2023 Champion Bumper Preview, Trends & Analysis

The biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of twelve-time winner Willie Mullins at the Cheltenham racecourse.

2023 Champion Bumper Preview, Trends & Analysis

2023 Champion Bumper Preview

The biggest national hunt flat race of the year where punters flock to back the representatives of twelve-time winner Willie Mullins at the Cheltenham racecourse. The Champion Bumper is a race for your trackers and a good source for future winners and many high class, the likes of Florida Pearl and Cue Card have won the Champion Bumper down the years.

Below we have previewed the Champion Bumper trends and statistics, are our racing tipsters supporting Willie Mullins in the race? Head over to the Cheltenham predictions to see if they are! Be sure to check out our recommended bookies for Cheltenham article before placing your bets on the Champion Bumper.

Champion Bumper Content:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Cheltenham Betting Picks page to see which of those runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 3:43.40 was set by Silver Concorde in 2014, that is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by D K Weld and ridden by Robbie McNamara. The slowest winning time was set in 2020 when Ferny Hollow won in a time of 4:06.06, booked to ride was Paul Townend on this W P Mullins trained runner.

These are the top three quickest run Champion Bumper over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2014 - Silver Concorde (3:43.40)
  • 2006 - Hairy Molly (3:46.70)
  • 2012 - Champagne Fever (3:47.50)

How competitive is the Champion Bumper market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2019 when the race had an over-round of 121%. The race in 2003 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 146%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Champion Bumper, the over-round has been 131%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £131 which is bet.

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Champion Bumper next time out then you would have back a total of 9 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +0.69. Ahead of the 2023 Champion Bumper why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today.

Champion Bumper Past Winners

Here are the Champion Bumper past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Champion Bumper as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse Info
2022
4:04.80
Facile Vega (IRE)
5yo 11-5 15/8F
Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
2021
3:55.48
Sir Gerhard (IRE)
6yo 11-5 85/40
Rachael Blackmore
W P Mullins (IRE)
2020
4:06.06
Ferny Hollow (IRE)
5yo 11-5 11/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
2019
3:55.60
Envoi Allen (FR)
5yo 11-5 2/1F
Mr J J Codd
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2018
4:04.30
Relegate (IRE)
5yo 10-12 25/1
Ms K Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
2017
3:51.10
Fayonagh (IRE)
6yo 10-12 7/1
Mr J J Codd
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2016
3:47.70
Ballyandy (GB)
5yo 11-5 5/1
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2015
3:50.40
Moon Racer (IRE)
6yo 11-5 9/2F
Tom Scudamore
David Pipe (GB)
2014
3:43.40
Silver Concorde (GB)
6yo 11-5 16/1
Robbie McNamara
D K Weld (IRE)
2013
3:54.70
Briar Hill (IRE)
5yo 11-5 25/1
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Champion Bumper have been based:

  • IRE: 15 winners with an additional 24 placings from 194 runners
  • GB: 5 winners with an additional 16 placings from 246 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners

Champion Bumper Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Champion Bumper over the last 20 renewals is W P Mullins who has won the race 8 times. Those 8 winners came from Missed That (2005), Cousin Vinny (2008), Champagne Fever (2012), Briar Hill (2013), Relegate (2018), Ferny Hollow (2020), Sir Gerhard (2021) & Facile Vega (2022). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Champion Bumper is Gordon Elliott (2 wins). There are multiple trainers who have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Champion Bumper, Jonjo O'Neill (0-11), Paul Nicholls (0-10) & Nicky Henderson (0-10) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.

Here are some of the top Champion Bumper trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
W P Mullins 78-8-18 +26.51 -16.09
Gordon Elliott 11-2-4 +0.00 -3.30
Philip Hobbs 14-1-4 +1.00 -2.50
Nigel Twiston-Davies 13-1-1 -7.00 -9.50
David Pipe 13-1-1 -7.50 -9.75
D K Weld 9-1-2 +8.00 +0.50
Colin Tizzard 8-1-1 +33.00 +13.00
Philip Fenton 4-1-1 +1.50 -0.75
Mrs John Harrington 3-1-1 +3.50 +0.75
Thomas Cooper 1-1-1 +7.00 +3.50

Champion Bumper Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Champion Bumper over the last 20 renewals is Mr P W Mullins who has won the race 3 times. Those 3 winners came from Cousin Vinny (2008), Champagne Fever (2012) & Facile Vega (2022). The only other jockey to have recorded multiple wins in the Champion Bumper is Mr J J Codd (2 wins). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Champion Bumper, Davy Russell has had a total of 10 rides to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Champion Bumper jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Rides, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Mr P W Mullins 13-3-4 +19.88 +5.44
Mr J J Codd 6-2-4 +5.00 +1.70
Paul Townend 9-1-3 +3.00 -1.41
Sam Twiston-Davies 9-1-1 -3.00 -5.50
Tom Scudamore 9-1-1 -3.50 -5.75
Rachael Blackmore 2-1-1 +1.13 +0.28
Davy Russell 10-0-2 -10.00 -9.00
Danny Mullins 8-0-3 -8.00 -6.50
Aidan Coleman 8-0-1 -8.00 -7.50
Tom O'Brien 8-0-1 -8.00 -7.50

2023 Champion Bumper Trends

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): ,1,14,1,12,8,3,3,20,6,2,(2,7),2,1,7,9,4,1,2,2,1

