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The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race

The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race is the final race of Day One at The Cheltenham April Meeting.

Taking place in April every year at Cheltenham Racecourse, The April Meeting is a two-day event that offers horse racing fanatics the chance to indulge in 14 excellent horse races less than a month after the conclusion of The Cheltenham Festival.

Of the 14 races, there are 2 features fixtures including The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase on Day One and The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale on Day Two.

The final race of The April Meeting 2021 Day One will be The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race on Wednesday the 14th of April.

About the Race

The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race takes place on the first day of The April Meeting every year.

It is a Class 3 handicap hurdle race that covers a total distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The total purse for The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race is £15,752. This is split proportionately among placing horses, with £9,285 going to the winner, £2,757 assigned to second-place, £1,378 assigned to third-place and £687 assigned to fourth.

The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race will conclude Day One of The April Meeting 2021, beginning at 17:30.

Runners

The exceptional horses that compete in The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race provide breathtaking competition for 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:

  1. Mister Fizz (GB) – eighth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Lorcan Williams and trained by Miss L Pickard
  2. Innocent Touch (IRE) – Fell – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Miss Alice Stevens and trained by Henry Daly
  3. Black Key (GB) – tenth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Theo Gillard and trained by Donald McCain Jr
  4. Turning Gold (GB) – seventh-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Jordan Nailor and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  5. Storm Rising (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Charlie Hammond and trained by Dr Richard Newland
  6. Magic Dancer (GB) – third-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee
  7. Pyromaniac (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Fergus Gregory and trained by Alastair Ralph
  8. Capital Force (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Harry Stock and trained by Martin Keighley
  9. Cornborough (GB) – second-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Abbie McCain and trained by Mark Walford
  10. Laughing Luis (GB) – ninth-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Nicky Henderson
  11. Red Hot Chilly (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Connor Brace and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  12. Le Ligerien (FR) – twelfth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Ben Jones and trained by Philip Hobbs
  13. Minellaforleisure (IRE) – Brought Down – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey Jamie Brace and trained by Alex Hales
  14. Uno Mas (GB) – first-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-1 – ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Christian Williams

Tips

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Odds

Odds for The April Meeting are particularly generous – even the race favourites can be particularly profitable. Some long priced outsiders have experienced victories in The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race as well, including 14/1 Uno Mas last time out.

£10 on 14/1 Uno Mas to win The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race at The April Meeting in 2019 would have returned £140 in profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)

2019

The winner of The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race last time out was 14/1 outsider Uno Mas, ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Christian Williams.

7/2 race favourite Laughing Luis finished down in ninth-place after being held up on the outside, making way for 8/1 Cornborough to finish in second place, followed by 5/1 Magic Dancer in third and 11/2 Red Hot Chilly in fourth.

2018

11/2 third-favourite Magic Dancer was the winner of The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race at The April Meeting 2018, ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee.

10/3 race favourite Capitaine finished in fifth-place, making way for 16/1 Forth Bridge to finish in second with 50/1 Mister Fizz just a head behind in third. 20/1 Poppy Kay finished in fourth.

2017

7/2 joint-favourite Silverhow won The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race in 2017, ridden by jockey Hugo Hunt and trained by Nicky Henderson.

Three competitors began this race with a 7/2 starting price – Lithic, who finished in second place and Poker School, who finished in fourth. 4/1 Red Tornado filled in the gap in third place.

2016

6/1 third-favourite Minellaforleisure won The Cheltenham Pony Racing Authority Graduates Handicap Hurdle Race in 2016, ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Alex Hales.

7/2 race favourite Simon Squirrel finished in third place, 10 lengths behind second-place 14/1 Vosne Romanee and a length ahead of fourth-place 9/1 Lough Kent.

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