The Weatherbys Champion Bumper is always the last race on day two of the Festival. It is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race and horses between the age of four and six can enter. It is the only race at the Cheltenham Festival which is not run over any obstacles.
The first ever running of the race was in 1992 and it is the most prestigious “bumper” in the National Hunt calendar. The Champion Bumper has seen many top horses which go on to become excellent horses over hurdles and fences.
The race can be hard to have an ante post bet on as a lot of the best horses in this race may only make their track debut within six weeks of the festival.
Irish trainers have a great record in this race due to the high importance in which they place upon the race in the season.
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt flat race
Distance: 2m 1/2f
Age: 4 to 6 year olds
Weight: 10st 11lb (4yo’s), 11st 5lb (5-6yo’s)
Allowances: 7lb for fillies and mares
Prize Fund: £75,000
2010-2019 Quick Read Stats
Wednesday 11 March
Cheltenham (Old Course) 5.30: Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race) (Grade 1) (4-6yo) 2m½f
- Won six times by Irish trainers – Mullins with a three timer and Gordon Elliott with two wins
- 5yo winners: 6
- 6yo: 3
- 4yo: 1
- Seven winners were rated 118 to 129
- Two favourites (2/1 and 9/2) have won in the past 10 years
- Six races have been won by double-figure priced horses, from 14/1 to 40/1
- All winners had won last time out, two on their debut
- With one exception, all runners had won or been placed in every race they had contested
- Nine winners had won over the distance, including two C&D winners
- Six winners were unbeaten going into the race