THE CLEEVE HURDLE IS A PATTERN RACE TRIAL FOR THE STAYERS' HURDLE AT CHELTENHAM
The Cleeve Hurdle is one of the key trial races for the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is often a race that the main protagonists will take in before going to the Festival. The Cleeve is also run at Cheltenham so it makes it a great way for the horses and connections to get a run at the course before the all important Stayers' Hurdle in March.
We have seen plenty of illustrious names win the Cleeve Hurdle including the two most famous hurdlers from the past decade or two, these include Inglis Drever who won the Cleeve and the Stayers' Hurdle in 2008 and Big Buck's who did the same in 2009.
Recent Cleeve Hurdle Winners and their Performances At Cheltenham Later In The Same Season
2019 - Paisley Park - 1st in the Stayers' Hurdle
2018 - Agrapart - Did not run at Cheltenham
2017 - Unowhatimeanharry - 3rd in the Stayers' Hurdle
2016 - Thistlecrack - 1st in the Stayers' Hurdle
2015 - Saphir Du Rheu - 2nd in the Stayers' Hurdle
2014 - Knockara Beau - 7th in the Gold Cup
2013 - Reve De Sivola - 4th in the Stayers' Hurdle