Hosted by Cheltenham Racecourse every January, Festival Trials Day gives Cheltenham Festival hopefuls a chance to qualify, prepare and make their final decisions just a few months before it takes place.
In fact, Festival Trials Day is the final horseracing event held at Cheltenham Racecourse before The Cheltenham Festival, so excitement and anticipation levels are through the roof.
Festival Trials Day 2021 will be held on Saturday the 30th of January – and the final race of the day, race number 7, will be The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle.
About the Race
The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle is a class 2 hurdle race that measures 2 miles and 179-yards across Cheltenham’s ‘New’ Racecourse. The race is open to all horses of the age of 4 and above.
The 2021 Handicap Hurdle will feature 10 runners who will all be competing to win the £10,839 top prize.
This year’s SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle is scheduled to take place at 16:10 on Saturday the 30th of January.
There are 10 runners on the race card hoping to win the £10,839 top prize in The SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle. These horses range from 6 to 9 years old and weigh between 10-0 and 11-12.
- Monsieur Lecoq (FR) – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 – trained by Jane Williams and ridden by jockey Chester Williams
- Chti Balko (FR) – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-11 – trained by Donald McCain and ridden by jockey Theo Gillard
- Highway One O Two (IRE) – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-11 – trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by jockey Richard Johnson
- Sir Valentine (GER) – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 – trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies
- Witness Protection (IRE) – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-13 – trained by Martin Keighley and ridden by jockey James Best
- Nordic Combined (IRE) – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-13 – trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Fergus Gillard
- Time Flies By (IRE) – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-12 – trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman
- Martinhal (IRE) – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-7 – trained by David Pipe and ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore
- Stormy Flight (IRE) – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-7 – trained by Jeremy Scott and ridden by jockey Rex Dingle
- Song Of The Hunter (FR) – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-0 – trained by Johnny Farrelly and ridden by jockey Brian Hughes
Whether you consider yourself to have novice or expert horseracing knowledge, it’s always helpful to get another view on the races before placing any bets. Maybe you have no idea, or maybe you missed something.
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Before The sponsor change to The SSS Super Alloys, the Festival Trials Day Handicap Hurdle had been known The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle for the five years we’re about to look at:
Back On The Lash was the winner of The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle last year with a starting price of 13/2, ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Martin Keighley.
7/2 favourite only managed 7th place after a race throwing blunder two out. 13/2 second-favourite Lust For Glory finished in second-place while 10/1 En Meme Temps snatched third.
8/1 outsider Benny Bridge won The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle two years back, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
Second place was taken by 3/1 race favourite Flash The Steel who couldn’t keep up with Lust For Glory in the closing stages. 12 runners set off for this race but only 10 made it to the finish line after 9/1 Our Merlin and 7/1 Maquisard fell at two separate occasions.
The 2018 Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle felt elation as 20/1 outsider Remiluc won the £17,204 first-place prize, ridden by jockey Harry Reed and trained by Chris Gordon.
2/1 race favourite La Patriote only managed to conjure up a fourth-place finish after failing to perform from the start. Second and third places were attained by 8/1 Huntsman Son and 10/1 Our Merlin.
The £16,245 winner of the 2017 Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle was 5/1 William H Bonney, ridden by jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King.
Some high-priced starters managed to place in this Handicap Hurdle race including 50/1 Man Of Plenty in second, 16/1 Divine Spear in third and 25/1 Disputed in fourth. 9/2 second-favourite was the only one of the 14 runners not to complete the race after pulling up before the last hurdle.
Back in 2016, it was 13/2 Solstice Star that took the first-place prize in The Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Killian Moore and trained by Martin Keighley.
Trainer Nicky Henderson has two horses in this race – 11/4 race favourite Clean Sheet who only managed 7th and 10/1 Maestro Royal who pulled up before three out.