The April Meeting is a date on the National Hunt horse racing calendar that takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse every April, as its name suggests.
This two-day racing extravaganza gives horse racing enthusiasts a chance to head back to the home of jump racing just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has concluded.
Each day of the meeting consists of 7 individual races, with the second race of each day listed as the featured races. The two featured races of The Cheltenham April Meeting are The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase and The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale.
The April Meeting provides the perfect opportunity for everybody involved in the wonderful world of elite horse racing to reconvene and reflect on the achievements attained at The Festival, as well as celebrate what’s to come in the final month before the summer break.
The April Meeting 2021 will take place on Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th of April. The fifth race of Day One will be The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race
About the Race
The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 2 national Hunt handicap hurdle race that takes place at The April Meeting every year.
This magnificent race at Cheltenham Racecourse is about 3 miles in length along the glorious course.
The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race will be the fifth race of Day One at The April Meeting and will start at precisely 16:25.
The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race at The April Meeting 2021 is looking to be another thriller, with the world-class participants competing for their share of the £20,000 prize pool.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested back in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Who’s My Jockey (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Philip Hobbs
- Thomas Campbell (GB) – Withdrawn – N/A – weighing in at 11-12 – jockey Connor Brace – trainer Nicky Henderson
- First Assignment (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Edward Austin and trained by Ian Williams
- Tobefair (GB) – first-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Debra Hamer
- Aaron Lad (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Charlie Hammond and trained by Dr Richard Newland
- Chameron (FR) – eleventh-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Rockpoint (GB) – seventh-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Colin Tizzard
- Sir Ivan (GB) – eighth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Harry Fry
- Ocean Cove (IRE) – Non-Runner – N/A – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Dans Le Vent (FR) – tenth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Paul Nicholls
- The Welsh Paddies (IRE) – third-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee
- Goodbye Dancer (FR) – ninth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Copper Gone West (IRE) – Fell – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Alan Johns and trained by Tim Vaughan
- Skipthescales (IRE) – Non-Runner – N/A – weighing in at 10-5 – jockey Thomas Dowson – trainer Patrick Kirby
- Reve (GB) – Pulled Up – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-5 – ridden by jockey Leighton Aspell and trained by Martin Keighley
- Broughtons Admiral (GB) – second-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Lee Edwards and trained by Alastair Ralph
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Odds for The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race are generously priced every year. Race favourites often exceed 7/1, rendering them profitable even with a placed result on an each-way bet.
20/1 Monbeg Theatre was the most recent upset in this race at The April Meeting 2018, where a £10 outright stake would have returned £200 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
The winner of The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race at The April Meeting 2019 was 15/2 Tobefair, ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Debra Hamer.
9/4 race favourite First Assignment finished the race in fourth-place, freeing placement spots for 25/1 Broughtons Admiral in second-place and 12/1 The Welsh Paddies in third.
On Wednesday the 18th of April 2018, Monbeg Theatre won The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race with a starting price of 20/1, ridden by jockey Page Fuller and trained by Jamie Snowden.
7/1 race favourite Whataknight finished three and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 66/1 Slim Pickens in third and 11/1 Taj Badalandabad in fourth.
8/1 Iora Glas won The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race in 2017, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
4/1 joint-favourite Max Forte finished a length and a half behind the leader in second, followed by 9/1 The Wallace Line in third and 13/2 Pillard in fourth.
Back in 2016, the winner of The ‘confined’ Handicap Hurdle Race was 5/1 Altesse De Guye, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Martin Keighley.
7/2 race favourite Kentucky Star finished in third place, with 12/1 Anteros above in second and 10/1 Fort Worth two lengths behind in fourth.