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2021 Stayers' Hurdle Odds and Tips – 25/1 shot worth a second chance on return to Cheltenham Festival

  • We take a look at the ante-post betting for the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle
  • Paisley Park is the current favourite
  • Star mares Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle both feature prominently
  • We pick out a 25/1 shot who could progress into a serious challenger
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Lisnagar Oscar beating Ronald Pump and Emitom (far) in the 2020 Stayers' Hurdle. (Getty)

We take a look through the ante-post betting for the feature Championship race on day three of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and offer readers our ante-post 2021 Stayers' Hurdle tips.

St Patrick's day, more commonly known as day three, at the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the Stayers' Hurdle. This three-mile hurdles race is the oldest of the four Championship races at National Hunt racing's premier meeting, and has been won by come of the greatest staying hurdlers of all time.

I've taken a closer look at the current ante-post betting and picked out an outsider who could follow in the footsteps of Lisnagar Oscar, who was a 66/1 shot when he won the Stayers' Hurdle in 2020.

2021 Stayers’ Hurdle Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Paisley Park7/1bet365
Benie Des Dieux8/1Ladbrokes
Honeysuckle10/1Paddy Power
Thyme Hill12/1William Hill
Sire Du Berlais16/1William Hill
Lisnagar Oscar16/1Betfred

2021 Stayers’ Hurdle Tips

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Paisley Park’s unbeatable aura came crashing down around him at Cheltenham. Emma Lavelle’s stayer carried a very short price into the defence of his Stayers’ Hurdle crown, but didn’t jump or travel with any of his usual zest and was beaten as the field turned for home.

Lisnagar Oscar ran out a shock winner that day, staying on gamely after the last to carry a price of 66/1 into the winners’ enclosure. While few would fancy the winner to repeat that feat in 2021, Paisley Park is far from a spent force and he still offer plenty of value at his current price.

From an ante-post stand-point, however, I would rather take a punt on EMITOM. At the end of his novice campaign, I fancied Emitom would be the one to progress and really serve up a still challenge to Paisley Park. Sadly, Greatrex’s talented stayer suffered a set-back in the summer, and produced a woeful round of jumping on his return to action in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day.

Emitom bounced back from that display with a comfortable victory in the Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock. Gavin Sheehan’s mount then ran his best ever race around Cheltenham in the Stayers’ Hurdle, where he was squeezed for room on the inside on a number of occasions, but still stayed on to finish an eye-catching fourth.

Greatrex will have the option of going over fences with Emitom next season, but I think there’s a big chance this six-year-old will remain over the smaller obstacles and target a return to the Stayers. Emitom still has the profile of a big improver and could take his game to a new level in 2020/21.

Stayers' Hurdle FAQs

When was the Stayers' Hurdle first run?

The Stayers' Hurdle first took place at Cheltenham in 1912, making it the oldest of the four main Championship races at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who won the Stayers' Hurdle?

Lisnagar Oscar caused a huge shock in 2020 when he won the Stayers' Hurdle, depsite going off as an unfancied 66/1 outsider.

Where can I watch the Stayers' Hurdle?

The 2021 Stayers' Hurdle will be shown live on ITV Racing. Visit our Live Streaming page if you want to watch the Cheltenham Festival on your mobile or tablet.


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