Stayers’ Hurdle Betting Odds 2021 | Winner Cheltenham

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One of the most established races on the National Hunt calendar is the prestigious Stayers’ Hurdle. The three-mile marathon is one of the toughest races at the Festival and is run at Grade One level. We have information here on the Stayers’ Hurdle odds and Stayers’ Hurdle favourites for 2021 and much more besides.

Stayers’ Hurdle Odds Winner – Favourites 2021

Stayers’ Hurdle odds are very changeable, especially after major prep races such as the Cleeve Hurdle. As of now, this is how they stack up for the 2021 renewal. All Cheltenham betting odds and offers are also available in this guide.

Stayers’ Hurdle Tips

For 2021, Stayers’ Hurdle tips are a matter of great debate. Already Paisley Park and Thyme Hill have had a couple of huge battles. Sire Du Berlais is not out of the reckoning either. The two main Stayers’ Hurdle Cheltenham contenders are not in much doubt though.

Paisley Park

Emma Lavelle’s immensely popular nine-year-old has already won this back in 2019. He is right back to his best form now too. He improved from a solid second to Thyme Hill in the Long Distance Hurdle to win a ding-dong battle with the same horse in the Long Walk at Ascot.

Paisley Park arguably still needs to improve a little more to get back to his very best levels of two years ago. But that remains eminently possible now and so he is in the front rank of Stayers’ Hurdle favourites for 2021.

Thyme Hill

But for bad luck in running, Thyme Hill would likely have proven his trainer Philip Hobbs’ suspicions correct that he was the best novice hurdler in training in last year’s Albert Bartlett.

He was ultimately fourth there, but the seven-year-old has gone up a gear now and looks ready for the Stayers’ Hurdle without a doubt.

A lot will depend on the ground here. While he has shown the mettle required of a Stayers’ Hurdle Cheltenham type, he was undoubtedly better on good ground. The heavy ground in the Long Walk was perhaps too much for him.

Assuming no bad weather, there is every reason to believe Thyme Hill will ultimately improve past his main rival. He earns short quotes in the Stayers’ Hurdle odds for a reason.

Stayers’ Hurdle Cheltenham Festival

As one of the oldest major races on the calendar, the Stayers’ Hurdle rates among the very top rank of events all trainers, jockeys and owners want to win. Stayers’ Hurdle Cheltenham types need to be top-class to win, the race having a very rich history.

Race History

A version of the Stayers’ Hurdle has been on the calendar since way back in 1912. Initially staged nearby at Prestbury Park, it has always been a three-mile event. Now that it is run on the New Course at Cheltenham it becomes very much a war of attrition.

Run in the past as a selling race it has also been known as both the Spa Hurdle and the World Hurdle. In its more familiar guise as the Stayers’ Hurdle, it has boasted some of the best Cheltenham Festival champions in history. Stayers’ Hurdle odds are still some of the most sought after in the industry.

Prize Money

Although considered to be the feature race on day three of the Festival, the main Stayers’ Hurdle favourites in 2021 will be fighting for the second-highest prize fund. The Ryanair Chase is worth a little more.

The overall pot this year stands at a still impressive £240,000, of which the winner will ultimately collect £135,000. These prize levels are a little down in 2020, understandably. They still represent a great return for all the main contenders involved and are appropriate for a race held at Grade One level.

Famous Winners

Many great horses have taken the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in its illustrious past, but since the turn of the millennium, it has been all about those popular multiple champions.
Winning more than once in this contest have been superstars Baracouda, Inglis Drever and the amazing Big Buck’s.

Baracouda was owned by Cheltenham legend JP McManus but trained in France. He took the race in both 2002 and 2003. Inglis Drever won the even three years out of four (2005, 2007 and 2008) too but nothing compares to Big Buck’s in this division.

Paul Nicholls’ star took the Stayers’ Hurdle four years running between 2009 and 2013 to cement his place as a genuine legend.


The aforementioned Big Buck’s is the only four-time winner of the race since its return to its current title. Thus, he is the winningest horse ever. His trainer Paul Nicholls, by virtue solely of his exploits, is also the most successful trainer in the race. The same applies to jockey Ruby Walsh and with their Stayers’ Hurdle odds always skinny.

Andrea and Graham Wylie are the most successful owners in the race with 4 wins. Inglis Drever won their first three trophies, while after their horses were moved from Howard Johnson to Willie Mullins Nichols Canyon managed another win for the team in 2017.

Stayers’ Hurdle – FAQs

Before finalising your Stayers’ Hurdle tips, you should keep in mind the answers to these common questions about the race.

What Time is the Race Name Cheltenham 2021

3:30 pm on Thursday, March 18th. The race will be the fourth event on the third day of the Festival. Most Stayers’ Hurdle tips will be finalised upon the final declarations which will be through on Tuesday, March 16th. Stayers’ Hurdle odds will also have settled by then.

Who Won the Race Name Last Year?

Lisnagar Oscar was the shock 50/1 winner for Rebecca Curtis, the biggest successful Stayers’ Hurdle odds seen for some time. Paisley Park went off as the rock-solid 4/6 favourite but ultimately let down the vast majority of Stayers’ Hurdle tips.

Which Horse is the Favourite to Win in 2021?

2019 winner Paisley Park currently heads the Stayers’ Hurdle favourites 2021. The younger Thyme Hill could yet usurp him in the market, given that he looks sure to be a classic Stayers’ Hurdle Cheltenham type.

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