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The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The Cheltenham Festival is an enthusiastic scribble on the National Hunt racing calendar, taking place every March and usually coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day.

The total prize money of The Cheltenham Festival is only second to The Grand National, with millions of pounds up for grabs for the horses and their teams.

Originally titled the Grand National Hunt Meeting, The festival took place in several different locations over the years before taking permanent residency at Cheltenham Racecourse after some major upgrades and improvements.

There’s a total of 28 fantastic races over the four-day event, notably the featured races: The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will begin on Tuesday the 16th of March and conclude on Friday the 19th. The final race of Day One, also known as Champion Day, will be The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup.

About the Race

Open to horses aged 5 years and older, The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 National Hunt Steeple Chase run on the ‘old course’ of Cheltenham.

Novice chasers will thunder down 3 miles, 5 furlongs and 201 yards of Cheltenham Racecourse, hurdling 23 fences in the process in an attempt to secure the £74,306 first-place prize.

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is the second-longest race at Cheltenham after the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and the longest-running fixture since first taking place in 1860.

Jamie Codd is the jockey with the most success in this race having won with Cause Of Causes in 2015, Le Breuil in 2019 and Ravenhill in 2020.

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup will be the final race of Champion Day on Tuesday the 16th of March 2021, beginning at 17:30.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Royale Pagaille (FR) – 5/2 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  2. Galvin (IRE) – 4/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (23/10/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  3. Latest Exhibition (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Paul Nolan
  4. Next Destination (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (16/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Secret Reprieve (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-1 (09/01/21) – trained by Evan Williams
  6. Eklat De Rire (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  7. Dickie Diver (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (29/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  8. Asterion Forlonge (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (23/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Coko Beach (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (28/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. If The Cap Fits (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (23/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry

Tips

Not a horseracing expert? Not a problem – our knowledgable tipsters have got you covered.

With The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup being the last race of the day, you may already have some winnings you want to increase further, or it might be last-ditch effort to recoup some losses from the previous races – responsibly, of course.

The Cheltenham Festival can be a very profitable occasion if you know where to put your money and we’d like to guide you in the right direction.

Odds

Being such a long race with such a great number of hurdles to jump, it’s not often you get runners with particularly short odds. Favourites are rarely any shorter than about 4/1.

It’s thanks to the 23 fences that we’ve seen recent shocks like the placement of 125/1 Clondaw Cian in 2019 and the win of 16/1 Tiger Roll in 2017 where a £10 stake on the outcome would have returned £160 in profits.

This is a race where anything can happen.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The 2020 champion of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup was 12/1 outsider Ravenhill, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd with his second consecutive victory and trained by Gordon Elliott.

Strong 10/11 race favourite Carefully Selected blundered and unseated jockey Patrick Mullins, making way for 11/2 Lord Du Mesnil to take second-place, 33/1 Lamanver Pippin to take third and 12/1 Forza Milan to finish in the fourth placement spot.

2019

14/1 outsider Le Breuil won The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup in 2019, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Ben Pauling.

Only 4 of the 18 runners completed this race successfully, with 9/4 favourite Ballyward blundering and falling mid-way. This meant 125/1 outsider Clondaw Cian was able to finish in fourth place and receive the position’s £5,812 prize.

2018

Close 9/2 second-favourite Rathvinden was the winner of this 16 horse race in 2018, ridden by jockey Patrick Mullins and trained by Willie Mullins.

4/1 favourite Jury Duty failed to complete the race after unseating jockey Jamie Codd, while 25/1 outsider Impulsive Star managed to squeeze into 4th placement.

2017

The famous Tiger Roll won The JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase back in 2017 with a starting price of 16/1, ridden by Lisa O’Neill and trained by Gordon Elliott.

50/1 outsider Missed Approach took second place while 4/1 race favourite A Genie In Abottle only managed a fifth-place finish.

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.