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2021 Champion Stayers Hurdle Tips - 6/1 shot can Edge out his rivals at Punchestown
- We've published our guide to the 2021 Champion Stayers Hurdle Tips
- This Grade One headlines the action on day three of the Punchestown Festival on Thursday 29th April
- Flooring Porter bids for his third Grade One in a row
- Beacon Edge is our best bet at 6/1
Beacon Edge (left) tries to track down Flooring Porter (right) in the Stayers' Hurdle. (Getty)
Thursday's at the Punchestown Festival is headlined by the Champion Stayers Hurdle. This three-mile Grade One has been won by many of Ireland's finest hurdlers, including Willie Mullins' star mare Quevega, who won this race four times between 2010 and 2013.
A large field will contest the 2021 renewal of this important race, and it's one of the break-out stars of the season who tops the current betting.
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Flooring Porter's rise to the top of the staying hurdle ranks has been quite remarkable. Gavin Cromwell's six-year-old was beaten in a handicap off a mark of 131 in October. A switch to front-running tactics followed and since then, Flooring Porter has bolted up in a handicap, won the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Cromwell's star stopped the clock in a time almost two seconds quicker than what Paisley Park managed two years previous on the same sort of ground. A hugely impressive achievement considering Danny Mullins' mount made all the running, and Paisley Park had Sam Spinner to aim at in the closing stages.
Flooring Porter's usual partner, Jonathan Moore returns to the saddle and, given he's so young, there could be more improvement to come from this talented stayer. That being said, Cromwell's charge has never run around the tricky track here at Punchestown, and could be worth taking on at his current price.
Ronald Pump is a likable sort, but he's had his injury problems this term and often finds one or two a little too good on the day. It's hard to ignore Fury Road's shocking showing at Cheltenham last time out and, although he's been admirably consistent this season, I'd rather side with a rival younger than The Storyteller.
Mrs Milner and Heaven Help Us ran out impressive winners of handicaps at Cheltenham, but this represents a giant leap in class for both. Diol Ker clearly has talent, but that shocking run at Aintree is very hard to ignore.
Willie Mullins has decided to up Klassical Dream, James Du Berlais and Saldier up from two to three miles. Flooring Porter is sure to make this into a real test of stamina though, and none of the three hold much in the way of appeal.
2021 Champion Stayers Hurdle Tips
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The one I'm keen to side with is BEACON EDGE, who was upped to three miles for the first time at the Cheltenham Festival.
Sean Flanagan's mount travelled and jumped well throughout, and set off in pursuit of Flooring Porter turning for home. Beacon Edge got within two lengths of the winner at one point, but I don't think he quite got up the hill at Prestbury Park, and the fast-finishing Sire Du Berlais and Paisley Park relegated Flanagan's mount back to fourth.
That summation may suggest Beacon Edge doesn't have the requisite stamina for three miles. However, staying this trip on good-to-soft ground at Cheltenham is a completely different task to staying three miles on good ground around Punchestown.
This track often suits speedier types. Beacon Edge had the pace to finish less than a length behind Honeysuckle in the Hatton's Grace, and proved he had stamina by outmuscling Fury Road after a poor jump at the last to win the Boyne Hurdle.
Meade's seven-year-old placed a close third behind Colreevy in the Grade One bumper at this meeting in 2019, and bolted up to win on his first hurdles start at Punchestown the following autumn.
Flooring Porter will be a tough nut to crack, but if the classy Beacon Edge has any chance of reversing the form from Cheltenham, then it'll be on good ground around a track he knows and likes.
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