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The Champions Bumper Race takes place on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival, and we have all the pre-race betting news.

Horses racing in the Champions Bumper Race at Cheltenham
DateWednesday, March 17th, 2021
Start Time17:30 (GMT+0)
Distance2m ½f
TypeBumper
Prize£75,000
Where to WatchCheltenham live stream at MansionBet
Horses’ Age4-6 Years.
Cheltenham Festival Day 2: Champion Bumper

The Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt race open to horses aged between four to six-years-old. The race is held each year in March and it’s also viewed as one of the most distinguished on the racing calendar as many of the horses go on to do showjumping. Competing in the Champion Bumper allows them to run on the flat if they haven’t done so before.

Champion Bumper: Betting Odds

HorseLatest Odds*
Sir Gerhard7/2
Kilcruit10/1
Letsbeclearaboutit12/1
*All odds correct at time of writing.

The Champion Bumper Race: Tips, Predictions and Previews

Some of the horses that will run in the annual Champion Bumper of 2021 include Sir Gerhard, Chemical Energy and Elle Est Belle, which are currently slated as the front runners. In the early stages, a lot of guess work is required, but things to look out for include stable previews and point to point form.

Sir Gerhard is currently the favourite and is being trained by Gordon Elliott. The stallion has won one race so far, on turf and soft track conditions. His distance runs were 2.4 miles, meaning he’s quite capable of handling the distance of the Champion Bumper.

As for Chemical Energy and Elle Est Belle, who are the second and third most popular choices respectively, are being trained by Gordon Elliott and Dan Skelton respectively. Chemical Energy has managed to win two races in his career, on both good and soft track conditions. Elle Est Belle has thus far only won one race, and that was on a soft track. Both horses completed their races on the tracks that were over two miles long. Both Sir Gerhard and Chemical Energy won at Down Royal (IRE) in yielding to soft conditions. Chemical Energy then went on to win another race at Roscommon in good conditions. Elle Est Belle won her race at Aintree in soft conditions for Class 4. All three horses have had relative success, and could be contenders in the coming race in 2021.

The Champion Bumper Race: Recent Winners

YearHorseJockeyTrainer
2020Ferny HollowPaul TownendWillie Mullins
2019Envoi AllenJamie CoddGordon Elliott
2018RelegateKatie WalshWillie Mullins
2017FayonaghJamie CoddGordon Elliott
2016BallyandySam Twiston-DaviesNigel Twiston-Davies
Source: Wikipedia
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