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The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race

Every April, just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has run its course, horses, jockeys, trainers and horse racing fans reconvene at Cheltenham Racecourse to get another dose of adrenaline-fueled racing action at The April Meeting.

The April Meeting is a two-day National Hunt meeting that consists of a total of 14 incredible races for racing enthusiasts to feast their eyes on. The event offers 7 races on each day, with the second of each being the day’s featured race.

The two featured races of The Cheltenham April Meeting are The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase on Day One and The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale on Day Two.

The two days of the 2021 meeting have the same fixture times, beginning at 14:05 and wrapping up at 17:30. The features races will take place at 14:40.

The first race of The April Meeting 2021 Day One will be The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race on Wednesday the 14th of April.

About the Race

The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race is a National Hunt novices hurdle race that takes place annually on the first day of The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.

This novices hurdle race spans a total distance of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 56 yards, with placing horses sharing a race purse of £20,000.

The team of the winning horse receives £12,380 and the horse that follows in second-place takes £3,676. The third-place competitor receives a prize of £1,838 and the final horse to place in fourth takes £916.

The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race will take place on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021, beginning at 14:05.


The talented horses that compete in The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race provide intense competition for every placement spot year after year.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested back in 2019:

  1. Dashel Drasher (GB) – first-place finish – 15/8 starting price favourite – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Jeremy Scott
  2. Ask Dillon (IRE) – Non-Runner – N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – jockey Paddy Brennan – trainer Fergal O’Brien
  3. Cotswold Way (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
  4. Dr Sanderson (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Mill Green (GB) – third-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  6. Thistle Do Nicely (IRE) – second-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by Gavin Sheehan and trained by Jamie Snowden
  7. Buzz De Turcoing (FR) – sixth-place finish – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Samuel Drinkwater
  8. Cotswold Prince (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Harry Stock and trained by Martin Keighley


Horse racing is an incredibly popular sport for gambling all over the world. In the UK alone, around £5 billion is put on horses every year, and you can bet a large proportion of that is put towards meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse.

You don’t have to be an expert to get involved – our team of expert tipsters are here to help you make the right decisions. Obviously we can’t guarantee the outcomes, but we can certainly calculate the most likely results, as well as point out outsiders that might have a better chance than their odds may suggest.


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Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)


Last time out it was 15/8 race favourite Dashel Drasher that won The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Jeremy Scott.

11/1 outsider Thistle Do Nicely finished three and a half lengths behind Dashel Drasher in second place, followed by 9/2 Mill Green in third and 11/4 Cotswold Way in fourth.


Diese De Bieffes was the winner of The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race in 2018, setting off as race favourite with a starting price of 5/2. Diese De Bieffes was ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Nicky Henderson.

Theclockisticking finished 2 lengths behind the leader with a starting price of 13/2, followed by 40/1 Dell Oro in third and 7/1 Captain Cattistock in fourth.


Strong 8/15 race favourite William Henry won The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race in 2017, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Nicky Henderson.

40/1 outsider Blairs Cove finished 6 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 17/2 Azzerti in third and 9/2 Coastal Tiep in fourth.


Back in 2016, 13/8 race favourite Mister Miyagi comfortably won The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.

8/1 Solstice Star finished three and a half lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/2 Rock On Oscar in third and 5/1 Whataknight in fourth. Only 33/1 Three Ways failed to complete this race, falling at the final hurdle.

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.

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Festival Guide

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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.

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Free bets

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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.