The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting of the entire National Hunt horse racing calendar. The Festival offers over a million pounds a day in prize money, including a £625,000 purse for The Cheltenham Gold Cup alone which can only be beaten by The Grand National at Aintree.
Cheltenham Racecourse is the world-class hosting venue of this outstanding event that offers 28 elite horse races stretching over four days, with a seven-race card on each day, each with its own featured race.
Featured races include The Champion Hurdle on Champion Day, The Queen Mother Champion Chase on Ladies Day, The Ryanair Chase and The Stayers’ Hurdle on St. Patrick’s Thursday and The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Friday.
The Festival welcomes around 250,000 enthusiastic horse racing fans through its gates every March, who guzzle Guinness by the gallons and gaze upon the glorious geldings from the Grandstand as they gallop graciously in Gloucestershire.
This year’s Cheltenham Festival will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March 2021. The fourth race of Gold Cup Friday, following the Gold Cup itself, will be St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase.
About the Race
St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase is an ungraded race belonging to the National Hunt calendar. It is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham and is open to horses aged 5 years and above.
The total length of The St James’ Place Hunters’ Chase is 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 70 yards and it features 22 obstacles for the amateur riders to leap. Often referred to as The Amateur Gold Cup, this race runs the same course as the Gold Cup itself and has done since its inauguration in 1904.
For horses to qualify for this race, they must have either finished first or second at least twice in specific hunter chases, won two point-to-point races, or one of each within a specific period of time.
Nine horses have been successful in this race twice but the event is still waiting for the first contender to achieve this three times. Maybe Hazel Hill could join them this year then push on to break the record in the near future?
St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase will be the fifth race of the Gold Cup Friday 2021, starting at 15:40.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Billaway (IRE) – 5/2 ante-post favourite – 9 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- It Came To Pass (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (10/11/20) – trained by Eugene O’Sullivan
- Shantou Flyer (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (04/02/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Staker Wallace (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Enda Bolger
- Highway Jewel (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-9 (03/02/21) – trained by B Gibbs
- Mighty Stowaway (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 12-2 (10/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Minella Rocco (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (13/03/20) – trained by Jonjo O’Neill
- Red Indian (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (13/12/20) – trained by Kelly Morgan
- Hazel Hill (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 13 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (31/01/21) – trained by Mrs Melanie Rowley
- The Worlds End (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – 11-2 (03/02/21) – trained by Olly Murphy
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Odds for St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase will be as generous as any and all other fixtures hosted at Cheltenham racecourse.
Last year was a perfect example with 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass winning the race and turning £10 outright stakes into £660 of profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year’s winner of St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase was 66/1 outsider It Came To Pass, ridden by jockey Maxine O’Sullivan and trained by Eugene O’Sullivan.
11/4 race favourite Billaway finished 10 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 3/1 Shantou Flyer in third and Staker Wallace in fourth.
In 2019, race favourite 7/2 Hazel Hill kept on well to win St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase, ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Philip Rowley.
In a race completed by only 9 of the 24 starting runners, 7/1 Shantou Flyer managed a comfortable second-place finish, followed by 33/1 Top Wood in third and 7/1 Road To Rome in fourth.
25/1 outsider Pacha Du Polder won his second consecutive St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cup in 2018, ridden by jockey Harriet Tucker and trained by Paul Nicholls.
4/1 race favourite Burning Ambition only managed to conjure up an eighth-place finish, making way for 50/1 Top Wood to finish in second place, just a neck behind the leader, followed by 14/1 Barel Of Laughs in third place and 66/1 Cousin Pete in fourth.
Pacha Du Polder won his first of two consecutive St James’ Place Foxhunter Steeple Chase Challenge Cups in 2017 with a starting price of 16/1, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls.
It was a neck and neck finish between the front three as 7/2 second-favourite Wonderful Charm snatched second and 100/1 Barel Of Laughs was forced to settle for third. 11/8 race favourite On The Fringe finished two lengths behind in fourth.