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The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Home to 28 exquisite races including some of the most prestigious of the entire National Hunt calendar, The Cheltenham Festival is the focal point of horseracing enthusiasts every time it takes place, year after year.

Generally occurring around mid-March, The Festival often coincides with St. Patrick’s Day and attracts thousands of Irish visitors to Cheltenham Festival, helping make up the 250,000 spectators that descend on Cheltenham Racecourse annually.

Included in the 28 races are the likes of The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Cheltenham Festival, second only to The Grand National in terms of prize money, will take place this year from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. Day Two, also known as Ladies Day, will conclude with The Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

About the Race

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race and an annual rarity for Cheltenham Racecourse – the home of jump racing.

The race is open to horses between the ages of 4 and 6 years old, spanning 2 miles and 87 yards of the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham.

Established in 1992 as The Festival Bumper, the race has also been sponsored by the likes of Guinness and Toe, before Weatherbys took the reigns in 1997.

Horse trainer Willie Mullins has had the most success in The Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a grand total of 9 wins between 1996 and 2018. Ruby Walsh is the most successful jockey in this race, attaining 3 first-places between 1998 and 2013

The 2021 Weatherbys Champion Bumper will be the final race of Ladies Day on Wednesday the 17th of March, commencing at 17:30.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Sir Gerhard (IRE) – 5/2 ante-post favourite – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 11-13 (18/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  2. Kilcruit (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (05/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Eileendover (GB) – 7/1 ante-post odds – will be 5 years old on Day One – weighing in at 10-3 (16/01/21) – trained by Pam Sly
  4. Ramillies (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  5. Brandy Love (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (12/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  6. Highland Charge (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (28/11/20) – trained by Noel Meade
  7. Take Tea (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (14/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  8. Gerri Colombe (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (16/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  9. Hollow Games (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-13 (29/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. Letsbeclearaboutit (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (18/12/20) – trained by Gavin Cromwell

Tips

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Odds

Any racing fixture at Cheltenham racecourse attracts plenty of attention from those hoping to make some money out of the occasion and boy do the bookies know it.

With the help of our tipsters and the aforementioned offers and promotions, it’ll be more than just the generous starting price odds that you can capitalise on.

Recent years have seen some great starting odds, including last year’s 11/1 Ferny Hollow, 7/1 Fayonagh in 2017, and the incredible 25/1 Relegate in 2018, who would have turned a £10 outright stake into £250 in profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Weatherbys Champion Bumper, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year, it was the fantastic Ferny Hollow that took the title in The Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a starting price of 11/1, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

15/8 race favourite Appreciate It finished two and a half lengths behind in second, followed by 6/1 Queens Brook in third and 16/1 Third Time Lucki in fourth.

2019

The 2019 victor of The Weatherbys Champion Bumper was 2/1 race favourite Envoi Allen, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott. Envoi Allen’s team left this race with an extra £42,712.

7/2 second-favourite Blue Sari finished in second place as expected, followed by 20/1 outsider Thyme Hill. Filling in the fourth prize placement spot was 14/1 Abacadabras.

2018

2018 saw the unlikely outsider Relegate win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a starting price of 25/1, ridden by jockey Katie Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.

9/2 race favourite Acey Milan finished in fourth place after pushing too hard too early and failing to impress. Second place was taken by 6/1 Carefully Selected, followed by 14/1 Tornado Flyer in third.

2017

Fayonagh was the winner of the 2017 Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a starting price of 7/1, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott.

9/2 favourite Cause Toujours finished all the way down in 9th place after using up energy and falling back 1 furlong out. This freed up placement spots for 10/1 Debuchet in second, 22/1 Claimantakinforgan in third and 10/1 Next Destination in fourth place.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.

Tickets

Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at cheltenham.co.uk.

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.

Hospitality

The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.

Odds

It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.