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The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting of the entire National Hunt horse racing calendar. The Festival offers over a million pounds a day in prize money, including a £625,000 purse for The Cheltenham Gold Cup alone which can only be beaten by The Grand National at Aintree.

Cheltenham Racecourse is the world-class hosting venue of this outstanding event that offers 28 elite horse races stretching over four days, with a seven-race card on each day, each with its own featured race.

Featured races include The Champion Hurdle on Champion Day, The Queen Mother Champion Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Chase and The Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday and The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Friday.

The Festival welcomes around 250,000 enthusiastic horse racing fans through its gates every March, who guzzle Guinness by the gallons and gaze upon the glorious geldings from the Grandstand as they gallop graciously in Gloucestershire.

This year’s Cheltenham Festival will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March 2021. The fourth race of Gold Cup Friday, following the Gold Cup itself, will be The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup.

About the Race

The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is an ungraded race belonging to the National Hunt calendar. It is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham and is open to horses aged 5 years and above.

The total length of The St James’ Place Foxhunter Chase is 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 70 yards and it features 22 obstacles for the amateur riders to leap. Often referred to as The Amateur Gold Cup, this race runs the same course as the Gold Cup itself and has done since its inauguration in 1904.

For horses to qualify for this race, they must have either finished first or second at least twice in specific hunter chases, won two point-to-point races, or one of each within a specific period of time.

Nine horses have been successful in this race twice but the event is still waiting for the first contender to achieve this three times. Maybe Hazel Hill could join them this year then push on to break the record in the near future?

The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup will be the fifth race of Gold Cup Friday 2021, starting at 16:10.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Billaway (IRE) – 5/2 ante-post favourite – 9 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. It Came To Pass (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (10/11/20) – trained by Eugene O’Sullivan
  3. Shantou Flyer (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (04/02/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  4. Staker Wallace (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Enda Bolger
  5. Highway Jewel (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-9 (03/02/21) – trained by B Gibbs
  6. Mighty Stowaway (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (10/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  7. Minella Rocco (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (13/03/20) – trained by Jonjo O’Neill
  8. Red Indian (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (13/12/20) – trained by Kelly Morgan
  9. Hazel Hill (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 13 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (31/01/21) – trained by Mrs Melanie Rowley
  10. The Worlds End (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – 11-2 (03/02/21) – trained by Olly Murphy

Tips

We’ve got it right before and we’ll get it right again. This March, don’t miss out on our teams expertly crafted Cheltenham tips for a chance at some successful betting slips.

We’ll have all the best promotions from all the greatest bookies and betting sites, too, so you could see starting odds enhanced further and attain some free bets make the entire process risk-free.

Odds

Odds for The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup will be as generous as any and all other fixtures hosted at Cheltenham racecourse. 

Last year was a perfect example with 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass winning the race and turning £10 outright stakes into £660 of profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s winner of The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup was 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass, ridden by jockey Maxine O’Sullivan and trained by Eugene O’Sullivan.

11/4 race favourite Billaway finished 10 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 3/1 Shantou Flyer in third and Staker Wallace in fourth.

2019

In 2019, race favourite 7/2 Hazel Hill kept on well to win The St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley.

In a race completed by only 9 of the 24 starting runners, 7/1 Shantou Flyer managed a comfortable second-place finish, followed by 33/1 Top Wood in third and 7/1 Road To Rome in fourth.

2018

25/1 outsider Pacha Du Polder won his second consecutive St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup in 2018, ridden by jockey Harriet Tucker and trained by Paul Nicholls.

4/1 race favourite Burning Ambition only managed to conjure up an eighth-place finish, making way for 50/1 Top Wood to finish in second place, just a neck behind the leader, followed by 14/1 Barel Of Laughs in third place and 66/1 Cousin Pete in fourth.

2017

Pacha Du Polder won his first of two consecutive St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cups in 2017 with a starting price of 16/1, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls.

It was a neck and neck finish between the front three as 7/2 second-favourite Wonderful Charm snatched second and 100/1 Barel Of Laughs was forced to settle for third. 11/8 race favourite On The Fringe finished two lengths behind 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.