Stayers Hurdle

The Stayers Hurdle is a Grade 1 race over three miles at the Cheltenham Festival.

The race was formerly known as the World Hurdle and is one of the top four ante-post betting races at the meeting.

Big Buck’s won this race for four successive seasons between 2009 and 2012, surpassing the record of three victories set by Inglis Drever (2005, 2007 and 2008).

Other notable winners include Crimson Embers (1982 and 1986), Baracouda (2002 and 2003) and Paisley Park (2019).

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Stayers Hurdle

The Race – Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle takes place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival in March. It is run over a distance of 3 miles with twelve hurdles jumped.

It is the main target for the top stayers in Britain and Ireland.

There have been several multiple winners of the race but no horse has managed to defend their crown since Big Buck’s claimed his record fourth successive victory at Cheltenham racecourse in 2012.

It is rare for a high-class two-mile hurdler to step up successfully to this marathon trip and the emphasis is firmly on stamina.

Famous Stayers’ Hurdle Winners & History

The Stayers Hurdle had humble beginnings having originally been run as a Selling Hurdle in 1912. It was replaced by the Spa Hurdle in 1946 before being given its current title in 1972.

The race was moved to its current Thursday slot at the Cheltenham Festival in 1993.

The race was sponsored by Ladbrokes between 2005 and 2015 and renamed the World Hurdle, reverting to the Stayers’ Hurdle in 2017.

Derring Rose was a popular winner in 1981 for Fred Winter and John Francome. He was a temperamental horse who had been known to refuse to race. He trailed the field early on but responded to Francome’s perseverance to gradually work his way through the field and win decisively.

There was drama in 1985 when 1982 winner Crimson Embers was badly hampered by stable companion Rose Ravine. Both horses were owned by Sally Smart and the result was left unaltered following a lengthy stewards’ enquiry. Crimson Embers reclaimed his title in 1986 at the age of eleven, the oldest winner in modern times.

Inglis Drever became the first three-time winner with victories in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He defeated the reigning champion, French-trained Baracouda (2002 and 2003), to record his first success. Inglis Drever was owned by Andrea and Graham Wylie, who also scored with Nichols Canyon in 2017.

Big Buck’s is the most prolific winner in the history of the race with four victories for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh. The horse returned to hurdling after unseating his rider in the 2008 Hennessy Gold Cup and would remain unbeaten for his next 18 races. He also won the Liverpool Hurdle four times but a serious injury at Newbury caused him to miss a year. He returned in the 2013-14 season and was retired after finishing fifth when attempting a fifth victory.

Key Stayers’ Hurdle Trials

The Cleeve Hurdle over course and distance in January is often the most significant trial for the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Six of the last twelve winners ran in the Cleeve Hurdle on their previous start. Cole Harden finished fourth in this race in 2015 before winning at the festival. Thistlecrack and Paisley Park won both races in 2016 and 2019 respectively. Paisley Park repeated his victory in 2020 but was beaten in the Stayers’ Hurdle behind 50-1 Lisnagar Oscar who had finished third in the Cleeve.

The Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (currently run as the Marsh Hurdle) in December has been won by six subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winners. Derring Rose, Baracouda, My Way De Solzen, Big Buck’s, Thistlecrack and Paisley Park all won the Long Walk and the Stayers’ Hurdle in the same season.

Willie Mullins took an unusual route with both Nichols Canyon (2017) and Penhill (2018). Nichols Canyon had fallen in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and was stepping up significantly in distance. Penhill had not raced for almost a year prior to winning here, although he did win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle over course and distance at the previous festival meeting.

Stayers Hurdle 2022 Odds

Stayers' Hurdle
  • Date: Thursday 16th of March 2023
  • Time: 15:30
  • Details: 9 Runners
Flooring Porter
State Man
Marie's Rock
Ashdale Bob
Fil Dor
Bardenstown Lad

Stayers’ Hurdle Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2012 Big Buck’s 9 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2013 Solwhit 9 Paul Carberry Charles Byrnes
2014 More Of That 6 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O’Neill
2015 Cole Harden 6 Gavin Sheehan Warren Greatrex
2016 Thistlecrack 8 Tom Scudamore Colin Tizzard
2017 Nichols Canyon 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2018 Penhill 7 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2019 Paisley Park 7 Aidan Coleman Emma Lavelle
2020 Lisnagar Oscar 7 Adam Wedge Rebecca Curtis
2021 Flooring Porter 6 Danny Mullins Gavin Cromwell
2022 Flooring Porter 7 Danny Mullins Gavin Cromwell

Stayers’ Hurdle Betting Trends

Lisnagar Oscar at 50-1 in 2020 was the longest-priced winner in the history of the race. It was the biggest shock since Anzum won at 40-1 for David Nicholson and Richard Johnson in 1999.

Favourites have a mixed record in recent years.

What are the betting trends for the Stayers' Hurdle

Big Buck’s started favourite for this last three victories here while Thistlecrack (2016) and Paisley Park (2019) were both strong market leaders. Paisley Park was rated the banker bet of the meeting by many shrewd judges in 2019 but his defeat in 2020 proved costly. Cole Harden (2015) was 14-1, Penhill (2018) 12-1 and Nichols Canyon (2017) 10-1.

Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle 2022 Tips

Here are our tips for the Stayers Hurdle in March 2022:

  •  2 points to win on THYME HILL with great odds of 9-2
  • 1 point each way for THOMAS DARBY with odds of 16-1

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Stayers’ Hurdle Stats

  • Two-thirds of recent winners had been successful on their last run before the Cheltenham Festival.
  • A similar percentage had won at least once at Cheltenham and all of them had raced at the track.
  • Three-quarters of winners had at least two previous outings over three miles or further.
  • All bar Penhill (2018) had raced twice or more during the current season.
  • Class is another key factor here with an official rating of 156 or higher usually required to win this race.
  • Horses aged between 6 and 8 have dominated.
  • Only nine-year-olds Inglis Drever (2008), Big Buck’s (2012) and Solwhit (2013) were able to win from outside this age range in recent times.

Top Trainers and Jockeys of the Stayers Hurdle

The four victories of Big Buck’s have left Paul Nicholls as the leading trainer in the history of the race.

He was owned by the Stewart family who share top owner honours with Andrea and Graham Wylie.

Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey with five victories having added to his four wins on Big Buck’s when riding Nichols Canyon to victory in 2017.

Betting on the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle 2022

The Ante-post market on the Stayers’ Hurdle is open throughout the year as well as other horse racing market betting for Cheltenham.

It is largely based on the outcome of the previous year’s race but a progressive stayer can shake up the market.

Paisley Park was still a 16-1 chance after winning the Long Walk Hurdle in 2019 and 6-1 immediately after winning the Cleeve Hurdle. He eventually returned a winning 11-8 favourite.

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Popular Questions

What distance is the Stayers Hurdle?

The distance of the Stayers Hurdle is 2 miles 7 furlongs and 213 yards.

What time does the Stayers Hurdle start?

The Stayers Hurdle starts at 15:30.

What date is the Stayers Hurdle?

The Stayers Hurdle takes place on Thursday the 17th of March 2022.


Summary of The Cheltenham Paddy Powers Stayers Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle is one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival and the feature race on the Thursday, ran over a distance of 3 miles. 

Inglis Drever and Big Buck’s helped to raise the profile of the race which always has a lively ante-post market.

Thistlecrack (2016) and Paisley Park (2019) featured in plenty of Cheltenham bets and punters will be hoping to latch on to another staying star after last year’s 50-1 shock result.

It is one of our favourite races at the Festival and we cannot wait to see the [YEAR] renewal.

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