County Handicap Hurdle Odds

The County Hurdle is the second race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival and it takes place at 14:10 on Friday 15th March 2024.  Read More

Check out the latest County Hurdle odds and racecard for the race nearer the off, while our in-house team will have some of their best Cheltenham tips on the day of the race. We also give you help and guidelines on how to place a bet on the race with some leading betting sites, and also have an FAQ section that can help you learn more about the race.

About the County Hurdle

The County Hurdle is a handicap hurdle race on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival, Gold Cup Day, run over two miles and 179 yards. The race was traditionally the final race of the festival, but was switched to the second race on the card in 2009.

The County Hurdle was established in 1920 and has built up a reputation of being a difficult puzzle for punters to solve, something shown by the fact that only one outright favourite has won the race this century. The race was named in honour of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien between 1995-2016. Since 1992, the sponsors of the Imperial Cup have offered a bonus for any winner of the race who can follow up at the festival the following week, something which was won by the Martin Pipe-trained Blowing Wind in 1998.

Dan Skelton's Faivoir was a shock 33/1 winner of the County Hurdle as the outsider fended off Pied Piper in second, with Filey Bay back in third.

County Hurdle Key Trends

  • Two favourites have won in the last 10 renewals
  • Eight of the last 10 winners have been aged five or six years old
  • Six of the last 10 winners have been trained in Ireland
  • Six of the last 10 winners have carried less than 11st to victory

County Hurdle Tips

We display County Hurdle tips from our very own longshot specialist, Raceolly, plus the best and most respected tipsters from the Racing Post and national newspapers. These will be displayed on the above racecard from the evening before the race. In the meantime, visit our Cheltenham Tips section to view our latest antepost selections.


The Best Betting Sites To Bet On The County Hurdle

We take a look at some of the best betting sites to place a bet on the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Paddy Power - The Pros and Cons of Paddy Power for Betting on the County Hurdle

Paddy Power have a new sign-up offer of Bet £20 & Get It Back As Cash If It Loses. T&Cs Apply.

What we like:
  • Paddy Power offer competitive prices in this day four race
  • Paddy Power are offering SIX places in the each-way betting
What we don't:
  • Paddy Power are only BOG from 8am on day of race
bet365 - The Pros and Cons of bet365 for Betting on the County Hurdle

Bet365 bookmakers are offering new customers a sign-up deal of Bet £10 & Get £30 In Free Bets

What we like:
  • bet365 usually offer Best Odds Guaranteed once the final declarations are in for the Cheltenham Festival races
  • bet365 are offering SIX places in the each-way betting for the County Hurdle
What we don't:
  • bet365 can restrict winning punters
William Hill - The Pros and Cons of William Hill for Betting on the County Hurdle

William Hill have have a new sign-up offer of Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets, which can be used on the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

What we like:
  • William Hill are offering SIX places in the each-way betting
What we don't:
  • William Hill are usually Best Odds Guaranteed on the day of the race after 10am
Boylesports - The Pros and Cons of Boylesports for Betting on the County Hurdle

Boylesports are offering new customers a sign-up deal of Bet £10 Get £20 + £10 Casino Bonus, which can be used when placing a bet at the Cheltenham Festival.

What we like:
  • Boylesports are offering competitive prices on the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival
What we don't:
  • Boylesports are only offering five places in the each-way betting

How to bet on the County Hurdle

Here at we give you all the information on how to place at bet on the County Hurdle

Time Needed: 2 Minutes
Tools Needed: Laptop or Mobile
See which horses have been tipped
On the day of the race, the racecard on this page will display tips from all the top newspaper tipsters plus our own in-house experts.
Compare odds
Use the grid on this page to compare the odds from the top UK bookmakers.
Check out the best bookmaker offers
Click the Free Bets icon in the top right of your screen to compare the sign-up offers from the leading UK bookmakers.
Sign up and deposit
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Previous Winners Of The County Hurdle

Year Winner Winning Jockey Winning Trainer Starting Price Weight
2023 Faivoir Bridget Andrews Dan Skelton 33/1 10-7
2022 State Man Paul Townend Willie Mullins 11/4 Fav 11-1
2021 Belfast Banter Kevin Sexton Peter Fahey 33/1 10-0
2020 Saint Roi Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins 11/2 Fav 10-13
2019 Ch'tibello Harry Skelton Dan Skelton 12/1 11-5
2018 Mohaayed Bridget Andrews Dan Skelton 33/1 10-8
2017 Arctic Fire Paul Townend Willie Mullins 20/1 11-12
2016 Superb Story Harry Skelton Dan Skelton 8/1 10-12
2015 Wicklow Brave Paul Townend Willie Mullins 25/1 11-4
2014 Lac Fontana Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls 11/1 10-11
2013 Ted Veale Bryan Cooper Tony Martin 10/1 10-6

Frequently Asked Questions About The County Hurdle

When is the County Hurdle?

The race takes place at 14:10 on Friday 17th March 2023.

Where can I watch the County Hurdle

Watch the race live on ITV1 and Racing TV which also offer options to stream the race via their streaming services. 

Alternatively, most bookmakers offer a free live horse racing stream allowing you to watch the race after you've placed a bet.

Who is the most iconic winner of the County Hurdle?

A particularly memorable winner of the County Hurdle was the Philip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster, who won the race back in 2002. Although he was a regular in some of the top handicap hurdle races, Rooster Booster was something of a late bloomer, making the breakthrough on the big stage when winning the County as an eight-year-old. Having held his own in Grade 1 company when fourth in the Aintree Hurdle on his next start, Rooster Booster continued on an upward trajectory the following season, winning his first five starts of the campaign, culminating in the 2003 Champion Hurdle. Rooster Booster went close to sealing back-to-back wins in the Champion Hurdle, finishing second in the 2004 renewal, and his final start came when finishing down the field in the 2005 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham - before being given a well-deserved retirement.

Are there any trials for the County Hurdle?

There are no specific trial races for the County Hurdle, though there are some regular routes which contenders take to the race, with the most obvious being the previous week’s Imperial Cup at Sandown - with a bonus available for any horse able to win both races. It is also useful to keep an eye on valuable handicap hurdle races throughout the season, such as the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Who is the most successful jockey in the County Hurdle?

The most successful jockey in the County Hurdle (since 1946) is Ruby Walsh, who has ridden the winner of the race on four occasions, courtesy of Sporazene (2004), Desert Quest (2006), American Trilogy (2009), and Final Approach (2011).

Who is the most successful trainer in the County Hurdle?

The most successful trainer in the County Hurdle (since 1946) is Willie Mullins, with six wins each. Mullins’ four wins in the race came courtesy of Thousand Stars (2010), Final Approach (2011), Wicklow Brave (2015), Arctic Fire (2017), Saint Roi (2020) and State Man (2022). 

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Steve Chambers is the Content Manager of and with over ten years experience writing about horse racing, he's built up a fountain of knowledge on the 'Sport of Kings'. Holding a degree in Sports Journalism from Staffordshire University, the West Country-based man has worked with a number of notable racing freelancers down the years to provide informative and entertaining content. Incorporating his excellent knowledge of the betting world, his content can provide some terrific statistical analysis around big meetings such as the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, and all this culminates with him producing thoughtful, engaging content on a day-to-day basis. A real focal point of the team, his attention to detail in covering all things racing is of an extremely high standard.
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