3 miles and 12 hurdles face the runners in the Stayers Hurdle, formerly known as the World Hurdle. This race is usually run at a very decent pace meaning stamina will be severely tested. This is a specialists' race which requires a unique type of horse to win.
Since 2002, Baracouda and Inglis Drever have retained their crown the following season and the magnificent Big Bucks won four on the bounce between 2009 and 2012 so give plenty of respect to returning previous winners of the Stayers Hurdle.
Stayers Hurdle 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||Nichols Canyon||7yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||10/1|
|2016||Thistlecrack||8yo||C Tizzard||T Scudamore||EvsF|
|2015||Cole Harden||6yo||W Greatrex||G Sheehan||14/1|
|2014||More Of That||6yo||JJ ONeill||B Geraghty||15/2|
|2013||Solwhit||8yo||C Byrnes||P Carberry||17/2|
|2012||Big Bucks||9yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||5/6F|
|2011||Big Bucks||8yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||10/11F|
|2010||Big Bucks||7yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||5/6F|
|2009||Big Bucks||6yo||P Nicholls||R Walsh||4/11F|
|2008||Inglis Drever||9yo||JH Johnson||D ORegan||11/8F|
Stayers Hurdle Trends
|16 / 16||Were sent off no bigger than 14/1|
|16 / 16||Was sent off no bigger than 9/2 last time out|
|16 / 16||Had run 1-4 times that season|
|16 / 16||Made its debut in either England or France|
|16 / 16||Had previously won on the going|
|16 / 16||Had previously won either a Grade 1 or Grade 2|
|16 / 16||Was aged between 6yo & 9yo|
|15 / 16||Had a career strike rate of at least 42%|
|15 / 16||Ran in a field of 4-10 runners last time out|
|14 / 14||Of those who held an Official Rating it was 154+|
Stayers Hurdle Trends Analysis
No horse had won the Stayers Hurdle three years in a row before Big Bucks smashed that record in 2011 but Paul Nicholls' wonder horse defied the stats men yet again when taking the Stayers Hurdle for the fourth consecutive year in 2012.
Strong trends include a fairly light campaign with the last 16 winners having raced no more than four times that season, all had previously won in Grade 1 or 2 company and were aged between 6 and 9 years old.
Shocks are rare in this race
with Anzum's 40/1 victory in 1999 something of a one off in recent years so its probably best to focus on the principles in the betting market.
Stayers Hurdle Trainer Statistics
|Trainer||Runners||Wins||Places (Inc Wins)||Win LSP||Each Way LSP|
|W P Mullins||17||1||3||-6.00||-8.06|
Most of the championship races at the Festival over the last ten years have been dominated in terms of number of runners by Messrs Nicholls, Mullins and Henderson. The Stayers Hurdle appears to be no different with the big three responsible for 46 runners between them in that time.
Paul Nicholls has been the dominant force here thanks to the legendary Big Bucks who won the (then called) World Hurdle every year between 2009 and 2012.
Willie Mullins picked up his maiden Stayers Hurdle win with Nichols Canyon in 2017 but Nicky Henderson has had disappointing returns in recent years in this race with no winner from 12 runners and just hitting the frame on two occasions.
Is the Stayers Hurdle a race to avoid for Nicky Henderson fans?
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