Cheltenham Champion Bumper 2020 Trends

With so little form to go on, trends can play a big part in finding the Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner. So we've looked at the most important Champion Bumper trends for you, and used them to find the best horses to follow right now for the 2020 running.

Cheltenham Champion Bumper 2020 Trends

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2020 Cheltenham Champion Bumper Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Won last time out - that includes all bar three placed finishers
  • First ran on a racecourse aged four or five
  • If they had run at Cheltenham before, they had won
  • Last ran at least 32 days ago

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Were aged five or six
  • Had never finished out of the first three
  • Had run on both left-handed and right-handed tracks
  • Had finished in the first three on a left-handed track
  • Had won on a track described as 'galloping' or 'undulating'
  • Last ran between 32-74 days ago

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Had never finished lower down the field than second
  • Were officially rated 120 or higher - four of the last five winners were top-rated in the field

Seven of the last 10 winners:

  • Had never run in a point-to-point before
  • Had won at least two races

Key Trials in the last 10 years

The Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner can come from anywhere at all, as long as they are good enough, so keep an eye on all decent bumpers run in January and February on left-handed, testing courses; particularly Leopardstown, Cheltenham, and Newbury, but also right-handed tracks Ascot and Fairyhouse.

Having said that, here are some key bumpers to make sure you've seen before you pick your Champion Bumper bet:

  • Any 2m open bumper at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival must be followed, as bumpers run at that track, at that time, have been won by two winners (Envoi Allen & Relegate) in the last 10 years, and two placed horses. Appreciate It is now the strong favourite after a blistering performance here.
  • The 2014 winner Silver Concorde's last run before Cheltenham victory was also at Leopardstown, but in December, that meeting also being the last run of one placed runner in the past 10 years.
  • The Listed Standard Open National Flat Race at Newbury in February has produced one winner (Ballyandy) and one placed horse in the past 10 years. Ocean Wind won this comfortably in 2020

Trainer Trends

  • If you bet £1 on all 34 of Willie Mullins' runners in the past 10 years, you would be £35 in profit! He's saddled three winners and seven placed horses in that time, but overall has saddled a record NINE winners!
  • Gordon Elliott is catching up though; he's 2/6!
  • Ireland has won 14 of the last 20 runnings, and 20 overall in the race's 27-year history

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Jockey Trends

  • Amatuer riders based in Ireland have won five of the last 10 runnings, and seven of the last 12.
  • Amatuer Jamie Codd has had two rides in the last 10 runnings; both won and were trained by Gordon Elliott, so anything he chooses to ride has to be respected.

How did the trends do last year?

There were four horses that lit up the trends in the 2019 Cheltenham Champion Bumper, but nobody could look beyond unbeaten Envoi Allen, who had won everywhere before his Cheltenham Festival date.

He was a Listed and Grade 2 bumper winner by the time he lined up, earning the top rating in the race of 127, having won three bumpers by a combined 10 lengths, on the bridle.

He was ridden by top race jockey Jamie Codd, and trained by must-follow trainer Gordon Elliott, making him an extremely worthy 2/1 favourite, who should probably have been odds-on - as he was for each of his preceding bumper outings.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2020?

Right now, Appreciate It is the hottest on the Champion Bumper trends pick, having won impressively at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He's the right age at six, has won racing left-handed and right-handed on two different courses, both described as 'galloping'.

The best of the British runners on trends at the moment is Israel Champ, who won the valuable Listed bumper at Cheltenham in November, and has gone on to win in Listed company again at Ascot, ticking the left-handed, right-handed, 'undulating' and 'galloping' requirements.

He has not run since December 20 and is not due to run again before Cheltenham, but trainer David Pipe did the same with his 2015 winner Moon Racer, running him to win at Cheltenham in October, then keeping him fresh until the Festival.

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2019 Cheltenham Champion Bumper Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stEnvoi Allen2/1fGordon ElliottMr Jamie Codd
2ndBlue Sari7/2Willie MullinsBarry Geraghty
3rdThyme Hill20/1Philip HobbsRichard Johnson

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