County Hurdle Trends - Cheltenham Festival Betting
BEST 2020 COUNTY HURDLE TRENDS
- No more than 4 hurdle wins
- No more than 2 handicap hurdle wins
- Run in at least 1 handicap hurdle
- Not favourite in County Hurdle betting
- Officially rated no higher than 140
Betting On Cheltenham's 2020 County Hurdle? Follow These Trends:
Above are THE top five trends to follow when looking for the winner of the 2020 County Hurdle.
We've analysed in detail the last 15 runnings of this classic Cheltenham Festival handicap, taking deep dives into the form of the winners and placed horses, looking at their past runs, their ratings, and every other statistic we could think of.
What we found are very strong markers that will steer you towards the winner of this year's County Hurdle. Scroll down to find out how the trends did last year, and read full details of all the key County Hurdle trends to follow.
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Did Trends Win The Last County Handicap Hurdle?
There were four horses shortlisted by the County Hurdle trends in 2019, including the second and third home in one of the Cheltenham betting's trickiest heats.
Grade 1-winning five-year-old We Have A Dream, who finished second at 14/1, was the most tentative tip from the trends, based loosely on the model presented by the last top-weight winner Arctic Fire. Generally, the winner is rated less than 140, but when a horse very close to top-weight is a Grade 1 winner, they have to be respected.
Third Countister was a better trends fit with a rating of 133, only two hurdle wins - over the right distance - and no handicap wins, but where she fell out of the trends profile was her non-existent handicap experience, and lack of a run since the previous Cheltenham.
Unfortunately, the two best fitting the County Hurdle trends were Capitaine and Monsieur Lecoq, both finishing well down the field. It could be that the profile of a County Hurdle winner is moving closer to Grade 1 class. Time, will tell.
KEY COUNTY HURDLE TRENDS
The last 15 winners…
- Were aged up to nine
- Had run in at least one handicap hurdle
- Had an average official rating of 138, only two horses rated more than 139 winning
14 of the last 15 winners…
- Were trained in Ireland - or by Paul Nicholls, or Dan Skelton
- Won one of their last 10 starts; exception Ch'Tibello
The last 10 winners…
- Were aged between five and eight
- Had won no more than four hurdle races
- Had won no more than two handicap hurdles, five winning none
- Had won a race over 2m-2m1f before
- Were not favourite in the betting
Nine of the last 10 winners…
- Finished in the first three in one of their last three starts
- Carried no more than 11st 5lb
- Had won at least two hurdle races
- Had run 2-4 times that season
- Last ran at least 33 days ago
Eight of the last 10 winners…
- Did not win last time out
- Were officially rated between 134-139; exceptions 146-rated Ch'Tibello, 158-rated Arctic Fire
- Had not won any Graded hurdle; Ch'tibello, Arctic Fire the exceptions
Seven of the last 10 winners…
- Were aged 5 or 6
- Had run in no more than four handicap hurdles
- Had run at Cheltenham before, but only 1 had won
KEY RACE TRENDS (10 years)
(Last Graded race contested prior to the County Hurdle)
|Key Race||Racecourse||Winners||Place Finishers|
|Ladbrokes Hurdle (Grade B)||Leopardstown||Thousand Stars (2010), Final Approach (2011), Ted Veale (2013)||Plan A (2012), Shadow Catcher (2013)|
|Betfair Hurdle (G3)||Newbury||Remiluc (2018)||Sternrubin (2016), Montbazon (2014), Manyriverstocross (2013), Sailors Warn (2011), Get Me Out Of Here (2011), Nearby (2011)|
|Imperial Cup (G3)||Sandown||Wicklow Brave (2015)||Arctic Fire (2014)|
|Deloitte Novice Hurdle (G1)||Leopardstown||None||Whiskey Sour (2018)|
|Heroes Handicap Hurdle (G3)||Sandown||None||Arcalis (2010)|
KEY TRAINER TRENDS (10 years)
How Ch'Tibello Won 2019's County Hurdle
Unraced since early December, Ch'Tibello defied 11st 5lb to give trainer Dan Skelton an unprecedented third County Hurdle win from just eight runners.
Sent off at 12/1, the former Scottish Champion Hurdle winner, was held up by jockey Dan Skelton, coming through a stacked field to lead at the last and win by a length and a half.
It was the first time the eight-year-old had run since having a wind operation, and his first win for more than two years, the performance seeing him carry the second highest weight of any victor for 15 years.
2.10 CHELTENHAM - 2019 COUNTY HURDLE RESULT
- Ch'Tibello 12/1
- We Have A Dream 14/1
- Countister 18/1
- Whiskey Sour 5/1f
Talented five-year-old We Have A Dream, burdened by 11st 1lb, finished second, with Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Counntister back in third under 10st 6lb, having not run since the 2018 Cheltenham Festival
The 5/1 favourite Whiskey Sour, third in 2018, finished fourth this time for Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh, last year's County Hurdle winner, Mohaayed leading to the penultimate flight, before plugging on for seventh at 40/1.
Cheltenham 2020 Friday Schedule
13:30 Triumph Hurdle
14:10 - Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle
15:30 CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP
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