Imperial Cup Trends

Staged at Sandown racecourse the Paddy Power Imperial Cup in a hurdle race run over 2m 1/2f. Run just days before the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

In recent years that incentive has seen powerful stables like Henderson and Hobbs target the race, but it’s the Pipe yard that hold the best recent record – winning the race four times in the last 16 years and 9 times in all.

The last horses to win the Imperial Cup and then go onto land a Festival race the following week are Olympian (1993), Blowing Wind (1998) and Gaspara (2007). While the 2016 winner – Flying Angel – only just failed to land the bonus after running second in the Martin Pipe Conditionals race. Three of the last four winners – Malaya, London Prize and Mr Antolini – didn’t go onto run at the Cheltenham Festival, but the 2021 winner - Langer Dan - was another that only just failed to land the bonus when second in the Martin Pipe Conditional Hurdle race six days later.

Here at GEEGEEZ we take a look back at recent winners and give you all the key stats to take into the 2022 renewal – this year run on Saturday 12th March.

Recent Imperial Cup Winners

2021 - LANGER DAN (5/1)
2020 – Abandoned
2019 – MALAYA (7/1)
2018 – MR ANTOLINI (20/1)
2017 – LONDON PRIZE (10/1)
2016 – FLYING ANGEL (9/1)
2015 – EBONY EXPRESS (33/1)
2014 – BALTIMORE ROCK (7/1)
2013 – FIRST AVENUE (20/1)
2012 – PAINTBALL (20/1)
2011 – ALARAZI (10/1)
2010 – QASPAL (11/4 fav)
2009 – DAVE’S DREAM (12/1)
2008 – ASHKAZAR (10/3 fav)
2007 – GASPARA (11/4 fav)
2006 – VICTRAM (8/1)
2005 – MEDISON (9/2 fav)
2004 – SCORNED (14/1)
2003 – KORELO (9/4 fav)

Imperial Cup Betting Trends and Stats

17/18 – Had won no more than twice over hurdles before
17/18 – Had raced within the last 6 weeks
17/18 – Had won between 1-2 times over hurdles before
16/18 – Carried 10-13 or less
15/18 – Rated 124 or higher
14/18 – Aged 6 or younger
12/18 – Carried 10-7 or less
11/18 – Had won over at least 2m1f (hurdles) before
11/18 – Winners that went onto run at the Cheltenham Festival (1 winner, Gaspara - Fred Winter)
10/18 – Finished in the top two last time out
10/18 – Winning distance – 3 ½ lengths or more
9/18 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
8/18 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
6/18 – Raced at either Cheltenham (2), Sandown (2) or Ascot (2) last time out
6/18 – Won last time out
6/18 – French bred
5/18 – Winning favourites
5/18 – Had raced at Sandown (hurdles) before – 2 had won there before
5/18 – Won by the Pipe stable (have won it 9 times in all)
2/18 – Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies (2 of last 5)
1/18 – Won by an Irish-trained horse
The average winning SP in the last 18 years is 11/1

 

 

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