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Stayers' Hurdle

15:30 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-17

Winner: £182877.5

Runners: 10

Going: Soft

No. of hurdles: 12

Distance: 2m7f213y

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The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle takes place on day three of the Cheltenham Festival and is a Grade 1 hurdle over three miles. It is the championship contest for long-distance hurdlers and has been won by some of the best hurdlers in the history of jump racing, including Thistlecrack, Big Buck’s, Inglis Drever and Baracouda.

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5(0)
165031
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Koshari

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J: Jonathan Moore
T: D M Christie
10
11-10
152
156
10yo who is lightly raced for his age and had a fine 2021, notably with handicap wins at the Punchestown festival (2m4f, good to yielding) for Willie Mullins and in first-time cheekpieces (retained) on his stable debut at Aintree (3m, good to soft) in November; likely to be outclassed today, however.
1(0)
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Champ

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J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T: Nicky Henderson
10
11-10
163
170
Lightly raced since winning what is now the Brown Advisory Novices' Chase (3m, soft) at the 2020 Festival; reverted to hurdles for this season's reappearance and beat Thyme Hill and Paisley Park in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December; firmly in calculations on that form but he needs to perform better than in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D in January, when Paisley Park gained his revenge.
7(0)
P-3331
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Paisley Park

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J: Aidan Coleman
T: Emma Lavelle
10
11-10
161
168
Won this in 2019 and third to Flooring Porter last year; this 10yo wasn't at his very best towards the end of last year but did extremely well to win the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D in January (good; Champ second) having whipped round and lost ground at the start; can't afford to repeat those antics but that latest effort confirms he retains lots of his old spark and he could play a leading role if again on song; has won a Grade 1 on heavy.
4(0)
35/114
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Klassical Dream

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J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
8
11-10
166
175
Won the Supreme Novices' (2m, soft) at the 2019 Festival and comfortably landed the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown (3m, yielding) last April after a long absence; given a fine ride from the front when winning the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (3m, soft) in December, with Flooring Porter 2l behind; blotted his copybook when fourth in Grade 2 at Gowran in January but he's a major player if bouncing back to his best.
6(0)
8-35P3
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Lisnagar Oscar

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J: Adam Wedge
T: Rebecca Curtis
9
11-10
147
160
Mixed record since winning this race at 50-1 two years ago and has been unable to hit the same heights (fell mid-race in this last year); however, he is suited by this course and his third of five behind Paisley Park and Champ in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D in January was a creditable effort as he had to make his own running and the good ground was probably faster than ideal for him; today's race should be run at a suitably strong clip and, with yesterday's rain a plus, he could go well at an attractive price.
9(0)
121-52
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Thyme Hill

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J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
8
11-10
161
167
Third in the Champion Bumper here in 2019 and unlucky fourth in the Albert Bartlett over this C&D in 2020 (soft; denied a clear run); missed this race last year due to minor muscle tear and won the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at Aintree (3m, good to soft) last April; returned to form when second to Champ in the Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot in December, when last seen; goes well fresh and his record at the Festival is a major plus; plenty to like.
8(0)
2P-224
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Song For Someone

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J: Nico de Boinville
T: Tom Symonds
7
11-10
151
161
He's much better than he showed at Sandown last month and this three-time Grade 2 winner (including here) is a strong stayer over an extended 2m3f; today's step up in trip is worth a go but it's a very tough race in which to try to prove his stamina, and others have better form; can lead.
3(0)
0-0P22
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Home By The Lee

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J: J J Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
7
11-10
150
158
Comfortably won a handicap chase at Naas (2m4f, soft) last February and matched that career-best RPR of 154 when runner-up at 80-1 behind Royal Kahala in Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran (3m, soft) in January; however, he's inconsistent and has plenty to find with the pick of these.
2(0)
11-PF2
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Flooring Porter

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J: Danny Mullins
T: Gavin Cromwell
7
11-10
164
173
Highly progressive last season, making all in the Grade 1 Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle (3m, soft) before doing likewise in this race (good to soft); 0-3 since but he was going best when falling two out in the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan in November, and Klassical Dream snatched a handy head start when this one was a 2l second to that rival in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last time; strong claims in his bid for a repeat win.
10(0)
29-211
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Royal Kahala

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J: Kevin Sexton
T: Peter Fahey
7
11-3
148
163
Finished lame when below-par favourite in the Mares' Novices' Hurdle here 12 months ago; her form has gone to a new level this season, winning mares' Grade 3 at Leopardstown (2m4f, yielding to soft) in December and following up against males in Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran (3m, soft) in January; there are question marks about that latest form (1-3 favourite Klassical Dream was disappointing) but she's on the up and is unexposed over a staying trip.

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Thyme Hill
The previous Festival form of THYME HILL helps to make him the most appealing option. He was third in the 2019 Champion Bumper and an unlucky fourth in the 2020 Albert Bartlett, and now back at Cheltenham he can build on his promising second to Champ in the Long Walk at Ascot. All of the market principals have had their colours lowered at some point this season and, with this likely to be run a good clip, perhaps 2020 winner Lisnagar Oscar will be the main threat at another big price. Klassical Dream can play a leading role if bouncing back from a disappointing run in the Galmoy Hurdle, while Champ, Paisley Park and last year's winner Flooring Porter can also have good cases made for them on this season's best efforts.

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