15:30 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips & Odds – Cheltenham Festival 17th March 2022

A look at Thursday's Stayers' Hurdle Grade 1 action from the Cheltenham Festival

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The final Grade 1 action for Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival brings the Stayers’ Hurdle tips into focus.

This is a top-class hurdles contest at a distance of 3m, bringing the spotlight around to those long-distance hurdles.

We have seen some big names land this race down the years including the likes of Big Bucks and Thistlecrack.

This year’s renewal of the Stayers’ Hurdle looks wonderfully competitive and our betting excerpts will be looking through the field.

We will study the latest form and odds to pull together the best Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2022.

Stayers’ Hurdle Racing Odds

Flooring Porter 7/2
Klassical Dream 4/1
Thyme Hill 9/2
Champ 5/1
Royal Kahla 6/1
Paisley Park 7/1
Lisnagar Oscar 33/1
Home By The Lee 40/1
Song For Someone 50/1
Koshari 80/1

* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power)

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Stayers’ Hurdle Race Details Cheltenham Festival

  • Grade 1
  • 4-year-olds plus
  • 10 declared runners
  • 3m
  • Going: Soft


FAV in Stayers’ Hurdle Racing Odds

FLOORING PORTER is the current 7/2 favourite in Stayers’ Hurdle betting at the Cheltenham Festival 2022* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

He is back for a defence in this race after winning the 2021 renewal. He had made some sharp progress to get that win done.

This season things have not gone quite so well for him, however.

Flooring Porter fell on his seasonal reappearance and then was touched off by Klassical Dream in a Grade 1 December effort.

Flooring Porter was still well clear of anyone else behind him in that contest.

The return to Cheltenham where he dominated things last year could well revive him enough.


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Stayers’ Hurdle Betting Contenders

KLASSICAL DREAM needs to be respected as well for this one after that score at Leopardstown in December.

He is another in this field who has previous Cheltenham Festival winning experience. There was a 2019 Supreme Novices score for Klassical Dream.

Klassical Dream added a couple of further Grade 1 wins to his tally last year.

He wasn’t as hot last time out, but is good enough to bounce back and pose a major threat.

ROYAL KAHALA could pose a big threat in this race as well because she is on an upward curve right now.

She is moving nicely through the ranks now with a Grade 3 success followed by her win at the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle in January.

This trip could potentially bring even more out of Royal Kahala.

Conditions could be in her favour as well and is one to consider at 6/1* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

CHAMP is certainly no forlorn hope in this one. The 2020 RSA Chase winner has continued with some good form over the timbers this season.

Champ opened with a score in the Long Walk and then followed that up well with a runner up spot here in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle. He can’t be ruled out.

THYME HILL is likely going to be another of the big players as well. He was runner up to Champ in the Long Walk back in December.

Thyme Hill, who has a good hurdles record, returns from having had a break since then.

He comes in at a quote of 9/2 in Stayers’ Hurdle betting* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

The rest of the runners Stayers’ Hurdle Cheltenham 2022

HOME BY THE LEE has taken back to back runner up spots. He was well clear of everyone else when second to Royal Kalaha in a Grade 2 at Gowran Park on the latest. This will demand more.

KOSHARI claimed a win in November on his yard debut. That was when he outran his massive 80/1 odds in an Aintree Handicap. This is a much bigger task, however.

LISNAGAR OSCAR was third in the course and distance Cleeve Hurdle back in January.

He did claim the 2020 renewals of the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Festival but there’s not enough in his current form that suggests a repeat.

PAISLEY PARK rattled off another Cleeve Hurdle win at the course and distance in January, getting the better of Champ.

He is a former Stayers’ Hurdle winner and has been in resurgent form this season so warrants place claim respect.

SONG FOR SOMEONE is a smart hurdler but hasn’t quite kicked on enough this season per the timbers to suggest that he has this in him.

