County Handicap Hurdle

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Read on for a full preview of the County Handicap Hurdle on Day 4 of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle in 2020
DateFriday, March 19, 2021
Start Time13:55 (GMT+0)
Distance2m 1f
TypeHurdle
Prize£100,000
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream at MansionBet
Horses’ Age5+ Years.
Cheltenham Festival Day 4: County Handicap Hurdle

The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt race, part of the annual Cheltenham Festival, taking place on the fourth and final day of the event. In 2020, the race turned a 100-years-old, with the inaugural County Handicap Hurdle dating back to 1920.

The race used to be the closer on the third and then-final day of the festival. Things changed in 2009 though, when a fourth day was added to the race card. The County Hurdle was moved to the second slot of the Festival’s fourth day, where it remains to this day.

The County Handicap Hurdle: Tips and Predictions

As a handicapped race, the County Hurdle offers a level field, which makes for a fascinating competition. Moreover, looking at historical information only confirms the well-balanced nature of the field. Only one of the past 12 winners has been a favourite, and only three were in the bookies’ top three.

Clearly, the County Hurdle is a race where any horse has a chance to come out on top. Nevertheless, there are some clear trends. Two names have dominated the recent history of the competition: Willie Mullins and Dan Skelton.

Mullins has trained five champions since 2010, while Skelton has trained three of the past five winners. Any contestant fielded by either of these trainers will generate significant betting interest.

It’s worth mentioning that every single winner since 2009 was rated 134 or higher, with at least one previous win over hurdles. They all had at least one win over distances of two miles or longer.

Once the County Handicap Hurdle field is revealed, you can use these tips and trends to narrow down your options.

County Handicap Hurdle: Betting Odds

HorsesCurrent Odds
Ganapathi8/1
Blue Lord17/2
Proschema17/2
Soaring Glory17/2
Third Time Lucki9/1
Goshen10/1
Grand Roi10/1
Thedevilscoachman11/1
Drop The Anchor12/1
Saldier12/1
Master Mcshee12/1
Irascible12/1
Verdana Blue12/1
Fifty Ball12/1
The Shunter14/1
Magic Tricks14/1
Capodanno14/1
Sky Pirate14/1
Dreal Deal14/1
Buzz14/1
Pipesmoker16/1
Tegerek16/1
Cadzand16/1
You Raised Me Up16/1
Dysart Diamond18/1
Cayd Boy18/1
Darasso18/1
Champagne Gold18/1
Lucky One18/1
Edwardstone18/1

The County Handicap Hurdle: Recent Winners

YearHorseJockeyTrainer
2020Saint RoiBarry GeraghtyWillie Mullins
2019Ch’tibelloHarry SkeltonDan Skelton
2018MohaayedBridget AndrewsDan Skelton
2017Arctic FirePaul TownendWillie Mullins
2016Superb StoryHarry SkeltonDan Skelton
Source: Wikipedia

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