Champion Bumper Race Card

The Champion Bumper, which is officially known as the Weatherbys Champion Bumper for sponsorship purposes, is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race that is open to horses aged four to six. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and ½ a furlong and is scheduled to take place annually on the Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival.

On this page you’ll discover everything you need to know about the Champion Bumper, including the entries for 2024, a full list of Champion Bumper winners from the last decade and all of our latest and greatest Champion Bumper tips.

Weatherbys Champion Bumper Runners And Entries 2024


Below you will find the runners and entries for the Champion Bumper for this year's Cheltenham Festival.

As a reminder, this is a full list of entries. However, there are further declarations five days before the race, and final declarations 48 hours before.

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race) (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

1st
Mr P W Mullins

Jasmin De Vaux

Age: 5
Weight: 11.5
OR: 126
J:
 
Mr P W Mullins
T:
 
W P Mullins
held up in rear, steady headway on outer from 7f out, pressed leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon edged right, kept on well
2nd
Keith Donoghue

Romeo Coolio

Age: 5
Weight: 11.5
OR: 117
J:
 
Keith Donoghue
T:
 
Gordon Elliott
towards rear, headway on inner from 6f out, went second 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on
3rd
Jack Kennedy

Jalon D'oudairies

Age: 5
Weight: 11.5
OR: 132
J:
 
Jack Kennedy
T:
 
Gordon Elliott
prominent, led narrowly 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon lost second, kept on inside final furlong
4th
Sean O'Keeffe

Sounds Victorius

Age: 5
Weight: 11.5
OR: 119
J:
 
Sean O'Keeffe
T:
 
W P Mullins
in touch with leaders, outpaced over 2f out, went fourth over 1f out, stayed on

Champion Bumper Tips

Here you can find all of our Champion Bumper betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival. Looking for tips for some of the other races? Head over to our daily tips page.

Stratford - April 21 2024
Stratford 13:15
3
Nico de Boinville

Easy Peasy

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Nico de Boinville

Easy Peasy

betMGM
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
betuk
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
betvictor
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
coral
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
grosvenor
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
ladbrokes
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
william_hill
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
bet365
£10.00 Returns £37.50
11/4
betfair
£10.00 Returns £37.50
11/4
betway
£10.00 Returns £37.50
11/4
midnite
£10.00 Returns £37.50
11/4
paddy_power
£10.00 Returns £37.50
11/4
skybet
£10.00 Returns £35.00
5/2
3/1
Age: 5
Weight: 11-11
OR: 113
Days: 19
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/04/24LUD16Sft11-71
31/01/24EXE16.5GS11-61
18/11/23CHL16.5Sft11-213
24/09/23PLU18Gd10-71
20/07/23KLN17Gd10-101
Stratford 15:25
1
Mr Zac Baker

Deise Aba

J: Mr Zac Baker
T: Francesca Poste
Mr Zac Baker

Deise Aba

betMGM
£10.00 Returns £26.25
13/8
betuk
£10.00 Returns £26.25
13/8
grosvenor
£10.00 Returns £26.25
13/8
william_hill
£10.00 Returns £26.25
13/8
betfair
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
betvictor
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
betway
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
coral
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
ladbrokes
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
midnite
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
paddy_power
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
skybet
£10.00 Returns £25.00
3/2
bet365
£10.00 Returns £23.75
11/8
13/8
Age: 11
Weight: 11-10
OR: 132
Days: 403
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/03/23CHL30Sft11-7PU
28/01/23CHL30GS10-32
30/12/22HAY28.5Sft11-10PU
03/12/22SAN29GS12-05
05/11/22AIN24.5GS11-116
Wincanton - April 21 2024
Wincanton 14:35
3
Jack Tudor

Shot Boii

J: Jack Tudor
T: David Pipe
Jack Tudor

Shot Boii

william_hill
£10.00 Returns £85.00
15/2
bet365
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
betfair
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
betMGM
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
betuk
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
betvictor
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
betway
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
coral
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
grosvenor
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
ladbrokes
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
midnite
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
paddy_power
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
skybet
£10.00 Returns £65.00
11/2
15/2
Age: 7
Weight: 11-12
OR: 108
Days: 31
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/03/24CHP30.5Sft11-22
07/03/24CRL24.5Sft11-114
09/02/24KEM24Sft11-43
22/01/24WAR25.5Sft11-112
04/01/24HER25GS11-41
Wincanton 12:22
3
Maj Charlie O'Shea

