Vincent OBrien County Hurdleby Darren Brett
A fast and furious battle for what used to be the closing race of the Festival until 2009. Some punters maybe put off by the large field but this race has been a good race for the backers in recent years with only one recent winner at large odds.
County Hurdle Trends
|10/10||ran between four and sixteen times over hurdles|
|9/10||had run at least four times that season|
|9/10||had an official rating between 128-144 |
|9/10||returned an SP no bigger than 20/1|
|9/10||carried 11st 1lb or less |
|8/10||last outing was within thirty-six days|
|7/10||were aged five or six|
|7/10||were making their first appearance at the Festival|
County Hurdle Analysis
The last of our stats goes against the traditional view of one of the possible requirements of a Festival winner: previous form at a Festival.
Only Fontanesi, Silver Jaro and Thousand Stars had previously run at a Cheltenham Festival and all ran poorly so it would seem that for the purposes of the County Hurdle at least we are looking for horses coming into the environment for the first time.
County Hurdle Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race, their age and weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
|2013||Ted Veale||6-10-6||A J Martin||B Cooper||10/1|
|2012||Alderwood||8-11-1||T Mullins||AP McCoy||20/1|
|2011||Final Approach||5-10-12||W Mullins||R Walsh||10/1|
|2010||Thousand Stars||6-10-5||W Mullins||Ms K Walsh||20/1|
|2009||American Trilogy||5-11-0||P Nicholls||R Walsh||20/1|
|2008||Silver Jaro||5-10-13||T Hogan||N Fehily||50/1|
|2007||Pedrobob||9-10-0||T Mullins||Philip Carberry||12/1|
|2006||Desert Quest||6-10-10||P Nicholls||R Walsh||4/1JF|
|2005||Fontanesi||5-10-0||M Pipe||T Murphy||16/1|
|P Nicholls||R Walsh||7/1F|
County Hurdle Preview and Tips
For a trainer renowned for his three mile chasers it is a testament to Paul Nicholls
that he has also been able to train three winners and two seconds in the County Hurdle in the last nine years.
At the SP's of 7/1, 4/1 and 20/1 his supporters in this race are showing a tidy profit but some may have got bigger prices about the first two winners especially.
All of the horses concerned had disappointed slightly at some point previously in their winning season so if a well fancied Nicholls' hurdler fails to deliver in an early season race, make a note of it and perhaps it may end up in something like the 2012 County Hurdle.
The best trials for this race are the Betfair
Hurdle (formerly Totesport
Trophy), the Imperial Cup in the UK and the Boylesports
Hurdle in Ireland.
Recent County Hurdle winners Thousand Stars and Silver Jaro figured in the equivalent of the Boylesports
Hurdle and in 2011 Final Approach won both races so make that race your first port of call when considering an Irish challenger.
County Hurdle Tips
Watch out for our tip for the 2014 Champion Bumper nearer the race
County Hurdle Odds