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The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle

Hosted by Cheltenham Racecourse every January, Festival Trials Day gives Cheltenham Festival hopefuls a chance to qualify, prepare and make their final decisions just a few months before it takes place.

In fact, Festival Trials Day is the final horseracing event held at Cheltenham Racecourse before The Cheltenham Festival, so excitement and anticipation levels are through the roof.

Festival Trials Day 2021 will be held on Saturday the 30th of January – and the final race of the day, race number 7, will be The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle.

About the Race

The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle is a class 2 hurdle race that measures 2 miles and 179-yards across Cheltenham’s ‘New’ Racecourse. The race is open to all horses of the age of 4 and above.

The 2021 Handicap Hurdle will feature 10 runners who will all be competing to win the £10,839 top prize.

This year’s SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle is scheduled to take place at 16:10 on Saturday the 30th of January.


There are 10 runners on the race card hoping to win the £10,839 top prize in The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle. These horses range from 6 to 9 years old and weigh between 10-0 and 11-12.

  1. Monsieur Lecoq (FR) – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 – trained by Jane Williams and ridden by jockey Chester Williams
  2. Chti Balko (FR) – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-11 – trained by Donald McCain and ridden by jockey Theo Gillard
  3. Highway One O Two (IRE) – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-11 – trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by jockey Richard Johnson
  4. Sir Valentine (GER) – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 – trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies
  5. Witness Protection (IRE) – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-13 – trained by Martin Keighley and ridden by jockey James Best
  6. Nordic Combined (IRE) – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-13 – trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Fergus Gillard
  7. Time Flies By (IRE) – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-12 – trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman
  8. Martinhal (IRE) – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-7 – trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore
  9. Stormy Flight (IRE) – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-7 – trained by Jeremy Scott and ridden by jockey Rex Dingle
  10. Song Of The Hunter (FR) – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-0 – trained by Johnny Farrelly and ridden by jockey Brian Hughes


Whether you consider yourself to have novice or expert horseracing knowledge, it’s always helpful to get another view on the races before placing any bets. Maybe you have no idea, or maybe you missed something.

One thing we do know is that there will be many generous promotions doing the rounds for this Cheltenham Racecourse event and we want you to make the absolute most of them

So, trust the combined knowledge of our expert team of tipsters and ensure you make The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle at this year’s Festival Trials Day a profitable occasion.


At a glance, the odds for The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle at this year’s Festival Trials Day look fairly generous.

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Previous Winners

Before The sponsor change to The SSS Super Alloys, the Festival Trials Day Handicap Hurdle had been known The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle for the five years we’re about to look at:


Back On The Lash was the winner of The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle last year with a starting price of 13/2, ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Martin Keighley.

7/2 favourite only managed 7th place after a race throwing blunder two out. 13/2 second-favourite Lust For Glory finished in second-place while 10/1 En Meme Temps snatched third.


8/1 outsider Benny Bridge won The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle two years back, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.

Second place was taken by 3/1 race favourite Flash The Steel who couldn’t keep up with Lust For Glory in the closing stages. 12 runners set off for this race but only 10 made it to the finish line after 9/1 Our Merlin and 7/1 Maquisard fell at two separate occasions.


The 2018 Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle felt elation as 20/1 outsider Remiluc won the £17,204 first-place prize, ridden by jockey Harry Reed and trained by Chris Gordon.

2/1 race favourite La Patriote only managed to conjure up a fourth-place finish after failing to perform from the start. Second and third places were attained by 8/1 Huntsman Son and 10/1 Our Merlin.


The £16,245 winner of the 2017 Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle was 5/1 William H Bonney, ridden by jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King.

Some high-priced starters managed to place in this Handicap Hurdle race including 50/1 Man Of Plenty in second, 16/1 Divine Spear in third and 25/1 Disputed in fourth. 9/2 second-favourite was the only one of the 14 runners not to complete the race after pulling up before the last hurdle.


Back in 2016, it was 13/2 Solstice Star that took the first-place prize in The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Killian Moore and trained by Martin Keighley.

Trainer Nicky Henderson has two horses in this race – 11/4 race favourite Clean Sheet who only managed 7th and 10/1 Maestro Royal who pulled up before three out.

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.