Stayers Hurdle Betting Odds Comparison - Cheltenham

17/03/2022 15:30:00

The Stayers’ Hurdle is one of the biggest races of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, with the leading staying hurdlers in the UK and Ireland set to battle it out over three miles in a bid to land the crown.

It’s a race that has seen some legendary horses land the spoils, with Big Buck’s, Inglis Drever and Barracuda among the runners who have demonstrated their class in this race and we could be set for a classic in 2021 considering there are some top drawer horses who will be shaping up in the race.

17/03 15:30Best Odds
Bet365
Coral
Unibet
betiton
888sport
Mr Play
Mansionbet
Klassical DreamKlassical Dream
Unibet5/1
4/15/15/19/25/19/29/2
Thyme HillThyme Hill
Coral6/1
5/16/15/15/15/15/15/1
Galopin Des ChampsGalopin Des Champs
888sport9/1
8/18/18/18/19/18/18/1
Flooring PorterFlooring Porter
Bet36512/1
12/110/17/19/110/19/19/1
Black TearsBlack Tears
Unibet10/1
10/1
RoksanaRoksana
Unibet14/1
10/114/110/112/110/110/1
Sire Du BerlaisSire Du Berlais
888sport16/1
14/112/116/112/116/112/112/1
James Du BerlaisJames Du Berlais
Bet36514/1
14/1
ZanahiyrZanahiyr
Bet36516/1
16/1
ConcertistaConcertista
Unibet16/1
16/1
Ronald PumpRonald Pump
betiton20/1
20/116/116/120/116/120/120/1
VanillierVanillier
Unibet20/1
20/120/116/116/116/116/1
ChampChamp
Coral20/1
20/120/116/118/120/118/118/1
Paisley ParkPaisley Park
888sport25/1
20/112/125/114/125/114/114/1
Bob OlingerBob Olinger
Unibet20/1
20/1
Appreciate ItAppreciate It
Unibet20/1
20/1
SaldierSaldier
Bet36520/1
20/1
Beacon EdgeBeacon Edge
Unibet20/1
20/120/1
Duffle CoatDuffle Coat
Unibet25/1
20/120/125/120/120/120/120/1
AbacadabrasAbacadabras
Bet36533/1
33/116/120/116/120/116/116/1
QuilixiosQuilixios
Bet36525/1
25/120/1
BravemansgameBravemansgame
Unibet25/1
25/1
CapodannoCapodanno
Bet36525/1
25/1
TelmesomethinggirlTelmesomethinggirl
Bet36525/1
25/125/1
Heaven Help UsHeaven Help Us
Bet36533/1
33/120/1
Gaillard Du MesnilGaillard Du Mesnil
Unibet33/1
20/133/1
The Bosses OscarThe Bosses Oscar
Bet36540/1
40/116/125/120/133/120/120/1
Latest ExhibitionLatest Exhibition
Bet36533/1
33/125/125/125/125/1
Bear GhyllsBear Ghylls
Bet36533/1
33/125/1
Barbados Buck'sBarbados Buck's
Coral33/1
33/125/1
AdagioAdagio
Bet36533/1
33/125/1
Gars De SceauxGars De Sceaux
Unibet33/1
25/133/1
GentlemansgameGentlemansgame
Unibet33/1
25/133/1
Lisnagar OscarLisnagar Oscar
Unibet33/1
33/125/133/128/133/128/128/1
Dreal DealDreal Deal
Unibet33/1
33/133/1
BuzzBuzz
Unibet33/1
33/133/1
SantiniSantini
888sport50/1
33/133/116/150/116/116/1
Sams ProfileSams Profile
Unibet33/1
33/133/1
FableFable
Unibet33/1
33/133/1
Jungle BoogieJungle Boogie
Coral33/1
33/133/133/133/1
Mrs MilnerMrs Milner
Unibet33/1
33/133/1
N'goloN'golo
Unibet33/1
33/1
AlaphilippeAlaphilippe
Unibet33/1
33/1
StattlerStattler
Unibet40/1
33/140/133/1
Fury RoadFury Road
Bet36550/1
50/133/125/1
Make GoodMake Good
Coral40/1
40/133/1
Aspire TowerAspire Tower
Bet36540/1
40/140/1
Pure GeniusPure Genius
Unibet40/1
40/1
Imperial AlcazarImperial Alcazar
Unibet50/1
50/150/133/1
Langer DanLanger Dan
Bet36550/1
50/140/1
Thomas DarbyThomas Darby
Unibet66/1
25/166/1
FakieraFakiera
Bet36550/1
50/140/150/1
Dandy MagDandy Mag
Unibet50/1
50/150/1
BrinkleyBrinkley
Unibet50/1
50/150/1
FloueurFloueur
Unibet50/1
50/1
Cape GentlemanCape Gentleman
Unibet50/1
50/150/1
Queens BrookQueens Brook
Unibet50/1
50/1
On Eagles WingsOn Eagles Wings
Bet36566/1
66/140/150/1
CrosshillCrosshill
Bet36566/1
66/140/150/1
Phoenix WayPhoenix Way
Unibet66/1
66/1

Paisley Park Now Favourite to Regain Staying Crown

Paisley Park produced a scintillating performance to win the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle and suggest he could be a serial winner of this race, although the nine-year-old was soundly beaten in the 2020 renewal and there were questions raised over whether the Emma Lavelle-trained horse could win another Stayers’ crown.