Wavering Down

J: Maj Charlie O'Shea
T: Jeremy Scott
Maj Charlie O'Shea

Wavering Down

bet365
£10.00 Returns £60.00
5/1
betfair
£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
betMGM
£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
betuk
£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
betway
£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
grosvenor
£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
paddy_power
£10.00 Returns £55.00
9/2
midnite
£10.00 Returns £50.00
4/1
skybet
£10.00 Returns £50.00
4/1
betvictor
£10.00 Returns £45.00
7/2
coral
£10.00 Returns £45.00
7/2
ladbrokes
£10.00 Returns £45.00
7/2
william_hill
£10.00 Returns £43.33
10/3
5/1
Age: 9
Weight: 12-0
OR: 105
Days: 274
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/07/23MAR20.5GS11-113
17/06/23UTT23.5Gd11-92
26/02/23FON22Gd11-56
01/02/23EXE18.5GS11-13
04/11/22FON19Sft10-103

Final race of ladies Day

The Champion Bumper is the concluding race on Ladies’ Day, which is the Wednesday of the Festival.

The bumper is the last race of the week that is run on the Old Course. This is because, on the Thursday and the Friday of the Festival, racing switches to the New Course.

The race is run over a distance of about two miles and horses must be aged four to six in order to run. The Champion Bumper is the most prestigious flat race or ‘bumper’ in the National Hunt calendar and it has a history of featuring horses that go on to become leading performers over obstacles, such as Florida Pearl and Cue Card.

The race often uses a mixture of jockeys, including both amateurs and leading jockeys from flat racing.

The Champion Bumper offers a total prize fund of £80,000, with the winner receiving £45,560. This is the lowest amount available for any of the Festival’s Grade 1 races.

History of the Champion Bumper

The Champion Bumper was first run in 1992, when it was known as the Festival Bumper.

Over the years, the race has been sponsored by a number of different businesses, including both Guinness and Tote. However, since 1997 it has been sponsored by Weatherbys. For this reason, the race is officially titled the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Recent years

Historically, the Champion Bumper has been dominated by Willie Mullins, who has won the race 12 times since his first winner in 1996. His wins have come from the following horses:

  • Wither or Which (1996)
  • Florida Pearl (1997)
  • Alexander Banquet (1998)
  • Joe Cullen (2000)
  • Missed That (2005)
  • Cousin Vinny (2008)
  • Champagne Fever (2012)
  • Briar Hill (2013)
  • Relegate (2018)
  • Ferny Hollow (2020)
  • Sir Gerhard (2021)
  • Facile Vega (2022)

So, if you’re in the market for any Champion Bumper tips, it’s hard to look too far past any horse that has been trained by Willie Mullins.

Two jockeys have enjoyed three Champion Bumper victories each with Willie Mullins-trained horses. The first of these was Ruby Walsh, who rode Alexander Banquet (1998), Missed That (2005) and Briar Hill (2013).

The second of these is his own son, Patrick Mullins. An amateur jockey, Patrick Mullins has won the race with Cousin Vinny (2008), Champagne Fever (2012) and Facile Vega (2022).

With three victories apiece, Walsh and Mullins are the leading jockeys in the history of the Champion Bumper.

Champion Bumper Winners

Some fine horses have romped to victory in the Champion Bumper over the years. Looking for some Champion Bumper betting tips for this year’s race? Take a look at this list of the winners from the last decade and see if you can spot any patterns that might help you make a decision.

Year Winner Age SP Trainer Jockey
2023 A Dream To Share 5 7/2 John Kiely John Gleeson
2022 Facile Vega 5 15/8 Willie Mullins Patrick Mullins
2021 Sir Gerhard 6 85/40 Willie Mullins Rachael Blackmore
2020 Ferny Hollow 5 11/1 Willie Mullins Paul Townend
2019 Envoi Allen 5 2/1 Gordon Elliott Jamie Codd
2018 Relegate 5 25/1 Willie Mullins Katie Walsh
2017 Fayonagh 6 7/1 Gordon Elliott Jamie Codd
2016 Ballyandy 5 5/1 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies
2015 Moon Racer 6 9/2 David Pipe Tom Scudamore
2014 Silver Concorde 6 16/1 Dermot Weld Robbie McNamara
2013 Briar Hill 5 25/1 Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh

Champion Bumper FAQs

Champion Bumper Tips

Looking for our latest Champion Bumper betting tips? Just scroll up this page. Alternatively, head over to our Day 2 Tips page. Here we reveal every horse we’re backing on this day of the Cheltenham Festival.

In addition to this, you can also see all the latest odds for this race on our Champion Bumper Odds page. This allows you to see which bookmakers are offering the best price on each horse in the race.