Every March, Cheltenham Racecourse opens its gates to around 250,000 enthusiastic horseracing fans from all over the UK, Republic Of Ireland, France and beyond.
It’s time for The Cheltenham Festival, an unmissable four-day event featuring 28 incredible elite horse races, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Cheltenham Gold Cup and many more.
Only the purse of The Grand National at Aintree is greater than that of The Cheltenham Festival, where millions of pounds are up for grabs.
Climaxing with The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Gold Cup Friday, The 2021 Festival will also be made up of Champion Day, Ladies Day and St. Patrick’s Thursday. There will be a featured race one each day, with two on St. Patrick’s Thursday to celebrate Irish heritage.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March, with The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase taking place on Day Two – Ladies Day.
About the Race
The Cheltenham Cross Country course plays host to The Glenfarclas Cross Country National Hunt Steeple Chase at The Festival every March which is open to horses aged five years and above.
The race covers a distance of 3 miles, 6 furlongs and 37 yards, featuring 32 obstacles for the horses to jump. It was inaugurated in 2005 when The Cheltenham Festival added its fourth day and is one of three cross country races held at Cheltenham Racecourse over the National Hunt calendar.
Originally sponsored by Sporting Index, The Glenfarclas Whisky Distillery took the sponsorship reigns from BGC partners in 2008.
Tiger Roll was the most recent horse to join the small list of contenders that have won this race twice after winning in 2018 and 2019. The most successful jockey of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase is Nina Carberry with four wins between 2007 and 2016.
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase takes place at The Cheltenham Festival on Ladies Day every March, with a start time of 16:10.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Easysland (FR) – 7/4 ante-post favourite – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-8 (13/11/20) – trained by David Cottin
- Tiger Roll (IRE) – 5/1 ante-post odds – will be 12 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (13/11/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Potters Corner (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (16/01/21) – trained by Christian Williams
- Uniketat (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (28/09/19) – trained by Hector De Lageneste
- Amazing Comedy (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (15/06/20) – trained by David Cottin
- Champagne Classic (IRE) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (29/12/19) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Step Back (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (11/12/20) – trained by Mark Bradstock
- Some Neck (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 10-11 (11/12/20) – trained by John McConnell
- Le Breuil (FR) – 20/1 ante-post odds – will be 10 years old – weighing in at 10-6 (16/01/21) – trained by Ben Pauling
- Diesel Dallier (FR) – 25/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-10 (24/12/20) – trained by Emmanuel Clayeux
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Can current 7/4 ante-post favourite Easysland make it two in a row and be the 4th horse to join the list of two-time champions, or can 5/1 ante-post Tiger Roll return to the top and be the first horse to win The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase three times?
Either way, it’s looking like you’ll get great prices on these two likely contenders. Odds for The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase are always fantastic, like in 2017 when Tiger Roll got his first win with a starting price of 7/1. A £10 stake on this outright result would have returned £70 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year it was 3/1 Easysland that upset the odds and stopped Tiger Roll winning his third consecutive Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase. Easysland was ridden by jockey Jonathon Plouganou and trained by David Cottin.
Tiger Roll started the race as 8/11 favourite but was unable to keep up with Easysland after the 25th hurdle, finishing in second place. 33/1 outsider Out Sam managed to steal the third-place spot.
Tiger Roll was the 5/4 favourite in 2019 after his 2018 victory and managed to make it two in a row, ridden by jockey Keith Donaghue and trained by Gordon Elliott.
15/2 Josies Orders finished well behind Tiger Roll in second place, followed by 17/2 Urgent De Gregaine in third and 33/1 Ballycasey in fourth.
An 8-year-old Tiger Roll won his first Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase in 2018 with a starting price of 7/1, ridden by jockey Keith Donaghue and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Only 7 of the 16 runners made it to the finish line successfully in this race, with 12/1 Urgent De Gregaine finishing second and 11/4 The Last Samuri finishing third.
Back in 2017, it was 4/1 Cause Of Causes that took the £40,235 first-place prize in The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase, ridden by jockey Jamie Codd and trained by Gordon Elliott.
10/1 Bless The Wings finished in second but it was far from a close race. 9/4 race favourite Cantlow finished in third after hitting the 10th hurdle.