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The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race

Every April, just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has run its course, horses, jockeys, trainers and horse racing fans reconvene at Cheltenham Racecourse to get another dose of adrenaline-fueled racing action at The April Meeting.

The April Meeting is a two-day National Hunt meeting that consists of a total of 14 incredible races for racing enthusiasts to feast their eyes on. The event offers 7 races on each day, with the second of each being the day’s featured race.

The two featured races of The Cheltenham April Meeting are 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 two days of the 2021 meeting have the same fixture times, beginning at 14:05 and wrapping up at 17:30. The features races will take place at 14:40.

The first race of The April Meeting 2021 Day One will be The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race on Wednesday the 14th of April.

About the Race

The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race is a National Hunt novices hurdle race that takes place annually on the first day of The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.

This novices hurdle race spans a total distance of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 56 yards, with placing horses sharing a race purse of £20,000.

The team of the winning horse receives £12,380 and the horse that follows in second-place takes £3,676. The third-place competitor receives a prize of £1,838 and the final horse to place in fourth takes £916.

The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race will take place on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021, beginning at 14:05.

Runners

The talented horses that compete in The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race provide intense 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. Dashel Drasher (GB) – first-place finish – 15/8 starting price favourite – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Jeremy Scott
  2. Ask Dillon (IRE) – Non-Runner – N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – jockey Paddy Brennan – trainer Fergal O’Brien
  3. Cotswold Way (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
  4. Dr Sanderson (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Mill Green (GB) – third-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  6. Thistle Do Nicely (IRE) – second-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by Gavin Sheehan and trained by Jamie Snowden
  7. Buzz De Turcoing (FR) – sixth-place finish – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Samuel Drinkwater
  8. Cotswold Prince (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Harry Stock and trained by Martin Keighley

Tips

Horse racing is an incredibly popular sport for gambling all over the world. In the UK alone, around £5 billion is put on horses every year, and you can bet a large proportion of that is put towards meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse.

You don’t have to be an expert to get involved – our team of expert tipsters are here to help you make the right decisions. Obviously we can’t guarantee the outcomes, but we can certainly calculate the most likely results, as well as point out outsiders that might have a better chance than their odds may suggest.

Odds

With such incredible talent on display and so many variables at play, bookies will rarely price up race favourites particularly short.

Even the race favourites often have odds as generous as 7/1 and above, which can then be boosted further by the sheer number of fantastic promotions online bookmakers put out, like enhanced odds, paid extra places and even some free bets to make your gambling experience risk free.

A £10 bet each-way bet on 40/1 Dell Oro to place in The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race in 2018 would have returned £90 on your £20 stake – £70 in profits when your selection hasn’t even won outright is an incredible return.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)

2019

Last time out it was 15/8 race favourite Dashel Drasher that won The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Jeremy Scott.

11/1 outsider Thistle Do Nicely finished three and a half lengths behind Dashel Drasher in second place, followed by 9/2 Mill Green in third and 11/4 Cotswold Way in fourth.

2018

Diese De Bieffes was the winner of The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race in 2018, setting off as race favourite with a starting price of 5/2. Diese De Bieffes was ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Nicky Henderson.

Theclockisticking finished 2 lengths behind the leader with a starting price of 13/2, followed by 40/1 Dell Oro in third and 7/1 Captain Cattistock in fourth.

2017

Strong 8/15 race favourite William Henry won The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race in 2017, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Nicky Henderson.

40/1 outsider Blairs Cove finished 6 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 17/2 Azzerti in third and 9/2 Coastal Tiep in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, 13/8 race favourite Mister Miyagi comfortably won The CITIPOST Novices Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.

8/1 Solstice Star finished three and a half lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/2 Rock On Oscar in third and 5/1 Whataknight in fourth. Only 33/1 Three Ways failed to complete this race, falling at the final hurdle.

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