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The Irish have farmed the Weatherby’s Champion Bumper in recent years, a Grade 1 National Hunt Flat race over two miles, which brings the curtain down on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival.

Some stars of the future have won this National Hunt Flat race over the years, including Florida Pearl, Cue Card and Envoi Allen.

Read on to see our Champion Bumper betting tips, odds, and offers.


Race Details
When:Wednesday, March 13th - 5:30 pm
Winner’s Prize:£45,560
Distance:Two-miles & half-a-furlong
Race Type:Grade 1 National Hunt Flat Race
Age:4-6 Years
Course:Old Course
Weights:10st 11lb (4yo), 11st 5lb (5-6yo), 7lb allowance for fillies and mares
Where to Watch?ITV Racing, Racing TV, Bookmaker Streams

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Champion Bumper Tips

A race that many punters value highly because of the future hopes of many runners in the field.

Top jockey Aidan Coleman gives us his thoughts on the lucky last on Day Two of the Festival.

Aidan Coleman - Jalon D’Oudaires (Each-Way)

With so many Irish runners, the Champion Bumper is a tricky race to read but JALON D’OUDAIRES caught my eye when the final declarations came in.

Gigginstown are no stranger to Cheltenham Festival runners, but they’ve not had many runners in the Bumper over the years so my thinking is they must strongly fancy the chances of Jalon D’Oudaires.

Fingers crossed for a big run in the lucky last under Jack Kennedy.


Champion Bumper Betting Odds

You have to go back to 2016 for the last British-trained winner of the Bumper and we look set for more Irish domination with Willie Mullins saddling nine of the 22 runners in this year’s renewal.

However, Gordon Elliott will be hopeful he can break the Mullins stranglehold and his Jalon D’oudairies, who was picked up for £425k at the sales in March last year, could be his best chance.


What Happened Last Year?

The 2023 Champion Bumper saw a historical win as A Dream To Share took victory in the colours of legendary owner JP McManus.

Teenage jockey John Gleeson tasted success on his first Cheltenham ride, and 85-year-old trainer John Kiely finally saddled a Cheltenham Festival winner.

Sent off at odds of 7/2, A Dream To Share powered home up the Cheltenham hill, with Fact To File coming in 2nd, also in the famous green and gold silks of JP McManus.


Champion Bumper – Key Race Stats

  • The last four-year-old to win was Cue Card in 2010. Since then, all winners have been either aged five or six.
  • Just three favourites have won in the last 13 years
  • 12 of the last 12 winners won on their previous run before the Champion Bumper

Previous Winners of the Champion Bumper

Check out the last five winners of the Champion Bumper below.

YearWinner
2023A Dream To Share
2022Facile Vega
2021Sir Gerhard
2020Ferny Hollow
2019Envoi Allen

FAQs

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Who won the Champion Bumper in 2022?

2022 saw the favourite, Facile Vega, storm up the Cheltenham hill to record another race win for Irish trainer Willie Mullins.

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What day is the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham?

The Champion Bumper always brings the curtain down on Day 2 of Cheltenham Festival. In 2024, the race will be run on Wednesday, March 13th.

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What is the distance of the Champion Bumper?

The Champion Bumper race is run over a distance of 2 miles on the Old Course.

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Why are National Hunt Flat Races called Bumpers?

National Hunt Flat Races traditionally feature young and inexperienced horses, partnered by amateur jockeys. The term 'bumper' refer to the uncoordinated horses and jockeys who often bump into each other when racing.


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Scott McGlynn

Famed for his Acca of the Day and Bet Builder selections, Scott provides tips across many sports on Freebets, and is our lead Scottish football writer