Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle

The Paddy Power Racing Stayers’ Hurdle is a Grade 1 hurdle race which was formally known as the ‘World Hurdle’. The race is run on the New Course and can be entered by horses aged four and over. The runners in the Stayers Hurdle must jump 12 hurdles during the three-mile race.

The race is the leading long distance hurdle race in the National Hunt calendar and has been won by some excellent horses over the years. Thistlecrack won the 2016 renewal.

Big Buck’s is one of the most successful horses in recent years having won the event four times between 2009 and 2012.

3.30 Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Hurdle Race

Distance: 3m 

Age: 4 year olds +

Weight: 11st 0lb (4 yo) 11st 10lb (5yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for fillies & mares

Prize Fund: £325,000

2010-2019 Quick Read Stats

Wednesday 12 March

Cheltenham (New Course) 3.30: Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) 3m (ITV)


  • Paul Nicholls has trained the winner three times, with Big Buck’s, and Willie Mullins has trained two winners


  • 7yo winners: 4
  • 6yo: 2
  • 8yo: 2
  • 9yo: 2

Official Rating

  • Six winners were rated 160 or higher


  • Five favourites have won, four of them at evens or shorter
  • Four non-favourite winners returned double-digit SPs

Form Pointers

  • Eight winners had previously won at the Cheltenham Festival
  • Eight winners had previously won a Grade 1 race
  • Seven winners won their preceding race
  • Seven winners had a 50% or better strike rate over hurdles
  • Six winners had won over course and distance – a further winner had previously won at Cheltenham
  • Six winners had won at least two races in the same season
  • Four winners had previously contested Cleeve Hill Hurdle at Cheltenham

Racing Hub Verdict

1 Paisley Park, 2 Summerville Boy, 3 Emitom