StevieDay1983 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 First run in 1912 the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle is the premium staying hurdle of the national hunt season with some doughty stayers including Inglis Drever, Big Bucks and Thistlecrack having won it in the not too distant past. Gavin Cromwell has won the race the last two years with his Flooring Porter. They’ll be racing on the new course over a distance of just 7 yards short of three miles. The one they all have to beat is the Gordon Elliott trained Teahupoo who took his form to a new level when stepping up to this trip in the John Mulhearn Hurdle at Gowran Park in late January. He blitzed his field that day coming home an impressive 15L clear of his opponents and although it can be argued he beat little he did it in such a fashion that he has to go close. Blazing Khal laid down his marker for shrewd Irish handler Charles Byrnes when defying a 428 day absence to win going away at Navan over 2M 5F in February. That was his first run since winning here in November 2021 over 3M and is officially rated only 6lb inferior to Teahupoo. An interesting possible is the Nicky Henderson mare Marie’s Rock who won the mares hurdle at last year’s Festival. An impressive winner on her re-appearance of the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham. She will have to prove that she stays three miles but stormed up the hill on both her wins here and with the 7lb mares allowance can go well if allowed to race (she’s also got the mares hurdle entry). Home By The Lee is trained by Joseph O’Brien and looks an improved performer this season winning at Navan and Leopardstown (grade 1 Christmas Hurdle), he stays very well and is yet another possible Irish winner. Gavin Crowmell’s Flooring Porter has won this for the last two years and although behind Home By The Lee twice this season shouldn’t be dismissed easily. Willie Mullins has Klassical Dream entered who was only a neck behind Teahupoo over 2M 3 1/2F in December and holds each way claims having gone off favourite for this lat year when a disappointing 5th beaten 5L to Flooring Porter. Mullins also has the veteran Sharjah but he has never raced beyond two miles so stamina has to be an issue. A good renewal with several holding chances but Teahupoo is only six years old and has plenty of potential at this trip and is the selection. Punters Lounge Tip: Teahupoo @ 7/2 at >Betfair - Click Here To Bet by The Brigadier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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