The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters’ Steeple Chase will be the fourth race of Race Night 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Taking place just a few weeks after The April Meeting, Race Night is the final National Hunt meeting held at this world-class horse racing venue before the summer break, which lasts until The Showcase in October.
Race Night is the only set of evening fixtures held at Cheltenham Racecourse. It provides an exciting opportunity for amateur racers to achieve their dreams and win at the glorious home of jump racing and receive substantial cash prizes.
This year’s Race Night will be held on the evening of Friday the 30th of April, meaning those attending the event will have sufficient time to recover from their celebrations thanks to the following three-day weekend.
The fourth race of Race Night 2021 will be The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase.
About the Race
The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase is a Class 2 steeplechase that takes place on Race Night every year at Cheltenham Racecourse. This race spans a total distance of 3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs.
Although there are no official featured races at this meeting, The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase is the highest classed race of the evening and offers by far the biggest purse of £25,000.
The £25,000 prize pool is split proportionately between the horses that finish in the top four placement positions:
- 1st place – £14,825
- 2nd place – £4,655
- 3rd place – £2,328
- 4th place – £1,162
The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase will be the fourth race of Race Night, beginning at 18:50.
The fantastic horses that compete in The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase provide an awe-inspiring spectacle for all in attendance every year, competing for each and every placement spot like it’s the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself.
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):
- Hazel Hill (IRE) – first-place finish – 1/4 starting price – weighing in at 12-4 – ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley
- Master Baker (GB) – Pulled Up – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-4 – ridden by jockey Bryan Carver and trained by Mrs L Jefford
- Virak (FR) – third-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-4 – ridden by jockey Miss Natalie Parker and trained by Mrs R Loxton
- Caryto Des Brosses (FR) – second-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-1 – ridden by jockey Mr D Peters and trained by D Kemp
- Kelvingrove (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-1 – ridden by jockey Ben Jones and trained by A B Leyshon
- Gran Paradiso (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 80/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Mr R Wilson and trained by N Sanderson
- Path To Freedom (IRE) – Pulled Up – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Mr J Dawson and trained by Mrs C Coward
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In recent years, the bookies have picked out the race favourites well. In the last 3 editions of this race, the favourite has come out on top. 2017 was the closest to an upset with The Wealerdealer finishing just a short head behind the leader with a starting price of 11/1.
We have however has some very high priced outsiders finish just a position away from a placement place.
80/1 Gran Paradiso finished in fifth place last year, where if he’d managed just one position higher a £10 each-way stake would have returned some great profits from a horse finishing as far down as fourth place. They don’t always have to be first-place finishers to boost your bank balance!
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
The last time The Cheltenham Open Final Hunters Steeple Chase took place was in 2019. It was won by string race favourite Hazel Hill with a starting price of 1/4, ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley.
Just half a length behind the leader was 12/1 French third-favourite Caryto Des Brosses, eventually followed by 6/1 Virak in third place, followed by 66/1 Kelvingrove in fourth. If just one more of the first four had pulled up or made a mistake, 80/1 outsider Gran Paradiso would have bettered his fifth-place finish and entered the placement positions.
In 2018, the 1/2 race favourite Barel Of Laughs comfortably won The Open Final Hunters’ Chase, ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley. This was the team’s second successive victory in this race.
Irish 50/1 outsider Asockstar finished 7 lengths behind Barel Of Laughs in second place, followed by the 33/1 outsider duo of Pentiffic from New Zealand in third and Owen Glendower from Ireland in fourth. Only 7 of the 11 starting runners successfully completed this race.
On Race Night 2017, The Open Final Hunters’ Chase was won by 8/13 race favourite Barel Of Laughs in the first of his two consecutive wins in this race, ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley.
The Wealerdealer finished just a short head behind Barel Of Laughs with a starting price of 11/1. 48 lengths behind the leaders in third place was 8/1 second-favourite Real Milan, followed by French 40/1 outsider Vincitore in fourth. Only 7 of the 12 starting runners successfully completed this edition of the race.
Back in 2016, The Champions Hunters’ Chase on Race Night was won by 3/1 second-favourite Pearlysteps, ridden by jockey Miss J C Williams and trained by H D Daly.
16/1 outsider Barel Of Laughs finished 2 and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 8/1 Gunmoney in third and 9/1 Tony Star in fourth. Good Egg was withdrawn from this race that only saw two of the twelve starting runners fail to complete the race.