2021 County Hurdle Tips

The first handicap on Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival is the County Hurdle. This two-mile hurdles race is one of the oldest races at the entire meeting, having first been run in 1920. It's also one of the most valuable non-Grade One races at Cheltenham.

2021 County Hurdle Key Facts

Date Friday 19th March, 2021
Time 2:10pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Three Handicap
Distance 2m
Prize Pool £100k
Age 5YO+

2021 County Hurdle Handicap Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 County Hurdle.

2021 County Hurdle Handicap Tips

Once the new National Hunt season starts and it becomes clear which runners might take part in the County Hurdle, we'll have a range of tips uploaded on the website.

2020 County Hurdle Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Saint Roi 11/2f
2nd Aramon 8/1
3rd Embittered 14/1
4th Buildmeupbuttercup 16/1
5th Elusive Belle 20/1

County Hurdle Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Triumph Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm County Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
2:50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Grade One 3m
3:30pm Gold Cup Grade One 3m 2f
4:10pm Foxhunter Chase Class Two 3m 2f
4:50pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Class Two Handicap 2m 4f

County Hurdle History


The County Hurdle is one of the most historic handicap races at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade Three is open to all hurdlers, and is run over a distance of two miles.

The race was first run in 1920, some four years before the Gold Cup. Some even saw the Gold Cup as the lead-up race to the County Hurdle, which was the feature race on day four during the 20s and 30s.

The Country Hurdle has produced many high-calibre horses down the years. 1985 County Hurdle winner, Floyd went on to win plenty of Graded honours, including two victories in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Willsford won the 1989 County Hurdle, before going on to collect the Midlands Grand National and Scottish Grand National during his time over fences.

Philip Hobbs' Rooster Booster won the 2002 renewal of the County Hurdle. Rooster Booster then returned to the Cheltenham Festival 12 months later and won the Champion Hurdle.

Paul Nicholls has trained four winners of the County Hurdle since 2004, with his most recent triumph coming in 2014 with Lac Fontana.

The last six renewals of this handicap have been shared between William Mullins and Dan Skelton.

Skelton trained his first Cheltenham Festival winner in 2016, when Superb Story won the Country Hurdle. In 2018, Bridget Andrews rode Mohaayed to victory for Skelton, before Dan's brother Harry guided Ch'tibello into the winners' enclosure the following season.

Willie Mullins' is the most successful trainer in County Hurdle history, having saddled the winner five times.

Mullins' most recent success came in 2020, when well-backed favourite, Saint Roi defeated stablemate Aramon to hand Mullins a 1-2-4 in the County Hurdle.

County Hurdle Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Saint Roi
2019 Ch'tibello
2018 Mohaayed
2017 Arctic Fire
2016 Superb Story
2015 Wicklow Brave
2014 Lac Fontana
2013 Ted Veale
2012 Alderwood
2011 Final Approach
2010 Thousand Stars
2009 American Trilogy
2008 Silver Jaro
2007 Pedrobob
2006 Desert Quest
2005 Fontanesi
2004 Sporazene
2003 Spirit Leader
2002 Rooster Booster

County Hurdle FAQs

When is the County Hurdle?

The 2021 County Hurdle will take place at 2:10pm on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 19th March.

What is the County Hurdle?

The County Hurdle is a handicap hurdle run at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade Three is open to all hurdlers, and is run over a distance of two miles.

Who won the County Hurdle?

Willie Mullins celebrated his fifth County Hurdle winner in 2020, as well-backed Saint Roi powered home to win by almost five lengths.

Where can I watch the County Hurdle?

The 2021 County Hurdle will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.