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Cheltenham 2018 Stayers Hurdle Winner Odds & Predictions – March 15th, 2018

Yanworth to topple Supasundae in hurdles challenge

Cheltenham Festival

About the Stayers’ Hurdle

This is the big feature race of the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, a three-mile hurdle challenge that goes over the tough three-mile distance. The race is open to four-year-olds and older and goes across the Cheltenham new course. There are twelve hurdles along the way for the contenders to haul themselves over during the challenge. This used to be known as the World Hurdle and across its formats an even being dropped at one point from the Festival, it’s first running was back in 1912 when the winner walked off with £100 and the runners-up £10. There is currently a £275,000 purse on it.

2017 Stayers’ Hurdle Review

It was a success for Nichols Canyon last year as he produced a pretty strong finish after having looked off the pace a bit in the early stages. 2015 champion Cole Harden had torn the field open with a strong early pace but then he faded away with Lil Rockefeller heading things up. But it was Nichols Canyon who came through strongly to lead the run in and get the win on the board by three-quarters of a length. It had been Unowhatimeanharry who had gone off as the 5/6 favourite but could only manage third.

2018 Stayers’ Hurdle Preview

Supasundae was a winner at Cheltenham last year taking victory in the Coral Cup and he has come on pretty well since then. He took a win over Faugheen a Leopardstown in the Irish Champion Hurdle to set himself of this and that was one of three runs that he has taken this season. He has gone well but the other two outings both ended in defeat to the highly impressive Apple’s Jade one of them in the three-mile Christmas Chase. So will he be back up on his game after making the step back up in distance?

Sam Spinner is a serious contender here as this is a rapidly improving horse. He has so far destroyed The Dutchman at Haydock in November for a victory and then took down L’Ami Serge by almost three lengths at Ascot in December in the Long Walk Hurdle. So he is one that should well be in the frame in what is a pretty competitive field for the 2018 Stayers Hurdle.

Unowhatimeanharry is coming back from a decent break when he usually looks a bit better but it is hard to know just what he is going to deliver in his one after a comprehensive loss at Ascot on his previous return to Sam Spinner. The New One goes up to a three-mile challenge for the first time ever having not been able to deliver in the Champion Hurdle. It will be interesting to see how well he stays, he has always looked as if he has had a little more in him and therefore is a great witch way option.

L’Ami Serge has always managed to find a way to show up and challenge when she gets on the Cheltenham track but it looks to be a bit of a stretch to see the win come L’Ami Serge’s way. Penhill goes as the winner of last year’s Albert Barclays, the novices version of this race, but it’s a big step up in levels which will ultimately deny him, while Faugheen will go in the Champions Hurdle most likely

So what will Yanworth be able to come up with as one of the front-runners as 4/1 second favourite at bet365? It was a major misfire for him in the Champion Hurdle last year but he looks as if he can shape well over the bigger distance. An indeed took down Supasundae at Aintree at the distance last April. That’s two wins from four over the fences for him and carries form over from a win at the Dipper Novices’ Chase. He is arguably the best stayer in this whole field and has every chance of going well on the move to hurdles.

 

Stayers’ Hurdle Last 5 Winners

2013 Solwhit
2014 More Of That
2015 Cole Harden
2016 Thistlecrack
2016 Nichols Canyon

Stayers’ Hurdle Trends

  • Ruby Walsh has won five of the last nine editions
  • Paul Nicholls has trained four of the last nine winners
  • Two of the last four winners have been six-year-olds
  • The favourite has won two of the last three editions

Stayers’ Hurdle Odds*

Supasundae 7/2, Yanworth 4/1, Sam Spinner 5/1, Apple’s Jade 11/2, Penhill 8/1, The New One 9/1, Unowhatimeanharry 10/1, Barcardys 10/1 Wholestone 10/1, Faugheen 11/1, L’Ami Serge 11/1, La Bague Au Roi 14/1, 20/1 bar* (betting odds taken a 8:20 p.m. on 9th March, 2018).

Stayers’ Hurdle Predictions

Yanworth gets our nod for the win as there is so much to like about him. He is now a serious chase prospect and could well go comfortably well over this season as he was when he took out Supasundae at Aintree. He is a real prospect in this one the hurdles look to suit him more. He has form at Cheltenham as well and he looks a good selection. As for an each way option, take a look at La Bague Au Roi, she’s a good traveller and stayer and has more of a chance of landing something here than meeting Apple’s Jade in the Mares Hurdle.


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