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Trial Cotswold Chase

As we head into the second half of Festival Trials Day, we start to get a true sense of how The Festival 2021 will size up and how some of the official racecards will look. But there’s still plenty to come, including the Trial Cotswold Chase.

The fourth race of Festival Trials Day 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse will be the Trial Cotswold Chase, known again as The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase.

Festival Trials Day is a fantastic opportunity for trainers to make their final decisions and preparations, jockeys to get a feel for their horse, and horses to get a feel of the course.

This year’s Festival Trials Day is scheduled for Saturday the 30th of January at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.

About the Race

The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Grade 2 Cotswold Chase spans a fairly lengthy 3 miles 1 furlong and 56 yards and will have a total prize pool of £63,000 for its 2021 edition at Festival Trials Day on Saturday the 30th January.

Last year, Santini almost became the fourth horse in history to win The Trial Cotswold Chase then go on to win The Cheltenham Cotswold Chase in the same year but was beaten to the final post by a very talented Al Boum Photo.

The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase will take place at 14:25 on Saturday the 30th January 2021.


There are 8 runners currently scheduled in to run The 2021 Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase. Ranging from 8-11 years old, these horses will be competing for a prize of £35,450.

  1. Bristol De Mai (FR) – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob
  2. Lake View Lad (IRE) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Nick Alexander and ridden by jockey Brian Hughes
  3. Native River (IRE) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by jockey Richard Johnson
  4. Santini – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 – trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman
  5. The Conditional (IRE) – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-4 – trained by David Bridgwater and ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore
  6. Yorkhill (IRE) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-4 – trained by Sandy Thomson and ridden by jockey Ryan Mania
  7. Saint Calvados (FR) – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Harry Whittington and ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan
  8. Yala Enki (FR) – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-0 – trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by jockey Bryony Frost

Santini was the winner of this race last time out with Bristol De Mai finishing in second. Festival Trials Day regulars will be keen to see the outcome of this rematch on 30th January

The most successful trainer in the history of the Trial Cotswold Chase is Paul Nicholls, who enters this race with 11-year-old counterpart Yala Enki.


There’s some fantastic competition in this year’s Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase, with many popular names that could be trotting around the parade ring with a spring in their step.

Festival Trials Day attracts a lot of attention with many people looking ahead to The Cheltenham Festival just a few months later. The horses that do well on Trials Day will be remembered by those in attendance when The Festival arrives.

If you don’t get a chance to head down and witness the events unfold for yourself, or if you don’t consider yourself much of a horse racing expert, trust our expertly crafted tips to guide you in the right direction towards making the right decisions on your betting slip for Festival Trials Day 2021.


Any event held at Cheltenham Racecourse gathers the attention of the masses and Festival Trials Day is no different – there are some big money prizes on the line for spectators and enthusiasts as well as the horses.

Bets are already being taken for The Paddy Power ‘45 SLEEPS TO CHELTENHAM’ Cotswold Chase with some incredible prices on offer.

There are many great promotions doing the rounds too, including price boosts and free bets, so be sure to get in quickly and capitalise on this fantastic opportunity to make this year’s Trial Cotswold Chase a profitable occasion.

Previous Winners

The winners of The Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham have historically gone on to do very well at the following Cheltenham Festival. You don’t have to be a seasoned expert to recognise some names in this list.


13/8 favourite Santini stayed in well to clinch the title in the 2020 edition of The Paddy Power Cotswold Chase, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by the very successful Nicky Henderson.

9/4 Bristol De Mai was a close second-favourite who finished in second and 8/1 Top Ville Ben made the most of 4/1 Slate House pulling up by taking the third spot.


Second-favourite 9/4 Frodon won The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase in 2019, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls.

This was a very close race that saw 2/1 favourite Elegant Escape finish in second and 4/1 Terrefort take third place.


In 2018, 7/1 outsider Definitely Red took the tasty £56,950 prize in The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase, ridden by jockey Danny Cook and trained by Brian Ellison

7/4 favourite Bristol De Mai, who we’re looking forward to seeing on the 30th of January, finished in this place while 9/2 American took the second-place prize.


Back in 2017, 8/1 outsider Many Clouds won The BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase with a prize of £56,950. Many Clouds was ridden by jockey Leighton Aspell and trained by Oliver Sherwood.

Big 4/9 favourite Thistlecrack finished very close behind in second, while 7/1 French Smad Place took third. Paul Nicholls’ Silviniaco Conti placed in fourth with a starting price of 20/1.