Vincent OBrien County Hurdle
A fast and furious battle for what used to be the closing race of the Festival until 2009.
County Hurdle Trends
|10/10||carried 11st 1lb or less|
|10/10||ran between four and sixteen times over hurdles|
|10/10||had an official rating between 128-144|
|9/10||returned an SP no bigger than 20/1|
|8/10||were aged five or six|
|8/10||had run at least four times that season||7/10||last outing was within thirty-six days|
|6/10||were 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).
|P Nicholls||D Jacob||11/1|
|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|
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
The best trials for this race
are the Betfair
Hurdle (formerly Totesport
Trophy), the Imperial Cup in the UK and the Boylesports Hurdle
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