10th - 13th March

15:30 Cheltenham 12 Mar 2020

Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle

Grade 1 | Class 1 | 4YO plus

Winner £182,878 - 15 ran

2m 7f 213y

Soft (Good to Soft in places)

Draw Advantage: None

Gary Nutting
by Gary Nutting

Published 7th February

PENHILL is gradually being nursed back to form after a season off with injury and may yet emerge as the main danger to hot favourite Paisley Park in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.

Willie Mullins’s nine-year-old remains unbeaten at Cheltenham, his victory in the 2018 renewal of this completing a Festival back-to-back double initiated in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

A 100-rated Flat performer for Luca Cumani, the gelding has been relatively lightly raced over jumps (currently 14 hurdle starts to his name) and makes each-way appeal with a record over three miles that reads three wins, three seconds and a third from seven tries.

He’s yet to show anything like peak form in three runs back, but testing ground is probably not ideal for a horse with his pedigree and Flat form - even though it was soft when he beat Supasundae here two years ago.

A stronger pace on better ground in a bigger field is likely to prove a more favourable scenario and it’s hard to believe he’s not been brought along steadily with this race in mind.

Three firms are currently offering 16-1 Non Runner, No Bet and that may be the way to go - given Mullins has several potential candidates for the race - rather than taking the 20-1 elsewhere without the concession.

Paisley Park has looked imperious in this division over the last two seasons and is justifiably viewed as one of the meeting’s bankers.

Emma Lavelle’s eight-year-old is a strong stayer very much suited by the demands of the race and looks in his prime based on both wins this season coming in slower-run contests.

Gary provides regular ante-post updates on Twitter. His username is @horsetraderinfo

Cheltenham 15:30, 12 March 2020

Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Age/Wt SP
2019Paisley ParkMiss E C LavelleAidan Coleman7 11-1011/8
2018PenhillW P MullinsP Townend7 11-1012/1
2017Nichols CanyonW P MullinsR Walsh7 11-1010/1
2016ThistlecrackC L TizzardT Scudamore8 11-101/1f
2015Cole HardenW GreatrexG Sheehan6 11-1014/1
2014More Of ThatJonjo O'NeillB J Geraghty6 11-1015/2
2013SolwhitC ByrnesP Carberry9 11-1017/2
2012Big Buck'sP F NichollsR Walsh9 11-105/6f
2011Big Buck'sP F NichollsR Walsh8 11-1010/11f
2010 Big Buck's P F Nicholls R Walsh 7 11-10 5/6f
2009 Big Buck's P F Nicholls R Walsh 6 11-10 6/1
2008 Inglis Drever J H Johnson D O'Regan 9 11-10 11/8f
2007 Inglis Drever J H Johnson P Brennan 8 11-10 5-1
2006 My Way De Solzen A King R Thornton 6 11-10 8-1
2005 Inglis Drever J Howard Johnson G Lee 6 11-10 5-1
2004 Iris's Gift J O'Neill B Geraghty 7 11-10 9-2
2003 Baracouda F Doumen T Doumen 8 11-10 9-4jf
2002 Baracouda F Doumen T Doumen 7 11-10 13-8f
2001 No Race
2000 Bacchanal N J Henderson M Fitzgerald 6 11-10 11-2
1999 Anzum D Nicholson R Johnson 8 11-10 40-1
1998 Princeful Mrs J Pitman R Farrant 7 11-10 16-1
1997 Karshi Miss H C Knight J Osborne 7 11-10 20-1

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