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Stayers Hurdle Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 3)

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The feature on day three is the Stayers Hurdle (formerly known as World Hurdle) which is a Grade 1 open to runner aged 4yo+ and is run over three miles in which the runners will be faced with twelve hurdles. Willie Mullins 12/1 chance Penhill landed last year's race, going away by a couple of lengths from the plucky Supasundae (6/1). Find here our Cheltenham 2019 Stayers Hurdle race preview, with free predictions, free bets, no deposit bonuses, odds, recent trends and special promotions.

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The Sunbets Stayers' Hurdle, the leading long distance hurdle event in the national calendar, is the highlight of the third day of racing at the Cheltenham Festival. Formerly known as the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, this contest is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle run over three miles, for horses aged four years and upwards, with twelve hurdles that must be cleared and a £275,000 prize purse on offer. The weight allowance is eleven stone for four-year-olds and eleven stone ten pounds for five-year-olds and upwards.

There is an allowance of seven pounds for both mares and fillies. This year's renewal looks a very open event and many top class horses will fancy their chances of Festival glory.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Stayers Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

PAISLEY PARK forced his way to the head of the market after a 12-length success in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. That was a fourth success from four starts this season, following handicap wins at Aintree and Haydock and a victory in the Long Walk at Ascot.

FAUGHEEN, 2015 Champion Hurdle winner, looked booked for retirement after his tame defeat in last season's Champion Hurdle when he finished a disappointing 6th behind Buveur d’Air. Anyway, Faugheen bounced back to form at Punchestown, trying at three miles for the first time in five years, when he beat Penhill comprehensively. He was heavily beaten by Sharjah in the Morgiana Hurdle and then fell two out when attempting to foil Apple’s Jade in the Christmas Hurdle this season.

BLACK OP, runner-up to Samcro in the 2018 Ballymore, was back over hurdles after his jumping had let him down in two starts in novice chases. The 8yo finished third at Cheltenham on his first try at the trip and wasn’t disgraced behind the runaway winner Paisley Park

TOP NOTCH was last seen beating Black Corton quite convincingly at Kempton. He is considered Nicky Henderson's main contender after a fine return over hurdles.

BACARDYS has a mixed record at the Cheltenham Festival, but was third in the 2016 Champion Bumper, and his chance was ended by a bad mistake when pulled up in a novice hurdle back there 12 months later. He was in the process of running a very big race in last year’s Stayers’ Hurdle but he fell at the last. He has been chasing so far this season, but failed to complete again at Leopardstown last time (his second fall in four chase starts).

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KILBRICKEN STORM was an unfancied 33/1 shot when winning the Albert Bartlett at the festival last year and lines up here after failing to impress over fences.

SUPASUNDAE chased home Penhill in this race last season. He hasn’t quite matched his peak efforts in two starts this season, but his two-mile wins last term give him solid place claims.

WEST APPROACH chased home Paisley Park in his last two runs. He is a full brother to previous winner of this race Thistlecrack and it would not surprise to see him pick up more prize money here for the Colin Tizzard stable.

PETIT MOUCHOIR has plenty of Cheltenham Festival form to his name, including finishing third in the 2017 Champion, and his one-paced effort in the Irish Champion last time suggests he could be in the mix.

SMA SPINNER – who was only fifth when sent off the 9/4 favourite last year – finally kicked his season into life when fourth in the Cleeve last time while YANWORTH hasn’t been sighted since finishing sixth in last year’s renewal of this race.

WHOLESTONE won a 2½m minor event at Aintree (by two and three quarter lengths from Vision des Flos) in November, but produced a rare poor effort here when well beaten in the Cleeve last time.

Dark horses?

BAPAUME, KEEPER HILL, COQUIN MANS and NAUTICAL NITWIT don't seem good enough to finish in the frame.

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

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  • Paddy Power Betting BonusBacardys  14/1Bet
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  • 13 of the past 16 winners returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
  • 12 of the last 16 winners came from the top 3 in the betting
  • 14 of the last 16 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • 14 of the last 17 winners finished 1st or 2nd in all their hurdling runs that season
  • 10 of the past 12 winners were rated 158 or higher
  • 9 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 8
  • The Irish have won the race just three times since 1995

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