2019 Champion Bumper Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Date: Wednesday March 13, 2019 
Track: Cheltenham 
Distance: 3,298m 
Status: Grade 1 
Prize Money: £75,000 
Age: 4YO-6YO 

One of the more unique races during the Cheltenham Festival, the Champion Bumper is a flat race for prospective jumpers which often perform well over the hurdles or steeplechase later in their careers. 

Holding a Grade 1 status, the Champion Bumper might be worth only £75,000, but it has produced the likes of Cue Card and Florida Pearl, which both went on to win other top races during the festival. 

It also gives the flat jockeys a chance to ride up in the weights and bettors love having a flutter on the exciting Champion Bumper.

Champion Bumper Date & Time 2019

The RSA Chase is the final race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 13, 2019 and the official starting time is 5:30pm. 

The Day 2 card also includes the Novices’ Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and RSA Chase at Grade 1 level. 

2:10 – RSA Chase 
2:50 – Coral Cup 
4:10 – Cross Country Chase 
4:50 – Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle 
5:30 – Champion Bumper

Champion Bumper 2019 Betting Tips

We have 2019 Champion Bumper tips available.

2019 Champion Bumper odds

The Champion Bumper is a tough race for punters to sort out and history has shown that, however, bookmakers offer good-value odds throughout the market. 

The 2019 Champion Bumper betting market shows only one horse currently at single-figures and punters are getting tremendous odds with the rest of the prospective field. 

Below are the top 20 runners in the market. 

  • Envoi Allen – 6.00 
  • The Glancing Queen – 17.00 
  • Mt Leinster – 21.00 
  • Fury Road – 21.00 
  • Midnight Run – 21.00 
  • Master Debonair – 21.00 
  • Timetochill – 21.00 
  • Ask For Glory – 21.00 
  • El Barra – 26.00 
  • Silver Forever – 26.00 
  • Thyme Hill – 26.00 
  • The Very Man – 26.00 
  • Eden du Houx – 26.00 
  • King Roland – 26.00 
  • Glory And Fortune – 26.00 
  • L’incorrigible - 26.00 
  • Scarlet And Dove – 26.00 
  • Regel Og – 34.00 
  • Asterion Forlonge – 34.00 
  • Energumeme – 34.00 

2019 Champion Bumper field

The field hasn’t been confirmed but we will post an updated 2019 Champion Bumper field when the final field is released.

Champion Bumper winners

Willie Mullins has a great record producing flat winners which eventually become jumping stars. Mullins has lined up nine winners of the Champion Bumper, easily putting him at the top of the Champion Bumper winners’ list. 

The Champion Bumper past winners include famous names and despite being a relatively new race on the Cheltenham Festival card, it has become one of the must-see races. 

2015Moon Racer
2014Silver Concorde
2013Briar Hill
2012Champagne Fever
2010Cue Card
2008Cousin Vinny
2007Cork All Star
2006Hairy Molly
2005Missed That
2004Total Enjoyment
2001no race
2000Joe Cullen
1998Alexander Banquet

Champion Bumper history

The first Champion Bumper was held in 1992 when being taken out by Montelado for trainer Pat Flynn and jockey Richard Dunwoody. 

It’s the most prestigious flat race on the National Hunt calendar and the winner often goes on to have a storied career over the jumps.  

Having had many sponsors, including Weatherbys, Tote and Guinness, it is now called the Champion Bumper and it has been a successful race for the Irish runners. The Irish have dominated the Champion Bumper, mostly due to Willie Mullins but punters should look for the Irish runners. 

Ruby Walsh has scored three wins in the Champion Bumper and his last win came in 2013 with Briar Hill, but one of the more famous wins in the Champion Bumper came in 2018 when Katie Walsh scored her third Cheltenham Festival win. 

The 2015 Irish Grand National winner brought the house down when scoring aboard the Willie Mullins-trained runner in 2018 and it was a popular win with punters. 

Flat jockey Jamie Spencer scored a win in 2002 with Pizarro, showing that the flat jockeys can have success during the carnival. 

In 1996, Willie Mullins became the only man to train and ride the winner of the Champion Bumper with Wither or Which.

2018 Champion Bumper replay

The 2018 Champion Bumper was taken out by Relegate for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Katie Walsh. 

See below for the 2018 Champion Bumper replay.