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Cheltenham April Meeting Day One

The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse takes place just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has concluded. Its races are equally as important to all those that are involved.

Horse racing fanatics still gather in their thousands to see the 14 impeccable races unfold over two days while the excitement of The Festival is still rife in the air.

Each of the two days boasts an exquisite featured race. Day One features The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase and Day Two features The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale.

Each of The April Meeting’s two days offers a seven-race card, beginning at 14:05 and concluding at 17:30. The featured races are the second races of each of the two days.

Day One of The 2021 April Meeting will take place on Wednesday the 14th of April, kicking off with The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race at 14:05.

The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race

The very first race of the two-day April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse is The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race. This National Hunt novices hurdle race is 2 miles and four and a half furlongs in length and it will begin at 14:05

The Cure Parkinsons and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase

The second race and first featured race of The 2021 April Meeting will be The Cure Parkinsons and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase. This National Hunt steeplechase race is 2 miles and 5 furlongs in length, beginning at 14:40.

The Kingston Stud Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race

The third race of Day One at The April Meeting 2021 will be The Kingston Stud Supporting Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race. This National Hunt handicap hurdle race is 2 miles and four and a half furlongs in length and will follow the featured race, commencing at 15:15.

The Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Novices Limited Handicap Steeple Chase

The fourth race of Day One at The April Meeting will be The Arkells Brewery Nicholson Holman Novices Limited Handicap Steeple Chase. This National Hunt Steeple Chase is 3 miles and one and a half furlongs in length, taking place at 15:50, the halfway point of the day.

The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race

The fifth race of The 2021 April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse will be The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle Race. This National Hunt handicap hurdle race is about 3 miles in length and will start at 16:25.

The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase

The penultimate race of Day One at The April Meeting 2021 will be The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase. This National Hunt handicap steeplechase is 2 miles and 2 furlongs in length, beginning at 17:00.

The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race

The final race of Day One at The Cheltenham’s April Meeting will be The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race. This National Hunt handicap hurdle race is 2 miles and 1 furlong in length and will wrap up Day One at 17:30.

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Odds

It’s not just The Cheltenham Festival that provides great odds on its races; all meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse attract enough attention for bookies to get a little more flexible with their prices. After all, they don’t want to lose your custom to a more bountiful bookie.

Let’s take a look at some of the best odds we’ve seen from Day One of The Cheltenham April Meeting over the past few years:

2019

The last edition of The Cheltenham April Meeting was in 2019 following the cancellation of the 2020 event as a result of Covid-19.

The winner of The Kingston Stud Handicap Hurdle at 15:15 on Wednesday the 17th of April 2019 was 14/1 outsider Le Patriote, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Dr Richard Newland.

The favourite of this race was Honest Vic who finished in 5th place with a very generous starting price of 11/2. 8/1 No Hassle Hoff finished in second place, followed by 25/1 Fidux in third and 10/1 Lungarno Palace in fourth.

2018

The winner of The Safran Landing Systems Handicap Hurdle on Day One of The April Meeting 2018 was 20/1 outsider Monbeg Theatre, ridden by jockey Page Fuller and trained by Jamie Snowden.

7/1 favourite Whataknight finished 3 and a quarter lengths behind the leader, followed by 66/1 Slim Pickens in third place and 11/1 Taj Badalandabad in fourth.

2017

The winner of The Arkells Brewery Handicap Hurdle at 15:15 on Wednesday the 19th of April 2017 was 9/1 outsider Political Quiz, ridden by jockey James Davies and trained by Tom Symonds.

5/4 race favourite Divine Spear, ridden and trained by the jockey-trainer dream team of Nico De Boinville and Nicky Henderson, only managed a 5th place finish. This freed up placement spots for 8/1 Qualando in second place, followed by 10/1 Arctic Gold in third and 9/2 Casper King in fourth.

2016

At 15:00 on Wednesday the 13th of April 2016, 20/1 outsider Matorico won The Greg James After Party 27th April Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

5/2 race favourite Might Bite underperformed into a seventh-place finish, making way for 10/1 Zarib to finish in second, just a neck behind the leader, followed by 14/1 Laurium in third and 33/1 Hedley Lamarr in fourth.

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