- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Champion Bumper Tips - 5.30pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
Trainer Willie Mullins has won this race seven times so it may surprise some to find out that his last winner was Briar Hill back in 2013. The main reason for this has been the shift in purchasing power within the yard and many youngsters are now bought in France which cant run in this race.
This season however the yard has a strike rate of 40% in bumpers and look as strong as ever so maybe its time for Mullins to get back on the score sheet.
Leading the way is Blackbow, he opened his account at Leopardstown in December, he showed good battling qualities that day to beat The Holy One after being headed. Next time out he was pitched in a Grade 2 contest and ran out a comfortable winner from Rhinestone and Brace Yourself, both well regarded youngsters.
I think its fair to say he’s not the most flashiest of winners but gets the job done and that’s what’s needed at Cheltenham.
A couple of others from the yard are Carefully Selected who bolted up at Naas in February, that followed a good victory on his bumper debut at Leopardstown in December. He’s clearly going the right way. Tornado Flyer won on his debut at Fairyhouse in January, he won by a head from Getaway John who has since won at Punchestown so that form looks solid enough.
Gordon Elliott won this race last year with the ill-fated Fayonagh, the yard have had loads of bumper winners this season and their number one here is Felix Desjy. He is unbeaten in a point and two bumpers and has had a break since November. He beat Cask Mate last time out at Down Royal and that horse has ran well several times since.
Joseph O’Brien has a good team assembled for the Festival and his main fancy here is the JP McManus owned Rhinestone who we mentioned earlier had finished second in a Grade 2 contest at Leopardstown. That race is possibly the strongest we have seen in Ireland this year so he has to be taken seriously.
The English runners will not give up without a fight and Nick Gifford has been very bullish about his youngster Didtheyleaveuoutto. He is also owned by JP McManus and remains unbeaten after two starts so far. On his debut he won at Lingfield by 10 lengths and then next time out was sent to Ascot in a much stronger race. He was very impressive that day and the form has been upheld since. He looks one to keep on the right side, especially on better ground.
Anthony Honeyball has had a good season so far and he has a leading contender in Acey Milan. He was second on his debut at Exeter but has won three times since including a Listed contest at Newbury last time out. He still looks to be improving with each race so has to go any shortlist.
Fergal O’Brien has done well with his bumper horses this season and his best horse is probably Mercy Mercy Me, he won at Sandown back in November and hasnt been seen since. The yard had plenty to choose from so the hint should be taken.
Of the rest we should keep an eye on Nigel Twiston-Davies, he won this two years ago with Ballyandy and has had a load of bumper winners this season. Volcano is the mount of Sam Twiston-Davies and the 4yo has his first outing for the yard since being switched from Christian Williams. He beat Acey Milan at Exeter and then was a bit disappointing next time when only 5th to the same horse here at Cheltenham in January. Connections havent given up on him jsut yet and receives a nice bit of weight from the majority of his rivals.
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Champion Bumper Runners
Champion Bumper Trends
|10/10 Winners||Won last time out|
|9/10 Favourites||Did not win the race|
|9/10 Winners||Were aged 5 or 6|
|8/10 Winners||Won on Left Handed track|
|6/10 Winners||Were Irish bred|
|6/10 Winners||Were trained in Ireland|
|6/10 Winners||Rated lower than 130|
|6/10 Winners||Not raced for at least 50 days|
|6/10 Winners||Started at an SP of 12/1 or bigger|
|5/10 Winners||Ridden by Amateur riders|
Champion Bumper Previous Winners
|2018||Relegate||5||Katy Walsh||Willie Mullins||25/1|
|2017||Fayonagh||6||Jamie Codd||Gordon Elliott||7/1|
|2016||Ballyandy||5||Sam Twiston-Davies||Nigel Twiston-Davies||5/1|
|2015||Moon Racer||6||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe||9/2 f|
|2014||Silver Concorde||6||MrRobbie McNamara||Dermot Weld||16/1|
|2013||Briar Hill||5||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||25/1|
|2012||Champagne Fever||5||MrPatrick Mullins||Willie Mullins||16/1|
|2011||Cheltenian||5||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||14/1|
|2010||Cue Card||4||Joe Tizzard||Colin Tizzard||40/1|
|2009||Dunguib||6||MrBrian O'Connell||Philip Fenton||9/2|