March 16 / 15.30 Cheltenham

15.30

Soft

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £197695.65
  • 2m 7f 213y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

50/1 (Won)

Form: -455P4 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
11yo who hasn't been at his best on his four runs since November; however, he was a fair fourth in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle over an inadequate 2m5f at Navan last month and was as good as ever as recently as last April, beating Flooring Porter to win a Grade 1 at Aintree (3m, good to soft); has an excellent record at the Cheltenham Festival, with Pertemps Final wins in 2019 and 2020 (including on soft) and a fine second in the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle; no surprise to see a big performance now back up in trip and back here.
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11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sire Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Now a 12yo and can't keep going forever; has run just once this season, when soundly beaten in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month, but that same 2m5f contest was used as his prep outing prior to his 33-1 win in this race last season (soft); followed up Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree (3m, good to soft); has an excellent record at the Festival, with form figures reading 411201, and no surprise if he plays a leading role once more.

12/1

Form: 19-611 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict
9-1 for last season's Champion Hurdle when tailed off and reportedly unsuited by the good to soft going (although he won a Grade 3 on yielding ground earlier last season); 2-2 this term having been upped in trip, winning the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m3f, soft) then the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran (3m, soft to heavy); did it easily last time and he's a leading contender granted suitable ground.
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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Favourite for this last year (soft) when close third behind Sire Du Berlais and Dashel Drasher; not quite at his best next time when 3l fourth in Grade 1 Champion Stayers at Punchestown; has run just once this season, when showing very classy form to win the Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in December for the second successive season; only seven and may be a stronger sort than 12 months ago, which could enable him to come out on top.

7/4

1st

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Teahupoo

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders on outer, headway and disputed lead before 2 out, ridden and led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/4

4th

8

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Teahupoo

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy hurdler over 2m but showed improved form raised in trip this season; beat Klassical Dream and Honeysuckle in the Grade 1 Hattons Grace over 2m4f before hammering Summerville Boy in the Galmoy Hurdle up to this trip; a close third to Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers' Hurdle last time and a serious chance today.

5/2

Form: P-1222 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
Won the Grade 1 Ascot Chase in February 2021 and both subsequent wins have come over hurdles; creditable second in Grade 2 hurdle race here the last twice, most recently behind Gold Tweet in the Cleeve over C&D, but it seems likely this front-runner will again come up short.
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7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Close second in the 2023 Stayer's Hurdle at Cheltenham but didn't fare nearly so well in the latest running of that prize and he was a distant sixth in this contest 12 months ago; although a good stayer on his day, he's not the percentage call.

16/1

7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

led narrowly or disputed lead, raced in second when headed after 4th, hit 8th, lost position after 10th, weakened gradually from 3 out

16/1

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Dashel Drasher

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Ran a stormer at 40-1 when close second to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year (soft); in solid form this term, winning the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury (3m, good to soft) before making the frame in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot (3m, good) and Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft); he's 11 now and needs to build on this season's efforts, but his cause may be aided if he's back on soft ground; he's an each-way possible once more.

20/1

Form: 212-44 CD

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict
Not at the top of his game when fourth on both outings this term but it wasn't a bad run in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle when last seen and this race has brought out the best in him in each of the last two seasons, with commanding all-the-way wins (good to soft/soft); reportedly had a small setback in January but he's following the same route for the third consecutive season, with a break between the Christmas Hurdle and this race, and he'll be tough to catch if producing his peak form.
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5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Front-runner; had a spell over fences prior to his second in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) last month, taking his record in that race to 1142; placed in this contest for the last two years (second in 2022, third in 2023); solid claims.

3/1

5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead, led clearly after 4th, headed 3 out, weakened gradually after 2 out

3/1

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Flooring Porter

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made all in this in 2021 (good to soft) and 2022 (soft) and reverts to hurdles after some mixed chase form this season; not beaten far when fourth to Sire Du Berlais in this race last year but he wasn't at his peak in that campaign and needs to get back to his very best to regain his crown.

11/1

Form: 26-O11 D

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict
Only sixth in this race last season but has shown improved form this term, winning the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan (2m4f, yielding) and following up in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (3m, soft) in December last time out; has finished powerfully the last twice and the Cheltenham hill should play to his strengths; firmly in calculations.
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7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Home By The Lee

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Disappointing in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last time and on a comeback mission today; however, he won that same race by 3l last season and did well to finish a close fifth to Sire Du Berlais in this contest 12 months ago given his bad blunder at the sixth flight; best form on soft/yielding; might not be far away if returning to form now in blinkers.

12/1

5th

5

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

13:50 Leopardstown

Home By The Lee

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced lazily, jumped right on occasions, led at slow pace, not fluent when pushed along 9th

13/8

3rd

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:05 Navan

Home By The Lee

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

led, headed after 2 out

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: /111-1 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict
Won two Grade 2 novice hurdles here in late 2021, including over C&D when readily beating subsequent Grade 1 winner Gelino Bello; made it 4-4 over hurdles (on ground from soft-good) when defying 428-day layoff in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month; has reportedly had a setback since and the bounce factor is a concern on this second run back from a long absence, but here's a lot to like otherwise; has the potential to be a major player.
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2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Blazing Khal

11st 8lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

towards rear throughout, weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up after 2 out

11/8

6th

2

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Blazing Khal

11st 10lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Won two Grade 2 novice hurdles here in late 2021, including over C&D when readily beating subsequent Grade 1 winner Gelino Bello; made it 4-4 over hurdles (on ground from soft-good) when defying 428-day layoff in the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan last month; has reportedly had a setback since and the bounce factor is a concern on this second run back from a long absence, but here's a lot to like otherwise; has the potential to be a major player.

