2023 Stayers Handicap Hurdle Betting Odds at Haydock Park racecourse

Saturday, 25 November 2023

Nicky Henderson has a couple of lively contenders which could be in the final shake-up when it comes to the Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park on Saturday 25 November. Bold Endeavour is a talented seven-year-old who was second last time out, while Hyland has won back to back races this season and has to be considered.

Gary Moore has Botox Has as a chief contender and this horse registered a victory last time out, while Dan Skelton has an interesting runner in the form of West Balboa. As the name suggests, it’s all about finding a horse that is going to last the pace and stay the required three miles, with lots of cut in the ground expected.

2023 Stayers Handicap Hurdle Tips

Crambo might not have the highest rating in the field for the Betfair Exchange Stayers' Handicap Hurdle, although Fergal O’Brien’s charge is a talented six-year-old who was successful a month ago when last running. Sent off as the 11/8 favourite in the Jewson Handicap Hurdle, there was a smart win over two miles and four furlongs.

Previously to this, the horse ran really well in the Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle when finishing seventh out of fourteen runners at odds of 20/1, with a victory at Sandown over two miles and four furlongs preceding this. That was on heavy ground, with Bold Endeavour also worthy of consideration at odds of around the 8/1 mark.

The horse has finished runner-up in his past two encounters, with the seven-year-old having finished in the Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park back in May. That was over three miles, half a furlong, while this came after finishing runner-up in the Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle over two miles, four and a half furlongs.

Botox Has is a seven-year-old who has plenty of promise, with this horse having won over three miles last time out. Achieving a victory by a distance of one length, the horse performed well on soft ground and might encounter similar sort of going here. Angels Breath is another that has to be respected and there was a second placed finish in a handicap hurdle at the end of October.

Stayers' Handicap Hurdle 2020 Tips

The Stayers’ Handicap will be on the same Haydock racecard as the Betfair Chase and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the best three-mile hurdlers battle it out on a relatively flat track for a bid to claim the Stayers’ Hurdle which is scheduled to take place at Cheltenham Festival later in the season.

Imperial Alcazar and Tea Clipper Head the Betting

Imperial Alcazar has yet to be seen at a racecourse this season although the Fergal O’Brien-trained horse has previously served up some impressive performances, most notably when winning at Leicester on 29 January, with that being a Novices’ Hurdle victory over the distance of two miles and four furlongs on heavy ground.

Previously to this, jockey Paddy Brennan had guided the horse to second place in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on 1 January and we should expect a spirited showing from a horse who has previously shown bags of stamina when appearing at various racecourses.

Tea Clipper is also near the head of the betting market for the Stayers’ and Tom Lacey could have a seriously talented five-year-old considering that he showed an impressive turn of foot to win the Wasdell Group Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow, with the horse coming back from a sizeable break to win.

However, you can make a case for several of the horses in the field and this might be all about having an each-way bet, with a selection such as Collooney potentially not too far away after the JP McManus-owned charge recently claimed a victory at Fontwell on his seasonal reappearance to the course.

Honest Vic is another horse who won on his seasonal reappearance and deserves his place among the favourites, with the Henry Daly-trained horse deserving lots of respect for winning the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle on 24 October and beating plenty of talented horses in the process.

The History of the Haydock Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle

This is not a race with a huge history, having been introduced in 2005 as part of the Betfair Chase day and it has continued to be a prominent race on the card, with this being a Grade 3 encounter which attracts plenty of stellar talent looking to land some prize money for connections.

Paisley Park was a notable winner of the race in 2018 before the Emma Lavelle-trained charge went on to win the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, while Stoney Mountain claimed victory in 2019 and this is a race that has had Grade 3 status since 2011.