The Champion Bumper has an uncanny knack of unearthing stars of future and it is a race in which the Irish have dominated.
Willie Mullins has trained the winner of this race no fewer than ten times and three quarters of all winners of this race have come over from the Emerald Isle.
Some notable stats that are a helpful guide are that the last five winners all ran in the month prior to the Festival.
Four of the last five winners had won a Graded or Listed bumper and mares only have around an eighteen percent strike rate having taken only three of the last seventeen renewals.
Within the last decade, all winners of this race had won last time out.
Previous Winners of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Kilcruit – Willie Mullins
Has won his first two starts with the minimum of fuss and Willie Mullins has farmed this race throughout the years.
He showed a decisive turn of foot to beat Letsbeclearaboutit by a dozen lengths at Leopardstown last month.
That may prove an ideal preparation for this race.
Kilcruit may prove a tough nut to crack.
Sir Gerhard – Willie Mullins
Sir Gerhard is without a doubt the biggest threat to his new stablemate and the likely favourite.
He has also enjoyed more of a break coming into the race.
He is undefeated in three starts under rules and is rapidly progressing for Cheveley Park.
Having won a point-to-point over three miles, he will likely have stamina to burn and will give Kilcruit something to think about.
Three Stripe Life – Denise Foster
A winner of his sole start at Navan back in January where he put some nine lengths between himself and Outlaw Peter.
There may well be more to come from this son of Leading Light and with the yard having won this race twice in recent years, he commands respect.
Could surprise a few as this race isn’t outside his reach.
Grangee – Willie Mullins
Grangee just about got home in a Grade Two race at Leopardstown last month when beating Party Central by a neck.
This will take a massive leap forward and she would be another that would need the heavens to open.
Willie Mullins is no stranger to winning this race with outsiders, so she is worthy of a second look.
Others look to have more potential though and should see her off.
Elle Est Belle – Dan Skelton
Elle Est Belle improved from her debut at Aintree to stay undefeated when dead-heating with Ishkhara Lady over the course and distance back in November.
The yard is certainly in fine form of late and this daughter of Fame And Glory has the benefit of experience here compared to her rivals.
Whilst she would need to take a massive step forward, that cannot be ruled out and she is interesting at a massive price.
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2021 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Tips
Willie Mullins looks to have inherited a fantastic chance of retaining his trophy for the Champion Bumper.
He has only recently inherited Sir Gerhard who has looked flawless in recent starts when trained at Cullentra.
Sir Gerhard has had a longer break to prepare for this and with the owners taking this with the talented Ferny Hollow last year, it would be of little surprise if they did so again.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 11/8 Kilcruit
- 7/4 Sir Gerhard
- 10/1 Three Stripe Life
- 18/1 Grangee
- 18/1 Elle Est Belle