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The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase is a race that is run during Race Night every year at Cheltenham Racecourse at either the end of April or the beginning of May, depending on which date the Friday falls.

Race Night provides the only set of evening fixtures on the Cheltenham Racing calendar and is the final National Hunt meeting to take place at Cheltenham Racecourse before the summer break. 

The 2021 edition of Race Night is scheduled for Friday the 30th of April, just a few weeks after the conclusion of The April Meeting. The penultimate race of the day will be The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase.

About the Race

The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase is a Class 4 steeplechase that takes place on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham every Spring.

Open to horses aged 5 and over, this race measures 4 miles and 97 yards in distance and features 27 fences for the competitors to leap.

The total prize pool for this lengthy race is £6,500, with the money to be split between the top four placing horses. The winner gets the highest portion of the money, with £3,854 going to the champion.

The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase will be the penultimate race of Race Night 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse, commencing at 19:50.

Runners

The wonderful competitors that run in The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase consistently provide an incredible spectacle for all in attendance, 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):

  1. Mendip Express (IRE) – Pulled Up – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-2 – ridden by jockey David Maxwell and trained by Philip Hobbs
  2. Sam Red (FR) – third-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-2 – ridden by jockey Ben Jones and trained by A B Leyshon
  3. Wonderful Charm (FR) – withdrawn – starting price N/A – weighing in at 12-2 – assigned jockey Mr S Waley-Cohen and trained by Paul Nicholls
  4. Jack Snipe (GB) – Pulled Up – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-13 – ridden by jockey Shane Quinlan and trained by Robert Hawker
  5. Master Sunrise – Pulled Up – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-13 – ridden by jockey James King and trained by A Ralph
  6. Optimised (IRE) – second-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-13 – ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley
  7. Premier Portrait (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-13 – ridden by jockey George Daly and trained by Dr Charles Levinson
  8. After Aspen (IRE) – Pulled Up – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey D Cherriman and trained by L Horsfall
  9. Captain Von Trappe (IRE) – Fell – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey T M O’Brien and trained by A Ralph
  10. Changeofluck (IRE) – Pulled Up – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Izzie Marshall and trained by A Hill
  11. Earthmoves (FR) – Pulled Up – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey D Andrews and trained by Miss L Thomas
  12. Haymount (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Miss G Andrews and trained by T Ellis
  13. Knockaderry Flyer (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey George Gorman and trained by M Comley
  14. Sentimentaljourney (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Nathan Rahman and trained by R Varnham
  15. Southfield Theatre (IRE) – first-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Miss L Bradstock and trained by Mrs Sara V Bradstock
  16. Spanish Arch (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Victoria Sollitt and trained by Victoria Sollitt
  17. Teeton Kato (GB) – Pulled Up – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey J Andrews and trained by Faye Messenger
  18. Twist On Ginge (IRE) – Pulled Up – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Jamie Neild and trained by Mrs K Bandey
  19. Vasco Du Mee (FR) – Pulled Up – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Josephine Banks and trained by M H Weston
  20. Vincitore (FR) – Pulled Up – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Miss S Rippon and trained by Miss S Rippon

Tips

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Odds

Odds for The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse are as generous as they are for races during The Cheltenham Festival.

Favourites are never too short and outsiders are generously long, so grab your free bets and head to the horse racing section of your favourite bookie.

A £10 stake on 7/1 Excitable Island in 2018 would have returned £70 in profits.

Previous Winners

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

(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)

2019

Last year’s edition of The Notgrove Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase was won by 7/2 second-favourite Southfield Theatre, ridden by jockey Miss L Bradstock and trained by Mrs Sara V Bradstock.

4/1 Optimised finished just a length behind the leader in second place, followed by 33/1 Sam Red in third and 3/1 Haymount in fourth.

2018

On Race Night 2018, Excitable Island won The Cheltenham Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase with a starting price of 7/1, ridden by jockey Miss G Andrews and trained by N W Padfield.

20/1 outsider Mon Parrain finished 11 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/2 second-favourite Al Co in third and 25/1 outsider Richmond in fourth.

2017

It was 6/1 Dolatulo that won The Book Now For The McCoy Awards Open Hunters’ Chase at Race Night 2017, ridden by jockey D Gittins and trained by Ben Pauling.

7/1 Sybarite finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 5/1 joint-favourite Jepeck in third and 12/1 outsider Join Together in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Cheltenham Challenge Supporting CCP Open Hunters’ Chase was 5/1 second-favourite Vasco Du Mee, ridden by jockey Josephine Banks and trained by M H Weston.

10/1 outsider Join Together finished 9 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 8/1 Indiana Bay in third and 8/1 Pentiffic in fourth.

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