The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle

Fri 18th March 202214:10Grade 32 miles 1 furlong


1stState ManP TownendW P Mullins
2nd1.25First StreetN de BoinvilleN J Henderson
3rd1.75Colonel MustardC J OrrMrs Fowler
4th2.25West CorkHarry SkeltonD Skelton
5th0.75BallyadamAidan ColemanH de Bromhead
6th1.5Suprise PackageK C SextonPeter Fahey
7th1.75CormierSean QuinlanB Ellison
8th1My Mate MozzieK E BuckleyG P Cromwell
9th0.5FaroutB HayesW P Mullins
10thnkFelix DesjyJ W KennedyG Elliott
11th1.75FaivoirBridget AndrewsD Skelton
12th0.75Tempo Chapter TwoD E MullinsW P Mullins
13th1.75Gua Du LargeRachael BlackmoreH de Bromhead
14th1.5Call Me LyreenMr R JamesG Elliott
15thnkBroomfield BurgJonjo O’Neill Jr.N J Henderson
16th0.5IrascibleB J CooperH de Bromhead
17th1.25Jesse EvansS W FlanaganN Meade
18th0.5I Like To Move ItSam Twiston-DaviesN A Twiston-Davies
19thnkTop BanditD N RussellG Elliott
20th2.75Bua BoyD G HoganDenis Hogan
21th0.75Dysart DiamondJ B FoleyW P Mullins
22th0.75Eclair De BeaufeuJ C GainfordG Elliott
23th7.5TritonicAdrian HeskinA King
Stepney CausewayJack AndrewsD Skelton  
Tax For MaxS F O’KeeffeW P Mullins  
Cask MateD F O’ReganN Meade  

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About the County Handicap Hurdle

The County Handicap Hurdle is a grade 3 hurdles race run during the Cheltenham Festival. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles 1 furlong over the New Course at Cheltenham, and features eight hurdles. Entry is open to 5-year-old and above hurdlers.

The County Handicap Hurdle is one of the older races at the Cheltenham Festival, first run in 1920. The race used to have a distinctive role in the ritual of Cheltenham, run as the final event of the Festival. During its history the County Handicap Hurdle has been won by some quality racehorses, including Champion Hurdle winner, Rooster Booster, and multiple Grade 1 hurdles winner, Floyd.

Betting on the County Handicap Hurdle

The County Handicap Hurdle has a habit of producing upsets. A favourite last won the race in 2006, and it’s common for winners to come home priced over the 20/1 margin. Younger horses tend to do well in the race, and it’s not unusual for winners to be aged 5-6 with wins by older horses less common thanks to the shorter race distance and hurdles format. However, these trends are too general to provide answers on which horses are likely to win the race.

So, as with other handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, you’ll need to go through the card and check how individual horses have recently performed over similar distances while carrying comparable weight, keeping an eye out for horses who’re likely to improve carrying less weight or if better suited to the ground conditions on race day. With this in mind steer clear of the antepost markets until a clear picture of race conditions and final weights emerges.

County Handicap Hurdle Past Winners

DateWinnerAgeWeight (st-lb)JockeyTrainer
2021Belfast Banter610-0Peter FaheyK.C. Sexton
2020Saint Roi510-13Barry GeraghtyWillie Mullins
2019Ch’tibello811-05Harry SkeltonDan Skelton
2018Mohaayed610-08Bridget AndrewsDan Skelton
2017Arctic Fire811-12Paul TownendWillie Mullins