Before April has even come to a close and before the summer sees no further racing at Cheltenham Racecourse until October, Race Night provides a tremendous opportunity to witness some incredible racing at Cheltenham before the break.
Race Night also provides the only evening fixtures of Cheltenham’s racing calendar, making it an excellent opportunity to witness high-class racing without having to take time off work.
What’s more, is Race Night 2021 is scheduled to take place on Friday the 30th April ahead of the three-day bank holiday weekend. This gives ample opportunity to truly indulge in the occasion at Cheltenham.
Race Night is an amateur racing event that gives non-professionals a chance to fulfil their dreams of winning a race at Cheltenham Racecourse. After the cancellation of the 2020 edition, fans and contenders will be delighted to make an evening of this event in 2021.
There is no featured race on Cheltenham’s Race Night, with every race being as important as the last to those involved and in attendance.
The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters Steeple Chase
The first race of Race Night is The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters Steeple Chase. This fantastic class 5 race commences at 17:05 and is two miles and half a furlong in length.
The winner of this event back when Race Night last took place in 2019 was 11/4 second-favourite 13-year-old Sam Cavallaro ridden by jockey Bryan Carver. 6/4 race favourite Gustave Mahler started well but struggled to keep up with the pack, finishing in last place.
The last time this race was run it consisted of 7 runners and a first-place prize of £2,965. Second place was awarded £931 and third place took home £232.
The Cheltenham Intermediate Final Hunters Steeple Chase
The second race of Race Night is the 17:40 Cheltenham Intermediate Final Hunters Steeple Chase, measuring 3 miles and two furlongs in length.
The 2019 winner of this race was 6-year-old 11/1 outsider Latenightpass followed closely in second by 14/1 9-year-old Captain McGinley. 13/8 favourite Salvatore finished in third place in a race that saw 8 horses pulled up.
Latenightpass raked in £4,744 for the first-place finish, while second-place Captain McGinley received £1,490 for finishing second. Favourite Salvatore took home £745 and fourth place Joshua Newman ridden Sixteen Letters received £372.
The KTDA Racing Hunters Steeple Chase
The Class 4 KTDA Racing Hunters Steeple Chase is next in line and takes place at 18:15.
This three-mile and 1 and a half furlong Steeple Chase was won comfortably by seven-year-old 5/4 favourite Marcle Ridge in 2019, ridden by jockey Sam Jukes. This race also saw the ironic pull up of 6/1 Damut I’m Out.
Marcle Ridge’s first-place finish time of six minutes and forty-five seconds earned him £3,854, while second, third and fourth shared the remainder of the £6,500 prize pool.
The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase
At the mid-point of this racing evening at Cheltenham Racecourse, we have The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase. Beginning at 18:50, this Class 2 Steeple Chase stretches over 3 miles and two and a half furlongs.
In 2019, huge 1/4 favourite Hazel Hill only just edged the victory, fending off 12/1 7-year-old Caryto Des Brosses and winning by half a length after a sustained duel approaching the final post.
The Gotherington Mares Hunters Steeple Chase
The first race of the second half of the night is the 19:20 Gotherington Mares Hunters Steeple Chase. This moderate in length Class 4 Chase measures in at three miles and one and a half furlongs.
Age 7 11/4 second-favourite Kalabaloo took the £3,854 first-place prize back in 2019 after comfortably beating 8/13 favourite Theatre Territory who finished in second place.
The Notgrove Open Hunters Steeple Chase
The penultimate race of Race Night 2021 will be The Notgrove Open Hunters Steeple Chase, commencing at 19:50. This is also the longest race of the day with a distance of four miles and half a furlong.
17/2 second-favourite 11-year-old Southfield Theatre won this fixture back in 2019, racking up the £3,854 first-place prize with a winning time of 8 minutes and 48.7 seconds. 3/1 favourite Haymount finished in 4th after being outpaced and weakening from the halfway point.
The Junior Jumpers Hunters Steeple Chase
At 20:20 the lowering sun sets the perfect scene for the final race of Cheltenham’s Race Night. The Junior Jumpers Hunters Steeple Chase is a Class 5 Steeple Chase measuring two miles and five furlongs in length.
11-year-old 16/1 outsider Bishops Road stormed ahead comfortably to take the lead in the 2019 edition of this race. 11/10 race favourite headed after 5 out but then was quite honestly outpaced before mistakes were made two out.
The total prize pool for this race was £5,000, split between finishers from first to fourth.
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Whether you’re spectating live in attendance or viewing on TV from afar, events at Cheltenham Racecourse always initiate a conjuring of excellent odds at all of the best online bookies.
Fierce competition between bookmakers means they need to offer great prices and promotions to lure in customers to place bets with them at huge racing calendar events like Race Night.
The biggest upset of Cheltenham Racecourse’s Race Night back in 2019 was 16/1 outsider Bishops Road winning The Junior Jumpers Hunters Steeple Chase in the final race of the day. Just £10 on Bishops Road to win this race would have returned £160.00 in profits.
The Cheltenham Intermediate Final Hunters Steeple Chase would also have been profitable for many punters, with 11/1 Latenightpass taking first place, and 14/1 Captain McGinley finishing second for those that would have placed an Each Way bet on this 9-year-old.