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2023 Stayers' Hurdle Tips, Odds and News

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.

2023 Stayers' Hurdle Key Facts

Date Thursday 16th March, 2023
Time 3:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 3m
Prize Pool £325k
Age 4YO+

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2023 Stayers' Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Teahupoo5/2
Home By The Lee7/2
Blazing Khal5/1
Klassical Dream8/1
Gold Tweet8/1
Ashdale Bob10/1
Marie's Rock10/1
Flooring Porter12/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken on 1/2/23*

2023 Stayers' Hurdle Tips

Our guide to the Stayers' Hurdle will be published in the weeks leading up to the Cheltenham Festival.

2023 Stayers' Hurdle Runners

Flooring Porter has registered back-to-back Stayers' Hurdle victories the past two seasons and Gavin Cromwell's charge tops the list of 28 horses entered in this year's race. The defending champion currently sits second in the betting behind Home By The Lee, who has risen to the top of the staying ranks in Ireland following surprise wins in the Lismullen and Christmas Hurdles.

Last year's fourth, Klassical Dream has been handed another Stayers' Hurdle entry by Willie Mullins. As has Gordon Elliott's Teahupoo, who defeated Klassical Dream and Honeysuckle to win the Hatton's Grace on his reappearance. Blazing Khal also sits prominently in the market, but a marked drift in the betting suggests that Charles Byrnes' star isn't recovering well from that injury setback.

Willie Mullins has also handed entries to Chacun Pour Soi, Sharjah, Monkfish, Asterion Forlonge, Saint Sam, Sir Gerhard and Haut En Couleurs. Jessica Harrington's Ashdale Bob and Noel Meade's Beacon Edge have been entered up, along with fellow Irish entrants Summerville Boy, Sams Profile, Zanahiyr and Sire Du Berlais.

The highest-placed British entrant in the betting is Marie's Rock, who looks much more likely to defend her Mares' Hurdle crown. Nicky Henderson has also handed entries to Buzz, who hasn't been seen since sustaining an injury in December of last year.

Former winner, Paisley Park and Relkeel Hurdle runner-up Dashel Drasher could represent British connections. Other notable Cheltenham Festival entrants include Gelino Bello, Goshen, Indefatigable, Botox Has and Langer Dan.

