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2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips - Three Irish horses to back ante-post

  • We take a look through the ante-post betting for the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle
  • Over 50 hurdlers have been entered in the Championship race on day three of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival
  • Paisley Park and Thyme Hill sit at the top of the current betting
  • Sire Du Berlais, Ronald Pump and Bachasson are our ante-post tips
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Ronald Pump (right) jumps the last alongside Lisnagar Oscar in the 2020 Stayers' Hurdle. (Getty)
Jon Vine 18 Feb 2021
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St Patrick's Day at the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the Stayers' Hurdle. Last year's race was won by 50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar, and over 50 of the sports finest hurdlers featured in the entries for the 2021 renewal this week.

I've taken a look through this huge list of possible runners and picked out my top three 2021 Stayers' Hurdle ante-post bets.

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Odds


Name
Odds
Paisley Park3/1
Thyme Hill7/2
Sire Du Berlais8/1
Fury Road12/1
Flooring Porter14/1
Roksana14/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken on 15/1/21*

Lisnagar Oscar won an attritional edition of the Stayers' Hurdle 12 months ago. After Apple's Jade made the field chase an unsustainable pace, most of the runners were out on their feet approaching the last, and Rebecca Curtis' outsider proved himself the hardiest stayer on the day.

This year's renewal of the oldest Championship race is already looking much stronger. With no tear-away leader like Apple's Jade in the field either, I'll be expecting an honest and even pace to be set.

Paisley Park turned the tables on Thyme Hill in the Long Walk at Ascot, having been beaten on his reappearance at Newbury. As he was swamped by Paisley Park on the line, Richard Johnson let out an almighty scream in Thyme Hill's saddle, suggesting he'd taken his eye off the ball and wound his mount down too soon.

I would fancy Thyme Hill to get the better of Paisley Park if they met again at the Cheltenham Festival. Yet, at 3/1 and 7/2 respectively, neither offer too much in the way of value for an ante-post punt.

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips - Ante-Post Tip 1


Sire Du Berlais2021 Stayers' Hurdle Ante-Post TipsGET 8/1 HERE
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At the start of the season, I picked out dual-Pertemps Final winner SIRE DU BERLAIS as my best ante-post bet for the 2021 Stayers' Hurdle, and nothing I've seen so far this season has changed my mind. 

Sire Du Berlais' Pertemps Final was run in a time three seconds quicker than the Stayers' Hurdle. What's more, Gordon Elliott's charge was six seconds quicker from the second-last to the line, despite carrying two pounds more on his back than Lisnagar Oscar.

After getting up to win the Lismullen Hurdle on his reappearance, Sire Du Berlais disappointed in the Christmas Hurdle. That wasn't the first time Elliott's hurdler had thrown in a stinker around Leopardstown. Last year, Sire Du Berlais ran so badly in a Pertemps Qualifier, that Elliott had to send Sire Du Berlais on an unscheduled trip to Warwick in January, just to book his place in the final.

We know Sire Du Berlais loves Cheltenham and does his best work in March. The performance he produced in last year's Pertemps would have been good enough to win the Stayers', and he's my best bet to win the 2021 renewal.

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Barry Geraghty celebrates as Sire Du Berlais wins Pertemps Final in 2020. (Getty)

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips - Ante-Post Tip 2



There are two other Irish horses who I think are currently overpriced. The first is RONALD PUMP, who might have reeled in Lisnagar Oscar 12 months ago, had he jumped the last with any fluency.

Matthew Smith's eight-year-old fell when in contention in the Lismullen Hurdle on his reappearance, and was gaining on Honeysuckle with every stride when the line came to save the unbeaten Mares' Hurdle winner in the Hatton's Grace. 

Running in the Stayers' was a late decision last season, having spent most of the campaign running over fences. It's been the number one target for Ronald Pump this term, and there's no way he should be as long as 16/1 in the betting.

2021 Stayers' Hurdle Tips - Ante-Post Tip 3


Bachasson (NRNB)2021 Stayers' Hurdle Ante-Post TipsGET 40/1 HERE
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Only one horse older than nine has won the Stayers' Hurdle since 1927. Yet, I find myself drawn to BACHASSON, who's run up to an RPR around the 160 mark on both of his starts this season.

Willie Mullins' charge has won 13 of his 23 starts under rules, including Graded prizes over both hurdles and fences. The team stumbled upon front-running tactics at Clonmel last March, and those tactics have helped Bachasson win the Clonmel Oil Chase and a £9k Hurdles race at Punchestown this term, where he gave City Island a proper beating.

Mullins has only run Bachasson over three miles twice. Patrick Mullins' mount was staying on from the rear when falling at the last in the 2016 Albert Bartlett, and fell at just the second fence in the 2018 Gold Cup. Bachasson battled through the pack to finish sixth in the Coral Cup last season, where he gave weight to the five horses who finished ahead of him.

Bachasson has won all three of his starts since then. He's rated a little too high for the Coral Cup now, and isn't entered in any other race at Cheltenham. With Patrick guaranteed to ride Bacardys again, Paul Townend could be tasked with guiding Bachasson into the feature race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, and Mullins' ten-year-old shouldn't be underestimated.
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