Champion Bumper


The biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of eight-time winner Willie Mullins.

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Champion Bumper Trends

10/10were last time out winners(that stat covers nineteen of the twenty-one winners of the Champion Bumper)
9/10 were aged five or six
8/10were off the track for at least 32 days
8/10were trained in Ireland(and sixteen of all the twenty-one winners of this race!)
8/10had won a bumper with at least thirteen runners
7/10had won a bumper worth at least 4k (pounds or euros) to the winner
7/10were bred in Ireland


Champion Bumper Analysis


Irish trainers have dominated this race since its inception in 1992 but that is perhaps not surprising given the history that surrounds bumpers in Ireland compared to their fairly lukewarm acceptance in this country.

Only five British trainers have managed to win this race in its twenty year history, although two of those victories came in 2010 and 2011.

Willie Mullins runners are always very popular given he has won this race an amazing eight times, including four times in the last ten years.

It may also be worth focusing on the stat that states that horses do well who have won bumpers with thirteen runners or more. This is very significant as small field bumpers will be run at a very slow early pace and bear no resemblance to the test those horses will face at Cheltenham. Making a short-list of horses that have won a bumper of at least thirteen runners will immediately cut the choices in this race down considerably.

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).
YearHorseAgeTrainerJockeyPrice
2013Briar Hill5yoW MullinsR Walsh25/1
2012Champagne Fever5yoW MullinsMr P Mullins16/1
2011Cheltenian5yoP HobbsR Johnson14/1
2010Cue Card4yoC TizzardJ Tizzard40/1
2009Dunguib6yoP FentonMr B OConnell9/2
2008Cousin Vinny5yoW MullinsMr P Mullins12/1
2007Cork All Star5yoMrs J HarringtonB Geraghty11/2
2006Hairy Molly6yoJ CrowleyP Carberry33/1
2005Missed That6yoW MullinsR Walsh7/2F
2004Total Enjoyment5yoT CooperJ Culloty7/1


Champion Bumper Analysis


Nicky 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 he 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 although Twiston-Davies did manage fourth place in 2011.

Paul Nicholls has a similarly disappointing return from his runners but the Champion Trainer seems keen to add the Bumper to his Cheltenham collection and Al Ferof would have been an easy winner in 2010 had he not bumped into Cue Card. The Nicholls' horses tend to be later maturing types but keep an eye out for any entries he has in 2014 as they are likely to carry strong stable support.

Champion Bumper Tips

OUR KAEMPFER ran well here at Cheltenham at the November meeting finishing third to David Pipe’s Red Sherlock. The form of that race looks sound and it gives OUR KAEMPFER experience of Cheltenham and the hustle and bustle of running in a competitive race, something that few of the horses running here will have had.

Charlie Longsdon’s five-year-old is a full brother to Donald McCain’s good hurdler Clondaw Kaempfer and also to a mare of Nicky Henderson’s called Its a Dream who won a £27k Bumper at the Punchestown Festival so the family all have plenty of ability.

Currently available at 33/1 OUR KAEMPFER looks to have a great each-way chance, especially when the bookies start offering four places for this race.

Recent quote from Charlie Longsdon regarding OUR KAEMPFER:

“We’d like to think he has improved a lot (since Cheltenham). I’ve kept him for this race. This has been his plan since November and if he improves as much as we hope has he has got to run well.”


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