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 20 / 20 (75%) - On GS or worse ground (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Beaten no more 1l (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - On GS or worse ground (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Not ASC DON GOW SAN WAR (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Had 1-3 wins (Season)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Placed within past 17-144 days
  • 19 / 20 (72%) - Won last time out
  • 19 / 20 (80%) - Won over at least 2m
  • 19 / 20 (82%) - No bigger than 8/1 (LTO)
  • 19 / 20 (86%) - Was a 5yo or 6yo
  • 19 / 20 (92%) - No headgear or TT
  • 18 / 20 (52%) - No bigger than 25/1
  • 18 / 20 (63%) - Ran off at least 11-4 (LTO)
  • 18 / 20 (69%) - Highest run not Cl5 or Cl6
  • 18 / 20 (75%) - Ideally a bay horse
  • 18 / 20 (75%) - Ran over 2m or extended (LTO)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Cheltenham racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Champion Bumper. If you are a newcomer to horse racing betting, then the number of types of bets can be scary! Don't let that put you off though, head over to this Types Of Horse Racing Bet article and have a read, you will then have a better knowledge of betting on racing in the future and there are plenty of other articles in the OLBG Betting School too.

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Champion Bumper Trend Analysis

The trend factor which has produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +4.01 is when runners ran in Ireland on debut. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Good ground last time out, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-66.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Champion Bumper is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Cheltenham and Fairyhouse, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 17 winners from a total of 417 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 3 winners from a total of 25 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Champion Bumper, that stallion is Flemensfirth who has produced 2 winners (2018,2004).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Champion Bumper despite multiple attempts:

  • Oscar (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Milan (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Beneficial (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Old Vic (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Supreme Leader (0 Wins from 7 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest priced winner was Cue Card in 2010 when winning for Colin Tizzard at odds of 40/1 under the guidance of Joe Tizzard. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 5 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2023 Champion Bumper remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Schedule at the Cheltenham Festival

Have a look at our racing tipsters Cheltenham predictions for the Champion Bumper. Next up is the Turners Novices Chase, head over to find trends and tips.

Cheltenham Festival races for Tuesday 14th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Supreme Novices Hurdle
Constitution Hill (GB)
5yo - 9/4
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
14:10 Cheltenham
Arkle Challenge Trophy
Edwardstone (GB)
8yo - 5/2
Alan King
Tom Cannon
14:50 Cheltenham
Ultima Handicap Chase
Corach Rambler (IRE)
8yo - 10/1
Lucinda Russell
Derek Fox
15:30 Cheltenham
Champion Hurdle
Honeysuckle (GB)
8yo - 8/11
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Close Brothers Mares Hurdle
Maries Rock (IRE)
7yo - 18/1
Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville
16:50 Cheltenham
Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
Brazil (IRE)
4yo - 10/1
Padraig Roche
Mark Walsh
17:30 Cheltenham
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Stattler (IRE)
7yo - 2/1
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival races for Wednesday 15th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Ballymore Novices Hurdle
Sir Gerhard (IRE)
7yo - 8/11
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
Brown Advisory Novices Chase
LHomme Presse (FR)
7yo - 9/4
Venetia Williams
Charlie Deutsch
14:50 Cheltenham
Coral Cup (Link)
Commander Of Fleet (IRE)
8yo - 50/1
Gordon Elliott
Shane Fitzgerald
15:30 Cheltenham
Queen Mother Champion Chase
Energumene (FR)
8yo - 5/2
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
16:10 Cheltenham
Cross Country Chase
Delta Work (FR)
9yo - 5/2
Gordon Elliott
Jack Kennedy
16:50 Cheltenham
Johnny Henderson Grand Annual
Global Citizen (IRE)
10yo - 28/1
Ben Pauling
Kielan Woods
17:30 Cheltenham
Champion Bumper
Facile Vega (IRE)
5yo - 15/8
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins

Cheltenham Festival races for Thursday 16th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
Turners Novices Chase
Bob Olinger (IRE)
7yo - 6/5
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
14:10 Cheltenham
Pertemps Network Final
Third Wind (GB)
8yo - 25/1
Hughie Morrison
Tom OBrien
14:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Chase
Allaho (FR)
8yo - 4/7
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
15:30 Cheltenham
Stayers Hurdle
Flooring Porter (IRE)
7yo - 4/1
Gavin Cromwell
Danny Mullins
16:10 Cheltenham
Festival Plate
Coole Cody (IRE)
11yo - 22/1
Evan Williams
Adam Wedge
16:50 Cheltenham
Ryanair Mares Novices Hurdle
Love Envoi (IRE)
6yo - 15/2
Harry Fry
Jonathan Burke
17:30 Cheltenham
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup
Chambard (FR)
10yo - 40/1
Venetia Williams
Miss Lucy Turner

Cheltenham Festival races for Friday 17th March 2023

Race 2022 Winner Info
13:30 Cheltenham
JCB Triumph Hurdle
Vauban (FR)
4yo - 6/4
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:10 Cheltenham
County Handicap Hurdle
State Man (FR)
5yo - 11/4
W P Mullins
Paul Townend
14:50 Cheltenham
Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
The Nice Guy (IRE)
7yo - 18/1
W P Mullins
Sean OKeeffe
15:30 Cheltenham
Cheltenham Gold Cup
A Plus Tard (FR)
8yo - 3/1
Henry De Bromhead
Rachael Blackmore
16:10 Cheltenham
Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
Billaway (IRE)
10yo - 13/8
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins
16:50 Cheltenham
Mrs PP Mares Chase
Elimay (FR)
8yo - 9/4
W P Mullins
Mark Walsh
17:30 Cheltenham
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle
Banbridge (IRE)
6yo - 12/1
Joseph Patrick OBrien
M M McDonagh

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