Cleeve Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Festival Trials Day)

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We look at the Cleeve Hurdle ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 3m at Cheltenham during the Festival Trials Day to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Cleeve Hurdle.

Cleeve Hurdle Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Festival Trials Day)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Cleeve Hurdle Preview

Established in 1983, this Grade 2 hurdle is scheduled to take place in January of each year at the Cheltenham racecourse is the Cleeve Hurdle, it is run over a trip of just shy of three miles and is open to runners who are aged five or older.

The race takes place on trials day before the festival and serves as a trial for the Stayers Hurdle, Paisley Park (2019) was the last runner to win this race and then go on to win the Stayers Hurdles next time out, a feat also achieved by Thistlecrack (2016), Big Bucks (2012 & 2009) and also Inglis Drever (2008) over the past twenty years.

Cleeve Hurdle Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Cheltenham tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Cheltenham Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Cleeve Hurdle market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 108%. The race in 2020 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 125%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Cleeve Hurdle, the over-round has been 115%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £115 which is bet.

Cleeve Hurdle Trends:

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 Cleeve Hurdle next time out then you would have backed a total of 5 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -3.41. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page so you can get easy access to the OLBG racing picks daily.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2009 renewal when Big Bucks from Paul Nicholls under the guidance of R Walsh, won in a time of 6:39.18, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Crystal DAinay, trained by Alan King and ridden by Jimmy McCarthy set the quickest time of 5:00.90 in the 2004 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Cleeve Hurdle over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Crystal DAinay (5:00.90) in 2004
  2. Noble Yeats (5:06.56) in 2024
  3. Fire Dragon (5:54.20) in 2006

Cleeve Hurdle Past Winners

Here are the Cleeve Hurdle 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 Cleeve Hurdle as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:06.56
Noble Yeats (IRE)
9yo 11-2 3/1
Harry Cobden
Emmet Mullins (IRE)
2023
6:00.23
Gold Tweet (FR)
6yo 11-2 14/1
Johnny Charron
Gabriel Leenders (FR)
2022
5:58.53
Paisley Park (IRE)
10yo 11-6 5/1
Aidan Coleman
Emma Lavelle (GB)
2020
6:25.81
Paisley Park (IRE)
8yo 11-6 4/6F
Aidan Coleman
Emma Lavelle (GB)
2019
5:59.20
Paisley Park (IRE)
7yo 11-6 100/30F
Aidan Coleman
Emma Lavelle (GB)
2018
6:25.60
Agrapart (FR)
7yo 11-6 9/1
Lizzie Kelly
Nick Williams (GB)
2017
5:59.90
Unowhatimeanharry (GB)
9yo 11-8 10/11F
Barry Geraghty
Harry Fry (GB)
2016
6:26.20
Thistlecrack (GB)
8yo 11-8 4/5F
Tom Scudamore
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2015
6:07.80
Saphir Du Rheu (FR)
6yo 11-4 3/1
Sam Twiston-Davies
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2014
6:25.81
Knockara Beau (IRE)
11yo 11-0 66/1
Jan Faltejsek
George Charlton (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Cleeve Hurdle have been based:

  • GB: 18 winners with an additional 31 placings from 170 runners
  • IRE: 1 winner with an additional 1 placing from 7 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 0 placings from 4 runners

Cleeve Hurdle Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Cleeve Hurdle over the last 20 renewals with both Paul Nicholls and Emma Lavelle who have both won the race three times. Paul Nicholls winners have been with Big Bucks (2009 & 2012) and Saphir Du Rheu (2015). Emma Lavelle winners have been with Paisley Park (2019, 2020 & 2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Cleeve Hurdle are Alan King (2 wins) and Nick Williams (2 wins). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Cleeve Hurdle, Nigel Twiston-Davies has sent a total of 11 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Cleeve Hurdle 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):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Paul Nicholls16-3-4-6.25-7.48
Emma Lavelle7-3-5+5.00+3.97
Alan King10-2-4+7.00+3.10
Nick Williams6-2-3+6.88+3.53
David Pipe10-1-2-7.00-6.49
Harry Fry4-1-1-2.09-2.45
Jonjo O'Neill3-1-1+14.00+7.60
Sue Smith3-1-1+6.00+2.80
Gabriel Leenders1-1-1+14.00+8.75
Emmet Mullins1-1-1+3.00+1.88

Cleeve Hurdle Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Cleeve Hurdle over the last 20 renewals is Aidan Coleman who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Paisley Park (2019, 2020 & 2022). There is one jockey who has not had the best of times in the Cleeve Hurdle, Paddy Brennan has ridden a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Cleeve Hurdle jockey 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):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Aidan Coleman6-3-3+6.00+2.53
Harry Cobden5-1-1-1.00-2.12
Brian Hughes3-1-1+12.00+6.40
Sam Twiston-Davies3-1-2+1.00+1.26
Johnny Charron1-1-1+14.00+8.75
Paddy Brennan10-0-2-10.00-7.55
Daryl Jacob5-0-2-5.00-3.05
Gavin Sheehan3-0-1-3.00-0.50
Graham Lee3-0-0-3.00-3.00
Jamie Moore3-0-0-3.00-3.00

Cleeve Hurdle Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +68.88 is when runners ran on Good To Soft ground when last winning. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Good ground when last winning, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-50.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Cleeve Hurdle is Ascot, there has been a total number of 7 winners of this race who ran at Ascot last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 176 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 5 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Cleeve Hurdle:

  • Oscar (3 Wins)
  • Cadoudal (2 Wins)

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

  • Apple Tree (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Kings Theatre (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Knockara Beau in 2014, winning for George Charlton at odds of 66/1 under the guidance of Jan Faltejsek. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 9 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Cleeve Hurdle remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Other Principal races at Cheltenham racecourse

Here are some other notable races at the Cheltenham racecourse throughout the racing season that you may be interested in.

Races in January (Festival Trials Day)

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Races in April

Races in October

Races in November (November Meeting)

Races in December (Christmas Meeting)

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Cleeve Hurdle Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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