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The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle

The penultimate race of Festival Trials Day 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse will be the Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle.

Festival Trials Day is an event held in Cheltenham on the last Saturday of every January and is the final race at this course before The Festival takes place from Wednesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March.

However, this event is not simply just a dress rehearsal – there are hundreds-of-thousands to be won in prize money and places at The Festival to compete for.

Festival Trials Day 2021 will take place on Saturday the 30th of January and will feature a seven racecard.

About the Race

The Cleeve Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race that measures 2 miles 7 furlongs and 213-yards in length. Entrant horses must be aged 5 or older to participate and will have to jump a total of 12 hurdles in an attempt to win the £21,270 first-place prize.

The Cleeve Hurdle race takes place every January at The Festival Trials and will this year be sponsored by Paddy Power to be officially listed as The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle.

Originally a few furlongs shorter, this race was first run in 1983 and was not classed as listed until later in the ‘80s. It wasn’t until 2005 that the race was increased to its current length.

The Cleeve Hurdle is the trial race for the Stayers’ Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival.

This year’s Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle will take place at 15:35 on Saturday the 30th of January.


The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle on Festival Trials Day will have 6 runners contending for a top prize of £21,270. Horse ages range from  8 to 13 and weights range from 11-0 to 11-6.

  1. Paisley Park (IRE) – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Emma Lavelle and ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman
  2. Main Fact (USA) – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-4 – trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Fergus Gillard
  3. Ramses De Teillee (FR) – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-3 – trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore
  4. Decor Irlandais (FR) – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Noel Kelly and ridden by jockey James Bowen
  5. Itchy Feet (FR) – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Olly Murphy and ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan
  6. Unowhatimeanharry – 13 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Harry Fry and ridden by jockey Richard Johnson

Can Paisley Park win his third Cleeve Hurdle in a row at this year’s Festival Trials Day? You certainly don’t want to miss it if he does.


Bookies are already offering some great promotions for this year’s Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle, including boosted odds and generous free bets.

Races hosted by world-class racecourses like Cheltenham always attract attention from not only racing enthusiasts but the standard Gambling Gary’s across the globe, meaning bookies and betting sites have to compete to attract new customers and reel their current registered players back in.

This intense competition results in very lucrative offers, promotions and prices, so it won’t only be the horses winning at The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle this Festival Trials Day.

If you don’t consider yourself much of an expert in the horseracing field, simply trust the expertly calculated tips from our team of professionals right here.


The odds for The Paddy Power Cleeve Hurdle at this year’s Festival Trials Day are as generous as ever with some incredible profits to be made as the horses canter around Cheltenham Racecourse.

There are some great promotions being highlighted by all the best bookies on the web, including free bets and boosted odds, so make sure you take these up and capitalise. 

Paisley Park is currently tipped to win his third consecutive Cleeve Hurdle race with a price sitting around 4/9. Gavin Sheehan ridden Itchy Feet is priced at the most likely to challenge the top spot with a starting price of 9/2.

Previous Winners


Irish Paisley Park was the 4/6 favourite for The Cleeve Hurdle last year and he went on to win it fairly comfortably for the second consecutive year, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Emma Lavelle.

50/1 outsider Lisnagar Oscar managed a third-place finish in a race where all 8 runners successfully crossed the finish line.


10/3 Paisley Park emerged victor of the 12 horse Cleeve Hurdle in 2019 to take home the £33,762 first-place prize for trainer Emma Lavelle and jockey Aidan Coleman.

20/1 outsider West Approach finished in second-place which isn’t as surprising as it sounds when trainer Colin Tizzard and jockey Tom Scudamore are involved. Third place prize went to 11/2 Black Op in this year’s edition of The Cleeve hurdle.


French outsider Agrapart won The Cleeve Hurdle back in 2018 with a starting price of 9/1. Agrapart was ridden by jockey Lizzie Kelly and trained by the excellent Nick Williams.

11/4 race favourite Finian’s Oscar failed to finish the race after pulling up before the last hurdle. 9/2 Wholestone took second-place while 10/1 Colin’s Sister finished in third.


The £34,170 first-place prize winner of The Cleeve Hurdle in 2017 was strong 10/11 favourite Unowhatimeanharry, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Harry Fry.

15 horses ran this race to compete for a share of the £60,000 prize pot, where 20/1 Cole Harden finished 2nd, 14/1 West Approach finished 3rd, and 4/1 Ballyoptic took the £3,198 fourth-place prize.


Seven runners took part in the 2016 Cleeve Hurdle but it was 4/5 favourite Thistlecrack that came out on top, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Colin Tizzard.

7/1 Ptit Zig finished impressively in second, followed by The Romford Pele who set off with a starting price of 50/1.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.