The race has been dominated in recent years by Ireland, who have won eight of the last 12 renewals.
In 2018, City Island saw off favourite Champ for another Irish success, for Mark Walsh and Martin Brassil.
Irish trainer Willie Mullins has won the race on four occasions, most recently in 2016 and those four winners mean he has the outright most victories in the race. All four winners were ridden by Ruby Walsh, which means he is also the outright most successful jockey in the race.
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh:
Mikael d'Haguenet (2009)
Whilst the race open to horses as young as four, it may be worth looking to the older ones when searching for your 2020 winner, specifically horses aged six, as they have won 8 of the last nine editions.
As well as that, it’s obviously worth noting anything that is in the field for Willie Mullins and with no Ruby Walsh in 2020, whatever is ridden by now stable jockey Paul Townend, will surely need to be treated with serious respect, as well as other Irish challengers from Gordon Elliot and the likes.
The English record is poor in the race however Nigel Twiston-Davies has been successful on two occasions and if you’re looking for something closer to home, you might want to check out anything he chooses to run,