2022 County Handicap Hurdle Racecard Betting Odds

The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, sometimes called simply the County Hurdle, has been run at the Cheltenham Festival since way back in 1920. For many years this was the race that closed the Festival, but these days it is sandwiched between two Grade One races on Gold Cup Day: the JCB Triumph Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. The County Hurdle is a fine race in its own right, however, and here we have the latest betting tips, predictions and analysis to help you pick out a winner (as well as the latest live betting odds to make getting the best value that bit easier!).


The 2022 County Hurdle will take place on Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival meeting, with this being a handicap race where the horses battle it out over two miles and one furlong in this popular Grade 3 encounter.

Saint Roi was the winner of this race twelve months ago for trainer Willie Mullins and the Irish handler has had plenty of other success in this race, with Wicklow Brave and Arctic Fire having prospered for Mullins also.

Dan Skelton has also been successful on a number of occasions, with Superb Story the well-backed winner in 2016, while Mohaayed and Ch’tibello have also prospered so it’s worth looking out for any runners for this trainer.

Trainer Paddy Corkery is a relative unknown in National Hunt horse racing, although he has Master McShee running in this race and the runner is among the favourites, with the seven-year-old having delivered the goods in a competitive handicap hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Verdana Blue is something of an old-timer and the Nicky Henderson horse looks set to take his chances in this encounter, with the nine-year-old having found things too hot to handle in the Unibet International Hurdle although he might find the level in the County Hurdle a little easier.

Cadzand is another interesting runner and let’s bear in mind that this is a Dan Skelton-trained charge which gives it extra impetus as it bids to become the fourth horse from this yard to win this encounter.

The six-year-old showed that he had bags of talent when obliging as the 5/2 favourite in a handicap hurdle at Kempton over the festive period and he was previously the even money favourite winner at Warwick, with this ticking a lot of trend boxes for the Festival.