Cheltenham 2017: Wednesday’s Trends

Get the all-important trends for Ladies Day at the Festival. We cover the vital facts and figures ahead of every race.


Day 2 – Wednesday 15th March

13:30 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle

  • 29 of the last 31 winners started in the first five in the betting (the favourite has won 10 of the last 26 runnings)
  • 6 of the last 18 winners recorded a top-six finish in a Grade 1 bumper
  • No winner has been aged 8+ since 1974


14:10 RSA Chase

  • 9 of the last 10 winners were seven-year-olds (only 3 winners since 1978 have been aged under seven)
  • 16 of the last 17 winners had run at least three times over fences
  • Only 1 winner since 1962 had not run during the same calendar year
  • No winner of the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase has won, from 19 to try
  • 5 of the last 7 winners contested the previous season’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  • Willie Mullins has trained 4 winners and 3 runners-up


14:50 Coral Cup

  • 9 of the last 12 winners were second-season hurdlers
  • 13 of the 23 winners won last time out
  • The last 8 winners had run no more than four times earlier in the season (and six winners in total had run no more than just twice earlier in the season)
  • Irish-trained horses have won 8 of the 23 runnings (5 of their last 6 winners had not run since early January)
  • Only 2 of the last 16 winners had one more than one handicap
  • Horses aged 10+ are 2-29 to place since 1999


15:30 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase

  • The last 15 winners of the previous season’s Arkle have won (7) or finished placed (8)
  • 15 of the last 17 winners started at no bigger than 5/1
  • 11 of the last 16 winners contested the Tingle Creek Chase earlier in the season
  • Only 1 winner aged over ten since 1977
  • 14 of the last 15 winners had won a Grade 1 race before
  • 20 of the last 32 winners had won at the Cheltenham Festival before


16:10 Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

  • 35 of the last 37 winners of races over this cross country course had run in a cross country race before
  • Enda Bolger has trained the winner of 19 of the 50 races run over the cross country chase course
  • Only 4 of the 50 races run over the cross country chase course were aged younger than eight
  • Ten years have passed since the favourite won on the day (last year’s favourite was promoted to first after the winner was disqualified in the summer)
  • 7 of the 12 winners of this race ran in the handicap over the cross country chase course run earlier in the season (in January this season)
  • The P.P. Hogan Chase at Punchestown has featured 4 winners of this prize from its 11 runnings


16:50 Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

  • 12 of the 13 winners had run in February or March
  • 8 of the last 12 winners had run the bare minimum of three times over hurdles in order to qualify
  • 24 of the last 36 win-and-placed horses were bred in France
  • Paul Nicholls-trained French-breds have won 3 times and placed on 6 other occasions
  • 3 winners entered the race with the highest official rating from the Flat
  • Fillies won 4 of the first 8 runnings


17:30 Weatherbys Champion Bumper

  • Ireland lead GB 17-7 of which Willie Mullins has trained 8 winners and supplied last season’s second, third and fourth
  • 5 of the last 14 winners top rated on official BHA figures
  • The last 13 winners also won last time out
  • 9 second-favourites have won whereas the favourite has finished runner-up on 9 occasions
  • 16 of the 24 winners started in the first six in the betting
  • 6 winners ran at the Leopardstown Christmas Meeting


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Mar 08, 2017