Champion Bumper betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (DAY 2 - March 14, 2018)

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The Champion Bumper is a National Hunt flat race run over two miles and 110 yards, open to four to six-year-old horses and run on the old course at the Cheltenham racetrack at Prestbury Park. The 2017 renewal was won by Gordon Elliott's charge Fayonagh - as we predicted - with the amateur jockey Mr Jamie Codd riding him. Don't miss our Champion Bumper race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.


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The Weatherbys Champion Bumper concludes the second day of racing at the Cheltenham Festival. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race run over two miles and half a furlong, for horses aged four to six. Because this is a flat race, also know as a 'bumper', it rather obviously doesn’t feature any jumps. A great contest to watch for future reference, with unexposed horses from UK and Ireland clashing for the first time for this prestigious prize.

This race always produces a crop of exciting hurdlers for next season and has been dominated by the Irish trainers, and particularly Willie Mullins, down the years. With big prices available for a lot of horses because with so little form on offer, online bookmakers and punters often find it hard to pick out a favourite.

And now we'll take a closer look at the Champion Bumper 2018 and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

Willie Mullins' unbeaten 5-y-o BLACKBOW was an impressive winner on debut at Leopardstown in December and more impressive when landing a traditionally prep run in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown in February, again displaying a good turn of foot to put the race to bed early in the straight.

RHINESTONE was given too much to do on his debut, staying on powerfully from the back but unable to overhaul the leader. He made no mistake when sent to the front from the second the tape was released next time, he was far too good for his opponents, sauntering clear by the best part of twenty lengths. He stayed on to finish a nice second in the race won by Blackbow at Leopardstown last time.

ACEY MILAN won three bumpers on the spin for the Anthony Honeyball stable, the latest a taking 11L victory at Newbury. He has continued to progress at a rate of knots ever since his first taste of racing and has already won at Cheltenham before in a listed contest.

TORNADO FLYER won on his debut at Fairyhouse in January by a head from Getaway John who has since won at Punchestown, so that form looks solid enough.

After winning an all-weather bumper at Lingfield, DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO claimed the second of his two bumper successes at Ascot last time out. He travelled strongly at Ascot, showcasing a classy turn of foot to put the race to bed in ready fashion.

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CAREFULLY SELECTED is a point winner who made a winning Rules debut in a bumper at Leopardstown in December, powering clear of his rivals in the straight. He has shown himself to be tactically versatile in both his bumper starts having made all the running over a sharp 2m at Naas, and he has the assistance of Ruby Walsh.

FELIX DESJY won by ten lengths on his debut for Gordon Elliott and was only pushed out to win on his last appearance, beating Cask Mate at Down Royal.

KNOW THE SCORE was a point-to-point winner on yielding-to-soft ground in November and a winner at the first attempt under Rules when successful on soft ground at Towcester last month.

CROOKS PEAK looked promising sort when winning both starts in the autumn at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham while MERCY MERCY ME made the perfect start to his career when winning a bumper on good-to-soft ground at Sandown in November. He shapes like a stayer.

Other contenders?


The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • Boylesports Betting BonusCarefully Selected  13.00Bet
  • Betfair Sportsbook Betting BonusDidtheyleaveuoutto  13.00Bet

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  • 13 of the last 23 winners were unbeaten in bumpers, including five of the last eight
  • 16 of the last 23 winners started in the first-six in the betting market
  • 22 of the last 23 winners had won on their last race out before the festival
  • 8 of the last 13 winners had raced at least three times in bumpers before the festival
  • 7 of the last 9  winners had been off for over 50 days
  • Only 3 four year olds have ever won this race
  • Irish-trained horses have won 17 of the 25 runnings, with Willie Mullins responsible for eight of those.


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