County Hurdle Tips 2022 – Preview, Odds and Trends for the Cheltenham Festival Day 4, 1.55pm

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The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle is a race run just over two miles with eight hurdles and can be a stepping stone on to the Champion Hurdle.

In the last six years, this race has only been won by two different trainers, both Dan Skelton and Willie Mullins have three victories each in this time.

Skelton won the race in back-to-back years with Mohaayed in 2018 and Ch’tibello in 2019.

 

County Hurdle Betting Tip

Dan Skelton is an excellent target trainer and has a great record in handicap hurdles, especially this race having won it 3 times in the last 6 years and it is a horse from his stable that I like here. WEST CORK has been targeted for this race since winning The Greatwood Hurdle here at the November meeting.

Off the track for 631 days prior to winning the Greatwood, he beat Champion Hurdle hope Adiago and a host of other good horses. The form of that race is astonishing and by far the best handicap hurdle run this season. A number of horses in behind West Cork that day have won a mix of big handicaps and graded races.

The last day he had the bounce factor and blew out whilst finishing further down the field in the Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot in December. He has since been left for this and I’m sure his trainer will freshen him up and get him to peak for the festival. There could be 1 in here from Ireland that is a graded horse and be too good for him (the main worry would be State Man off 141) but he has lots of boxes ticked for this race and he has a huge chance.

WEST CORK (8/1)

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County Hurdle Trends

  • Age – 9 of the last 12 winners have been aged 5 or 6.
  • Price – 1 of the last 12 winners have been favourites/joint favourites, 3/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.
  • Weight – 9/12 winners weighed 11st 1lb or less.
  • Last Run – 3/12 winners won on their last run before the County Hurdle, 8/12 winners ran within the last 72 days.
  • Previous Course Form – 8/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 1/12 winners had a previous win at Cheltenham.
  • Previous Distance Form – 11/12 winners had at least 3 previous runs over 15-17 furlongs, 12/12 winners had at least 1 win over 15-17 furlongs.
  • Previous Hurdle Form – 9/12 winners had at least 5 previous runs over hurdles, 12/12 winners had at least 1 previous win over hurdles.
  • Rating – 12/12 winners were rated 134 or higher.
  • Season Form – 11/12 winners had at least 2 runs that season, 8/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.

 

County Hurdle Recent Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 American Trilogy Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Thousand Stars Katy Walsh Willie Mullins
2011 Final Approach Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2012 Alderwood A P McCoy Thomas Mullins
2013 Ted Veale Bryan Cooper A J Martin
2014 Lac Fontana Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2015 Wicklow Brave Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2016 Superb Story Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2017 Arctic Fire Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2018 Mohaayed Bridget Andrews Dan Skelton
2019 Ch’tibello Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2020 Saint Roi Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins

 

County Hurdle Result 2020

1st – Saint Roi (11/2)

2nd – Aramon (8/1)

3rd – Embittered (14/1)

4th – Buildmeupbuttercup (16/1)

 

Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Tips

The last day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival includes the Gold Cup on Friday 18th March 2022.

TimeRaceOddsRead
1.30pmVauban2/1Read
2.10pmWest Cork8/1Read
2.50pmHillcrest9/2Read
3.30pmMinella Indo & Toronado Flyer5/1 & 12/1Read
4.10pmBob and Co8/1Read
4.50pmElimay5/2Read
5.30pm Chemical Energy8/1Read