The Champion Bumper is a unique horse racing betting event at the Cheltenham Festival in that it is the only flat race at the meeting.

Often viewed as an early stepping stone for the following year’s Supreme Novice Hurdle, the Champion Bumper is one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the week and it will be a popular feature in Cheltenham Day 2 tips.

The inaugural renewal took place in 1992 and the Champion Bumper is now an ever-present on the Cheltenham Festival card.

Here, we discuss the most key Champion Bumper trends in a bid to pick out a winner at the 2021 meeting.

Champion Bumper Trainers:

Willie Mullins has dominated this race, with 10 victories to his name.

Ferny Hollow ended a disappointing run for the Closutton yard at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, with the well fancied Appreciate It back in second to give Mullins a 1-2.

However, rival trainer Gordon Elliott will have a stronghold in the 2021 Champion Bumper if the latest Cheltenham betting odds are to go by.

Sir Gerhard, Hollow Games and Ginto all entered the National Hunt season with lofty expectations and we could see one of these Elliott stars claim victory at the Festival.

Champion Bumper Prize Money:

The total prize money on offer for the Champion Bumper at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival was £75,000, with winning connections claiming £42,203.

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Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.