Vincent OBrien County Hurdle

A fast and furious battle for what used to be the closing race of the Festival until 2009.

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County Hurdle Trends

10/10carried 11st 1lb or less
10/10ran between four and sixteen times over hurdles
10/10had an official rating between 128-144
9/10returned an SP no bigger than 20/1
8/10were aged five or six
8/10had run at least four times that season
7/10last outing was within thirty-six days
6/10were making their first appearance at the Festival

County Hurdle Analysis

Some punters maybe put off by the large field but this race has been good for the backers in recent years with only one recent winner at large odds.

Previous form at a Festival is one of the consistent trends in most of the races at Cheltenham but not for the County Hurdle with only four recent winners having appeared at a Festival before.

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).
2014Lac Fontana5-10-11 P NichollsD Jacob11/1
2013Ted Veale6-10-6A J MartinB Cooper10/1
2012Alderwood8-11-1T MullinsAP McCoy20/1
2011Final Approach5-10-12W MullinsR Walsh10/1
2010Thousand Stars6-10-5W MullinsMs K Walsh20/1
2009American Trilogy5-11-0P NichollsR Walsh20/1
2008Silver Jaro5-10-13T HoganN Fehily50/1
2007Pedrobob9-10-0T MullinsPhilip Carberry12/1
2006Desert Quest6-10-10P NichollsR Walsh4/1JF
2005Fontanesi5-10-0M PipeT Murphy16/1

County Hurdle Preview

For a trainer renowned for his three mile chasers it is a testament to Paul Nicholls that he has also been able to train four winners and two seconds in the County Hurdle since 2004.

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, Silver Jaro, Final Approach and Ted Veale all figured in that season's Boylesports Hurdle so make that race your first port of call when considering an Irish challenger.

County Hurdle Tips

OLBG member Stod180 has selected ARZAL :

"A trainer I like and should have a good future ahead of him is Harry Whittington, who runs his stable star Arzal(just has the 14 horses at the min). I wasn't sure which race Arzal would take part in at the festival but Harry has confirmed it will be The County. Arzal was going nicely in his last race the highly competitive Betfair Hurdle, until he had to avoid a faller and Paul O'Brien did well to stay on. He showed patience to gradually get Arzal back in the race to finish an eye catching 6th (backed it e/w 33/1 5 places !!)Arzal is lightly raced and there should be more to come and imo has every chance to at least hit the frame. "

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