2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips

The feature championship race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers' Hurdle. This three-mile hurdle is the oldest of the four championship races, having first been run back in 1912, and the illustrious list of previous winners features some of the greatest horses in National Hunt racing history.

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Thursday 18th March, 2021
Time 3:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 3m
Prize Pool £325k
Age 4YO+

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

Paisley Park5/2
Thyme Hill7/2
Benie Des Dieux10/1
Sire Du Berlais10/1
Ronald Pump14/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 7/1/21*

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips

Despite falling to defeat in 2020, Paisley Park is the favourite to regain his Stayers' Hurdle crown next season. Top mares Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle sit prominently in the betting, along with Thyme Hill, Sire Du Berlais and last year's shock winner, Lisnagar Oscar.

We'll have a range of Stayers' Hurdle tips live on the website when the new National Hunt season starts.

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Entries

Since finishing seventh last year, Paisley Park has returned to form, and jumped to the top of the betting after a thrilling victory in the JLT Long Walk. Thyme Hill has traded wins with Paisley Park this term, and Philip Hobbs has handed his star hurdler a Stayers' Hurdle entry.

Lisnagar Oscar held off Ronald Pump and Emitom to win last season, and all three feature in the 2021 entries. Summerville Boy could also make his second appearance in the Stayers' Hurdle. 

McFabulous and Roksana also feature in the list of British horses who've been entered. Younevercall, Main Fact, Honest Vic and Thomas Darby have also been handed an entry.

Willie Mullins has Benie Des Dieux and Concertista in the mix, along with fellow mare Great White Shark, and novice Jon Snow. 

Dual Pertemps Final winner, Sire Du Berlais headlines Gordon Elliott's entries. Fury Road and The Storyteller could also join their stablemate in the feature race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

City Island was pulled up here 12 months ago, but that hasn't stopped Martin Brassil from entering his former Ballymore winner again. Beacon Edge, Aspire Tower and French Dynamite could all make an appearance, as could Dennis Cottin's French raider, Paul's Saga.

The likes of Monkfish, Latest Exhibition and Champ have been handed entries, but they're likely to stay over fences. As will Presenting Percy, Next Destination, Janidil and The Big Getaway.

2020 Stayers' Hurdle Result

1st Lisnagar Oscar 50/1
2nd Ronald Pump 20/1
3rd Bacardys 33/1
4th Emitom 10/1
5th Summerville Boy 10/1

Stayers' Hurdle Day Card

1:30pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
2:10pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:50pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:30pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
4:10pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:50pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
5:30pm Kim Muir Handicap Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 2f

Stayers' Hurdle History

The Stayers' Hurdle is the oldest of the four Championship races at the Cheltenham Festival. The Stayers' Hurdle was first staged at Cheltenham in 1912. 

Having been dropped from the rota on a couple of occasions, the Stayers' Hurdle has been a regular during the Festival since 1946, and this three-mile hurdle takes centre-stage in the middle of day three's card.

Silver Bay was the first two-time winner of the Stayers' Hurdle, winning back-to-back renewals in 1913 and '14. 

Brown Lad won the Stayers' Hurdle under Tommy Carberry in 1975. He would go on to win the Irish Grand National three times, and twice finish second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Galmoy became the second horses to successfully defend his crown in the late 1980s. Legendary trainers like Martin Pipe, Henrietta Knight and David Nicholson saddled Stayers' Hurdle winners in the 1990s.

French raider, Baracouda wowed the crowds at Cheltenham with two fantastic wins in 2002 and '03. François Doumen's star was then defeated two years on the bounce, losing out to Iris's Gift and Inglis Drever in '04 and '05.

Inglis Drever would become the first three-time winner of the Stayers' Hurdle when he collected further wins in 2007 and '08.

His achievement was soon surpassed by Paul Nicholls' Big Bucks. With Ruby Walsh in the saddle, Big Bucks dominated the Stayers' Hurdle between 2009 and 2012, winning the Stayers' Hurdle four times on the bounce.

After Jonjo O'Neill and Warren Greatrex celebrated wins, Colin Tizzard won his first Stayers' Hurdle when Thistlecrack cruised to victory.

Willie Mullins then took over, saddling back-to-back winners in Nichols Canyon and Penhill.

Emma Lavelle's Paisley Park scored a superb victory in the 2019 Stayers' Hurdle. Many expected Paisley Park to retain his crown in 2020, but the favourite produced a limp performance on the day, and his crown was taken by Lisnagar Oscar, who won at 50/1 for Adam Wedge and trainer, Rebecca Curtis.

Stayers' Hurdle Winners

2020 Lisnagar Oscar
2019 Paisley Park
2018 Penhill
2017 Nichols Canyon
2016 Thistlecrack
2015 Cole Harden
2014 More Of That
2013 Solwhit
2012 Big Buck's
2011 Big Buck's
2010 Big Buck's
2009 Big Buck's
2008 Inglis Drever
2007 Inglis Drever
2006 My Way De Solzen
2005 Inglis Drever
2004 Iris's Gift
2003 Baracouda
2002 Baracouda

Stayers' Hurdle FAQs

When is the Stayers' Hurdle?

The 2021 Stayers' Hurdle will take place at 3:30pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 18th March.

What is the Stayers' Hurdle?

The Stayers' Hurdle is a Group One race staged during the Cheltenham Festival. This historic race is the Championship race on day three of the meeting, and is run over a three-mile trip.

Who won the Stayers' Hurdle?

There was a huge shock in the 2020 Stayers' Hurdle, as 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar powered home to secure victory for trainer, Rebecca Curtis.

Who's the favourite for the Stayers' Hurdle?

2019 winner, Paisley Park is the favourite to reclaim the Stayers' Hurdle. Benie Des Dieux, Honeysuckle and Sire Du Berlais sit prominently in the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle betting.

Where can I watch the Stayers' Hurdle?

The 2021 Stayers' 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.