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The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase

The final day of The Cheltenham Festival will be Gold Cup Friday, which will consist of a seven-race card including the featured race, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

The Festival is a four-day horse racing meeting held at Cheltenham Racecourse every March, beginning with Champion Day (Tuesday), then seeing through Ladies Day (Wednesday), St. Patrick’s Thursday and finally Gold Cup Friday.

2021 is set to be a memorable one after once again sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day, doubling the celebration for the Irish visitors that descend on Gloucestershire regardless of this common coincidence.

28 excellent races will be displayed over the four-day meeting, including the high-value featured races of each day, which are The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Champion Day, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Friday.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The penultimate race of Gold Cup Friday and the entire Festival will be the brand new Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase.

About the Race

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase will be run for the first time ever at The Cheltenham Festival 2021. It will replace The Novices’ Handicap Chase that usually took place in the scheduled time-slot but has been moved to Sandown Park just a few days before The Festival.

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase will be a Grade 2 National Hunt Steeple Chase with a total running distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs. The race will be open to mares and fillies and held on Gold Cup Friday as the penultimate race of The Festival.

The official listed name for this race will be The Liberthine Mares’ Chase, named after former Cheltenham Racecourse chairman Robert Waley-Cohen’s mare. It will be the sixth race of Gold Cup Friday, commencing at 16:50.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Colreevy (IRE) – 5/2 ante-post joint-favourite – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (23/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Benie Des Dieux (FR) – 5/2 ante-post joint-favourite – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (10/03/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  3. Elimay (FR) – 7/2 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (27/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  4. Put The Kettle On (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (27/12/20) – Trained by Henry De Bromhead
  5. Dame De Compagnie (FR) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (06/02/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  6. Annie Mc (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (03/02/21) – trained by Jonjo O’Neill
  7. Shattered Love (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 9-13 (05/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  8. Elfile (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (10/03/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Salsaretta (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (03/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  10. Agusta Gold (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-4 (29/02/21) – trained by Ms Margaret Mullins

Tips

Hundreds of millions of pounds move between the accounts of punters and bookies throughout this four-day event every March and we want to help make sure you’re one of the many that will see some tidy profits from this spectacular occasion this year.

If you’re planning on placing a few bets on The Cheltenham Festival 2021, trust our knowledgable team of experienced tipsters to help point out the profitable punts.

Odds

With such intense competition between the outstanding competitors, you’ll never get particularly short odds, even on the race favourites. With so much at stake, it truly is impossible to guarantee an outcome.

The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase may be running for the first time in 2021, but the two previous races in this time slot have had 66/1 outsiders take the first place prize. A £10 stake on these would have each returned £660 in profits.

Previous Winners

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will host the inaugural run of The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase. As there are no previous editions of this race, we’ll take a look at the biggest upsets of Gold Cup Friday over the past 5 years:

2020

At 16:10 on Friday the 13th of March 2020, 66/1 outsider It Came to Pass won The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase, ridden by jockey Miss Maxine O’Sullivan and trained by Eugene O’Sullivan.

11/4 race favourite Billaway finished 10 lengths behind the leader in second place. 17 of the 21 starting runners successfully completed this race.

2019

At 16:10 on Friday the 15th of March 2019, 66/1 outsider Croco Bay won The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase, ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Case.

9/2 race favourite Magic Saint finished down in 10th place after simply underperforming. 15 of the 19 starting runners successfully completed this race.

2018

At 14:10 on Friday the 16th of March 2018, 33/1 outsider Mahaayed won The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton.

6/1 race favourite Flying Tiger finished down in 16th place after being held up from early on and failing to make up ground. 19 of the 24 starting runners successfully completed this race.

2017

At 14:10 on Friday the 17th of March 2017, 20/1 outsider Arctic Fire won The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.

5/1 race favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov finished 6th place in a very competitively fought race, just a neck behind fifth and less than half a length behind fourth. 23 of the 25 starting runners successfully completed this race.

2016

At 17:30 on Friday the 18th of March 2016, 28/1 outsider Solar Impulse won The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Paul Nicholls.

9/2 race favourite Rock The World finished in third place after being hampered by water after the 6th hurdle. 18 of the 24 starting runners successfully completed this race.

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.