The biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of eight-time winner Willie Mullins.
Champion Bumper Trends
|10/10||were last time out winners (that stat covers twenty of the twenty-two winners of the Champion Bumper)|
|9/10|| were aged five or six|
|8/10||were off the track for at least 32 days|
|8/10||were trained in Ireland (and seventeen of all the twenty-two winners of this race!)|
|7/10||had won a bumper worth at least 4k (pounds or euros) to the winner|
|6/10||were bred in Ireland|
Champion Bumper Analysis
Irish trainers have dominated this race since its inception in 1992 and in 2014 the first six horses home were trained in Ireland.
Only five British trainers have managed to win this race
in its twenty-two year history.
Willie Mullins has won this race an amazing eight times
, including four times in the last ten years.
Fresh horses have started to dominate this race of late. Eight of the last ten winners had been off the track for at least 32 days but even more significantly four of the last five winners had been off for over 50 days.
Champion Bumper Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2014||Silver Concorde||6yo||D Weld||R McNamara||16/1|
|2013||Briar Hill||5yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||25/1|
|2012||Champagne Fever||5yo||W Mullins||Mr P Mullins||16/1|
|2011||Cheltenian||5yo||P Hobbs||R Johnson||14/1|
|2010||Cue Card||4yo||C Tizzard||J Tizzard||40/1|
|2009||Dunguib||6yo||P Fenton||Mr B OConnell||9/2|
|2008||Cousin Vinny||5yo||W Mullins||Mr P Mullins||12/1|
|2007||Cork All Star||5yo||Mrs J Harrington||B Geraghty||11/2|
|2006||Hairy Molly||6yo||J Crowley||P Carberry||33/1|
|2005||Missed That||6yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||7/2F|
Champion Bumper PreviewNicky Henderson
has made no secret of the fact that he believes the Champion Bumper may not help the long term career of a horse and this seems to suggest that if Henderson does enter one for the Bumper it may well be best avoided.
Jonjo O'Neill and Nigel Twiston-Davies have also both had poor returns in this race.
Paul Nicholls has a similarly disappointing return from his runners
but the Champion Trainer's Al Ferof would have been an easy winner in 2010 had he not bumped into Cue Card.
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