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The Festival Novices Steeple Chase

The Cheltenham Festival is a truly magical event featured on the National Hunt horseracing calendar that takes place every March.

Often coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, The Festival is a four-day event featuring 28 excellent races, including 5 featured Grade 1 races.

The meeting is held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, where around 250,000 spectators visit every year to witness horseracing history in the making.

Only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money, The Festival features intense high-value races like The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March, with Champion Day, Ladies Day, St. Patrick’s Thursday and Gold Cup Friday.

The Second Day of The Festival 2021 will be Ladies Day with race #2 to be The Festival Novices Steeple Chase.

About the Race

The Festival Novices Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeple Chase open to horses aged 5 and above. The race covers a distance of 3 miles and 80 yards and consists of 20 fences for the novice chasers to jump.

Lord Windermere was the most recent winner of this intense race to go on and win the Cheltenham Gold Cup who won the Gold Cup in 2014.

The purse for The Festival Novices Steeple Chase is £175,000, with Pat Taaffe being the most successful jockey in the history of this race, winning the top prize 4 times between 1953 and 1970.

The Festival Novices Steeple Chase will be the second race of Day Two at The 2021 Cheltenham Festival, beginning at 14:10.

Runners

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

  1. Monkfish (IRE) – 7/4 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. Envoi Allen (FR) – 3/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (17/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  3. Royale Pagaille (FR) – 3/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  4. 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
  5. Next Destination (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (16/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  6. Eklat De Rire (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  7. Chatham Street Lad (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (16/01/21) – trained by Michael Winters
  8. The Big Breakaway (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Colin Tizzard
  9. Fiddlerontheroof (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (16/01/21) – trained by Colin Tizzard
  10. Asterion Forlonge (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (17/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins

There are some proven names on this list – can one of the expected favourites take the title from Champ? Or will we see the first outsider come off on top since 8/1 Blaklion in 2016?

Tips

Looking at the expected runners of The Festival Novices Steeple Chase 2021, it should be as incredible as ever, and it looks like the bookies know it. Judging by the ante-post odds, there should be barely anything to separate many of the competitors except how they perform on the day.

Meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse always draw the most lucrative offers out of the bookies, with enhanced odds, extra places being paid and free bets galore.

You don’t have to be Willie Mullins to place a few accurate bets on the outcome of The Festival Novices Steeple Chase – trust our team of experts to help guide you towards making The Festival 2021 a profitable week.

Odds

It’s been a short while since a horse with long odds caused an upset in The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase – maybe this year could be the year?

Willie Mullins trained Monkfish is the current ante-post favourite with a starting price of 7/4, but with such an important, high-intensity race with 20 fences to jump who knows what could happen.

A £20 outright stake on Champ to win The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase last year with his starting price of 4/1 would have returned £80 in profits. The same numbers apply to Topofthegame the year before.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Festival Novices Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s winner of The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase was 4/1 Champ, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

Only 10 runners began this race, with 5/2 favourite Allaho finishing in third behind 3/1 third-favourite Minella Indo. 33/1 Pym pulled up, while Easy Game and Copperhead fell.

2019

In 2019, it was 4/1 Topofthegame that won the £98,472 first-place prize in The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls.

The race went almost as expected with 3/1 second-favourite Santini finishing in second-place and 15/8 favourite Delta Work finishing in third.

2018

5/2 favourite Presenting Percy comfortably won The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in 2018, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Patrick Kelly.

10/3 second-favourite Monalee finished in second-place well ahead of third-place 9/1 Elegant Escape. Future star Al Boum Photo started the race at 8/1 but was one of a few to fall short.

2017

7/2 Might Blue won The RSA Novices’ Chase by a nose back in 2017, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

9/2 Whisper closed the gap in the final furlong but Might Blue managed to hold on. Ruby Walsh riding 5/1 Bellshill was the third to pass the final post.

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.