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CHAMPION BUMPER BETTING PREVIEWThe 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.
Who will win the Champion Bumper 2021?We'll take a closer look at this year's Weatherbys Champion Bumper and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail this year.
Gordon Elliott's SIR GERHARD has barely come off the bridle to win his two bumpers so far at Down Royal and Navan. In the first race he slammed The Banger Doyle by 14 lenghts, in the second one he beat the useful Letsbeclearaboutit.
Willie Mullins' KILCRUIT won smoothly on the bridle at Navan in December and recorded another success at Leopardstown earlier this year. He cruised away on his most recent run at the Dublin Racing Festival to score a decisive twelve length win over Letsbeclearaboutit and stablemate Whatdeawant.
THREE STRIPE LIFE, a stablemate of Sir Gerhard, has impressed recently at Navan. Gordon Elliott’s charge was handed an RPR of 127 for that effort, a mark which puts him bang in Champion Bumper contention.
Another Willie Mullins' option is RAMILLIES, a facile winner of his bumper at Leopardstown and looks a really useful sort.
HOLLOW GAMES is two from two since joining his current yard. He won his bumper debut at Punchestown in November by seven lengths. Then, this horse beat Eurotiep with the minimum of fuss when they met at Leopardstown just after Christmas. He looks to have a great engine and should be a contender.
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Dark horses? Dan Skelton's ELLE EST BELLE has thus far only won one race, and that was on a soft track at Aintree. The mare dead-heated with Ishkhara Lady in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham in November, and has been laid out for the Champion Bumper ever since.
GRANGEE comes with a good form after landing at Leopardstown during the Dublin Racing Festival when getting the better of randy Love, Party Central and Brooklyn Glory.
Richard Spencer’s WONDERWALL also looks meaty at higher odds. He won a competitive bumper and was third when he tried to follow up in a Listed race in December.
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CHAMPION BUMPER TRENDS
- Only 2 favorites have won in the past 15 years
- 6 of the last 11 winners returned between 14/1 and 40/1
- 26 of the last 28 winners had won last time out (all of last 17)
- Only 3 of the last 15 winners had run at Cheltenham in the past.
- 21 of the last 28 winners were Irish-bred
- 14 of the last 15 winners were aged 5 or 6 years-old
- 7 of the last 15 winners had at least three runs in bumpers beforehand