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Cheltenham Festival Day Two

The home of jump-racing is also the home of The Cheltenham Festival – a four-day horseracing extravaganza featuring the best horses, jockey and trainers in the business, which takes place every Spring.

The feature race and most anticipated fixture of The Cheltenham Festival is The Cheltenham Gold Cup, comparable only to The Grand National in popularity and prize pools.

This March, Cheltenham Racecourse hopes to welcome back horseracing fanatics in their masses after much disruption to the sporting world as a result of the global pandemic.

Day Two of Cheltenham Festival is also known as Ladies Day and is made up of a seven racecard, featuring The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase and The Coral Cup Hurdle.

Ladies Day sees the worlds of horseracing and fashion collide, with ladies dressing to impress often featuring stunning dresses and eye-catching headwear. Gentlemen are welcome to attend the day too, of course.

Day Two at The Festival 2021 will take place on Wednesday the 17th of March, kicking off with The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race.

The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race

The first race of Ladies Day 2021 will be The Ballymore Novices Hurdle Race, which will commence at 13:30.

The Day Two Novices Hurdle Race sponsored by The Ballymore Group is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race measuring about 2 miles and 5 furlongs. The race is open to horses 4 years old or above and consists of 10 hurdles for them to jump.

The 12 runners of the 2020 Novices Hurdle Race competed for a share of £120,000 with the winner taking a portion worth just over £70,000.

The Festival Novices Steeple Chase

Race Two of Day Two at Cheltenham is The Festival Novices Steeple Chase which begins at 14:10.

The Festival Novices Steeple Chase will be this year’s name for the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase – a 3 miles and 80-yard Grade 1 National Hunt open to horses age five years or older. The race is performed on Cheltenham’s ‘old course’ and consists of 20 fences to be jumped.

The 2020 Novices Steeple Chase had a total prize pool of £175,000 with £98,472 going to the first-place finisher.

The Coral Cup Hurdle

The third race of Ladies Day will be The Coral Cup Hurdle, scheduled for kick-off at 14:50 on Wednesday the 17th March 2021.

Horses over the age of 4 are permitted to enter this Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race which spans 2 miles and 5 furlongs of the ‘old course’ at Cheltenham. The Coral Cup Hurdle race features 10 fences.

No horse has ever won this race more than once, so the £56,270 first-place prize has had a new recipient every single year.

The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase

The featured race of Ladies Day at Cheltenham Racecourse is The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, scheduled to begin at 15:30.

Boasting a healthy prize-pool of £400,000, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Grade 1 National Hunt Steeple Chase is open to horses age 5 and older and stretches 1 mile and 7 furlongs of the ‘old course’.

6/1 outsider Politologue won this race in 2020, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Paul Nicholls, who took their £225,080 share of the purse.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

The fourth race of Ladies Day will be The Glenfarclas sponsored Cross-Country Steeplechase, starting at 16:10.

This race is open to horses aged 5 years or older who will need to clear 32 hurdles along this 3 miles 6 furlong and 37-yard course.

The £60,000 purse is split as £40,235 for first-place, £11,947 for second-place, £5,974 for third-place and £2,977 for the fourth finisher.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The penultimate race od Ladies Day at The Festival 2021 will be The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, beginning at 16:50.

Only horses of age 5 years or older can compete in this Grade 3 National Hunt Steeple Chase race that measures 2 miles and 62-yards along Cheltenham’s ‘new course’.

The previous purse for this race was £110,000, which saw the first-place finisher take home £61,897, so we expect at least this amount for the 2021 edition.

The Weatherbys Champion Bumper

The final race of Day One at The Cheltenham Festival will be The Weatherbys Champion Bumper, penned in for a 17:30 start.

The Champion Bumper is a Grade 1 National Hunt flat race which accommodates competing horses between the ages of 4 and 6. The race is 2 miles and 87-yards long and offers a prize pot of £75,000 to the horses that place.

News

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Odds

The Festival, held annually at Cheltenham Racecourse, is one of the biggest spectacles on the racing calendar. This makes the event an easy place to find great odds on a variety of betting markets, as well a mountain of promotions and free bets to make the absolute most of the fantastic prices.

A £10 bet on Ferny Hollows to win The Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Ladies Day last March would have returned £110 in profits thanks to his generous 11/1 starting price.

Both The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase and The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase had 33/1 starting price horses place in third, where a £10 Each Way bet would have returned £56 profit just as a result of these horses placing.

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.