2022 Champion Stayers Hurdle Betting Odds at Punchestown racecourse

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Klassical Dream was the nine-length winner of the 2021 Punchestown Stayers’ Hurdle, with the horse returning to the Festival in Ireland to defend his crown this year. Although he was beaten by four horses including Paisley Park at the Cheltenham Festival, the bookies are keeping the charge onside for this race.

Indeed, it appears that Klassical Dream will be trading at a shorter price for this race than he was this time last year, with the eight-year-old bidding for his second win of the season although some punters will be looking for an alternative bet.

The Ladbrokes’ Stayers Hurdle is one of the biggest horse races at the 2022 Punchestown Festival, with the winner collecting a purse of over £150,000 in this encounter and it’s a serious test of stamina. Just under three miles isn’t for the faint-hearted and we could see a couple of seasoned ten-year-olds battle it out with Klassical Dream.

Willie Mullins has previously saddled this horse to some memorable victories, with this including the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2019, while there was a win in the 2021 Stayers’ Hurdle and also a triumph in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown Racecourse over three miles.

However, some might point to the fact that Klassical Dream didn’t oblige as the 11/4 favourite in the 2022 Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with the horse actually reluctant to line up in the first place. Having got himself into a good position, the runner was eventually found wanting.

Can Paisley Park Roll Back the Years and Win Stayers?

Paisley Park is not an easy horse to write off, with the Emma Lavelle-trained runner having delighted crowds for a number of years even if he’s found wins hard to come by this season. The ten-year-old produced outstanding staying quality when landing third to Flooring Porter in the Cheltenham Festival race and could be in the mix here.

The horse has never run at Punchestown although Paisley Park has been in the frame on four of the five times he has run this season. That means an each-way bet could be in order. It might be the horse’s final run of his career and it would be a crowning moment if we saw Paisley produce the goods to win.

Sire Du Berlais could be an even better value bet. The horse was sent off at 16/1 in the recent Liverpool Hurdle and wasn’t expected to topple strong favourite Flooring Porter, although the Gordon Elliott-trained charge was able to oblige over a distance which was further than three miles.

The JP McManus-owned horse was the 11/2 co-favourite in the Pertemps at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival although the runner flattered to deceive. The trainer later commented that the horse didn’t appreciate the ground although there might be a better surface for this charge to run a big race.