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 twenty of the twenty-two 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 seventeen of all the twenty-two winners of this race!)
7/10had won a bumper worth at least 4k (pounds or euros) to the winner
6/10were 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).
2014Silver Concorde6yoD WeldR McNamara16/1
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

Champion Bumper Preview

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 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.

Champion Bumper Tips

OLBG member Carpo Marx gives SUPERSUNDAE a big chance in the Bumper:

“Again Willie Mullins is sitting with more than a double handful in this Open Hunt Flat Race but which ever he chooses it will have to be something special to beat the impeccably bred SUPERSUNDAE.

Out of Galileo this Andrew Balding 5yr old could turn into something special. Winning his maiden race at Wetherby as a 4yr old he was then sent off at a surprising 16/1. As a 5yr old in a listed NHF race at Ascot he beat the Alan King trained Yanworth, who was sent off the 2/1fav with AP McCoy on board.

Ridden by Barry Geraghty, Supersundae tracked the leading group, progressed to lead 2 out and stayed on well in a good time. I’m hoping that Nicky Henderson's Altior doesn’t run which may enable Geraghty to ride it again.”

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