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    The Stayers’ Hurdle

    Formerly known as the World Hurdle, the Stayers’ Hurdle is a test of endurance for four-year-old horses and above raced over approximately three miles on the New Course as the feature contest of day three of the Cheltenham Festival. Modern renewals of the Stayers’ Hurdle began in 1972 and Big Buck’s is a horse writ large in the history of the race after recording four consecutive victories between 2009 and 2012. Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls teamed up to ride and saddle him to that dominance of this Grade 1 long distance hurdle race. Baracouda, Crimson Embers and Inglis Drever are also among the horses to have won the Stayers’ Hurdle more than once. The last five renewals, meanwhile, have produced as many different winning horses, jockeys and trainers, with Thistlecrack oozing class when romping to Cheltenham success in 2016 for Tom Scudamore and Colin Tizzard. He was followed in the honour roll by Nichols Canyon, a Willie Mullins horse who stepped up in trip to 3m for the first time in impressive, but under the radar fashion.

    Stayers’ Hurdle betting tips at Hurdle Bet

    When it comes to Stayers’ Hurdle betting tips, Hurdle Bet keep a very close eye on which horses quite literally look like staying the trip. Unowhatimeanharry had looked a worthy favourite in 2017 for up-and-coming handler Harry Fry. This JP McManus owned eight-year-old was unbeaten in seven starts since joining his current trainer, following in Thistlecrack’s footsteps by winning the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and the Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day. For all that preparation, however, Unowhatimeanharry could only finish third on the day in the big race itself. Noel King’s Lil Rockerfeller beat him to the runner-up spot behind Nichols Canyon with a real gutsy display. Stay on top of the best opportunities and Stayers’ Hurdle betting tips with Hurdle Bet.