Champion Bumperby Darren Brett
The biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of eight-time Winner
Champion Bumper Trends
|10/10||were last time out winners(that stat covers nineteen of the twenty-one winners of the Champion Bumper)|
|9/10|| were aged five or six|
|9/10||were off the track for at least 32 days|
|8/10||were trained in Ireland(and sixteen of all the twenty-one winners of this race!)|
|8/10||had won a bumper with at least thirteen runners|
|7/10||had won a bumper worth at least 4k (pounds or euros) to the winner|
|7/10||were 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.
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).
|Year||Horse||Age||Trainer||Jockey||Price||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|
|2004||Total Enjoyment||5yo||T Cooper||J Culloty||7/1|
Champion Bumper Preview and Tips
has made no secret of the fact that he believes the Champion Bumper may not help the long term career of a horse and his 0/9 return on all his runners in the race seems to suggest that if he does enter one for the Bumper it may well be best avoided.
and Nigel Twiston-Davies
have also both had poor returns in this race (0/12 and 0/16 respectively), although Twiston-Davies did manage fourth place in 2011.
has a similarly disappointing return from his runners (0/10) 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
Watch out for our tip for the 2014 Champion Bumper nearer the race
Champion Bumper Odds