- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 5:30 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 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 Boodles Handicap 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 Dawn Run Mares Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
2020 County Handicap Hurdle Preview & Tips - 2.10pm Cheltenham
2019 County Handicap Hurdle Preview
The County Hurdle days back to 1920 and is the one of the most competitive handicaps of the week. These horses are just below top class so it’s no surprises to see that both Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls have each won it four times previously.
Dan Skelton took the honours last season when 20/1 shot Mohaayed came home in front, that was his second victory in three years having won it with Superb Story in 2016.
Mohaayed is going for the race again and last year’s winning jockey Bridget Andrews will once again be in the saddle.
It will be a difficult task for the 7yo as he will be carrying a stone more in weight but you can’t be surprised that connections fancied another shot at it.
His best run this season was when winning at Ascot in December and that was possibly a personal best effort. Just behind him that day was Lisp trained by Alan King.
He made a mistake at the last which cost him any chance but would fancy turning the tables here. Lisp has since ran poorly so has a bit to prove now.
Skelton also has the 8yo Ch’tibello in the race, he was 8th in the Champion Hurdle last season and was just found out in the very top races. His handicap mark has slipped and now looks worth a second look in a big handicap like this.
Paul Nicholls has done well in the handicaps at Cheltenham and he has Capitaine in the line up. He won at Taunton last month to book his ticket here but has gone up 6lbs in the process.
Nicky Henderson has a few two mile hurdlers that wouldn’t look out of place in this line up and the one I like is We Have A Dream. He was thought good enough to be considered for the Champion Hurdle at one point this year but in the end his form has not been up to scratch at the very top level.
Last season he had to miss the Festival through injury but made amends by winning at Aintree. Last time out he got back to winning ways at Kelso in a weak race but at least he comes here with his confidence restored.
The consistent handicapper Sternrubin could go well despite finishing only 10th last year. He has won twice this season and last time out was a good second to Capitaine at Taunton.
That was his first run for 9 weeks so maybe just needed it and he rarely runs a bad race, he looks very solid to me.
The Phillip Hobbs yard also have Crooks Peak and he will be ridden by Richard Johnson. The 6yo has improved no end lately and comes here after landing his hat-trick at Newbury a couple of weeks ago. He's a horse at the top of his game and deserves his chance here.
Willie Mullins has won this race four times since 2010 so anything he saddles needs a check. Whiskey Sour looks to be his main hope and will be ridden by Ruby Walsh. The 6yo was last seen out on the flat at Naas in November. His last run over hurdles was a respectable 7th in the Galway Hurdle behind Sharjah so that form looks pretty solid.
Mr Adjudicator is another Mullins runner, he was second to Farclas in the Triumph Hurdle last season and he then went on to fill the same behind Saldier at Punchestown.
His only run this season was when second to Espoir D’Allen at Naas in November and has been kept fresh for this assignment.
Trainer Gordon Elliott has a very poor record in the County Hurdle and would really like to put that straight sooner rather than later. His best chnace looks to be with Eclair De Beaufeu who gets in here on a mark of 136. The 5yo won at Limerick and Fairyhouse before a respectable 4th at Leopardstown in a handicap behind Off You Go. He's up 6lbs but looks to be going in the right direction.
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County Handicap Hurdle Runners
County H'cap Hurdle Trends
|9/10 Winners||Were rated between 132 and 139|
|10/10 Favourites||Did NOT win the race|
|9/10 Winners||Had ran at least 3 times that season|
|9/10 Winners||Started at double figure odds (10/1 or more)|
|8/10 Winners||Had not won more than two hurdle races|
|8/10 Winners||Aged 5 or 6 years old|
|7/10 Winners||Carried 11 stone or less|
|7/10 Winners||Were trained in Ireland|
|7/10 Winners||Were placed in the first 3 last time out|
|7/10 Winners||Had won a Class 3 Hurdle|
County H'cap Hurdle Previous Winners
|2019||Ch'tibello||8||11-05||Harry Skelton||Dan Skelton||12/1|
|2018||Mohaayed||6||10-11||Bridget Andrews||Dan Skelton||33/1|
|2017||Arctic Fire||7||11-12||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||20/1|
|2016||Superb Story||5||10-12||Harry Skelton||Dan Skelton||8/1|
|2015||Wicklow Brave||6||11-04||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins||25/1|
|2014||Lac Fontana||5||10-11||Daryl Jacob||Paul Nicholls||11/1|
|2013||Ted Veale||6||10-06||Bryan Cooper||Tony Martin||10/1|
|2012||Alderwood||8||11-01||Tony McCoy||Thomas Mullins||20/1|
|2011||Final Approach||5||10-12||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||10/1|
|2010||Thousand Stars||6||10-05||Katie Walsh||Willie Mullins||20/1|
|2009||American Trilogy||5||11-00||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||20/1|
|2008||Silver Jaro||5||10-13||Noel Fehily||Tom Hogan||50/1|