The County Hurdle is a top-drawer handicap hurdle race over the two miles and half a furlong where only the best rated horses qualify for their place in the line-up.
It was traditionally the Festival finale until 2009 before it moved to its new slot of the second race on Gold Cup day. During this Grade 3 handicap run on the new course, runners face eight hurdles in all and the pace is usually frenetic.
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|When:||Friday 17th March, 2:10pm|
|Race Type||Grade 3 Hurdle|
|Where to watch?||ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams|
County Hurdle Tips
A tricky, tight handicap to try and solve, with a fast pace and the two mile trip around here, things are sure to be extremely fast, and because of that, the race usually contains a few hard luck stories when you look back.
As the Cheltenham Festival draws closer, we will update this page with our full betting preview, the latest odds for the race and any other key info that punters need before they place their bets.
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County Hurdle Betting Odds (January Update)
A race that often attracts a gamble from somewhere, and we saw plenty in 2022, including on the winner State Man. Don’t be surprised if things are quiet before March though, as trainers work out which horses are going to run in this, and what weights the Irish runners have been given by the handicapper, then the fun will really begin.
What Happened in the County Hurdle 2022?
We saw an above average horse win the 2022 renewal, with the Willie Mullins trained State Man taking the contest, as the 11/4 favourite. Fancied to be a little better than a handicapper before the race, that’s certainly not in question now, and he showed his class to stretch away and win by one and a quarter lengths.
County Hurdle Winners
- 2022 - State Man
- 2021 – Belfast Banter
- 2020 – Saint Roi
- 2019 – Ch’tibello
- 2018 – Mohaayed
When is the County Hurdle?
The County Handicap Hurdle is on the final day (Day 4) of the Cheltenham Festival, which in 2023, will be on Friday 17th March. It has a start time of 2:10pm. The County Hurdle was always the traditional Festival finale (aka the Lucky Last or Get Out Stakes!) until 2009 when it was moved to its current slot as the second race on Gold Cup Day.
Who won the County Hurdle?
The 2022 County Hurdle race was won by the Willie Mullins trained State Man, returning as the 11/4 favourite.
Who is the leading jockey in the County Hurdle?
With his win last year onboard State Man, Paul Townend has become the most successful jockey in the County Hurdle with three race wins.