Champion Bumper 2022 Entries: Facile Vega and American Mike ready for duel

Facile Vega looks the one to beat in the Champion Bumper
Facile Vega looks the one to beat in the Champion Bumper

The Champion Bumper is always a polarizing race at the Cheltenham Festival with some salivating at the prospect of the best youngsters clashing before embarking on their novice hurdling campaign, while others would prefer to see the bumper stars sent straight over timber. This year’s entries are packed full of potential again and we’ve taken a look through them all…

The Irish have a formidable record in the Champion Bumper on Day Two of the Cheltenham Festival and it’s that man Willie Mullins once again who is responsible for the favourite at this stage in Facile Vega. A fiendishly impressive winner when last seen at Leopardstown, the five year old gelding was hoisted to the top of the market and seems to lead Mullins’ formidable bumper battalion.

His chief market rival American Mike has also been entered and will look to follow in the footsteps of Sir Gerhard last year in starting second favourite but coming home in first place in a battle of the two big guns. Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd have spoken glowingly about American Mike on multiple occasions and both have stated they would not swap him for anything else in the race so the clash certainly is mouthwatering.

Designs 90366bauglobalvi992x110uk_1

Willie Mullins is responsible for nine of the twenty nine entries in this season's Champion Bumper and the next entrant in the market behind the 'Big Two' is Redemption Day. He has only been seen once on a racecourse but there was a lot to like about his four and a half length success at Leopardstown back on 28 December 2021. Patrick Mullins seems to be enamoured with this horse and predictably is keeping his cards close to his chest over which of the Mullins squad he will ride. It would be a huge shock were he not to ride the favourite but he could be swayed by the claims of Redemption Day, or indeed Mercurey. A stunning looking horse sporting the Ricci silks, he has like his stablemate only been seen once and that was in a smooth success at Gowran Park in late January.

It is not all about the Closutton crowd however, as there are a few home team challengers with Cheltenham course form. One such runner will be Mullenbeg for Milton Harris, who won at 8/1 at the end of January at HQ in the style of one with far more to come both in the bumper and hurdling spheres. Fergal O'Brien is notorious for bumper success and has another course winner in Poetic Music entered up for the most prestigious of prizes in this discipline. At best price of 25/1 he is not without place claims.

Mullins has another well fancied runner in James's Gate who has been nibbled for this race all winter and is now best priced 10/1, while his Madmansgame is yet another who is worth consideration for the shortlist following an impressive debut. Top Dog is an interesting entrant for Emma Lavelle and the gelding is one of the more experienced runners in the race.

 

Designs 90366bauglobalvi992x300uk_1
Cheltenham Tips
Advert Disclaimer
Horseracing.net is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Horseracing.net accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.

Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets

#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after  settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after  the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Bet £20 & Get It Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses
#AD New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Money Back As Cash Up To £20
#AD Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Deposit £10 Get £30 Free Bets (APP Only)
#AD New UK, IE & Malta users only. Min. £10/€10 first deposit only using Debit Card or Trustly. Free bets expire in 90 days. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £20 In Free Bets
#AD Min stake £10. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). First bet only. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. Online UK customers only. 30 days to qualify for £20 in Free Bets. 18+. T&Cs apply
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Get £36 In Free Bets
#AD Offer includes a free £1 Race Index spread bet to try out our exciting 50-25-10 race markets. Bet with live streaming on all racing and greyhounds! Place a qualifying £25 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. A first free £5 fixed odds bet will be credited upon settlement of the qualifying bet. 4 x following £5 free fixed odds bets will be added to your account on consecutive days. BeGambleAware.org. 18+. T&Cs apply
£25 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £25 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins on Asgard Warriors. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Latest racing results
York
16:00
1stWalbank
2ndBeautiful Sunrise
3rdMinnesota Lad
Fakenham
15:52
1stFine By Her
2ndPost No Bills
3rdMilanese Rose
Curragh
15:45
1stHomeless Songs
2ndTuesday
3rdConcert Hall
View All Today's Results