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The International Day One

Held annually at Cheltenham Racecourse just a few weeks before Christmas, The International is a two-day National Hunt horse racing encounter that offers a total of 15 exceptional races including two featured championship races.

The two higher-value featured races of The International are The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International on Day Two. Another notable race of Day Two at this extraordinary racing convention is The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

The International Day One presents an eight-race card at the home of jump racing, featuring races of various types and lengths including hurdles, steeplechases, handicap races, novice races and a mare exclusive.

The 2021 edition of Cheltenham’s International Festival is scheduled to take place On Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December. 

The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race

The first race of The International Day One at Cheltenham Racecourse is The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race, a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race for novices that is run on the New Course at Cheltenham.

With a total race distance of 2 miles and 179 yards and featuring 8 hurdles for the novices to negotiate, The British EBF National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race is scheduled to take place at 11:30 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase

The second race of Day One at Cheltenham’s International meeting is The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase, a Class 2 National Hunt novices steeplechase that is run annually along Cheltenham’s New Course.

Stretching 3 miles, 1 furlong and 56 yards of Cheltenham Racecourse with 21 fences along its path, The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase is enthusiastically scribbled into the National Hunt calendar for 12:05 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race

Race three of Day One at The International Meeting 2021 will be The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race, a Class 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle that features on Cheltenham’s fixture list annually.

Run on the New Course of Cheltenham, The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race involves a course length of 2 miles and 179 yards and 8 hurdles for the runners to navigate. This race will begin at 12:40 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

The CF Roberts Electrical Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase

The fourth race to take place at Cheltenham Racecourse for Day One of The International meeting is The CF Roberts Electrical Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase, a Class 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase open to mares exclusively.

With a race length of 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 127 yards featuring 17 tall fences for the ladies to jump, The CF Roberts Electrical Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase will commence at 13:15 on Friday 10th of December.

The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase

Heading into the second half of Day One at The Cheltenham International we have The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase, a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase that takes place during The International meeting every year.

The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase has a course length of 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 168 yards, consists of 16 fences, and will begin at 13:50 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase

The sixth and featured race of Day One at The International meeting is the highly anticipated Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase, a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the first featured race of The International meeting every year.

This exciting race measures a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs on Cheltenham’s New Course and presents a total of 21 fences for the competitors to jump. The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase will begin at 14:25 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase

The penultimate race of Cheltenham’s International Meeting is The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase, a Class 2 National Hunt steeplechase that is run annually on the Cross Country course for The International Day One.

With a course length stretching 3 miles, 6 furlongs and 37 yards and featuring 32 fences along its track, The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase will commence at 15:00 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race

The final race of Day One at The International in Cheltenham will be The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race, a Class 2 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that concludes the first day’s action at Cheltenham Racecourse every December.

The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race features a course length of 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards with 12 hurdles for the hopeful contenders to jump and will begin at 15:35 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

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Odds

The International at Cheltenham Racecourse every December is an incredibly intense National Hunt horse racing affair that sees hundreds of thousands of pounds dished out to successful participants every single year.

It’s not just the competitors that can walk away from this wonderful meeting with a small fortune, though, thanks to some of the best odds on horses found on the National Hunt calendar. Whether you prefer to bet on the race favourites or take a risk on the outsiders, you could make yourself a decent amount of cash this winter heading into the 2021 festive season.

The highest-priced horse on Day One of Cheltenham’s International meeting last time out was 150/1 Always Resolute in The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race, who finished 8th out of 16 runners and just 10 lengths from a placement position.

The biggest-odds upset of The International Day One at Cheltenham Racecourse last December was 33/1 priced Madera Mist who won The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase, ridden by jockey Alan Johns and trained by Tim Vaughan.

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