The final day of The Cheltenham Festival will be Gold Cup Friday, which will consist of a seven-race card including the featured race, The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
The Festival is a four-day horse racing meeting held at Cheltenham Racecourse every March, beginning with Champion Day (Tuesday), then seeing through Ladies Day (Wednesday), St. Patrick’s Thursday and finally Gold Cup Friday.
2021 is set to be a memorable one after once again sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day, doubling the celebration for the Irish visitors that descend on Gloucestershire regardless of this common coincidence.
28 excellent races will be displayed over the four-day meeting, including the high-value featured races of each day, which are The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Champion Day, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Gold Cup Friday.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The penultimate race of Gold Cup Friday and the entire Festival will be the brand new Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase.
About the Race
The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase will be run for the first time ever at The Cheltenham Festival 2021. It will replace The Novices’ Handicap Chase that usually took place in the scheduled time-slot but has been moved to Sandown Park just a few days before The Festival.
The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase will be a Grade 2 National Hunt Steeple Chase with a total running distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs. The race will be open to mares and fillies and held on Gold Cup Friday as the penultimate race of The Festival.
The official listed name for this race will be The Liberthine Mares’ Chase, named after former Cheltenham Racecourse chairman Robert Waley-Cohen’s mare. It will be the sixth race of Gold Cup Friday, commencing at 16:50.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Colreevy (IRE) – 5/2 ante-post joint-favourite – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-9 (23/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Benie Des Dieux (FR) – 5/2 ante-post joint-favourite – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (10/03/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Elimay (FR) – 7/2 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (27/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Put The Kettle On (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (27/12/20) – Trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Dame De Compagnie (FR) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (06/02/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Annie Mc (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (03/02/21) – trained by Jonjo O’Neill
- Shattered Love (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 9-13 (05/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Elfile (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (10/03/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Salsaretta (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (03/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Agusta Gold (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-4 (29/02/21) – trained by Ms Margaret Mullins
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The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase may be running for the first time in 2021, but the two previous races in this time slot have had 66/1 outsiders take the first place prize. A £10 stake on these would have each returned £660 in profits.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will host the inaugural run of The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase. As there are no previous editions of this race, we’ll take a look at the biggest upsets of Gold Cup Friday over the past 5 years:
At 16:10 on Friday the 13th of March 2020, 66/1 outsider It Came to Pass won The St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase, ridden by jockey Miss Maxine O’Sullivan and trained by Eugene O’Sullivan.
11/4 race favourite Billaway finished 10 lengths behind the leader in second place. 17 of the 21 starting runners successfully completed this race.
At 16:10 on Friday the 15th of March 2019, 66/1 outsider Croco Bay won The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase, ridden by jockey Kielan Woods and trained by Ben Case.
9/2 race favourite Magic Saint finished down in 10th place after simply underperforming. 15 of the 19 starting runners successfully completed this race.
At 14:10 on Friday the 16th of March 2018, 33/1 outsider Mahaayed won The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton.
6/1 race favourite Flying Tiger finished down in 16th place after being held up from early on and failing to make up ground. 19 of the 24 starting runners successfully completed this race.
At 14:10 on Friday the 17th of March 2017, 20/1 outsider Arctic Fire won The Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
5/1 race favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov finished 6th place in a very competitively fought race, just a neck behind fifth and less than half a length behind fourth. 23 of the 25 starting runners successfully completed this race.
At 17:30 on Friday the 18th of March 2016, 28/1 outsider Solar Impulse won The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Paul Nicholls.
9/2 race favourite Rock The World finished in third place after being hampered by water after the 6th hurdle. 18 of the 24 starting runners successfully completed this race.