This final race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, brings you the excitement of the Champion Bumper Grade 1 race over 2 miles and half a furlong. This National Hunt Flat Race is on the Old Course at Prestbury Park, for horses aged 4-6 years and will take place at 17.30 GMT on 14th March, Wednesday, 2018.
2017’s winners were Fayonagh trained by Gordon Elliot and ridden by Jamie Codd. Second place was taken by Debuchet (10-1) and third place Claimantakinforgan (22-1). Sponsored by Weatherbys, this year’s Champion Bumper race will have a field of 31 contenders, to run in this final race on the Wednesday. This national hunt flat race is geared towards younger stock who are just branching out in their racing careers, yet the race always attracts big prices on the betting market as the bookmakers often find it difficult to choose a favourite, with so little form on offer.
At this stage in the game, the number one favourite to date at odds of 16/1 is Felix Desjy, with second favourite going to Alone at 33/1. This unique race at the Cheltenham Festival, doesn’t involve any jumping, so it certainly takes a fast horse to go on to win.