The KTDA Racing Hunters’ Steeple Chase is the third race to take place on Cheltenham’s Race Night which takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse around the end of April and beginning of May every year.
In recent years, Race Night has been held on the Friday night before the May bank holiday weekend, offering a great opportunity to celebrate the three-day weekend in style. It is also the final meeting held at Cheltenham Racecourse before the summer break.
Race Night is the only National Hunt meeting that takes place in the evening at Cheltenham Racecourse, meaning nine-to-five workers that cannot normally get time off for Cheltenham events can head straight to the racecourse after their Friday’s darg.
Cheltenham’s Race Night is scheduled to take place on Friday the 30th of April 2021 just a few weeks after The April Meeting, and just over a month after the conclusion of The Cheltenham Festival.
About the Race
The KTDA Racing Hunters’ Steeple Chase is a Class 4 National Hunt steeplechase that takes place on Race Night at Cheltenham every year.
The race covers a total distance of around 3 miles and 1 and a half furlongs and offers a total prize pool of £6,500. This is split proportionately between the first four finishers. The winning horse receives £3,854 for its team, while £1,210 is assigned to second-place, £605 is assigned to third and £302 is assigned to fourth.
Beginning at 18:15 on Friday the 30th of April, The KTDA Racing Hunters’ Steeple Chase will be the third race of Race Night 2021.
The brilliant horses that compete in The KTDA Racing Hunters Steeple Chase provide fantastic competition for each and every placement spot, year after year.
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):
- Alfstar (GB) – Pulled Up – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Miss A Stevens and trained by Miss Joanne Priest
- Big Georgie (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Mr J M Ridley and trained by J Ridley
- Damut I’m Out (IRE) – Pulled Up – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by A Ralph
- Kit Barry (IRE) – second-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Charlie Dando and trained by David Dando
- Marcle Ridge (IRE) – first-place finish – 5/4 starting price favourite – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Sam Jukes and trained by Sam Jukes
- Moscow Prices (IRE) – third-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Miss L Mager and trained by Miss K Tripp
- Order In Court (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-0 – ridden by jockey Mr F Henderson and trained by J H Henderson
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The KTDA Racing Hunters’ Steeple Chase has seen some fantastically priced winners throughout its existence, with thousands of punters sharing millions of pounds in winnings from this meeting.
Race Night 2017 is a brilliant example with 25/1 outsider Knockaderry Flyer winning comfortably by 11 lengths, which would have meant £250 in profits from a £10 bet. If this had been a £10 free bet, that’s easy money, completely risk-free.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The KTDA Racing Hunters Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
The last time The KTDA Racing Hunters Steeple Chase was run was in 2019 after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to a national lockdown in Great Britain. It was won comfortably by 5/4 race favourite Marcle Ridge, ridden by jockey Sam Jukes and trained by Sam Jukes.
15/2 outsider Kit Barry finished 11 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 5/1 Moscow Prices in third and 14/1 Big Georgie in fourth. Only 5 of the 7 starting runners successfully completed this race after Alfstar and Damut I’m Out pulled up at different stages.
On Race Night 2018 it was Irish competitor Foxcub that won the Class 4 Open Hunters’ Chase with a starting price of 5/1, ridden by jockey Miss Emma Yardley and trained by R Potter.
12/1 outsider Findlay’s Find finished 6 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 4/1 Kit Barry in third and 12/1 Master Sunrise in fourth. Only 5 runners successfully completed this race that saw one non-runner, one withdrawal, one fall and one unseated rider.
25/1 outsider Knockaderry Flyer won The Open Hunters’ Chase on Race Night 2017, ridden by jockey Lilly Pinchin and trained by Paul King.
5/2 race favourite finished 11 lengths behind Knockaderry Flyer in second-place, followed by 33/1 outsider Master Sunrise in third and 16/1 Kristian Gray in fourth. Only 8 of this race’s 12 starting runners successfully completed this race.
Back in 2016, the winner of The Open Hunters’ Chase on Cheltenham’s Race Night was 4/1 second favourite Cousin Pete, ridden by jockey Mr N Phillips and trained by Mrs Brown.
25/1 outsider High Hatton finished 2 lengths behind Cousin Pete in second-place, followed by 20/1 outsider Midnight King in third and 3/1 race favourite Templebraden in fourth. Only 9 of the 14 starting runners successfully completed this race.