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2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips - Three Horses To Follow

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle
  • The Stayers' Hurdle is the feature Championship race day three of the Cheltenham Festival
  • Last year's race was won in shocking fashion by 66/1 outsider, Lisnagar Oscar
  • We pick out three horses to follow who could challenge the title in 2021
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Sire Du Berlais (right) gets up to defend his Pertemps Final crown at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. (Getty)

We take a look through the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle betting and highlight three horses that punters should follow who could win the main event on day three.

St Patrick’s day at the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the Stayers’ Hurdle. The Stayers’ is the oldest of the four Championship race at the meeting, and saw a huge shock in 2020, as 66/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar stayed on up Cleeve Hill to hand Rebecca Curtis her first victory at the meeting.

2021 Stayers’ Hurdle Odds


Name
Best Odds
Paisley Park7/1
Benie Des Dieux8/1
Thyme Hill12/1
Honeysuckle12/1
Bar14/1

Paisley Park’s unbeaten run came to an end that day. Emma Lavelle’s star produced a shockingly limp performance, suggesting his efforts over recent seasons had started to take their toll. No-one should give up on Paisley Park as they look ahead to a new season, and he remains the horse to beat in the stayers division.

Here are three horses who feature prominently in the Stayers’ Hurdle betting and could progress into real contenders during the upcoming season.

2021 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips – Horses To Follow


Thyme Hill


Thyme Hill2021 Stayers' Hurdle Horse To FollowGET 12/1 HERE
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Having defeated Fiddlerontheroof to win on his first start over hurdles in the Persian War, Thyme Hill went on to impress with further victories in the Hyde and the Grade One Challow Hurdle at Newbury. 

Philip Hobbs’ star was then fancied by many to win the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Richard Johnson, who’s kept Thyme Hill wide throughout the race, tried to muscle between Monkfish and Latest Exhibition approaching the last. The plan failed, and Johnson had to check his run, not once but twice on the sprint to the line, and eventually came up two lengths short.

Despite finishing off the podium that day, it was still an encouraging display and Thyme Hill proved he was a proper three-miler. Hobbs’ announced during the summer that his stable star would be pointed at the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle, and he can progress to the very highest level over the smaller obstacles.

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Thyme Hill (right) tries to get around Monkfish (centre) in the 2020 Albert Bartlett. (Gett)

McFabulous


McFabulous2021 Stayers' Hurdle Horse To FollowGET 14/1 HERE
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It took Paul Nicholls’ charge a little longer to take to chasing than many expected last season. Having suffered defeats on his opening two starts, McFabulous opened his account in a modest novice hurdle at Market Rasen, before running away with the Grade Three handicap at Kempton on the Saturday after Cheltenham.

I already had McFabulous on my radar for the Stayers’ Hurdle prior to his reappearance in the Persian War last month. Harry Cobden’s mount barely broke a sweat, winning that Grade Two at a canter. McFabulous has since been handed a career-high mark of 153, which puts him smack-bang in the mix for Grade One races over hurdles, and I’m excited to see when he’ll be stepped up to three miles.

Sire Du Berlais


Sire Du Berlais2021 Stayers' Hurdle Horse To FollowGET 16/1 HERE
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For the last two years, Gordon Elliott has targeted the Pertemps Final with Sire Du Berlais. Despite coming off the bridle early, Barry Geraghty’s mount got up to win comfortably in 2019. Last season, Sire Du Berlais loomed onto the shoulder of stablemate The Storyteller jumping the last, and showed great battling qualities to get the better of Davy Russel’s mount and triumph under top weight.

A little later that afternoon, Lisnagar Oscar claimed a shock win in the Stayers’ Hurdle. Lisnagar Oscar was rated six-pounds lower than Sire Du Berlais prior to winning that Championship race. Elliott’s charge received an RPR of 164 for his second Pertemps win, two pounds more than what Lisnagar Oscar earned for his Grade One triumph. What’s more, Sire Du Berlais stopped the clock in a time three seconds quicker than the Stayers’ Hurdle, despite carrying two pounds more on his back.

Sire Du Berlais deserves a chance to run in the feature race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and there’s no doubt he has the quality to contend with the best in the division.

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