Cheltenham Festival Champions Bumper Betting Tips
Day two – Wednesday March 17th, 2021 – of the Greatest Show on Turf sees the Grade 1 Champion Bumper Race at Cheltenham and we have all the betting news you could ever need for the main event.
|Cheltenham Festival Champion Bumper|
|Date||Wednesday, March 17th, 2021|
|Distance||2 mile, ½ furlong|
|Age||4 to 6 years|
Cheltenham Festival Day 2, Race 6: Champion Bumper
Open to horses aged between four to six years of age, the Grade 1 National Hunt Champion Bumper race is always one of the true highlights of the festival and of the national hunt season overall. This is a non-hurdle contest that always draws in the truest and rawest developing equine talent from the top racing stables of the UK and Ireland.
Without question, the Champion Bumper is the most prestigious bumpers in British racing which shines the spotlight on the future stars of Grade One hurdles and fences. Previous winners that have gone on to greatness include Envoi Allen, Champagne Fever and Cue Card – the only four year old to win this race this century – so this really can set a very good benchmark for what we can expect later on in a horse’s racing career.
As well as raw ability, luck can often play a decisive role in success in the race that traditionally draws a close to Ladies day on the 2nd day of the biggest festival in Horse Racing. In fact, of the last ten horses to go off as favourite, only two have gone on to win and one of those was Envoi Allen, so this is not a race that traditionally favours the short priced runners.
Read on for the most up to date Cheltenham Champion Bumper betting odds, tips, predictions and runners.
Cheltenham Champion Bumper Betting Odds
|Three Stripe Life||7/1|
|Elle Est Belle||20/1|
|I Like To Move It||20/1|
|Jacks A Legend||66/1|
|Creggan White Hare||200/1|
Cheltenham Champion Bumper Betting Tips and Predictions
Runners this year look to include the formerly Gordon Elliott trained SIR GERHARD, the current favourite who should line up alongside Three Stripe Life, Hollow Games and Elle Est Belle. Elliot, who is serving a well deserved ban, will not be in attendance this year and this particular runner is now under the tutelage of Willie Mullins.
With successful runs of up to three miles on his CV, he should have no trouble with the demands of this bumper.
The six year old’s last run out was back in December at Navan where he beat Letsbeclearaboutit over 2 miles and has since been well supported in the market for a race where the Irish traditionally dominate.
His owners have a more than credible history in this race too, winning for the past two years and they clearly feel that he can post even more improvement here to give them a third winner in as many years.
While Sir Gerhard might be favourite right now, he may not be come race time as the market is fast closing in on another Mullins runner, KILCRUIT. Another Willie Mullins’ six year old, Kilcruit won on the bridle in December at Navan.
He also lorded over a quality bumper field at the Dublin Racing Festival that included Letsbeclearaboutit and rival runners that each had all won at least one bumper before.
The man who would have been on board on Wednesday, Patrick Mullins, who has, in the space of a year, ridden him to two wins and a second place finish, described Kilcruit as the horse that would have been his best chance were it not for covid, giving him the nod over Sir Gerhard.
We’re inclined to agree.
Elsewhere, GRANGEE is another name that jumps out after she posted a stunning return to form at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival where he just about got the better of Party Central making 25/1 a price not to be sniffed at.
RAMILLIES’ hopes are really rather generously priced at 12/1 given his performance also at Leopardstown in the bumper and could well go close, while HOLLOW GAMES has run two, won two since moving to his current yard so has form on his side.
Cheltenham Champion Bumper FAQs
When is the Cheltenham Champion Bumper?
The Champion Bumper race will go off on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 16.50, the final race of the day.
Where can I Watch the Cheltenham Champion Bumper?
Viewers can watch the Cheltenham Festival on ITV 1 and ITV 4.
Who won the Champion Bumper 2020?
The 2020 renewal of the Champion Bumper was won by Ferny Hollow.
What are the Carried Weights for the Champion Bumper?
For four year olds, it is 10st 11lbs and 11st 5lbs for five to six year olds, while there is a 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.
What is the Purse for the Champion Bumper?
The purse for the Champion Bumper is around £75,000.
Who is the all-time leading Champion Bumper Jockey?
With three winners, Ruby Walsh is the most successful Champion Bumper jockey.
Who is the all-time leading Champion Bumper Trainer?
None other than Willie Mullins, trainer of the two runaway favourites.
Where can I bet on the Cheltenham Champion Bumper?
Right here in the Novibet Cheltenham Festival sportsbook of course.