2022 Stayers' Hurdle Result

Position
Name
SP
1stFlooring Porter4/1
2nd Thyme Hill 11/2
3rd Paisley Park 17/2

Stayers' Hurdle Day Card

TimeTitle
Status
Distance
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

2022 Cheltenham Day 3 Photos

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Irish themed spectators arrive on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Irish themed spectators arrive on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: An Irish themed spectator arrives on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: An Irish themed spectator arrives on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Irish themed spectators arrive on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Irish themed spectators arrive on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Guinness Village is packed on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Guinness Village is packed on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Guinness Village is packed on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Guinness Village is packed on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Fans pose for a photo opportunity on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Fans pose for a photo opportunity on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Guinness Village is packed on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Guinness Village is packed on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Galopin Des Champs clear the last but later part ways in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Galopin Des Champs clear the last but later part ways in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend and Galopin Des Champs part ways as they lead over the last in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend and Galopin Des Champs part ways as they lead over the last in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend leaves the track after parting ways with Galopin Des Champs over the last in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend leaves the track after parting ways with Galopin Des Champs over the last in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Rachael Blackmore (black and pink kit) on Bob Olinger pass Paul Townend (yellow and brown kit) and Galopin Des Champs who parted ways after the last in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore (black and pink kit) on Bob Olinger pass Paul Townend (yellow and brown kit) and Galopin Des Champs who parted ways after the last in The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger approach the finish line to win The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger approach the finish line to win The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger approach the finish line to win The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger approach the finish line to win The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger celebrates victory after The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger celebrates victory after The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger celebrates victory after The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rachael Blackmore on Bob Olinger celebrates victory after The Turners Novices’ Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (black and pink kit) on Third Wind approach the finish line before Paddy Brennan (black and yellow kit) on Alaphilippe to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (black and pink kit) on Third Wind approach the finish line before Paddy Brennan (black and yellow kit) on Alaphilippe to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (black and pink kit) on Third Wind approach the finish line before Paddy Brennan (black and yellow kit) on Alaphilippe to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (black and pink kit) on Third Wind approach the finish line before Paddy Brennan (black and yellow kit) on Alaphilippe to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (R, black and pink kit) on Third Wind clear the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (R, black and pink kit) on Third Wind clear the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (R, black and pink kit) on Third Wind clear the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (R, black and pink kit) on Third Wind clear the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (R, black and pink kit) on Third Wind clear the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (R, black and pink kit) on Third Wind clear the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (black and pink kit) on Third Wind celebrates victory in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien (black and pink kit) on Third Wind celebrates victory in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien on Third Wind make their way down to the starting area in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien on Third Wind make their way down to the starting area in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien on Third Wind (R, black and pink kit) line up with other jockeys and horses for the start in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien on Third Wind (R, black and pink kit) line up with other jockeys and horses for the start in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: General view of the grandstand during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: General view of the grandstand during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory after The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory after The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory after The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory after The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory in The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory in The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend (blue cap) on Allaho approach the finish line to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend (blue cap) on Allaho approach the finish line to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho clears the last to win The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory after The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend on Allaho celebrates victory after The Ryanair Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Alaho and Paul Townend celebrate victory in the Ryanair Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Alaho and Paul Townend celebrate victory in the Ryanair Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend riding Allaho to victory in The Ryanair Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend riding Allaho to victory in The Ryanair Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend riding Allaho to victory in The Ryanair Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend riding Allaho to victory in The Ryanair Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend riding Allaho to victory in The Ryanair Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend riding Allaho to victory in The Ryanair Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Sun shines on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Sun shines on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Sun shines on the parade ring on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: The Sun shines on the parade ring on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Racegoers in the Guinness Village on St Patrick's Day on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Racegoers in the Guinness Village on St Patrick's Day on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Bookmakers on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Bookmakers on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A black and white day in the Guinness Village on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A black and white day in the Guinness Village on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Irish themed spectators arrive on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Irish themed spectators arrive on St Patrick's Day on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Keeping an eye on the action on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Keeping an eye on the action on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Keeping an eye on the action on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Keeping an eye on the action on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Wishing and hoping on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Wishing and hoping on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cheering on a winner on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cheering on a winner on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cheering on a winner on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cheering on a winner on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cheering on a winner on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Cheering on a winner on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter approach the finish line to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter approach the finish line to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter celebrates as they approach the finish line to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter celebrates as they approach the finish line to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter celebrates as they approach the finish line to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter celebrates as they approach the finish line to win The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins riding Flooring Porter clear the last to win The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter pose for a photo after winning The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter pose for a photo after winning The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter pose for a photo after winning The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins (black and white kit) on Flooring Porter pose for a photo after winning The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Reactions from the winning connections of Love Envoi as they watch their horse on the big screen win The Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdleon day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Sean Flanagan on Born By The Sea clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Sean Flanagan on Born By The Sea clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Harry Skelton on Spiritofthegames clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Harry Skelton on Spiritofthegames clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi clear the last to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi clear the last to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi clear the last to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi clear the last to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi approach the finish line to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi approach the finish line to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi approach the finish line to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Burke (white cap) on Love Envoi approach the finish line to win The Dawn Run Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Sean Flanagan on Born By The Sea clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Sean Flanagan on Born By The Sea clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Adam Wedge (R, red and yellow kit) on Coole Cody clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Adam Wedge (R, red and yellow kit) on Coole Cody clear the third last in The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase race during day three of The Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Lucy Turner riding Chambardare led into the winners enclosure after victory in The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Lucy Turner riding Chambardare led into the winners enclosure after victory in The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins and Flooring Porter win the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins and Flooring Porter win the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Lucy Turner on Chambard (20) jumps the 3rd last on their way to victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Lucy Turner on Chambard (20) jumps the 3rd last on their way to victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Lucy Turner and Chambard (L) jump the 3rd last on their way to victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Lucy Turner and Chambard (L) jump the 3rd last on their way to victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Chase on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Adam Wedge and Cool Cody clear the 3rd last on their way to victory in the Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chaseon day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Adam Wedge and Cool Cody clear the 3rd last on their way to victory in the Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chaseon day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A large crowd on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A large crowd on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A large crowd on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A large crowd on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend makes his return after falling from Galopin Des Champs during The Turners Novices' Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Paul Townend makes his return after falling from Galopin Des Champs during The Turners Novices' Chase on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien celebrates victory on Third Wind after victory in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Tom O'Brien celebrates victory on Third Wind after victory in The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins celebrates victory on Flooring Porter after winning The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins celebrates victory on Flooring Porter after winning The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Patrick Mullins on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Patrick Mullins on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A large crowd on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A large crowd on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A general view as runners make their way up the straight on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A general view as runners make their way up the straight on day three of The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Runners and riders in action in the Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Runners and riders in action in the Ryanair Mares' Novices' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins and Flooring Porter celebrates after winning the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Danny Mullins and Flooring Porter celebrates after winning the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival 2022 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 17, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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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.

Gavin Cromwell's Flooring Porter then capped a remarkable season with a brilliant front-running victory in the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle.

Stayers' Hurdle Winners

Year
Winner
2022 Flooring Porter
2021 Flooring Porter
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 2023 Stayers' Hurdle will take place at 3:30pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 16th 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?

Gavin Cromwell's Flooring Porter produced another front-running performance to maintain his crown in the 2022 Stayers' Hurdle.

Who's the favourite for the Stayers' Hurdle?

Home By The Lee heads Flooring Porter in the betting for the 2023 Stayers' Hurdle.

Where can I watch the Stayers' Hurdle?

The 2023 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.