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Cheltenham April Meeting Day One

The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse takes place just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has concluded. Its races are equally as important to all those that are involved.

Horse racing fanatics still gather in their thousands to see the 14 impeccable races unfold over two days while the excitement of The Festival is still rife in the air.

Each of the two days boasts an exquisite featured race. Day One features The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase and Day Two features The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale.

Each of The April Meeting’s two days offers a seven-race card, beginning at 14:05 and concluding at 17:30. The featured races are the second races of each of the two days.

Day One of The 2021 April Meeting will take place on Wednesday the 14th of April, kicking off with The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race at 14:05.

The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race

The very first race of the two-day April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse is The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race. This National Hunt novices hurdle race is 2 miles and four and a half furlongs in length and it will begin at 14:05

The Cure Parkinsons and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase

The second race and first featured race of The 2021 April Meeting will be The Cure Parkinsons and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase. This National Hunt steeplechase race is 2 miles and 5 furlongs in length, beginning at 14:40.

The Kingston Stud Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race

The third race of Day One at The April Meeting 2021 will be The Kingston Stud Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race. This National Hunt handicap hurdle race is 2 miles and four and a half furlongs in length and will follow the featured race, commencing at 15:15.

The Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Novices Limited Handicap Steeple Chase

The fourth race of Day One at The April Meeting will be The Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Novices Limited Handicap Steeple Chase. This National Hunt Steeple Chase is 3 miles and one and a half furlongs in length, taking place at 15:50, the halfway point of the day.

The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race

The fifth race of The 2021 April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse will be The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race. This National Hunt handicap hurdle race is about 3 miles in length and will start at 16:25.

The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase

The penultimate race of Day One at The April Meeting 2021 will be The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase. This National Hunt handicap steeplechase is 2 miles and 2 furlongs in length, beginning at 17:00.

The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race

The final race of Day One at The Cheltenham’s April Meeting will be The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race. This National Hunt handicap hurdle race is 2 miles and 1 furlong in length and will wrap up Day One at 17:30.

News

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The Jockey Club Newsletter will also provide all the information you may need on other events in The National Hunt calendar, such as The Cheltenham Festival, The November Meeting and more.

Odds

It’s not just The Cheltenham Festival that provides great odds on its races; all meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse attract enough attention for bookies to get a little more flexible with their prices. After all, they don’t want to lose your custom to a more bountiful bookie.

Let’s take a look at some of the best odds we’ve seen from Day One of The Cheltenham April Meeting over the past few years:

2019

The last edition of The Cheltenham April Meeting was in 2019 following the cancellation of the 2020 event as a result of Covid-19.

The winner of The Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle at 15:15 on Wednesday the 17th of April 2019 was 14/1 outsider Le Patriote, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Dr Richard Newland.

The favourite of this race was Honest Vic who finished in 5th place with a very generous starting price of 11/2. 8/1 No Hassle Hoff finished in second place, followed by 25/1 Fidux in third and 10/1 Lungarno Palace in fourth.

2018

The winner of The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle on Day One of The April Meeting 2018 was 20/1 outsider Monbeg Theatre, ridden by jockey Page Fuller and trained by Jamie Snowden.

7/1 favourite Whataknight finished 3 and a quarter lengths behind the leader, followed by 66/1 Slim Pickens in third place and 11/1 Taj Badalandabad in fourth.

2017

The winner of The Arkells Brewery Handicap Hurdle at 15:15 on Wednesday the 19th of April 2017 was 9/1 outsider Political Quiz, ridden by jockey James Davies and trained by Tom Symonds.

5/4 race favourite Divine Spear, ridden and trained by the jockey-trainer dream team of Nico De Boinville and Nicky Henderson, only managed a 5th place finish. This freed up placement spots for 8/1 Qualando in second place, followed by 10/1 Arctic Gold in third and 9/2 Casper King in fourth.

2016

At 15:00 on Wednesday the 13th of April 2016, 20/1 outsider Matorico won The Greg James After Party 27th April Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

5/2 race favourite Might Bite underperformed into a seventh-place finish, making way for 10/1 Zarib to finish in second, just a neck behind the leader, followed by 14/1 Laurium in third and 33/1 Hedley Lamarr in fourth.

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.

Tickets

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 cheltenham.co.uk.

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.

Hospitality

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.

Odds

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.