The biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of eight-time winner Willie Mullins.
Champion Bumper Trends
|15/15||were foaled between January & May|
|15/15||had won within their last 3 starts|
|15/15||had ran that season & won (0-45 those who hadn't)|
|15/15||had a 50%+ strike rate that season (0-87 those below)|
|15/15||were sent off no bigger than 6/1 last time out|
|14/15||finished in the first 3 on debut (2005 was 13th)|
|14/15||won last time out (Only exception in 2003 when 2nd)|
Champion Bumper Analysis
Irish trainers have traditionally dominated this race since its inception in 1992 but four of the last seven runnings have been won by British trainers.
Only seven British trainers have managed to win this race
in its twenty-four year history.
Fresh horses have started to dominate this race of late. Nie of the last ten winners had been off the track for at least 32 days but even more significantly seven of the last eight winners had been off for over 50 days.
OLBG blogger Robmull has narrowed the field down in his analysis of the main trends. Robmull's blog on the Bumper's trends can be found here.
Champion Bumper Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2017||Fayonagh||6yo||G Elliott||Mr JJ Codd||11/2|
|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|
Champion Bumper Top Trainers
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Other Places||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|N Twiston Davies||6||1||0||0.00||-2.00|
|Mrs J Harrington||3||1||0||3.50||1.30|
Champion Bumper PreviewWillie Mullins has won this race an amazing eight times
, including three times in the last ten years.
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.
Paul Nicholls has a similarly disappointing return from his runners in this race
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 Tips
OLBG member daddy cool
likes the chances of Western Ryder
in the Bumper:
The most important factor for me is that it has shown form in two listed bumpers. Winning at Ascot and second at Newbury.
During these two listed events it was able to be held up and then showed not only could it stay but also had a turn of foot required at this level.
In the Newbury bumper it had to concede 21 pounds to a decent yardstick in Daphne Du Clos and it was only beaten by 3 lengths.
It has winning form on Good and Good/Soft, hopefully will find these ideal conditions next Wednesday.>Western Ryder has strong credentials to land the bumper.
More news on the Champion Bumper can be found here via the OLBG forum.
The Bumper brings the second day of the Festival to a close but why not start studying for tomorrow? Check out the tips and race preview for that race here.