Horse Racing

The Champion Bumper 2023 Betting Odds, Runners & Preview

The Irish have farmed the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, a Grade 1 National Hunt Flat race over two miles which brings the curtain down on Day 2 of festivities.

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

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Race Details
When:Wednesday, 15th March, 5:30 pm
Distance:Two-miles half-a-furlong
Race TypeGrade 1 National Hunt Flat Race
Age:4-6 Year-olds
CourseOld Course
Weights:10st 11lb (4yo), 11st 5lb (5-6yo), 7lb allowance for fillies and mares
Where to watch?ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams

Champion Bumper Tips

A race that many punters value highly, because of the future hopes from many runners in the field. But of course, finding the winner on the day is still important, and that is exactly what our tipsters will be trying to do when the final declarations come out. Watch out for their thoughts on the final race on Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Champion Bumper Betting Odds (January Update)

The Champion Bumper betting market has yet to get going, but we are at the moment when horses come to the fore. Expect Ireland to dominate once again, and with their bumper horses now starting to appear, plus the Dublin Racing Festival happening in February, it is only a matter of time before we have a handful of horses emerge as being the main contenders.

What Happened in 2022?

The Irish once again dominated the Champion Bumper, with Willie Mullins in particular enjoy the race, he had three of the first four home. They included the winner, Facile Vega, who was sent off as the 15/8 favourite and came up the hill strongly to win by thee and three quarter lengths.

Champion Bumper – Key Race Stats

  • The last four-year-old to win was Cue Card in 2010. Since then all the successful horses have been either aged five or six.
  • Just three favourites have won in the last 12 years.

Previous Winners of the Champion Bumper

  • 2022 - Facile Vega
  • 2021 – Sir Gerhard
  • 2020 – Ferny Hollow
  • 2019 – Envoi Allen
  • 2018 – Relegate


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Who won the bumper in Cheltenham 2022?

Favourite Facile Vega stormed up the Cheltenham hill to record another race win for Irish trainer Willie Mullins in 2022.

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What day is the bumper at Cheltenham?

The Champion Bumper always brings the curtain down on Day 2 of Cheltenham Festival, also known as ‘Ladies Day’. It always takes place on a Wednesday and in 2023 it falls on Wednesday 15th March with a scheduled off-time of 5:30pm.

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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.