The Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race and is the closing event on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. It was introduced in 1992 and is restricted to horses that have yet to race under flat racing rules. Bumper races were originally created to provide racing experience for National Hunt bred horses before going novice hurdling.
Another race that has been dominated by Irish trainers, especially Willie Mullins, who has trained the winner on no fewer than 12 occasions.
The race tends to produce excellent horses who go on to further Festival success, with Sir Gerhard, Envoi Allen, Champagne Fever and Cue Card just some of the runners who have been successful in this contest.
Latest Champion Bumper odds *
The Champion Bumper is one of the last races to receive entries for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, and with a number of likely participants this season, it is worth shopping around for NRNB odds. Once we have a greater idea of the final entries, we will bring you the odds and form here.
Champion Bumper Odds and Entries 2024
Few horses have made a notable impression on the 2024 Champion Bumper market, which is unusual for this contest, as there are ordinarily a number of talking horses in terms of potential. Jalon D’oudairies heads the market for Gordon Elliott although you can almost certainly rely on Willie Mullins unearthing a prospective gem soon enough.
Betting on the Champion Bumper
The Champion Bumper is the finale on day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival and few punters will look beyond Trainer Willie Mullins here. The hot favourite Facile Vega took his tally to a record 12 winners when successful in 2022. It was his third consecutive winner and fourth in five seasons after Relegate (2018), Ferny Hollow (2020) and Sir Gerhard (2021), though that run ended with the victory of A Dream To Share for John Kiely a year ago.
There is little sign of British-trained runners ending their drought in the race which now stretches back to Ballyandy (2016), trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
The market is not always a reliable guide if you are having a bet on the Champion Bumper. Only three of the last 13 favourites have obliged; Moon Racer (2015), Envoi Allen (2019) and Facile Vega (2022). There have been plenty of shock winners including some of the Mullins-trained horses.
Champagne Fever (2012) was a 16-1 chance and Briar Hill (2013) won at 25-1. The latter was partnered by Ruby Walsh and sister Katie won here five years’ later aboard another 25-1 chance in Relegate.
Champion Bumper News
The latest news regarding the Champion Bumper is that Jeroboam Machin, who had shot to favouritism for the race after winning impressively at the Dublin Racing Festival, has been ruled out for the season by trainer Emmet Mullins.
As a result, the race continues to look wide open. Jalon D’oudairies is a narrow ante-post favourite at this stage.