The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase is the penultimate race to be run on Day Two of The April Meeting – an event that takes place annually at Cheltenham Racecourse, as its name suggests, in April.
The Cheltenham April Meeting is a Two-day horse racing event that offers 14 incredible races in mid-April every year, just a few weeks after The Cheltenham Festival has concluded.
The 14 races are split into two seven-race cards, including a featured race as the second race of each day beginning at 14:40. These two featured races are The Cure Parkinson’s and Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Steeple Chase on Day One (Wednesday) and The EBF Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase Finale on Day Two (Thursday).
Each day commences at 13:05 and concludes after the final hooves thunder across the finish line in the 17:30 fixtures.
The second-from-last race of Day Two and The April Meeting 2021 will be The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase on Thursday the 15th of April.
About the Race
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase is a Class 2 handicap steeplechase that takes place on Day Two of The April Meeting every year.
This excellent Class 2 race measures a fairly short 2-mile distance of Cheltenham Racecourse and features a series of hurdles for the Mares to jump.
The prize pool for The Mares Handicap Steeple Chase is £25,000, with £15,475 assigned to the first-place finisher. Each position is to play for, with the team of the second-place finisher taking £4,595, third-place receiving £2,298 and fourth-place taking the remaining £1,145.
The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase will be the penultimate race of The April Meeting 2021, beginning at 16:55 on Day Two.
The wonderful horses that compete in The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase provide immense competition for each and 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 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Happy Diva (IRE) – second-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee
- Whatduhavtoget (IRE) – third-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Pique Rock (GB) – fourth-place finish – 3/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Henry Daly
- Alizee De Janeiro (FR) – Pulled Up – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Derek Fox and trained by Miss Lucinda Russell
- Cotton Jenny (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
- Northern Beau (IRE) – first-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Richie McLernon and trained by Michael Scudamore
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The April Meeting takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse, and as we all know, this home of jump racing provides an exhilarating treat every time the gates open.
The prices for the horses at these races are always super competitive, which pushes them higher as bookies compete for your custom. This means you can get fantastic odds on both race favourites and the less likely outsiders.
Whether you like to play it safe or bet on the underdogs, this year’s April Meeting can be a very profitable one.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 meeting cancelled due to Covid-19)
The last time The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase was run it was 11/1 outsider Northern Beau that took the victory, ridden by jockey Richie McLernon and trained by Michael Scudamore.
5/2 race favourite Happy Diva finished just half a length behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/4 Whatduhavtoget in third and 3/1 Pique Rock in fourth. Only 11/2 priced Alizee De Janeiro failed to successfully complete this 6 horse race, pulling up after tailing off.
7/4 race favourite Sister Sibyl comfortably won The Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Steeple Chase at The April Meeting 2018, ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Hughie Morrison.
8/1 outsider Barton Rose finished 15 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 2/1 second-favourite Mariah’s Legend in third and 3/1 The Nipper in fourth. These are the only 4 runners that took part in this race.
In 2017, it was The Nicholson Holman Chase that took place in the 16:55 timeslot on the Thursday of The April Meeting. This was won by 9/2 priced Fact Of The Matter, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Jamie Snowden.
7/1 Better Days finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 25/1 outsider Goohar in third and 4/1 Swincombe Scorchio in fourth. Only 4 of the 8 starting runners successfully completed this race, with two falling and two unseated riders.
Back in 2016, it was The Nicholson Holman Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase that took place at 16:45. This was won by 5/1 Soltice Son, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Anthony Honeyball.
10/1 outsider Get Involved finished 4 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 12/1 Deadly Sting in third and 14/1 Troika Steppes in fourth. 8 of the 12 starting runners successfully completed this race after 2 pulled up and 2 fell.