Stayers' Hurdle 2020 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 2020 Stayers' Hurdle.

Stayers' Hurdle 2020 Trends

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2020 Stayers Hurdle Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Had run at Cheltenham before
  • Last ran in a race no more than 47 days ago
  • Had run at least twice in the last 12 months
  • Had won that season - if they had run during it
  • Had three or more wins on a left-handed track
  • Were aged between 6 & 9

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Won one of their last three starts
  • Had run at least twice that season
  • Had won a Grade 2 hurdle before
  • Last ran in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 hurdle

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Had won a Grade 1 race - exceptions had won Grade 2s
  • Finished in the first two last time out
  • Had run over 3m or further before - six winning

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham has thrown out four of the last 10 winners (Paisley Park, Thistlecrack, Cole Harden & Big Buck's). It has also hosted seven placed finishers. No trial has a better record. Paisley Park won this again in 2020.
  • The Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham has also proven a useful trial, with one winner and two placed finishers in the past 10 years. Summerville Boy won that trial in 2020.


Trainer Trends

  • Paul Nicholls has won three of the last 10 renewals, but all with the same horse Big Buck's, who last won in 2012. He's had three placed horses since.
  • Willie Mullins has won two of the last three Stayers' Hurdles, both winners being aged seven and bred in Britain. He's also had three placed horses in the past 10 years from 23 runners.


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Jockey Trends

  • Ruby Walsh rode five of the last 11 Stayers' Hurdle winners. Now retired, his successor at trainer Willie Mullins's Paul Townend has already landed his first Stayers' Hurdle win.

How did the trends do last year?

It was impossible to look past winner Paisley Park on the trends last year. He had won the best trial, the Cleeve Hurdle, last time out, as well as the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle, setting him up for an unforgettable Cheltenham Festival victory.

Irish-trained pair Faugheen and Supasundae also stood out on trends, but Faugheen's advancing years put us off, and Supasundae's negative was that he had not run over 3m that season.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2020?

Last year's winner Paisley Park is top of the trends once again, having won the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on his return to action in November.

On trends and all other evidence, Paisley Park looks very hard to beat.


2019 Stayers' Hurdle Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stPaisley Park11/8fEmma LavelleAidan Coleman
2ndSam Spinner33/1Jedd O'KeeffeJoe Colliver
3rdFaugheen4/1Willie MullinsRuby Walsh

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