time out where he had the smart Apple's Jade in behind. He ran well in his second race with the same horse behind him but was second behind the very smart unbeaten mare Honeysuckle. Both of these runs were a half a mo=ile short of this trip and when last time out he ran over the 3mile trip Apple's Jade overturned here earlier defeat by him. looks better at shorter distances therefore there a better place options here.

Apple's jade is something of an enigma. Her Cheltenham career started back in 2016 where she was a good second in the Triumph Hurdle. The following year she won the Mares Hurdle. She was then beaten in the same race the following year at odds on but came up against a very smart horse. Last season she came out with all guns blazing as took four races on the bounce before turning up in the Champion Hurdle as the favourite. She was very disappointing that day. This is the problem with Apple's Jade. When she's good she's very good but often she just runs poorly. She can't really be trusted to put here best foot forward. Getting the Mares allowance if she has one of her top days she could go close but is unpredictable. However, in a race where there are questions about so many of the runners, Except Paisley Park, she is a very big price in the race and might be worth an each-way punt.

Ronald Pump has been chasing and hurdling this season. He is a good horse but looks just below this class. Coming into form but has to improve a fair bit.

L'Ami Serge is a consistent sort of horse who these days seems to run better on the flatter tracks. His recent record at Cheltenham is not really good enough for this race as he showed with another below-par run in the Cleeve Hurdle back in January.

Lisnagar Oscar is a young improving horse who's form up until his last run did not look good enough for this race, however, his 3rd behind Paisley Park in the Cleeve hurdle here will give connections some hope. He was going well for most of the race before two out and then just lost some steam. That came on the back of a fall 14 days before. I suspect that he is better than his bare for would have us believe and he is a great price to run into a place.

Tobefair like the course here and that is in his favour. He always runs well here and was 4th in the Cleeve hurdle where he was held up but was one of the first to get going. This does not normally go well but he stayed on really well for fourth. Unlikely to be improving so that may have been his run. Could get left behind early in the race and could find catching back pace difficult at the pace this race will be run at.

The Worlds End was pulled up in the RSA chase at last years festival and has now gone back over hurdles. He is a really good horse but looks one-paced at the end of his races. Given that Paisley Park has a turn of foot at the end of his races this is not good for this horse. I suspect he will run well and may pass tired horses at the tail end.

West Approach runs in and out and this must be frustrating for connections as well as punters. He does stay and has been chasing this season. He was pulled up in the Welsh Grand National. He would be a surprise winner.

The Jam Man is a young horse that has many miles on the clock. He looks to have plenty on his plate here today and can't be fancied.

Donna's Diamond is an 11-year-old mare who ran 2nd to Emitom last time out. That was a good effort but she does not look good enough for this race.

Ask Dillon is a nice young horse but will have to improve too much on what we have seen so far.

The Mighty Don has been in poor form this season and comes here on the back of two falls in chases. Now back to hurdles but confidence may have taken a knock.

Selections Paisley Park **Specials Ronald Pump and Lisnagar Oscar (without fav).**

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THE FULL RESULT

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This will be updated after the race.

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STEWARDS REPORT

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This will be updated after the race.





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