Champion Bumper Cheltenham
The Champion Bumper is the only race to be run at the Cheltenham Festival with no fences or hurdles.
It is specifically for younger National Hunt horses that are at the beginning of their careers and are being slowly introduced to the demands of the sport without tackling any obstacles at this stage of their careers.
The race itself is the last race of day two of the Cheltenham Festival and is run over two miles and half a furlong. An added twist that makes this race even more unique is that established Flat racing jockeys regularly ride owing to their experience. Jamie Spencer is perhaps the most famous Flat jockey to have won the 2002 renewal on board Pizarro.
The nature of the race means that winners usually go on to become very good horses in the future and some even come back at win at the Cheltenham Festival later on in their illustrious careers.
Horses like Florida Pearl, Dunguib, French Holly, Witchita Lineman, Cue Card and Rhinestone Cowboy all won the Champion Bumper before returning a couple of years later as favourites for one of the big races of the week, including the Supreme Novices Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle.
In recent years Ireland have ruled to roost in this race in recent years, winning eight of the last 11 renewals and racking up an incredible winning sequence of six between 2004-2009. When there's an Irish Cheltenham Bumper winner you can guarantee Willie Mullins probably had something to do with it.
The legendary Irish handler has won the race seven times, including last season when Champagne Fever won under the guidance from the saddle of Mullins son Patrick.
Father Mullins also sensationally rode to victory in the race in 1996 when Wither Or Which strode to victory.
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