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2019 Stayers' Hurdle Runners Guide - Paisley Park And Faugheen Are Two Classy Performers Bidding For Victory

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Paisley Park will be a warm order for the Stayers' Hurdle on Thursday
Paisley Park will be a warm order for the Stayers' Hurdle on Thursday

A bumper field of 18 runners will line up for the 2019 Stayers' Hurdle on day three of the Cheltenham Festival and it will be the moment of truth for hot favourite Paisley Park, who was a runaway winner of the Cleeve Hurdle on his last start, but Emma Lavelle's charge will face a host of exciting stayers and Faugheen will be aiming to recapture his best form and claim for more Cheltenham Festival glory.

Check out our in-depth Stayers' Hurdle runners guide here and our 1-2-3 finish for the race.

No.1 Bacardys

Form This Season: 7F

A former Grade One-winning novice hurdler, Bacardys has failed to sparkle over fences, so Willie Mullins has elected to switch him back to hurdles here and that could prove a masterstroke, if he can produce the top-class form he showed earlier in his career.

No.2 Bapaume

Form: 21432

The second of four Willie Mullins runners in the 2019 Stayers' Hurdle, Bapaume has been pretty active throughout the season, but his only win came in France, and he has failed to taste victory in Grade 1 company this season, so needs more to figure here.

No.3 Black Op

Form: 333

Like Bacardys, Black Op was sent chasing at the start of the season, but having failed to take to that discipline, Tom George opted to revert to hurdles and a decent third to Paisley Park in the Cleeve Hurdle means he lines up with an each-way chance.

No.4 Coquin Mans

Form: P95

The least-fancied of the Mullins quartet, Coquin Mans was last seen finishing down the field in fifth in a Grade 2 hurdle, so it's hard to see him land a significant blow in Thursday's feature race.

No.5 Faugheen

Form: 2F

One of the finest hurdlers in recent times, Faugheen already has a Champion Hurdle win on his CV, but Mullins' fourth contender will need to bounce back from a shocking fall in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.  If the fire in his belly still burns bright then he has to come into calculations, but may just be in the twilight of his career now.

No.6 Keeper Hill

Form: 5210

Down the field in handicap company last time out, Keeper Hill has winning form over three miles this season, but Warren Greatrex's charge will surely find this top-class level too hot to handle and he is entitled to be an outsider.

No.7 Kilbricken Storm

Form: 16

A gutsy winner of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle last season, Kilbricken Storm is another reverting back from the novice chasing game, but as he showed last season he is a real stamina-laden performer for Colin Tizzard and could shock a few in this event.

No.8 Man Of Plenty

Form: 650410566 

Highly tried this season, Man Of Plenty has only tasted victory in one of his eight outings this season, and this top notch company will see him struggle and he is certainly making the numbers up.

No.9 Nautical Nitwit

Form: 6418215

A Grade 2 winner at Wetherby earlier in the season, Nautical Nitwit is another huge-priced runner here and like Man Of Plenty it's hard to see him landing a blow at the very highest level.

No.10 Paisley Park

Form: 1111

Progressing through the handicap division at a rate of knots, Paisley Park then showed his class in Graded company and having breezed to an emphatic victory in the Cleeve Hurdle on Cheltenham Trials Day he is entitled to be the hot favourite here, and is the one to beat.

No.11 Petit Mouchoir

Form: 63

A former winner of the Irish Champion Hurdle, Petit Mouchoir has gone off the boil in more recent times and was well beaten last time out by Apple's Jade.  A gelding that has bundles of ability, but will need to show some old spark to figure here.

No.12 Sam Spinner

Form: UU4

Well fancied for last year's Stayers' Hurdle, Sam Spinner failed to fire and it's been a similar story this campaign, and while he catches the eye at huge odds, he's hard to fancy on current form.

No.13 Supasundae

Form: 222

Second to Penhill in this race last year, Supasundae is a real model of consistency, but with three runner-up finishes this season he can't be ignored as an each-way player, but is likely to find one too good again.

No.14 The Mighty Don

Form: U1340

An eye-catching winner of a handicap at Cheltenham earlier in the season, The Mighty Don was last seen finishing down the field in the Cleeve Hurdle and is hard to fancy back in elite company again.

No.15 Top Notch

Form: 31

Third to Paisley Park in Grade 1 company a few months back, Top Notch was last seen finishing third over fences, so it's interesting to see him handed this test.  Decent on his day, he could be a well-supported each-way contender.

