A fast and furious battle comprising handicap hurdlers run over two miles and one furlong which was the festival finale until 2009.
County Hurdle Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age and weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2017||Arctic Fire||8-11-12||W Mullins||P Townend||20/1|
|2016||Superb Story||5-10-12||D Skelton||H Skelton||8/1|
|2015||Wicklow Brave||6-11-4||W Mullins||P Townend||25/1|
|2014||Lac Fontana||5-10-11||P Nicholls||D Jacob||11/1|
|2013||Ted Veale||6-10-6||A J Martin||B Cooper||10/1|
|2012||Alderwood||8-11-1||T Mullins||AP McCoy||20/1|
|2011||Final Approach||5-10-12||W Mullins||R Walsh||10/1|
|2010||Thousand Stars||6-10-5||W Mullins||Ms K Walsh||20/1|
|2009||American Trilogy||5-11-0||P Nicholls||R Walsh||20/1|
|2008||Silver Jaro||5-10-13||T Hogan||N Fehily||50/1|
County Hurdle Trends
|16 / 16||Did not run in a Grade 2 or Listed race last time out|
|16 / 16||Had run no more than 6 times in the class|
|16 / 16||Ran over hurdles last time out|
|16 / 16||Had previously made 10+ career starts|
|16 / 16||Did not run in a Novice race last time out|
|15 / 16||Were sent off between 4/1 & 20/1 last time out|
|15 / 16||Did not have a claimer in the saddle|
|15 / 16||Had never won at Cheltenham|
|15 / 15||Had recorded at least 3 career wins|
County Hurdle Trends Analysis
Some punters maybe put off by the large field but this race has been good for the backers on fancied runners in recent years with four of the last seven winners going off 11/1 or shorter.
Previous form at the course is one of the consistent trends in most of the races at Cheltenham but not for the County Hurdle with only one recent winner (Lac Fontana 2014) having won previously at Cheltenham.
County Hurdle Trainer Statistics
Below is a table of how some of the other top trainers have fared in the last ten years:
Six of the last ten winners
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|W P Mullins||22||4||8||57.00||38.02|
|A J Martin||5||1||3||6.00||4.88|
hailed from the powerhouse stables of Willie Mullins (four winners)
and Paul Nicholls
has had a frustrating recent time in the County Hurdle, hitting the frame on seven occasions in the last ten years. On five of those occasions his runner was priced at 33/1 or bigger (50/1 third in 2017) so give full attention to any big priced runner from the Hobbs yard
Tony Martin's runners usually set the bookmakers on full alert
and they appear to be correct when it comes to his runners in the County Hurdle. Martin has had just five runners over the last ten years but won the race with Ted Veale in 2013 and went close with Psycho in 2008 and Quick Jack in 2015.
Surprisingly Nicky Henderson has a dismal recent record
in the County Hurdle with just one of his 16 runners in the last ten years making the frame. Perhaps the handicapper takes no chances when accessing his horses ?
County Hurdle Tips from The OLBG Forum
We will be adding a tip for this race from the OLBG Forum when we get nearer to the Cheltenham Festival.
See the latest news on the County Hurdle here via the OLBG forum.
Next race up on Day 4 is the Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle. Check out the tips and race preview here.