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Trial Cotswold Chase

As we head into the second half of Festival Trials Day, we start to get a true sense of how The Festival 2021 will size up and how some of the official racecards will look. But there’s still plenty to come, including the Trial Cotswold Chase.

The fourth race of Festival Trials Day 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse will be the Trial Cotswold Chase, known again as The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase.

Festival Trials Day is a fantastic opportunity for trainers to make their final decisions and preparations, jockeys to get a feel for their horse, and horses to get a feel of the course.

This year’s Festival Trials Day is scheduled for Saturday the 30th of January at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.

About the Race

The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Grade 2 Cotswold Chase spans a fairly lengthy 3 miles 1 furlong and 56 yards and will have a total prize pool of £63,000 for its 2021 edition at Festival Trials Day on Saturday the 30th January.

Last year, Santini almost became the fourth horse in history to win The Trial Cotswold Chase then go on to win The Cheltenham Cotswold Chase in the same year but was beaten to the final post by a very talented Al Boum Photo.

The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase will take place at 14:25 on Saturday the 30th January 2021.


There are 8 runners currently scheduled in to run The 2021 Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase. Ranging from 8-11 years old, these horses will be competing for a prize of £35,450.

  1. Bristol De Mai (FR) – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob
  2. Lake View Lad (IRE) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Nick Alexander and ridden by jockey Brian Hughes
  3. Native River (IRE) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by jockey Richard Johnson
  4. Santini – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman
  5. The Conditional (IRE) – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-4 – trained by David Bridgwater and ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore
  6. Yorkhill (IRE) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-4 – trained by Sandy Thomson and ridden by jockey Ryan Mania
  7. Saint Calvados (FR) – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Harry Whittington and ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan
  8. Yala Enki (FR) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by jockey Bryony Frost

Santini was the winner of this race last time out with Bristol De Mai finishing in second. Festival Trials Day regulars will be keen to see the outcome of this rematch on 30th January

The most successful trainer in the history of the Trial Cotswold Chase is Paul Nicholls, who enters this race with 11-year-old counterpart Yala Enki.


There’s some fantastic competition in this year’s Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase, with many popular names that could be trotting around the parade ring with a spring in their step.

Festival Trials Day attracts a lot of attention with many people looking ahead to The Cheltenham Festival just a few months later. The horses that do well on Trials Day will be remembered by those in attendance when The Festival arrives.

If you don’t get a chance to head down and witness the events unfold for yourself, or if you don’t consider yourself much of a horse racing expert, trust our expertly crafted tips to guide you in the right direction towards making the right decisions on your betting slip for Festival Trials Day 2021.


Any event held at Cheltenham Racecourse gathers the attention of the masses and Festival Trials Day is no different – there are some big money prizes on the line for spectators and enthusiasts as well as the horses.

Bets are already being taken for The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase with some incredible prices on offer.

There are many great promotions doing the rounds too, including price boosts and free bets, so be sure to get in quickly and capitalise on this fantastic opportunity to make this year’s Trial Cotswold Chase a profitable occasion.

Previous Winners

The winners of The Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham have historically gone on to do very well at the following Cheltenham Festival. You don’t have to be a seasoned expert to recognise some names in this list.


13/8 favourite Santini stayed in well to clinch the title in the 2020 edition of The Paddy Power Cotswold Chase, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by the very successful Nicky Henderson.

9/4 Bristol De Mai was a close second-favourite who finished in second and 8/1 Top Ville Ben made the most of 4/1 Slate House pulling up by taking the third spot.


Second-favourite 9/4 Frodon won The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase in 2019, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls.

This was a very close race that saw 2/1 favourite Elegant Escape finish in second and 4/1 Terrefort take third place.


In 2018, 7/1 outsider Definitely Red took the tasty £56,950 prize in The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase, ridden by jockey Danny Cook and trained by Brian Ellison

7/4 favourite Bristol De Mai, who we’re looking forward to seeing on the 30th of January, finished in this place while 9/2 American took the second-place prize.


Back in 2017, 8/1 outsider Many Clouds won The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase with a prize of £56,950. Many Clouds was ridden by jockey Leighton Aspell and trained by Oliver Sherwood.

Big 4/9 favourite Thistlecrack finished very close behind in second, while 7/1 French Smad Place took third. Paul Nicholls’ Silviniaco Conti placed in fourth with a starting price of 20/1.

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.