Cheltenham Champion Bumper 2021 Trends

Need some help finding the winner of the 2021 edition of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last ten renewals in order to help you find the winner of this ultra-competitive National Hunt Flat race.

Cheltenham Champion Bumper 2021 Trends

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2021 Cheltenham Champion Bumper Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Won last time out - that includes all bar three placed finishers
  • Aged five or six
  • 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:

  • Were trained in Ireland
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2020 Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hollow came straight from a bloodless victory in an ordinary Fairyhouse contest the previous month.

Trainer Trends

  • The bumper has been the Willie Mullins show in truth, with nine of the race’s winners hailing from his Closutton base. In 2020, Mullins was responsible for the first two home, although not in the order the market expected.
  • Gordon Elliott is becoming a big player too, winning two of the last four editions, while he trained the third and fifth in 2020.
  • Irish trainers have a tremendous record in this race on the whole, winning 15 of the last 20 renewals and 21 overall in the race's 28-year history

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Jockey Trends

  • Amateur riders based in Ireland have won five of the last 10 editions, and seven of the last 13.
  • Jamie Codd has only had three rides in the race, all for Gordon Elliott, but it has yielded two wins and a third in 2020, so that is a combination to keep a close eye on.

How did the trends do last year?

2020 was a strong result for the trends thanks to Ferny Hollow’s success despite the market suggesting that he was going to play second fiddle to stablemate and warm favourite Appreciate It.

The only factor that may have put some punters off was that he had run in, and won, a point race earlier in his career, something that many of recent winners of the Champion Bumper had not done.

Runner-up Appreciate It, who had also won a point, brought stronger bumper form to the table courtesy of his Grade 2 romp at Leopardstown the previous month, hence the disparity in prices on the day. He is clear ante-post favourite for the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2021?

Given the history of this race, it will probably pay to focus on the more prominent bumper performers from Ireland, or more specifically from the Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott stables.

Top of the list at this stage is the unbeaten Sir Gerhard who bolted up in a Listed bumper at Navan in December despite never really looking happy on the testing ground. His rider, Jamie Codd, said afterwards that this horse would thrive on a better surface so spring ground at Cheltenham ought to prove right up his street.

Kilcruit, who carries the same colours as last year’s runner-up Appreciate It, looks right up there in the Willie Mullins pecking order after his Navan success in early December.

Of the home challengers, well top of the list from a form perspective has to be Eileendover who made it 3-3 when running away with what looked a competitive Listed bumper at Market Rasen in January. However, she will need to defy the stats if she is to strike at Cheltenham where no 4-year-old filly has won the Champion Bumper.

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2020 Cheltenham Champion Bumper Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stFerny Hollow11/1Willie MullinsPaul Townend
2ndAppreciate It15/8Willie MullinsMr P W Mullins
3rdQueens Brook6/1Gordon ElliottMr J J Codd

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