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The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The Cheltenham Festival is an enthusiastic scribble on the National Hunt racing calendar, taking place every March and usually coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day.

The total prize money of The Cheltenham Festival is only second to The Grand National, with millions of pounds up for grabs for the horses and their teams.

Originally titled the Grand National Hunt Meeting, The festival took place in several different locations over the years before taking permanent residency at Cheltenham Racecourse after some major upgrades and improvements.

There’s a total of 28 fantastic races over the four-day event, notably the featured races: The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival will begin on Tuesday the 16th of March and conclude on Friday the 19th. The final race of Day One, also known as Champion Day, will be The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup.

About the Race

Open to horses aged 5 years and older, The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 National Hunt Steeple Chase run on the ‘old course’ of Cheltenham.

Novice chasers will thunder down 3 miles, 5 furlongs and 201 yards of Cheltenham Racecourse, hurdling 23 fences in the process in an attempt to secure the £74,306 first-place prize.

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup is the second-longest race at Cheltenham after the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and the longest-running fixture since first taking place in 1860.

Jamie Codd is the jockey with the most success in this race having won with Cause Of Causes in 2015, Le Breuil in 2019 and Ravenhill in 2020.

The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup will be the final race of Champion Day on Tuesday the 16th of March 2021, beginning at 17:30.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Royale Pagaille (FR) – 5/2 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  2. Galvin (IRE) – 4/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (23/10/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  3. Latest Exhibition (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Paul Nolan
  4. Next Destination (IRE) – 6/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (16/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Secret Reprieve (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-1 (09/01/21) – trained by Evan Williams
  6. Eklat De Rire (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  7. Dickie Diver (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (29/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  8. Asterion Forlonge (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (23/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Coko Beach (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – will be 7 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (28/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  10. If The Cap Fits (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (23/01/21) – trained by Harry Fry

Tips

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Odds

Being such a long race with such a great number of hurdles to jump, it’s not often you get runners with particularly short odds. Favourites are rarely any shorter than about 4/1.

It’s thanks to the 23 fences that we’ve seen recent shocks like the placement of 125/1 Clondaw Cian in 2019 and the win of 16/1 Tiger Roll in 2017 where a £10 stake on the outcome would have returned £160 in profits.

This is a race where anything can happen.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The 2020 champion of The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup was 12/1 outsider Ravenhill, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd with his second consecutive victory and trained by Gordon Elliott.

Strong 10/11 race favourite Carefully Selected blundered and unseated jockey Patrick Mullins, making way for 11/2 Lord Du Mesnil to take second-place, 33/1 Lamanver Pippin to take third and 12/1 Forza Milan to finish in the fourth placement spot.

2019

14/1 outsider Le Breuil won The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup in 2019, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Ben Pauling.

Only 4 of the 18 runners completed this race successfully, with 9/4 favourite Ballyward blundering and falling mid-way. This meant 125/1 outsider Clondaw Cian was able to finish in fourth place and receive the position’s £5,812 prize.

2018

Close 9/2 second-favourite Rathvinden was the winner of this 16 horse race in 2018, ridden by jockey Patrick Mullins and trained by Willie Mullins.

4/1 favourite Jury Duty failed to complete the race after unseating jockey Jamie Codd, while 25/1 outsider Impulsive Star managed to squeeze into 4th placement.

2017

The famous Tiger Roll won The JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase back in 2017 with a starting price of 16/1, ridden by Lisa O’Neill and trained by Gordon Elliott.

50/1 outsider Missed Approach took second place while 4/1 race favourite A Genie In Abottle only managed a fifth-place finish.

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