Everything you need to know about the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle

The feature race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Stayers' Hurdle, the leading long distance Hurdle event in the National Hunt calendar raced over almost three miles (or two miles seven furlongs and 213 yards to be precise).

Open to horses aged four and older it is run over the New Course at Cheltenham, considered to be more of an emphasis on stamina and still with that famous finish up the hill.

There are 12 hurdles to be negotiated during the race, which last year earned the winners £182,878 from the £325,000 total prize pot.

It was first raced in 1912 when £100 was offered to the winner and £10 to the runner up!

It has enjoyed a number of different titles, initially called the "Stayers Selling Hurdle" then in 1946 it replaced the Spa Hurdle. In 1972 it was rebranded the Stayers' Hurdle, then the World Hurdle when Ladbrokes took over the sponsorship in 2005 before finally reverting to the Stayers' Hurdle in 2017.

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