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.
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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.