The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeplechase is run every Spring at The April Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse. This energetic event takes place less than a month after The Cheltenham Festival at the home of jump racing.
The Cheltenham April Meeting is a two-day National Hunt horse racing event which features 14 indulgent races, including two featured high-value fixtures. Each race day consists of 7 very special races that mean as The Festival to everybody involved.
The two featured races of The 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, both commencing at 14:40.
The April Meeting 2021 will take place on Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th of April, with The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeplechase as the fourth race of Day Two.
About the Race
The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeplechase is a Class 3 handicap steeplechase for mares and fillies that takes place on Day Two of The April Meeting in Cheltenham every year.
This National Hunt Steeple Chase runs a lengthy 3 miles and 2 furlongs of Cheltenham’s world-class racing track, featuring a series of hurdles for the young ladies to jump.
The purse for this intense race is just over £20,000, with the team of the first-place finisher taking home £12,380. Every placement spot is to fight for, with second-place taking £3,676, third-place taking £1,838 and fourth swiping the remaining £916.
The Class 3 JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeplechase is scheduled for Day Two of The April Meeting with a start time of 15:50 on Thursday the 15th of April.
The inspiring horses that compete in The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeple Chase offer an intense spectacle every time their hooves hit the track.
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):
- Molly Childers (IRE) – third-place finisher – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Stuart Edmunds
- Same Circus (IRE) – fifth-place finisher – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey William Kennedy and trained by Donald McCain Jr
- Aunty Ann (IRE) – Pulled Up – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Jordan Nailor and trained by Charlie Longsdon
- Cabaret Queen (GB) – fourth-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Socksy (IRE) – Pulled Up – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Connor Brace and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Goodnight Charlie (GB) – first-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Caroline Fryer
- The Wicket Chicken (IRE) – second-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Robert Dunne and trained by Neil Mulholland
- Sheneededtherun (IRE) – Pulled Up – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Ben Pauling.
As The Cheltenham April Meeting approaches, we will keep you up to date and in the know with our in-depth analysis of every single race – including The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeple Chase on Thursday.
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The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeple Chase has had some fantastically priced winners in recent editions, including 11/1 Perfect Candidate just three races ago, who could have turned a £10 free bet into £110 real cash.
With so many exceptional horses competing against each other, you’ll very rarely get a particularly strong favourite for these races. The starting prices of so-called ‘favourites’ at Cheltenham’s April Meeting can often sit between 4/1 and 7/1, so big wins can be extremely likely.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
The winner of The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeple Chase last time out was 11/2 Goodnight Charlie, ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Caroline Fryer.
7/1 outsider The Wicket Chicken finished 6 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 4/1 joint-favourites Molly Childers in third and Cabaret Queen in fourth.
The JRL Group Mares Handicap Steeple Chase was abandoned in 2018.
It was due to set off at 15:15 with 10 listed runners but was abandoned after the death of Dame Rose in the previous race as a result of a heart attack likely induced by the unseasonably warm weather.
At The April Meeting 2017, 4/1 race favourite Upswing won The Llewellyn Humphreys Handicap Chase, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Jonjo O’Neill.
6/1 Belmount finished 2 and a half lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 6/1 Coologue in third and 5/1 Lamb Or Cod in fourth. Nicky Henderson trained 9/2 second-favourite Talk Of The South pulled up after struggling at the 17th hurdle.
The Cheltenham April Meeting’s Mares handicap steeplechase winner back in 2016 was 11/1 outsider Perfect Candidate, ridden by jockey Conor Shoemark and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
Popular 9/2 starting price Forgotten Gold finished a length and three-quarters behind Perfect Candidate in second, followed by 9/2 Warden Hill in third and German 25/1 outsider Seventh Sky in fourth.