TIP: CRAMBO

Danger: NOBLE YEATS (E/W)

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 usually takes in and around six minutes to complete.

Between 2002 and 2012, the Stayers Hurdle witnessed a dominant era with Baracouda (2 wins), Inglis Drever (3 wins), and Big Buck’s (4 wins) collectively securing nine victories.

However, in recent years, the race has seen success from second-season hurdlers.

Flooring Porter achieved dual triumphs in 2021 and 2022, but Sire du Berlais caused a notable upset last year.

In the absence of a dominant force in the division, contenders emerge throughout the season for the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Some may return to hurdling after an unsuccessful chase campaign, while others, no longer suited to the speed of the Champion Hurdle, attempt the longer distance.

Excluding the previous year’s winner, it is wise to focus on younger, progressing contenders.

Previous Winners of the Stayers Hurdle

Runners To Watch

Below are our Stayers Hurdle tips and previews for selected runners who hold entries for the race in 2024.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

ASTERION FORLONGE – WILLIE MULLINS

Asterion Forlonge was a Grade 1 novice hurdle winner in 2020, but he has struggled somewhat over fences.

He found success in hurdles last spring with a Grade 2 win and a near-miss in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown.

While he holds each-way claims based on that form, his performances this season in Ireland, both over fences and hurdles, haven’t matched the same level.

BUDDY ONE – PAUL JOHN GILLIGAN

Buddy One, who finished third in the Martin Pipe here last March, continued to progress in handicaps, notably winning with top weight in November.

Despite struggling in two Irish Grade 1 races in December, he remains capable of better performances, especially with a break possibly aiding his form.

He’s not ruled out as an each-way prospect.

CRAMBO – FERGAL O’BRIEN

Crambo is a highly progressive second-season hurdler who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December.

Despite needing a bigger performance on his first outing since, his consistent improvement and versatility on various ground conditions warrant respect.

DASHEL DRASHER – JEREMY SCOTT

Dashel Drasher, last year’s close second in this race, has been in solid form this season, notably winning the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.

Although he needs to build on this season’s efforts, especially as an 11-year-old, softer ground may aid his cause. He’s a possible each-way contender once more.

FLOORING PORTER – GAVIN CROMWELL

Flooring Porter, who won this race in 2021 and 2022, returns to hurdles after mixed chase form this season.

Despite a fourth-place finish last year, he needs to reach his peak form again to regain his crown.

HOME BY THE LEE – JOSEPH O’BRIEN

Home By The Lee, disappointing in his recent Grade 1 outing, returns on a mission to redeem himself.

Best on soft or yielding ground, he has potential if he returns to form, especially with blinkers added.

JANADIL – WILLIE MULLINS

Janidil, previously a progressive hurdler and high-class chaser, was below par in his latest chase outing.

With a return to hurdling and possibly benefiting from a shorter trip, he looks to improve, especially with the addition of cheek-pieces.

NOBLE YEATS – EMMETT MULLINS

Noble Yeats, the 2022 Grand National winner, returns to hurdling after a successful outing in the Grade 2 Cleeve.

With a tongue tie and cheek-pieces added, he may deliver an improved performance, especially given his prior success in similar headgear.

PAISLEY PARK – EMMA LAVELLE

Paisley Park, the 2019 winner, holds an each-way chance, having performed credibly in all three starts this season.

Despite finishing seventh last year, his consistent form and previous success in this race make him a contender.

SIR GERHARD – WILLIE MULLINS

Sir Gerhard, winner of the Champion Bumper in 2021, returns to hurdles after a mixed chasing career.

With a recent win over hurdles at Punchestown, he could be a fascinating contender, especially if he taps into his early promise.

SIRE DU BERLAIS – GORDON ELLIOTT

Sire Du Berlais, now a twelve-year-old, has a notable record at the Festival, including a win in this race last season.

Despite a sound beating in his only outing this season, he is a proven performer and should not be underestimated.

TEAHUPOO – GORDON ELLIOTT

Teahupoo, last year’s favourite, aims to improve on his third-place finish.

With a Grade 1 win in December and possibly stronger form than last year, this seven-year-old could come out on top, especially considering his recent success.

Ticks The Right Boxes?

2024 Stayers Hurdle Tips & Key Trends

TIP: CRAMBO

Danger: NOBLE YEATS (E/W)

CRAMBO looks open to the most progression amongst this field and nobody deserves a success more than Fergal O’Brien following the devastating loss of his Highland Hunter earlier in the week.

The seven-year-old has already taken the Jewson at Aintree and the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and he has been kept purposefully fresh for this race.

He can confirm the form with the likes of Dashel Drasher and the redoubtable Paisley Park.

If the race were to become a slog, nothing will stay better than Noble Yeats, who won over this course and distance during Christmas.

Sire De Berlais should be too old to win now, whilst question marks hover over Sir Gerhard and Flooring Porter.

Key Trends

  • 7 of the past 10 winners were second season hurdlers.
  • 8 of the past 17 winners contested the Cleeve Hurdle.
  • 20 of the past 24 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out.
  • 17 winners this century were sent off at single figure odds.
  • 15 of the past 27 winners had won or placed at the festival previously.

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

  • Teahupoo 13/8
  • Noble Yeats 13/2
  • Crambo 7/1
  • Sir Gerhard 7/1
  • Flooring Porter 9/1
  • Sire Du Berlais 9/1
  • Paisley Park 18/1
  • Home By The Lee 18/1
  • Dashel Drasher 25/1
  • Asterion Forlonge 33/1
  • Buddy One 50/1
  • Janidil 80/1

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