The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase is the sixth race of the 7 that are run on Day One of The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.
This world-class horse racing spectacle takes place in mid-April, just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has concluded, giving horse racing enthusiasts another dose of adrenaline before the ecstasy of The Festival has even depleted.
The Cheltenham April Meeting offers 14 exhilarating races over a two-day meeting, 7 races on each day including a featured race as the second race of each day.
The two featured races of this National Hunt horse racing event 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, both commencing at 14:40.
The penultimate race of The April Meeting 2021 Day One will be The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase on Wednesday the 14th of April.
About the Race
The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt steeplechase that takes place every April for The Cheltenham April Meeting.
Hosted by the incredible Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, this handicap steeplechase spans a total length of 2 miles and 2 furlongs along the world-class racing track.
The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase offers a prize pool of £25,000 which is split proportionately between the first four competitors to successfully complete the race.
The team of the first-place finisher receives a prize of £15,475, with the second-place competitor taking £4,595. The third-place finisher attains a prize of £2,298, leaving £1,145 for the fourth and final placement spot.
The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase will begin at 17:00 on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021.
The proficient horses that compete in The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase provide fierce 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:
- Rocky’s Treasure (IRE) – second-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey
- Dingo Dollar (IRE) – Pulled Up – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King
- Cobra De Mai (FR) – first-place finish – 17/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Allelu Alleluia (GER) – Pulled Up – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Jono O’Neill
- Dawson City (GB) – fourth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Polly Gundry
- Perfect Candidate (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Henryville (GB) – sixth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Peter Bowen
- Somewhere To Be (IRE) – Pulled Up – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Leighton Aspell and trained by Martin Keighley
- Marquis Of Carabas (IRE) – third-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davis and trained by David Dennis
If you don’t consider yourself much of a horse racing expert but plan on placing a few bets on The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase or any other race for The April Meeting this year, trust our team of experienced, professional tipsters to fine-tune your betting slips and give you the greatest chance of profiting from this fantastic occasion.
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The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase, being a race held at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse, offers incredibly generous odds year after year. Combined with enhanced odds promotions, you can really boost your money-making potential this April.
In 2019, a £10 stake on 17/2 Cobra De Mai to win outright would have returned £85 in profits. Similarly, a £10 stake on 8/1 Another Hero to win outright in 2018 would have returned £80 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
In 2019, the winner of The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase was 17/2 Cobra De Mai, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
5/2 race favourite Dingo Dollar Pulled Up towards the end of the race, making way for 9/2 Rocky’s Treasure in second place, followed by 20/1 Marquis Of Carabas in third and 8/1 Dawson City in fourth.
At The April Meeting 2018, 8/1 Another Hero won The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase by a short head, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Jonjo O’Neill.
11/4 race favourite Singlefarmpayment was just a short head from a first-place finish but had to settle for second, followed by 12/1 Dell’ Arca in third and 7/1 Lovely Job in fourth.
13/8 second-favourite Mick Thonic won The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase in 2017, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Colin Tizzard.
In a race where only 4 runners participated, it was guaranteed money for each competitor if they could complete the race. 8/11 race favourite Marracudja finished half a length behind the leader in second place, followed by 16/1 Deadly Approach in third. Unfortunately, 20/1 Aminabad fell at the final hurdle.
Back at The April Meeting 2016, 8/11 race favourite Fox Norton won The Weatherite Handicap Steeple Chase, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Neil Mulholland.
French 11/4 second-favourite Dormello Mo finished in second place, as expected, followed by 4/1 Presenting Arms in third and 33/1 Agenor in fourth. These were the only four competitors in this race.