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COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE BETTING PREVIEWThe County Hurdle is one of the most difficult races to back a winner at the Cheltenham National Hunt Racing Festival. It's a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race, run over two miles and one furlong, for horses aged five years and upwards. The race always attracts the maximum field, making it full of potentially well handicapped horses, who all will fancy their chances of winning.
Willie Mullins has saddled five of the last eleven winners so expect him to have a good chance in the 2021 County Handicap Hurdle once again.
Who will win the County Handicap Hurdle 2021?
We'll take a closer look at this year's McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in this year's renewal.
GANAPATHI was beaten nineteen lengths by his stablemate Gaillard Du Mesnil in a Grade One at the Dublin Racing Festival. That was his first ever attempt at two miles as six furlongs.
FIFTY BALL was a winner of two staying races on the flat in France and has since performed well under Gary Moore. Following a near three month break he ran in the biggest race of his career when he finished 2nd to Soaring Glory in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last time out.
THIRD TIME LUCKI looks on a very attractive handicap mark with drying conditions expected to suit him. This unexposed novice finished 4th in the Champion Bumper last year and we expect him to be in the mix.
EDWARDSTONE could be a dark horse. He needs good ground and a fast pace to run well. So let's keep an eye on it.
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COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE TRENDS
- 11 of the last 14 winners did not win last time out
- 7 of the last 13 winners returned 20/1 or bigger
- The Irish have won 9 of the last 14 runnings
- 6 of the last 12 winners had run in 6 or less hurdles races
- 8 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham but only one had a previous win at Cheltenham
- The last 12 winners were rated 134 or higher