There are plenty of important horse races that take place at Cheltenham, and the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle is one of the most popular.
It’s a big part of the Cheltenham Festival, a series of races and chases that take place at the racecourse each March. There are around twelve jumps to make across the whole of the race, making it not one for the faint of heart!
Are you looking for Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle odds? Take a look at our rundown of the event below and find out more about why it’s always worth hunting down odds for the race.
Who Runs in the Stayers’ Hurdle?
The Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle is open to a variety of horses! It’s open to horses aged at least four years old, with a weight class starting at 11st 0lb. It’s called the Stayer’s Hurdle not only as a result of the hurdles in play, but as a result of the length of the race!
More Race Details
- The Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle runs for around three miles, making it one of the longest of its kind in the Cheltenham Festival
- It takes place on the third day of the Festival each year
- The prize fund will vary, but the 2019 winner took home a prize of £182,878
- The total purse for 2019 came to £325,000
Betting on the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle
Are you looking to start betting on the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle? Plenty of odds and markets start opening up pretty early. You’ll also likely find it listed at most UK bookmakers and horse betting sites.
The Festival comes around each March, but sites will start listing for the Hurdle a few weeks before – as soon as runners and riders start publishing.
Tips for Betting
As far as tips for betting are concerned, the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle tends to be quite a varied field. Make sure to bet on the race as late as you can, so you know who the runners and riders are!
This method tends to work well if you are unsure of the horses and jockeys taking part. However, if you already know the form for many of the runners and riders, you might want to place a few bets earlier on. So it’s entirely up to you how you’d like to approach this Festival!
Do bear in mind that the closer you get to March, the more likely it is you will find special deals and offers which tie into all races and hurdles at the Festival itself. Therefore, it might make sense to hold off, at least for a while.
History of the Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle
The history of the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle is too long and varied to explain in full here! But it’s worth noting that it’s one of the oldest races in the Festival. It first took place in 1912!
However, it was removed from the listings a few times, and has changed hands in terms of sponsorship. As of the time of writing, Sun Racing oversees the race. It’s been sponsored by everyone from Bonusprint photography to Ryanair over the years!
The race actually used to see the winning horse sold for £50 at the end! Thankfully, things have moved on from there!
There have been plenty of big winners of the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle. The most-decorated horse of all time is Big Buck’s, who has won the race four times, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey here, having ridden Big Buck’s four times, and Nichols Canyon to victory back in 2017. It seems modern horses and riders tend to be the most prolific winners.
Why not give it a go yourself and have a bet on the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle race in 2020!
The World Hurdle was previously known as the Stayers Hurdle up until 2005 when Ladbrokes took over the sponsorship of the event and took its name, World Hurdle. Ladbrokes sponsorship ended in 2015 and Ryanair sponsored the race in 2016, Sun Bets then took the reins for two years up to 2018. The race has been sponsored by Sun Racing since 2019.
The race which is run at Cheltenham the home of National Hunt Racing is run over a distance of nearly three miles in the month of March at the annual festival.
The first-ever running of the race took place in 1912 at Prestbury Park and was won by the 11/10 favorite Aftermath, trained by Newey Hednesford and ridden by J.W Pullen. The winner was awarded a grand prize of £200, with £10 going to the runner up.
Most Successful Horse
With an unprecedented four consecutive wins between 2009-2012, no other horse comes close to Big Bucks. The record-breaking horses’ first win saw him overcome the Nicky Henderson trained Punchestown.
The 6/1 shot Big Bucks was head to head with the second-placed horse at the last and clattered the fence, but the horse’s signature stamina and expertise riding from Ruby Walsh, saw the horse home by one and three-quarter lengths.
The Ruby Walsh and Paul Nichols team struck again the following year as Big Bucks won the race for the second consecutive time. This time going off at odds on at 5/6 and traveling well throughout the race, it looked the winner quite a distance from home. Cantering approaching the last fence, the seven-year-old crashed through the final hurdle, but the mishap made little difference as jockey and horse pulled away from eventual runner up, Time For Rupert.
The hat trick was confirmed in 2011 when once again top jockey Ruby Walsh was onboard Big Bucks. Bookmakers were taking no chances as they sent the horse off as the 10/11 favorite. Not so clear cut as the two previous wins, as Grands Cruz put up a gallant fight towards the finish, but couldn’t find that little bit extra, and those short odds were justified when Big Bucks eventually crossed the line winning by one and three-quarter lengths.
Same horse, same jockey, same trainer and the same result, that was the record-breaking fourth consecutive World Hurdle victory. Bookmakers, now wise to the horses’ love for this race sent it off odds on favorite and once again Big Bucks lived up to his favorite tag. In the lead from two out, the eventual winner switched sides approaching the last and jumped the fence well.
It looked as though the eventual runner up Voler La Vedette might have it sewn up coming to the last, with the horse seemingly under no pressure and going well Big Bucks reign looked as though it might be over. The expertise of jockey Ruby Walsh and unquestionable stamina of the horse, saw the team pull out all the stops making their way up the hill winning by three-quarters of a length.
With his four victories on Big Bucks, Ruby Walsh has the honors the World Hurdles’ top jockey. The consecutive victories between 2009-2012 are not the only wins in the grade one National Hunt race.