Stayers Hurdle Ante-Post Odds: Back this 33/1 shot to make the frame

Paisley Park looks overpriced to win back his Stayers' Crown
Paisley Park looks overpriced to win back his Stayers' Crown

The co-feature race of day three of the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers Hurdle, and this year's renewal will see one of the most open looking races in recent memory. We have taken a look through the contenders after the entry stage and pick out an each-way player who looks overpriced...

The 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle was won in fine front running style by Gavin Cromwell’s progressive young hurdler Flooring Porter. Jockey Jonny Burke was luckless to pick up an injury prior to the big race aboard Cromwell’s charge, but an able deputy was found in Danny Mullins who picked up his maiden Cheltenham Festival win in the feature Grade One contest for hurdlers over staying distances.  Since that performance, Flooring Porter was pulled up at Punchestown behind 2022 Stayers’ Hurdle favourite Klassical Dream back in April 2021, before a more encouraging reappearance at Navan in November which saw him looking like the winner before a penultimate flight tumble. He has since been beaten again by Klassical Dream at Leopardstown, although the start to that race has been questioned by some. A return to Cheltenham could see Flooring Porter back to his best form and he cannot be ruled out of becoming the first horse to win back-to-back Stayers’ Hurdle at 6/1.

The aforementioned Klassical Dream tops the market at the moment at around 11/4, and despite his fragility it is clear to see why. He looked a horse with unlimited promise when pulling Ruby Walsh’s arms out in the 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle while still managing to win comfortably from the front. A disappointing start to the next jumping season saw Klassical Dream look like he had lost his way, but after a 487-day break Willie Mullins seemed to have worked his magic as the gelding reappeared at Punchestown over 3 miles, was backed off the boards and duly sauntered to an 8-length success. This confirmed his potential as a serious Stayers’ Hurdle contender and his more recent victory over Flooring Porter at Leopardstown only added credence to his favourite tag.

2022 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

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Flooring Porter
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Klassical Dream
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Champ
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Thyme Hill
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Home By The Lee
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Paisley Park
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Odds correct as of 2022-12-01 12:31 Odds subject to change.

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Second favourite at the moment for this race is a horse who certainly divides opinion, Champ. Entered for the Cheltenham Gold Cup as well as this race, Champ was an unbelievable winner of the 2020 RSA Chase, coming from the clouds to claim Minella Indo and Allaho in the shadow of the winning post. This was serious form as both the horses he bested went on to win open company Grade Ones at the 2021 Festival, but Champ was pulled up behind Minella Indo in the Gold Cup. His connections seem to be torn over what to do with him now, seemingly reluctant to give up on the Gold Cup dream but also aware of the leading chance he would have in the Stayers’ after his impressive victory in the biggest British trial over hurdles so far, the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot where he saw off Thyme Hill, Paisley Park and Thomas Darby. If he were a confirmed runner, 9/2 would make some appeal but it is best to wait for NRNB to become more commonplace in the market before backing Champ for Stayers’ glory.

The three horses behind Champ that day at Ascot all ran with some credit and should take their chance in this race, along with previous winner Lisnagar Oscar and two-time festival victor Sire Du Berlais. Another very interesting name in the entries is Buveur D’air, a seriously talented runner and dual Champion Hurdler back in 2018 and 2019. It is unclear whether he is an intended runner or was just entered as a back-up plan, but it would be interesting to see the veteran attempt staying trips.

Some horses entered such as Asterion Forlonge and Santini will surely stick to fences and so can be discounted for now, and there is then a plethora of horses further down the odds list who make little betting appeal as they simply do not have the class to match up with the market leaders.

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Cheltenham Festival Tips

When recommending an ante-post wager, one of the biggest factors has to be a confidence that the selection will appear on the day (obviously barring an unfortunate injury). Thankfully the selection is a horse we can be confident will be among the final field come March 18th, former champion PAISLEY PARK. He has not looked like the force of old for some time now, yet on his last run in the aforementioned Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot he showed flickers of his trademark style from his pomp when hitting his customary flat spot before rallying as the finishing post approached.

Granted, Emma Lavelle’s stable star is no spring chicken at 10 but he is by no means gone at the game judging by this effort. Cheltenham will surely suit his skill set more than Ascot ever could with its stiff finish. Coupling the course factor with the likely pace burn up in this race due to the presence of Klassical Dream and Flooring Porter, which Paisley Park will love, his odds of 33/1 compared to those of Thyme Hill at 6/1 (only 3 and ½ lengths ahead of him at Ascot) mean he is the value play each-way at this stage as he bids to reclaim the crown he won so impressively back in 2019.

2022 Stayers' Hurdle
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