The Stayers’ Hurdle is open to four year olds or older and is run on the new course over a distance of three miles.
There are a dozen fences to be jumped in a race that ususally takes in and around six minutes to complete.
Seven of the last eight winners of this race were second season hurdlers and three of the last four winners have all competed in the previous season’s Albert Bartlett.
The Cleeve Hurdle is an important trial for this with eight of the last fifteen winners having contested it earlier that season.
British Bred horses tend to fare better in this race and three of the last eight winners were previously trained for a career on the flat.
Previous winners usually run well in this the following year.
Previous Winners of the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
FLOORING PORTER – GAVIN CROMWELL
Flooring Porter was most progressive last season, making all in the Grade 1 Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle before doing the exact same thing in this race.
He is without a win since but he was going best when falling two out in the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan in November, and the re-opposing Klassical Dream snatched a handy head start in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last time.
He has obvious claims of a repeat win.
THYME HILL – PHILLIP HOBBS
Thyme Hill was third in the Champion Bumper here in 2019 and unlucky fourth in the Albert Bartlett over this C&D in 2020.
He missed this race last year due to minor muscle tear and then won the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Aintree last April.
He came back to somewhere near his best when second to Champ in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot in December, last time out.
Goes well fresh and his previous record at the Festival speaks for itself and he looks a key player here.
KLASSICAL DREAM – WILLIE MULLINS
Klassical Dream won the Supreme Novices’ at the 2019 Festival and comfortably landed the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown over this trip last April after a long absence.
He was given a fine ride from the front when winning the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown in December, with Flooring Porter 2L behind.
He unusually ran a bit below par last time, but if back to his best he will make the frame.
CHAMP – NICKY HENDERSON
Champ has been lightly campaigned since winning what is now the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the 2020 Festival.
He reverted to hurdles for this season’s reappearance and beat the re-opposing Thyme Hill and Paisley Park in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot in December.
He has to be firmly in calculations on that form but he needs to upgrade on his Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle form over the course and distance in January, where Paisley Park gained his revenge.
PAISLEY PARK – EMMA LAVELLE
Paisley Park won this in 2019 and was third behind Flooring Porter last year.
The ten-year-old wasn’t at his very best towards the end of last year but did well to win the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over the course and distance in January.
He can’t afford to repeat previous antics today but his latest effort confirms he the fire still burns bright and he could play a leading role if again on song.
Ticks The Right Boxes?
2022 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips & Key Trends
There is likely to be plenty of pace on from the outset here with Flooring Porter and Klassical Dream likely to take each other on.
It could well be set up for a horse that likes to come from behind and that suits CHAMP perfectly.
We all remember him digging in here in to beat Minella Indo a couple of seasons ago.
Nicky Henderson has enjoyed a bright start to the Festival so far and no surprise if that continued here.
Selection: CHAMP E/W
- 19 of the last 22 winners were first or second last time out
- Respect the previous years’ winner
- 14 of the previous 25 winners had won or been placed at a previous Festival
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 3/1 Flooring Porter
- 10/3 Klassical Dream
- 10/3 Thyme Hill
- 9/2 Champ
- 13/2 Paisley Park
- 8/1 Royal Kahala
- 25/1 Lisnagar Oscar