11/4

1st

2

12th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

14:40 Navan

Blazing Khal

11st 8lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

travelled strongly, held up in rear, headway 3 out, joined leader going best before last, led when ridden and stayed on after last, won going away

15/8

Form: 3-3121 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict
French challenger who relished the step up in trip when winning the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D (soft) in January on his first British start; travelled really well and could have more to offer given that he is unexposed over a staying distance; supplemented at a cost of £14,787 for this race and could be involved if conditions suit (unraced on good/good to soft ground).
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8th

5

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Gold Tweet

11st 10lb

J: Johnny Charron

T: Gabriel Leenders

French challenger who relished the step up in trip when winning the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D (soft) in January on his first British start; travelled really well and could have more to offer given that he is unexposed over a staying distance; supplemented at a cost of £14,787 for this race and could be involved if conditions suit (unraced on good/good to soft ground).

10/1

1st

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Gold Tweet

11st 2lb

J: Johnny Charron

T: Gabriel Leenders

travelled strongly, held up in last but in touch with leaders, smooth headway and went second 2 out, led after last, went clear final 110yds, ridden out

28/1

Form: 45-122 C

Last run: 102 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict
Won the Supreme Novices' here in 2019 and has added three staying Grade 1s more recently; neck second to Teahupoo in Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse in December and the subsequent break isn't an issue as he goes very well fresh; only fifth in this last year (soft) having travelled well and there's a suspicion he'll again be vulnerable to stronger stayers at this stiff track; better ground than 12 months ago would probably aid his cause.
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1st

6

23rd Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:10 Thurles

Klassical Dream

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped well, made all, travelled strongly, faced challenge but going easily after 2 out

1/4

1st

3

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Klassical Dream

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class stayer has won this race for the past two years, beating Ashdale Bob last occasion; just two starts this season, running Teahupoo to a neck in the Hattons Grace on return but was well below his best in the Stayers Hurdle having had an interrupted preparation; Paul Townend's pick.

3/1

9th

8

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Klassical Dream

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won the Supreme Novices' here in 2019 and has added three staying Grade 1s more recently; neck second to Teahupoo in Grade 1 Hatton's Grace at Fairyhouse in December and the subsequent break isn't an issue as he goes very well fresh; only fifth in this last year (soft) having travelled well and there's a suspicion he'll again be vulnerable to stronger stayers at this stiff track; better ground than 12 months ago would probably aid his cause.

8/1

Form: 3-2342

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
Ran really well when third in the Coral Cup Handicap at last year's Festival (2m5f, soft) and runner-up to Klassical Dream in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown (2m7f, good to yielding) last April; another big run in second to Home By The Lee in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (3m, soft) last time but may find a few too good today.
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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

16:05 Cork

Ashdale Bob

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

Not the force he once was; was unable to score on favourable terms in a Leopardstown conditions event last time; cheekpieces are retained here and down another 3lb; still a dangerous opponent here with 7lb taken off his back.

4/1

2nd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 72y

14:50 Leopardstown

Ashdale Bob

11st 2lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, went second before 5th, led going okay after 2 out, faced challenge when ridden before last, headed but kept on run-in, no match for winner

4/6

5th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Ashdale Bob

11st 3lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, prominent after 7th, led narrowly before 2 out, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/1

Form: 561351

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Four-time French hurdle winner, the latest by 9l in a Grade 2 at Auteuil (extended 2m5f, heavy) in December; supplemented at a cost of £14,787 for this race and the way he powered clear last time suggests he has staying potential, despite his two French attempts over 3m/3m1f not working out well; however, improvement is very much needed on this first British start.
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6

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Henri Le Farceur

11st 10lb

J: Felix De Giles

T: Hugo Merienne

Four-time French hurdle winner, the latest by 9l in a Grade 2 at Auteuil (extended 2m5f, heavy) in December; supplemented at a cost of £14,787 for this race and the way he powered clear last time suggests he has staying potential, despite his two French attempts over 3m/3m1f not working out well; however, improvement is very much needed on this first British start.

25/1

Form: 3-5213 CD BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict
11yo who was a below-par third behind Gold Tweet in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D last time, but went there after a Grade 1 win in the rescheduled Long Walk at Kempton (3m, soft) in December; won this race in 2019 (good to soft) and was third in both 2021 and 2022; each-way claims once more.
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Payout
Straight Forecast £105.36
Tricast £3095.99

Selections

POSTDATA:

Blazing Khal

RP Ratings:

Teahupoo

The Times:

Gold Tweet

The Guardian:

Flooring Porter

Daily Mail:

Home By The Lee

WEST COUNTRY:

Dashel Drasher

TOPSPEED:

Paisley Park

SPOTLIGHT:

Sire Du Berlais

The Sun:

Teahupoo

Daily Record:

Gold Tweet

Telegraph:

Blazing Khal

D Express:

Blazing Khal

The Star:

Flooring Porter

Daily Mirror:

Home By The Lee