Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle runner-by-runner guide to Thursday’s 3.30 at Cheltenham

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Flooring Porter bids to become the first Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle winner to retain the title since the legendary Big Buck’s in 2012 but last year’s hero faces nine quality rivals including former champion Paisley Park in the 3.30 at Cheltenham on Thursday.


You’ll find Timeform’s horse-by-horse analysis and a tip from the racing boffins below. Don’t forget, Paddy’s giving away a FREE £/€5 bet to spend on any race at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle runners


Trainer: Nicky Henderson Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr. Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs

RSA Chase winner in 2020 who proved he remains equally effective over timber when winning the Long Walk on return. Creditable second behind resurgent Paisley Park in Cleeve since and not discounted.

Flooring Porter

Trainer: Gavin Patrick Cromwell Jockey: D. E. Mullins Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Remarkable rise through the ranks last term, dominant when making all in this race 12 months ago. Dispelled a fall when second behind Klassical Dream over Christmas and big player in defence of crown.

Home By The Lee

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: J. J. Slevin Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Smart handicap chaser who is unexposed as a staying hurdler and pulled clear of remainder when runner-up to Royal Kahala in Gr 2 Galmoy Hurdle (24.4f) latest. Still, this demands a whole lot more.

Klassical Dream

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: P. Townend Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs

High-class hurdler who landed 2019 Supreme and registered pair of Grade 1s 8 months apart last year, beating Flooring Porter at Leopardstown over Christmas. Below par latest but type to bounce back.


Trainer: David Christie Jockey: Jonathan Moore Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Smart on his day and ran right up to his best when running out an 80/1 winner of an Aintree handicap (24.7f) on yard debut in November. However, likely to fall short in this much stronger contest.

Lisnagar Oscar

Trainer: Rebecca Curtis Jockey: Adam Wedge Age: 9 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Good winner of this race in 2020 and whilst winless since he does arrive having run best race of the season when third in C&D Cleeve Hurdle in January. However, expected to find a few too good again.

Paisley Park

Trainer: Emma Lavelle Jockey: Aidan Coleman Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs

High-class hurdler who won this in 2019 and confirmed himself no back number when gaining third Cleeve Hurdle victory from Champ in January. Slow start evident again then a worry, but he’s respected.

Song For Someone

Trainer: Tom Symonds Jockey: Nico de Boinville Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Very smart hurdler who bounced back to best to finish placed in pair of Grade 2s since returning this winter. Latest Sandown run in February most disappointing, though, and likely to fall short here.

Thyme Hill

Trainer: Philip Hobbs Jockey: Tom O’Brien Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Good record over hurdles, impressing with attitude when landing Gr1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April. Good second behind Champ in Long Walk in December and he arrives here fresh. Respected.

Royal Kahala

Trainer: Peter Fahey Jockey: K. C. Sexton Age: 7 Weight: 11st 3lbs

Low-mileage, improving mare who added to her Leopardstown Gr 3 success when taking Gr 2 Galmoy Hurdle (24.4f) in January. Could have more to offer at this trip and any easing of ground will help.

Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle tips

Timeform: Having made a remarkable rise through the ranks, FLOORING PORTER was dominant when landing this race 12 months ago. Things haven’t been plain sailing since but he put up a huge effort when runner-up to Klassical Dream (pair clear) at Leopardstown over Christmas. Kept fresh since, he can make a bold bid to defend his crown. Klassical Dream and Thyme Hill can emerge next best.

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