The Cheltenham Festival is a truly magical event featured on the National Hunt horseracing calendar that takes place every March.
Often coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, The Festival is a four-day event featuring 28 excellent races, including 5 featured Grade 1 races.
The meeting is held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, where around 250,000 spectators visit every year to witness horseracing history in the making.
Only second to The Grand National in terms of prize money, The Festival features intense high-value races like The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March, with Champion Day, Ladies Day, St. Patrick’s Thursday and Gold Cup Friday.
The Second Day of The Festival 2021 will be Ladies Day with race #2 to be The Festival Novices Steeple Chase.
About the Race
The Festival Novices Steeple Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeple Chase open to horses aged 5 and above. The race covers a distance of 3 miles and 80 yards and consists of 20 fences for the novice chasers to jump.
Lord Windermere was the most recent winner of this intense race to go on and win the Cheltenham Gold Cup who won the Gold Cup in 2014.
The purse for The Festival Novices Steeple Chase is £175,000, with Pat Taaffe being the most successful jockey in the history of this race, winning the top prize 4 times between 1953 and 1970.
The Festival Novices Steeple Chase will be the second race of Day Two at The 2021 Cheltenham Festival, beginning at 14:10.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Festival Novices Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Monkfish (IRE) – 7/4 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (29/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Envoi Allen (FR) – 3/1 ante-post odds – will be 8 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (17/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Royale Pagaille (FR) – 3/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
- 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
- Next Destination (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (16/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Eklat De Rire (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (31/01/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Chatham Street Lad (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (16/01/21) – trained by Michael Winters
- The Big Breakaway (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Colin Tizzard
- Fiddlerontheroof (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-0 (16/01/21) – trained by Colin Tizzard
- Asterion Forlonge (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (17/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
There are some proven names on this list – can one of the expected favourites take the title from Champ? Or will we see the first outsider come off on top since 8/1 Blaklion in 2016?
Looking at the expected runners of The Festival Novices Steeple Chase 2021, it should be as incredible as ever, and it looks like the bookies know it. Judging by the ante-post odds, there should be barely anything to separate many of the competitors except how they perform on the day.
Meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse always draw the most lucrative offers out of the bookies, with enhanced odds, extra places being paid and free bets galore.
You don’t have to be Willie Mullins to place a few accurate bets on the outcome of The Festival Novices Steeple Chase – trust our team of experts to help guide you towards making The Festival 2021 a profitable week.
It’s been a short while since a horse with long odds caused an upset in The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase – maybe this year could be the year?
Willie Mullins trained Monkfish is the current ante-post favourite with a starting price of 7/4, but with such an important, high-intensity race with 20 fences to jump who knows what could happen.
A £20 outright stake on Champ to win The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase last year with his starting price of 4/1 would have returned £80 in profits. The same numbers apply to Topofthegame the year before.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Festival Novices Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year’s winner of The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase was 4/1 Champ, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.
Only 10 runners began this race, with 5/2 favourite Allaho finishing in third behind 3/1 third-favourite Minella Indo. 33/1 Pym pulled up, while Easy Game and Copperhead fell.
In 2019, it was 4/1 Topofthegame that won the £98,472 first-place prize in The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls.
The race went almost as expected with 3/1 second-favourite Santini finishing in second-place and 15/8 favourite Delta Work finishing in third.
5/2 favourite Presenting Percy comfortably won The RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in 2018, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Patrick Kelly.
10/3 second-favourite Monalee finished in second-place well ahead of third-place 9/1 Elegant Escape. Future star Al Boum Photo started the race at 8/1 but was one of a few to fall short.
7/2 Might Blue won The RSA Novices’ Chase by a nose back in 2017, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
9/2 Whisper closed the gap in the final furlong but Might Blue managed to hold on. Ruby Walsh riding 5/1 Bellshill was the third to pass the final post.