Stayers' Hurdle 2022 Trends

The trends of a race can be really useful to follow when looking for winners at the Cheltenham Festival, so we've taken a look at the most important Stayers' Hurdle trends from the last 10 years for you. We've used them to find you the best horses to follow right now in the 2022 Stayers' Hurdle.

Stayers' Hurdle 2022 Trends
Stayers' Hurdle 2022 Trends

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Need some help finding the winner of the 2022 edition of the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle? 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 10 renewals in order to help you find the winner of this Grade 1 contest.

2022 Stayers Hurdle Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Were aged between six and nine
  • Had run at least twice in the last 12 months
  • Had run in at least four hurdle races and won at least two
  • Had won at least one Grade 1 or Grade 2 hurdle
  • Last ran in a Graded hurdle (not a handicap)
  • Last ran in a race at least 46 days ago - five ran in the Cleeve Hurdle

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Had three or more wins on a left-handed track
  • Had eight or more runs over hurdles and at least three wins
  • Won one of their last three starts (exception Lisnagar Oscar)
  • Had run at least twice that season (exception Penhill)
  • Had run at Cheltenham before (exception Flooring Porter)

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Finished in the first three last time out - six won
  • Had run over 3m or further before - six won

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Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • Five of the last 10 winners last ran in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham (Big Bucks, Cole Harden, Thistlecrack, Paisley Park and Lisnagar Oscar.) No trial has a better record in producing the winner of the Stayers Hurdle.
  • The Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham has also proven a useful trial, with one winner and two placed finishers in the past 10 years.
  • Only one winner in the last 10 years had never run at Cheltenham before - Flooring Porter in 2021 - the others had all run at least once at the course, so it pays to look at all relevant Cheltenham hurdle races.


Trainer Trends

  • Paul Nicholls has won the race four times, more than any other, but all wins were by his star staying hurdler Big Buck’s. The last of those victories came in 2012. Nicholls’ has had three placed horses since.
  • Willie Mullins has won two of the last five Stayers' Hurdles, both winners being aged seven and bred in Britain. He's also had four placed horses in the past 11 years from 24 runners.

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Jockey Trends

  • There are no notable jockey trends in the Stayers' Hurdle as in the last 10 years only Ruby Walsh has won is more than once, and he is now retired.

How did the trends do last year?

The big snag for 2021 winner Flooring Porter on trends was that he had never run at Cheltenham before. The only other horse to do this in the last 20 years was Baracouda in 2002. He was trained in France by Francois Doumen and was already a four-time Grade 1 winner.

Other than that, Flooring Porter ticked a lot of Stayers' Hurdle trends boxes, having won the Grade 1 Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle last time out, had a good break before Cheltenham, and run in plenty of hurdle races.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2022?

Klassical Dream emerged as the leading contender after beating Flooring Porter at Leopardstown in December in a Grade 1 over 3m. He has since been beaten at Gowran Park, but is the 2019 Supreme Novices'Hurdle winner and hits all the trends if nothing is amiss.

Flooring Porter's lack of a win since his Cheltenham win is bothering, but all his form suggest he's best racing fresh after a long break, so he could return to his best come March, having not raced since December - just like last season.

The trends also pick out Newbury Grade 2 winner Thomas Darby, the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle second Thyme Hill, and Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle winner Royal Kahala, who is also a short price for the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle.

The Cleeve Hurdle was won by 2019 Stayers' Hurdle winner Paisley Park, who has been well beaten in the last two Stayers' Hurdles. He beat Champ, a Grade 1-winning chaser and novice hurdler, who is


2021 Stayers' Hurdle Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stFlooring Porter12/1Gavin CromwellDanny Mullins
2ndSire Du Berlais5/1Denise FosterMark Walsh
3rdPaisley Park9/4fEmma LavelleAidan Coleman

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