Last 10 Stayers’ Hurdle Winners at the Cheltenham Festival

Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Flooring Porter 12/1 Danny Mullins Gavin Cromwell
2020 Lisnagar Oscar 50/1 Adam Wedge Rebecaca Curtis
2019 Paisley Park 11/8F Aidan Coleman Emma Lavelle
2018 Penhill 12/1 Paul Towned Willie Mullins
2017 Nichols Canyon 10/1 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Thistlecrack 1/1F Rom Scudamore Colin Tizzard
2015 Cole Harden 14/1 Gavin Sheehan Warren Greatrex
2014 More Of That 15/2 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O’neill
2013 Solwhit 17/2 Paul Caberry C Byrnes
2012 Big Buck’s 5/6F Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls

About the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

The Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival is a Grade 1 race that is open to horses that are at least 4 years old.

Fillies and mares can claim a 7lb allowed for the contest which is held at a distance of 3 miles.

There are 12 hurdles in the race and it’s the top race of its kind at this distance on the National Hunt calendar, so it is a big deal.

It was back in 1912 that the Stayers’ Hurdle was first hosted and it has had some name changes because of sponsorship throughout the year.

Stayers’ Hurdle Trends

For the next part of this Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Preview 2022, we are going to dive into some of the trends surrounding the event. To do that, we cast an eye back over the last 20 editions of this Grade 1 fixture.

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Trainer Statistics

The all-time leading trainer of the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle is Paul Nicholls who has landed four winners.

That having been said the last time one of his got home successful was back in 2012 when the brilliant Big Buck’s delivered the score.

Big Buck’s incidentally is the most successful horse ever in the history of the race with four victories.

Since then, the only trainer to have won the race twice is Willie Mullins in 2017 and 2018 consecutively.

Jonjo O’Neill is the only other trainer to have won the fixture twice in the last 20 renewals.

Nicky Henderson surprisingly has failed to record a winner from 16 previous entered runners.

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Jockey Statistics

No currently active jockey has won the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on more than one occasion in the last 20 years.

The all-time leading jockey is Ruby Walsh who won it five times before retiring and four of those were with Big Bucks.

Other Key Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Trends

Next are some other trends for the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle betting landscape for 20222.

The last three winners have been Irish-bred horses, but in the last decade, 6 of the 10 winners were from British yards.

Only twice in the last eight renewals of the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle has the favourite on the day been outside of the top three.

Each of the last 20 renewals was won by a horse who had scored a Graded race last time out and had had between 2-5 placings for the preceding year of action.

The last 20 renewals were also won by a horse that had previously won at least Grade 2 record before and was aged between 6-year-olds and 9 year old.

None had had their previous run at Gowran, Navan or Sandown before landing the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.


Stayers’ Hurdle Trends Cheltenham Festival

  • There has been 3 winning favourites in the last 10 renewals
  • Willie Mullins is the leading trainer with 2 wins in the last 20 renewals
  • No active jockey has won the race more than once
  • Had placed between 2-5 times in the last 12 months 20/20
  • The last win recorded was in Grade race 20/20
  • Was not at Gowran, Navan or Sandown last time out 20/20
  • Was between 6 and 9 years old winning the Stayers’ 20/20
  • Had not been beaten by more than 16l last time out
  • Had previously placed in a Grade 1 19/20
  • A top-two finish had been record within 3 starts 19/20


Stayers’ Hurdle Tips & Predictions Cheltenham Festival 2022

ROYAL KAHALA could be chanced at 6/1 in Stayers’ Hurdle betting 2022* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

She hasn’t put a foot wrong over the timbers this season and is progressing at a rate of knots.

This is the toughest challenge that she has faced, but she could be up to it.

FLOORING PORTER needs a little revival not having been in the winner’s circle from the last three efforts.

But he was such a big performer in last year’s renewal and is a top-class hurdler regardless, he warrants respect at 7/2* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

THYME HILL is the final shortlisted selection for the Stayers’ Hurdle tips at 9/2* (odds recorded at 18:28 GMT on March 15th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

He appeared to be warming up nicely with a runner up spot in the Long Walk in December. Thyme Hill does have a good hurdles record and from fresh could put things together.

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