Stayers’ Hurdle Tips and Betting Offers, Cheltenham Festival Day Three, Thursday 14th March 2019
A record breaking 23 Irish horses featured among the 51 entries for this year’s edition of the Stayers’ Hurdle, formerly known as the World Hurdle. Willie Mullins, the winning trainer of the last two renewals, was responsible for nearly half of them, a clear sign he’s seeking more glory in this three mile contest. He’s got every reason to take the race seriously too. It stands as the leading long-distance hurdles event in the country and is valued at a hefty £325,000.
A recent spell of heavy rain combined with predicted strong winds on Thursday makes this Stayers Hurdle renewal a particularly challenging one. Battling the elements, 18 horses will seek glory across three miles and over 12 hurdles. The Cheltenham obstacles have already brought down big names such as Buveur D’Air and they’ll be particularly unforgiving against any tired legs in this contest.
Stayers’ Hurdle Betting Tips 2019
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Supasundae To Win at 8/1 with William Hill
- Top Notch Each Way at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
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Stayers’ Hurdle Tips
One horse who should have no problems dealing with the New Course hurdles is previous Cheltenham winner Paisley Park. His last appearance at the elite racecourse saw him claim a surprisingly easy victory in the Cleeve Hurdle. Some useful names were in the mix for the three mile contest but Emma Lavell’s horse brushed them aside with a powerful finish. While conditions weren’t testing that day, the Stayers’ Hurdle favourite did win the Grade 1 JLT Hurdle at Ascot on soft going. Some brilliant strides forward have been made this season but odds of 7/4 (BetVictor) are too short for a horse that is still lacking in experience.
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Unable to boast the same kind of form as the favourite is the veteran Faugheen (9/2, William Hill). It’s been far from an enjoyable season for the 11-year-old but you’d be foolish to write off his chances given his history. Only last April he beat the likes of Stayers’ Hurdle champion Penhill in the Champion Stayers’ Hurdle at Punchestown. He’s a horse that could well have another big race in him but he’s a big risk especially given he’s yet to appear since falling in December.
Super-Consistent: Supersundae for Super Thursday
Faugheen represents the wild card option but if it’s reliability you’re after, look no further than Supasundae (8/1, William Hill). The consistent gelding has been unable to hit the same highs as some of his rivals but he rarely puts a foot wrong. In each of his last eight starts he’s finished in the top two, three times beaten only by the highly regarded Apple’s Jade. With Gordon Elliot’s mare having already featured in the Festival, Supasundae stands a fine chance of success here. He ran a credible second in this race last year on soft ground and should relish the trip back up to three miles.
There have been enough surprises at the Cheltenham Festival already to suggest another one is easily possible here. A dip into the each market should be considered as a result, and for this Top Notch makes for the most appealing selection.
He represents fine value for money at 14/1 (Ladbrokes) given that he finished a respectable third to Paisley Park in the JLT Hurdle at Ascot. Nicky Henderson’s horse showed plenty of stamina that day and looks capable of dealing with the testing conditions Cheltenham will throw his way on Thursday.