The Stayers’ Hurdle is open to four year olds or older and is run on the new course over a distance of three miles.
There are a dozen fences to be jumped in a race that ususally takes in and around six minutes to complete.
Six of the last seven winners of this race were second season hurdlers and the last three winners have all competed in the previous season’s Albert Bartlett.
The Cleeve Hurdle is an important trial for this with eight of the last fourteen winners having contested it earlier that season.
British Bred horses tend to fare better in this race and three of the last eight winners were previously trained for a career on the flat.
Previous winners usually run well in this the following year.
Previous Winners of the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Paisley Park – Emma Lavelle
Paisley Park is on a mission to regain the title he lost to Lisnagar Oscar last year.
He was brave to stick his neck out where it mattered in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot back in December.
He has an excellent record over this course and distance having won three from his last four at the track.
Emma Lavelle is likely to have him spot on for this and he ought to take this fight to all of his rivals.
Sire Du Berlais – Denise Foster
Sire Du Berlais is seeking for a third consecutive win having landed the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle for the last two years.
As in past years, he comes here with just two previous runs under his belt and he was far from disgraced when third to the free-running Flooring Porter at Leopardstown in December.
This looks to have been his target for the year and as he is proven over three miles, he has to be considered.
He does not have a lot to find on official ratings and is a contender.
Flooring Porter – Gavin Cromwell
Flooring Porter has improved out of all recognition this season and won his last two starts with any amount in hand under Jonathan Moore.
The six-year-old sees this trip out well but this will be his first run outside of Ireland.
There is no guarantee that he will get a soft lead in front but may prove a danger if he does.
The Storyteller – Denise Foster
The Storyteller is a previous Cheltenham Festival winner and he was a game second to Sire Du Berlais in the Pertemps last year.
He ran a great race to finish so close to Kemboy at the Dublin Racing Festival last month at a huge price and he fully deserves his place in this field.
Recent history suggests that as a ten-year-old he cannot win, but should any of his rivals not deal with the conditions they have been handed, this consistent performer may be there to pick up the pieces.
Lisnagar Oscar – Rebecca Curtis
Lisnagar Oscar had a bout of wind surgery just before Christmas and seemed to perform better when second to Third Wind at Haydock last month.
He just hasn’t looked the same horse that showed up to win this prize last year and he has twenty-two lengths to find with Thyme Hill based on their recent meeting at Newbury.
There are more prizes to be won with him but this looks more competitive than it did last year and others are preferred.
Vinndication – Kim Bailey
Vinndication will have to live up to his name if he is to live up to the high expectations that Kim Bailey had for him last season.
He was out battled by Cyrname in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby back in October and then unseated his rider when well fancied for the Ladbroke the following month.
In two previous runs at Cheltenham he has proved ultimately disappointing and he wouldn’t be one to have the utmost faith in for this.
Fury Road – Denise Foster
Fury Road was only just touched off by Beacon Edge in a Grade Two race at Navan last month and whether he has the ability to see out this extra half mile is open to debate.
He finished just ahead of Thyme Hill in the Albert Bartlett last season, but has not progressed as much as that rival has.
He has form to find with Flooring Porter and Sire Du Berlais coming into this and that may prove difficult.
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2021 Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle Tips
Sire Du Berlais could well prove to be a thorn in the side of Paisley Park.
He just comes into his own at the Festival and there is no reason to think this year will be any different.
With nothing separating the front two in the betting, he looks a very viable each way option.
Flooring Porter has improved out of all recognition this season and could prove the chief danger.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 9/4 Paisley Park
- 9/2 Fury Road
- 9/2 Sire Du Berlais
- 8/1 The Storyteller
- 10/1 Lisnagar Oscar
- 10/1 Vinndication
- 14/1 Flooring Porter