2021 Cheltenham Festival: Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does the 2021 Cheltenham Festival take place? Tuesday 16th March – Friday 19th March, 2021

What time does the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle start? Thursday 18th March, 2021 – 15:05 (UK)

Where can I get tickets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival? The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will take place without spectators

What TV channel is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on in the UK? ITV will be televising the first six races of each day, while Racing TV subscribers will be able to watch all of the action

Where can I stream the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in the UK? The first six races of each day can be streamed live on the ITV Hub, while Racing TV subscribers can live stream all of the action

THE LOWDOWN

Paisley Park failed to defend his Stayers’ Hurdle crown last year but after producing a couple of eye-catching displays this season, he can reclaim his title here. He reversed the form against Thyme Hill last time out to earn a victory at Ascot, handing him a ninth win over hurdles. Lisnagar Oscar was able to snatch the win in this race last year and after a couple of disappointing outings that followed, wind surgery appeared to produce an improvement last time out when second of eight at Haydock. Sire Du Berlais won the Pertemps last year and is two from two over C&D so he will also pose a big threat as he goes in search of a third Festival success.

THE PREDICTION

Sire Du Berlais shapes as an obvious threat here but preference is for Paisley Park to reclaim the title he won in 2019. He disappointed in this race last year when only managing to finish in seventh but he has responded well this term with two impressive outings with a second and first place to his name. His win last time out was very impressive and if he can replicate that performance, he should be too good for the field.

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