Champion Bumper PreviewThe biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of eight-time winner Willie Mullins.
Champion Bumper Trends
|10/10||were last time out winners|
|9/10||were aged five or six|
|9/10||had won a race since November 1st|
|8/10||had 1 or 2 runs since November 1st|
|7/10||had run that year|
Champion Bumper AnalysisIrish trainers have dominated this race since its inception in 1992 and in 2014 the first six horses home were trained in Ireland.
Only six British trainers have managed to win this race in its twenty-three year history.
Willie Mullins has won this race an amazing eight times, including three times in the last ten years. Fresh horses have started to dominate this race of late. Eight of the last ten winners had been off the track for at least 32 days but even more significantly six of the last seven winners had been off for over 50 days.
Champion Bumper Last Ten WinnersTable below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2016||Ballyandy||5yo||N Twiston-Davies||S Twiston-Davies||5/1|
|2015||Moon Racer||6yo||D Pipe||T Scudamore||9/2F|
|2014||Silver Concorde||6yo||D Weld||R McNamara||16/1|
|2013||Briar Hill||5yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||25/1|
|2012||Champagne Fever||5yo||W Mullins||Mr P Mullins||16/1|
|2011||Cheltenian||5yo||P Hobbs||R Johnson||14/1|
|2010||Cue Card||4yo||C Tizzard||J Tizzard||40/1|
|2009||Dunguib||6yo||P Fenton||Mr B OConnell||9/2|
|2008||Cousin Vinny||5yo||W Mullins||Mr P Mullins||12/1|
|2007||Cork All Star||5yo||Mrs J Harrington||B Geraghty||11/2|
Champion Bumper PreviewNicky Henderson has made no secret of the fact that he believes the Champion Bumper may not help the long term career of a horse and this seems to suggest that if Henderson does enter one for the Bumper it may well be best avoided.
Jonjo O'Neill and Nigel Twiston-Davies have also both had poor returns in this race.
Paul Nicholls has a similarly disappointing return from his runners but the Champion Trainer's Al Ferof would have been an easy winner in 2010 had he not bumped into Cue Card.
Champion Bumper OLBG Forum TipsTop OLBG tipster Randy Rann feels that the bet of the week is in the Champion Bumper:
"Ballyandy demolished his field at Newbury last time giving weight away and travelled powerfully throughout the race. He is the apple of trainer's eye and I think the Irish challenge looks weak this year so with proven course form and a willing attitude this one looks a banker already for me. Won on good to soft and heavy so chances are he'll have his preferred underfoot conditions and I reckon this is a future Neptune/Champion Hurdler."
OLBG member Leicester Bigot likes the chances of Couer Blimey:
"I will be doing Couer Blimey now, as 12/1 looks a bit big to me. He's twice the odds of Ballyandy but has beaten that horse, albeit in receipt of 7lbs. Very unexposed and could improve a fair bit, the chance looks worth taking."
The Bumper brings the second day of the Festival to a close but why not start studying for tomorrow? The brilliant Vautour won the opener tomorrow last year but will we see another possible champion in the JLT Novice Chase in 2016? Check out the tips and race preview for that race here.