The Champion Bumper is a National Hunt flat race run over two miles and 87 yards, open to four to six-year-old horses and run on the old course at the Cheltenham racetrack at Prestbury Park. Willie Mullins trained the first two home in last year's Champion Bumper as Sir Gerhard got the better of Kilcruit at odds of 85/40. This post contains our Champion Bumper race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2022 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 take a closer look at this year's Weatherbys Champion Bumper and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Champion Bumper 2022?
FACILE VEGA, son of Quevega and Walk In The Park, won by six lengths on his bumper debut on Boxing Day and then destroying his field in Grade 1 company at the Dublin Racing Festival, inflicting a 12 length defeat on Sandor Clegane. Envoi Allen and Relegate like Facile Vega both won at the Dublin Racing Festival prior to coming here.
AMERICAN MIKE won the same bumper on debut as Sir Gerhard did last season. Then he went off at odds of 1/8 in a Listed Navan bumper and duly delivered a similar performance. This is undoubtedly a huge step up in class, but he is an absolutely gorgeous specimen of a horse and looks to have the potential to be a contender as well.
REDEMPTION DAY, trained by Willie Mullins, has had just the one run in his career but could not have done it any better. He won a tough race at Leopardstown Racecourse earlier this season
Willie Mullins' has several other optons in this race. JAMES'S GATE, MADAMANSGAME and SEABANK BISTRO, all of whom have looked promising, especially the first-named, in winning their only starts to date.
POETIC MUSIC has won all three efforts on the flat while OUR JESTER is unbeaten as well after landing both at Ascot and Lingfield this season.
Paul Nolan's JOYEUX MACHIN was only beaten six lengths by Facile Vega over Christmas. He then claimied an impressive win on his second start at Navan, and he could be the surprise package here.
HOULANBATORDECHAIS has won two AQPS races in France and will be ridden by Rachale Blackmore. His odds are shortening day by day.
TOP DOG, MUSIC DRIVE, VIVA DEVITO, ROSY REDRUM and OCEAN OF MERCY also have top-3 ambitions and can't be ruled out at all.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
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CHAMPION BUMPER TRENDS
- Just 5 of the 29 favourites won
- The last 18 winners won last time out
- 9 of the last 10 winners had never finished out of the first three
- Only 2 of the last winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham
- 22 of the 29 winners were trained in Ireland (11 by Willie Mullins)
- The last 12 winners were rated 118 or higher
- 11 of the last 12 winners were aged 5 or 6
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2022 CHAMPION BUMPER FAQs
What time is the Champion Bumper?
The Champion Bumper is the 7th and last race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 16, 2022 and the official starting time is 5:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Champion Bumper?
There are no obstacles to jump for the Champion Bumper runners
What is the distance of the Champion Bumper?
The Champion Bumper is run on a distance of 2 miles and 87 yards
What is the prize money for the Champion Bumper?
The total prize money on offer for the Champion Bumper at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £75,000.
Who won the Champion Bumper last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Sir Gerhard at SP of 85/40, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Rachael Blackmore.
What weights are carried for the Champion Bumper?
10st 11lbs (4yo). 11st 5lb (5yo-6yo). 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Champion Bumper?
Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey, having won this race on three occasions. Hence, don't underestimate his "successor" Paul Townend. 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.
Who is the leading trainer in the Champion Bumper?
Willie Mullins has won 11 Champion Bumpers. From nine runners, Gordon Elliott has saddled two winners and a third.