However, the horse has since demonstrated his class and recently won the Porsche Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on 19 December, with the horse getting his revenge on Thyme Hill and showing that Paisley Park could be the horse to beat over three miles at Cheltenham Racecourse.

It could be that the seventh-placed finish in last year’s Stayers’ Hurdle was therefore a blip, although some will be wary of punting a horse who always seems to come late from behind in a bid to win a race.

Could Thyme Hill Be the New Staying King?

Thyme Hill was sent off as 4/1 favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle although the horse has come back for the 2020/21 season in fine fettle and now looks to be a genuine contender in the staying division, with the Philip Hobbs-trained charge winning the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle on the 27 November.

This victory over Paisley Park really announced Thyme Hill and the horse was sent off aas the 7/5 favourite to win the next race where the horses competed against each other, although it was the former who landed the spoils and it sets things up nicely for the Stayers’ Hurdle in March.

Benie Des Dieux Could Be the Stayers’ Wildcard?

Benie Des Dieux has been a talented mare for several years and it’s possible that the Rich Ricci horse could be sent towards the Stayers’ Hurdle, with the filly having been kept away from the racecourse since the 2020 Cheltenham Festival when she finished second to Honeysuckle in the Mares’ Hurdle.

It’s not clear whether Willie Mullins will run the horse at all at Cheltenham but she will certainly be an interesting contender if she goes over three miles in this one.


Since 20 October 2018, Paisley Park has been at the wheel when it has come to long distance hurdling. On that date, the Emma Lavelle-trained charge triumphed at Aintree as the 4/1 co-favourite and there has been no looking back for a horse who has continued to pick up wins like they’re going out of fashion.

The eight-year-old went on to land four further victories in that particular season which finished with a triumph in the Stayers Hurdle when Paisley Park came from well down the field to emerge through and win the race. Some wondered why the horse was available to back at 11/8 shortly before the off.

We’ve only seen Paisley Park once at a racecourse this season and it’s clear that connections want the horse to be lightly raced for his attempt to renew his Stayers Hurdle crown, with Paisley Park fending off the challenge of Thistlecrack in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.

The bookies are certainly reluctant to take on the champion, although If The Cap Fits is an 8/1 shot and could represent a decent each-way alternative in the Stayers Hurdle. Harry Fry could have a fantastic horse and we’re pretty sure that this runner can stay the distance.

Like Paisley Park, If The Cap Fits has only enjoyed one outing this season at the time of writing, with the eight-year-old claiming the spoils on the 23 November at Ascot.

The slight negative with this horse is that we don’t know how it will run at Cheltenham considering that the runner has never visited this track, although perhaps Fry will give it an outing in the weeks leading up to the Festival.

Benie Des Dieux is another interesting runner and the filly has scored back to back victories since falling in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with Willie Mullins having previously run horses like Annie Power in this race.

Speaking of fillies, we also have the possibility of Apple’s Jade and Laurina lining up for this race. The former has previously run very well when winning a Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and Gordon Elliott might be looking for the horse to stretch her legs at the meeting.

Laurina has previously flattered over shorter distances and Mullins might be prepared to pitch the filly over three miles although the big question is whether anything can actually beat Paisley Park?


Paisley Park was the king of the three-mile hurdle division last season, with the horse winning on every outing and that included the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle where the horse charged up the Cheltenham hill to claim a famous victory.

Trainer Emma Lavelle deserves enormous credit for the achievements gleaned during the 2018/19 season and she has reported Paisley Park to be in excellent health as the team look ahead to the new National Hunt season.

Very few horses are able to repeat a victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival due to the competitive nature of racing, although Paisley Park has a plan mapped out that connections will hope leads to the big meeting once again in March.

Lavelle said: "Paisley is very good. He did very well over the summer and looks big and strong and quite round at the moment!

"He's back cantering and we're very happy with him. The Ladbrokes Trophy meeting at Newbury is his first target and after that the races sort of pick themselves - it's definitely easier making plans for the top-class horses.

"Hopefully we'll go to Newbury, then on to the Long Walk at Ascot, the Cleeve at Cheltenham and then straight to the Stayers' Hurdle at the Festival and then possibly on to Punchestown - all fairly small targets!

"It's definitely a different feeling. Last season he was the up and coming one and now he's the one who has to go and defend his crown.

"He's still a young horse, though, who can only get stronger. It's a nice position to be in.”

Paisley Park has plenty of time to prepare for his first outing which is almost certain to be the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on November 29.

This was a horse which was unbeaten over five starts last season and it appears that the runner could once again make five outings in a bid to be mentioned in the same breath as ace long-distance hurdlers such as Big Buck’s, Inglis Drever and Barracuda.

At the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, Paisley Park obliged at a starting price of 11/8 although the seven-year-old gave his backers a scare when sitting in mid position at the bottom of Cleeve Hill.

However, the horse’s stamina proved to be substantially better than his rivals which included Sam Spinner, Faugheen and Supasundae.

Paisley Park was twice victorious at Cheltenham last season, while the horse also scored at Aintree, Ascot and Haydock. It’s a far cry from the 2018 Cheltenham Festival where the horse finished thirteenth in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and looked anything but a potential Stayers’ Hurdle winner.