County Handicap Hurdle Tips 2022

Action from the Cheltenham Festival Day 4 line-up brings the County Handicap Hurdle tips into focus. This is the second race of Gold Cup day on Friday, and it is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle effort. It generally produces an exciting contest, and it’s one of those Cheltenham races where big odds come into play. Our experts are on hand to pick out some County Handicap Hurdle tips for 2022.


County Handicap Hurdle Potential Runners & Favourites

The fact that there have been a lot of winners of this race recently that have delivered the score at big odds, means that it’s worth looking down the market for County Handicap Hurdle tips. That’s while keeping some of those towards the front of the betting odds in mind too.

STATE MAN is one that has been well-supported at the head of the market for this contest. So, he warrants some respect for County Handicap Hurdle tips and the Willie Mullins-trained 5-year-old got off the mark at Limerick in February by a wide margin as a heavy favourite.

TOP BANDIT has shown plenty of encouragement in a hat-trick of hurdles successes. The first of those came at Cheltenham so you know he can handle the course.

COLONEL MUSTARD finished third behind Sir Gerhard and Three Stripe Life last time out so has to be taken seriously in this company. As does last weekends Imperial Cup winner SUPRISE PACKAGE.

Other contenders from the ante-post market in County Handicap Hurdle odds are WEST CORK, JESSE EVANS and I LIKE TO MOVE IT.


County Handicap Hurdle Confirmed Runners

Horse Silks Trainer/Jockey Odds
State Man Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Paul Townend
T: Willie Mullins
9/2
Top Bandit Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
13/2
West Cork Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
9/1
Suprise Package Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Kevin Sexton
T: Peter Fahey
9/1
I Like To Move It J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
10/1
Colonel Mustard Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Conor Orr
T: Lorna Fowler
11/1
My Mate Mozzie Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Kieren Buckley
T: Gavin Cromwell
14/1
Cormier Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Quinlan
T: Brian Ellison
16/1
First Street Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
18/1
Jesse Evans Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean Flanagan
T: Noel Meade
18/1
Gua Du Large Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
18/1
Broomfield Burg Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr
T: Nicky Henderson
18/1
Call Me Lyreen Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: R James
T: Gordon Elliott
20/1
Farout Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Brian Hayes
T: Willie Mullins
20/1
Tritonic Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: A P Heskin
T: Alan King
22/1
Tempo Chapter Two Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny Mullins
T: Willie Mullins
25/1
Irascible Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: B J Cooper
T: Henry De Bromhead
25/1
Tax For Max Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean O’Keefe
T: Willie Mullins
28/1
Felix Desjy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
28/1
Cask Mate Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Denis O’Regan
T: Noel Meade
28/1
Dysart Diamond Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Foley
T: Willie Mullins
28/1
Eclair De Beaufeu Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
33/1
Faivoir Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Bridget Andrews
T: Dan Skelton
33/1
Ballyadam Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Aidan Coleman
T:
Henry De Bromhead
33/1
Bua Boy Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: D G Hogan
T: Denis Gerard Hogan
40/1
Stepney Causeway Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Andrews
T: Dan Skelton
40/1
Up For Parol (RESERVE) Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: RESERVE
T: Jamie Snowden
50/1
Balko Saint (RESERVE) Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Chester Williams
T: Jane Williams
66/1

*Odds Correct as of 12pm 16/03/22*


How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The County Handicap Hurdle Race 

The County Hurdle is such a wide-open field, and that has proven to be the case year after year. There has been just one winning favourite land in the last ten editions of this Cheltenham Festival fixture. That was Saint Roi, who scored from 11/2 in the 2020 renewal.

All but two of the last ten winners have been at least a 10/1 quote, which is where the nudge towards some longer-odds fancies comes from. Extending things out further for winning prices in the County Handicap Hurdle, half of the last ten winners have been at least 20/1. 

2018 winner Mohaayed and last year’s winner Belfast Banter got their respective scores from a 33/1 SP.


County Hurdle Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

Year Favourite Horse* Winning Horse
2021 You Raised Me Up (10th) Belfast Banter (33/1)
2020 Saint Roi Saint Roi (11/2)
2019 Whiskey Sour (4th) Ch’tibello (12/1)
2018 Flying Tiger (16th) Mohaayed (33/1)
2017 Ivanovich Gorbatov (6th) Arctic Fire (20/1)
2016 Wait For Me (4th) / Great Field (PU) Superb Story (8/1)
2015 Princely Conn (13th) Wicklow Brave (25/1)
2014 Cheltenian (PU) Lac Fontana (11/1)
2013 Ifandbutwhynot (9th) / Cotton Mill (PU) Ted Veale (10/1)
2012 Citizenship (14th) Alderwood (20/1)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up


County Handicap Hurdle History & Present Time

The first time that the County Handicap was run was in 1920, and it held the spot as being the final race of the Festival for a long time. But the order was shaken up a bit in 2009, and the County Handicap was moved to the slot of being the second race on Friday’s list at the meeting. 

The County Handicap Hurdle is a distance of 2m 1/2f (approx), and it is for 5-year-olds and up, featuring eight hurdles. Aside from a few absences because of weather, it has been a permanent fixture at the Cheltenham Festival since being inaugurated.


County Handicap Hurdle Jockey & Trainer Records

There has not been a horse that has won the County Handicap more than once throughout the race’s rich history. The top jockey holding the record for the most wins is Ruby Walsh, who rode four winners home in his career – the last of those was the Final Approach in 2011.

Two currently active jockeys have won the County Hurdle twice – they are Paul Townend and Harry Skelton. 

When it comes to picking out the leading trainers, three have landed the County Hurdle at least three times in the last 20 renewals. They are Dan Skelton, Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins, the latter two having taken four successes each.


Tips for all the other races on Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival

TIME RACE
1:30 JCB Triumph Hurdle Tips See Preview
2:10 County Handicap Hurdle Tips See Preview
2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips See Preview
3:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips See Preview
4:10 Foxhunter Steeple Chase Tips See Preview
4:50 Mrs Paddy Power Mares Chase Tips See Preview
5:30 Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap Hurdle Tips See Preview