The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale will be the second race of Day Two and the second featured race of The April Meeting 2021.
As its name suggests, The Cheltenham April Meeting takes place in April every year at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire. This National Hunt meeting has the difficult task of following The Cheltenham Festival less than a month after it takes place, yet they smash it out of the park every year.
The April Meeting presents 14 incredible races at a world-class horse racing venue, with The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale being the second of two featured races that take place over the two-day event.
The first featured race of the meeting is The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase which takes place at 14:40 on Day One.
Day Two of The April Meeting 2021 will take place on Thursday the 15th of April, with The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale as the second race of the day.
About the Race
The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale takes place on the second day of The Cheltenham April Meeting every year.
This Class 1 Listed handicap steeplechase spans 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 166 yards of Cheltenham racecourse.
The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale offers a total purse of £40,000, with £22,780 allocated to the winning horse. The horse that finishes in second place is entitled to £8,548, while the third-place finisher receives £4,280 and the fourth-place competitor takes £2,132.
Beginning at 14:40 on Thursday the 15th of April, The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale will be the second featured race of The April Meeting 2021.
The elite horses that compete in The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale at The April Meeting provide gripping competition in hopes of placing in a top-four position and winning a share of the £40,000 prize pool.
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):
- Kupatana (IRE) – first-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Graceful Legend (GB) – sixth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Max Kendrick and trained by Ben Case
- Little Miss Poet (GB) – second-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
- Desirable Court (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Majestic Moll (IRE) – Pulled Up – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Miss Emma Lavelle
- Black Tulip (GB) – third-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Henry Daly
- Blackdown Hills (GB) – fifth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by J W Mullins
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Here are the previous 4 winners of The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
The winner of The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale last time out in 2019 was 2/1 race favourite Kupatana, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls.
One and a quarter lengths behind the leader was 4/1 second-favourite Little Miss Poet in second place, followed by 11/2 Black Tulip in third and 15/2 Desirable Court in fourth.
On Thursday the 19th of April 2018, the winner of The April Meeting’s Mares Handicap Steeplechase was 7/2 second-favourite Midnight Target, ridden by jockey Lee Edwards and trained by John Groucott.
Irish 11/4 race favourite The Bay Birch finished a length behind the leader Midnight Target in second, followed by 18/1 outsider Pretty Reckless in third and 9/2 Tara Mist in fourth.
French 6/1 outsider Plaisir D’Amour won The Mares Handicap Steeplechase finale at The April Meeting 2017, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Venetia Williams.
11/4 Magic Money was the leader’s closest competitor finishing 6 lengths behind in second place, followed by 10/1 outsider Storming Strumpet in third and 9/4 Antartica De Thaix in fourth. 5/2 second-favourite Briery Belle was the only competitor to Pull Up in this five-horse race.
Back in 2016, 8/1 outsider Indian Stream won The April Meeting’s Mares Handicap Steeple Chase, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Neil Mulholland.
Joint 3/1 race favourites Kalane and Bon Chic finished in seventh and ninth place respectively, making way for 16/1 outsider Kilronan High to finish in second place, followed by 10/1 Ebony Empress in third and 33/1 Emerald Rose in fourth.