No.16 West Approach

Form: 3P522

Second to Paisley Park on his last two runs, West Approach is a relatively big price for this event, but Colin Tizzard's charge will struggle to reverse the form with the Stayers' Hurdle favourite and may have to play bridesmaid once again.

No.17 Wholestone

Form: 1529

Third in last year's Stayers' Hurdle, Wholestone has some smart form aroun the undulations of Cheltenham, but can often blow a lot more cold than hot around Prestbury Park, so best watched

No.18 Yanworth

Form: P

Pulled up in his only run this season at Haydock Park, Yanworth was sixth in this race last season, but isn't the force of old, so will struggle in a competitive event on Thursday afternoon.

Stayers' Hurdle Prediction..

  1. Paisley Park
  2. Bacardys
  3. Supasundae

2019 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

Paisley Park Aidan Coleman / Miss E C Lavelle 11/8 5/4 11/8 11/8 11/10 11/8 6/5 11/8 11/8
Faugheen R Walsh / W P Mullins 7/2 4 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2
Supasundae R M Power / Mrs J Harrington 10 10 10 10 9 10 9 9 10
Black Op N D Fehily / T R George 11 10 12 12 12 12 11 11 12
Top Notch D A Jacob / N J Henderson 14 12 14 14 14 12 12 12 14
Kilbricken Storm Harry Cobden / C L Tizzard 14 14 14 16 12 14 14 11 16
Bacardys Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 14 20 20 25 16 20 20 18 25
Bapaume P Townend / W P Mullins 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 16 20
Yanworth B J Geraghty / A King 33 25 33 33 33 33 33 28 33
Petit Mouchoir Rachael Blackmore / H de Bromhead 33 33 33 33 33 28 33 33 33
Wholestone Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies 33 33 33 40 33 33 33 28 40
Sam Spinner Joe Colliver / Jedd O'Keeffe 40 40 40 33 40 33 33 40 33
West Approach T Scudamore / C L Tizzard 33 40 40 50 50 40 40 40 50
The Mighty Don L P Aspell / N J Gifford 100 100 100 100 66 100 100 100 100
Coquin Mans D J Mullins / W P Mullins 80 100 100 125 125 100 100 100 125
Keeper Hill R Johnson / W Greatrex 100 125 125 150 150 125 125 125 150
Nautical Nitwit Thomas Dowson / P A Kirby 150 200 250 300 300 250 250 200 300
Man Of Plenty J J Burke / Mrs S Leech 200 250 300 300 300 300 300 250 300
Each Way Terms 3
1/5
3
1/5
- 4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
3
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5

2019 Stayers' Hurdle Odds

BEST ODDS
1. Paisley Park Aidan Coleman / Miss E C Lavelle
11/8
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11/8
11/8
11/8
11/8
5/4
6/5
11/10
2. Faugheen R Walsh / W P Mullins
9/2
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9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
4
7/2
3. Supasundae R M Power / Mrs J Harrington
10
FREE BET ODDS
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
4. Black Op N D Fehily / T R George
12
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12
12
12
12
12
11
11
11
10
5. Top Notch D A Jacob / N J Henderson
14
FREE BET ODDS
14
14
14
14
14
12
12
12
12
6. Kilbricken Storm Harry Cobden / C L Tizzard
16
FREE BET ODDS
16
16
14
14
14
14
14
12
11
7. Bacardys Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins
25
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25
25
20
20
20
20
18
16
14
8. Bapaume P Townend / W P Mullins
20
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20
20
20
20
20
20
20
18
16
9. Yanworth B J Geraghty / A King
33
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33
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
25
10. Petit Mouchoir Rachael Blackmore / H de Bromhead
33
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33
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
11. Wholestone Sam Twiston-Davies / N A Twiston-Davies
40
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40
40
33
33
33
33
33
33
28
12. Sam Spinner Joe Colliver / Jedd O'Keeffe
40
FREE BET ODDS
40
40
40
40
40
33
33
33
33
13. West Approach T Scudamore / C L Tizzard
50
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50
50
50
40
40
40
40
40
33
14. The Mighty Don L P Aspell / N J Gifford
100
FREE BET ODDS
100
100
100
100
100
100
66
15. Coquin Mans D J Mullins / W P Mullins
125
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125
125
100
100
100
100
80
16. Keeper Hill R Johnson / W Greatrex
150
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150
150
125
125
125
125
100
17. Nautical Nitwit Thomas Dowson / P A Kirby
300
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300
300
250
250
200
200
150
18. Man Of Plenty J J Burke / Mrs S Leech
300
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300
300
300
300
250
250
200
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:16 . Odds are subject to change.
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