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The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

Every March, Cheltenham Racecourse opens its gates to around 250,000 enthusiastic horseracing fans from all over the UK, Republic Of Ireland, France and beyond.

It’s time for The Cheltenham Festival, an unmissable four-day event featuring 28 incredible elite horse races, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Cheltenham Gold Cup and many more.

Only the purse of The Grand National at Aintree is greater than that of The Cheltenham Festival, where millions of pounds are up for grabs.

Climaxing with The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Friday, The 2021 Festival will also be made up of Champion Day, Ladies Day and St. Patrick’s Thursday. There will be a featured race one each day, with two on St. Patrick’s Thursday to celebrate Irish heritage.

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March, with The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase taking place on Day Two – Ladies Day.

About the Race

The Cheltenham Cross Country course plays host to The Glenfarclas Cross Country National Hunt Steeple Chase at The Festival every March which is open to horses aged five years and above.

The race covers a distance of 3 miles, 6 furlongs and 37 yards, featuring 32 obstacles for the horses to jump. It was inaugurated in 2005 when The Cheltenham Festival added its fourth day and is one of three cross country races held at Cheltenham Racecourse over the National Hunt calendar.

Originally sponsored by Sporting Index, The Glenfarclas Whisky Distillery took the sponsorship reigns from BGC partners in 2008.

Tiger Roll was the most recent horse to join the small list of contenders that have won this race twice after winning in 2018 and 2019. The most successful jockey of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase is Nina Carberry with four wins between 2007 and 2016.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase takes place at The Cheltenham Festival on Ladies Day every March, with a start time of 16:10.


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

  1. Easysland (FR) – 7/4 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (13/11/20) – trained by David Cottin
  2. Tiger Roll (IRE) – 5/1 ante-post odds – will be 12 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  3. Potters Corner (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (16/01/21) – trained by Christian Williams
  4. Uniketat (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (28/09/19) – trained by Hector De Lageneste
  5. Amazing Comedy (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (15/06/20) – trained by David Cottin
  6. Champagne Classic (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (29/12/19) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  7. Step Back (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (11/12/20) – trained by Mark Bradstock
  8. Some Neck (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (11/12/20) – trained by John McConnell
  9. Le Breuil (FR) – 20/1 ante-post odds – will be 10 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (16/01/21) – trained by Ben Pauling
  10. Diesel Dallier (FR) – 25/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (24/12/20) – trained by Emmanuel Clayeux


Everybody wants to make the absolute most of this momentous occasion, and it’s winning a bet or two that can really put the cherry on the cake.

You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in the field though, there are people that can do the brain work for you and lay out a selection of likely outcomes on a silver platter for you to choose from.

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Can current 7/4 ante-post favourite Easysland make it two in a row and be the 4th horse to join the list of two-time champions, or can 5/1 ante-post Tiger Roll return to the top and be the first horse to win The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase three times?

Either way, it’s looking like you’ll get great prices on these two likely contenders. Odds for The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase are always fantastic, like in 2017 when Tiger Roll got his first win with a starting price of 7/1. A £10 stake on this outright result would have returned £70 in profits.

Previous Winners

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


Last year it was 3/1 Easysland that upset the odds and stopped Tiger Roll winning his third consecutive Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase. Easysland was ridden by jockey Jonathon Plouganou and trained by David Cottin.

Tiger Roll started the race as 8/11 favourite but was unable to keep up with Easysland after the 25th hurdle, finishing in second place. 33/1 outsider Out Sam managed to steal the third-place spot.


Tiger Roll was the 5/4 favourite in 2019 after his 2018 victory and managed to make it two in a row, ridden by jockey Keith Donaghue and trained by Gordon Elliott.

15/2 Josies Orders finished well behind Tiger Roll in second place, followed by 17/2 Urgent De Gregaine in third and 33/1 Ballycasey in fourth.


An 8-year-old Tiger Roll won his first Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase in 2018 with a starting price of 7/1, ridden by jockey Keith Donaghue and trained by Gordon Elliott.

Only 7 of the 16 runners made it to the finish line successfully in this race, with 12/1 Urgent De Gregaine finishing second and 11/4 The Last Samuri finishing third.


Back in 2017, it was 4/1 Cause Of Causes that took the £40,235 first-place prize in The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott.

10/1 Bless The Wings finished in second but it was far from a close race. 9/4 race favourite Cantlow finished in third after hitting the 10th hurdle.

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.


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

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.


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.


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.