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The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters Steeple Chase

Race Night is the final National Hunt meeting held at Cheltenham Racecourse before the summer break. The next time this racecourse sees horse racing action with be at The Showcase in October.

This meeting is for amateur’s that are hopeful of achieving a victory at a world-class horse racing venue and it’s every bit as important to them as The Festival is to the professionals.

Race Night is the only evening fixture on Cheltenham’s racing calendar, making it an excellent opportunity for those that would usually have to take time off work to see some quality horse racing at a world-class horse racing venue.

The wonderful thing about the selected date of recent Race Nights is its timing with May Bank Holiday. Taking place on the Friday night before a three-day weekend allows for a no-restraint celebration for many workers that would usually have to nurse the hangover into the office on Monday morning.

Race Night 2021 is scheduled to take place on Friday the 30th of April, with race one of the day penned in as The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase.

About the Race

The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase is a Class 5 National Hunt steeplechase that takes place annually on Race Night at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The race is 2 miles and 62 yards in length and offers a prize pool of £5,000 for the amateur jockeys to compete for. The purse is split proportionately per placement, with £2,965 assigned to the first-place finisher. The second-place horse receives £931, the third-place finisher takes £466 and the fourth-place competitor scoops the remaining £232.

The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase will be the first race of Race Night 2021 on Friday the 30th of April, beginning at 17:05.

Runners

The elite horses that compete in The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters Steeple Chase provide an adrenaline-inducing spectacle for all in attendance, every year, without fail.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested back in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Gustave Mahler (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 6/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey James King and trained by Alastair Ralph
  2. Red Inca (GB) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-10 – jockey Sam Burton  – trained by Con Rutledge
  3. Saffron Wells (IRE) – second-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Darren Edwards and trained by M Hoskins
  4. Sam Cavallaro (IRE) – first-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Bryan Carver and trained by Heidi Brookshaw
  5. Thewinningtipster (GB) – Pulled Up – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Philip Thomas and trained by Antony Burks
  6. Western Dream (GB) – Fell – 150/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey James Jeavons and trained by Hannah Taylor
  7. Willem (FR) – third-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at  11-10 – ridden by jockey Gordon Treacy and trained by Teresa Clark
  8. Dissertation (GB) – fourth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Ben Jones and trained by Andrew Quick

Tips

Race Night offers a great opportunity to get some great odds on horse racing at Cheltenham Festival before the summer break. To make the most of this profitable opportunity, trust our expert team of professional tipsters to guide your bet slips in the right direction.

Obviously, we cannot guarantee the outcomes of the races – that would be impossible. But, we can give you all the right knowledge and information to make the most likely choices so that you can be among the thousands of people that make every Cheltenham racecourse event a lucrative occasion.

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Odds

Odds for all meetings held at Cheltenham Racecourse are generous – not just The Cheltenham Festival. The favourites are profitable and the outsiders really cough up the cash.

Sam Cavallaro’s first win in 2016 would have returned £100 from a £10 bet with £90 in profits. Betting £10 on the same horse as a favourite last time out would still have returned £37.50.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)

2019

At the last edition of The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters Steeple Chase in 2019, 11/4 second-favourite Sam Cavallaro finished in first-place, ridden by jockey Bryan Carver and trained by Heidi Brookshaw.

6/4 race favourite Gustave Mahler only conjured up a fifth-place finish, making way for 9/2 Saffron Wells to finish 8 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 4/1 Willem in third and 33/1 Dissertation in fourth.

2018

In 2018, the winner of The Brian Babbage Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase was 7/4 race favourite Monsieur Gibraltar, ridden by jockey Lorcan Williams and trained by Rose Loxton.

Four of the 15 starting runners pulled up in this steeplechase that saw 5/1 Loughaderra Prince finish in second-place, followed by 8/1 Sam Cavallaro in third and 6/1 Old Pride finish in fourth.

2017

The winner of The Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase in 2017 was 7/4 race favourite Are They Your Own, ridden by Ms B Hampson and trained by Fergal O’Brien.

Race second-favourite Broken Eagle from The USA was forced to pull up before the tenth fence, making way for 4/1 Sam Cavallaro to finish in second-place, followed by 33/1 outsider Treacyswestcounty in third and 20/1 Back In June in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, Race Night was known as Hunters Chase Evening and was run on Wednesday the 27th of April. The Hunters’ Chase was won by 9/1 outsider Sam Cavallaro, ridden by jockey R Jarrett and trained by Miss Heidi Brookshaw.

Race favourite Broken Eagle with a starting price of 15/8 finished 2 and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 4/1 Bound For Glory in third and 12/1 Cold Knight in fourth.

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