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Paddy Power is the new sponsor of G1 Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival presented by Bulm...

Paddy Power announced as new s...

Paddy Power announced as new sponsor of Grade One Cheltenham race

Paddy Power is the new sponsor of G1 Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival presented by Bulmers. 

The Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle will take place at 3.30 pm on Thursday, 12 March and is one of the two Grade One championship races on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival alongside the Ryanair Chase.

Staged over three miles, the Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle was introduced to the Cheltenham Festival under its current conditions in 1972.

Cheltenham Jockey Aidan Coleman celebrates as he crosses the line to win the Stayers' Hurdle on Paisley Park on Day Three of the Cheltenham Racing Festival at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, England. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The 2019 running went to Paisley Park, who is 5/4 favourite with Paddy Power to take the honours again this year.

Leading Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has long been associated with Cheltenham Racecourse and sponsored the highlight of The November Meeting, run as the G3 Paddy Power Gold Cup, between 2003 and 2015 inclusive.

Paul Mallon, head of brand marketing for horse-racing Paddy Power, said: "As fans, we have long thought of the Stayers' Hurdle as one of the most compelling Cheltenham Festival races.

"Big Bucks, Baracouda, Inglis Driver, Paisley Park - winners of this race become legends."

Cheltenham Festival race programme:

Day One - Tuesday, March 10 (Old Course) -prize money £1,175,000

1.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y £125,000

2.10pm Racing Post Arkle Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199y £175,000

2.50pm Ultima Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f £110,000

3.30pm Unibet Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 87y £450,000

4.10pm David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 3f 200y £120,000

4.50pm Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed) 2m 4f 44y £70,000

5.30pm National Hunt Chase (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) 3m 5f 201y £125,000

Day Two - Wednesday, March 11 (Old Course & Cross Country) -prize money £1,020,000

1.30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 5f £125,000

2.10pm RSA Insurance Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y £175,000

2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 5f £100,000

3.30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 99y £400,000

4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase 3m 6f 37y £65,000

4.50pm Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 87y £80,000

5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1) 2m 87y £75,000

Day Three - Thursday, March 12 (New Course) -prize money £1,195,000

1.30pm Marsh Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 166y £150,000

2.10pm Pertemps Network Final (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3) 2m 7f 213y £100,000

2.50pm Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f 127y £350,000

3.30pm Paddy Power Stayers' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y £325,000

4.10pm Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) 2m 4f 166y £110,000

4.50pm Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m 179y £90,000

5.30pm Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase 3m 2f £70,000

Day Four - Friday, March 13 (New Course) -prize money £1,200,000

1.30pm JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 179y £125,000

2.10pm Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 179y £100,000

2.50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 7f 213y £125,000

3.30pm Bulmers Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y £625,000

4.10pm St James's Place Foxhunter Chase 3m 2f 70y £45,000

4.50pm Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m 62y £110,000

5.30pm Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (0-145) 2m 4f 56y £70,000

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