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The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race

The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race is the third race that runs annually for The International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The International is an excellent National Hunt meeting that sees two fantastic days of horse racing offer 15 unique races, with a mix of hurdles, steeplechases, handicaps and a cross country race, including the two featured races – The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Friday, Day One, and The Unibet International Hurdle on Saturday, Day Two.

The second day of Cheltenham’s International meeting even offers its very own Gold Cup, titled The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, which is a National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the fourth race of the Saturday.

The next International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse will take place on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 2021. For all The International meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About the Race

The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race that is run annually on the New Course of Cheltenham for The International meeting every December.

Open to horses aged as young as three years old and above, The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race runs a total distance of 2 miles and 179 yards and features just 8 hurdles for the enthusiastic competitors to negotiate.

The first four contenders to successfully pass the final post will receive a share of this race’s £12,500 purse, which is shared proportionately in the following manner:

1st place – £7,213

2nd place – £2,118

3rd place – £1,059

4th place – £529

The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race is scheduled to commence at 12:40 on Friday the 10th of December 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Runners

The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race usually has a large field of runners, so you’ll rarely find a clear-cut favourite for the race. With so many runners and so much on the line, anything is possible.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Day One of The International Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Nelson River (GB) – seventh-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by A W Carroll
  2. Tegerek (FR) – Withdrawn – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-11 – assigned jockey Kevin Brogan and trained by Jonjo O’Neill
  3. Benny’s Bridge (IRE) – fifteenth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  4. Clemencia (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 80/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Alan Johns and trained by Tim Vaughan
  5. Marlborough Sounds (GB) – third-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Amy Murphy
  6. Nordic Combined (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Fergus Gillard and trained by David Pipe
  7. Haafapiece (GB) – Fell – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Gina Andrews and trained by Pam Sly
  8. Crooks Peak (GB) – ninth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton
  9. Rowland Ward (GB) – thirteenth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Stuart Edmunds
  10. Harefield (IRE) – twelfth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Chris Gordon
  11. Speed Company (IRE) – fourteenth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Ian Williams
  12. Breffniboy (FR) – first-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Tom Buckley and trained by Johnny Farrelly
  13. Always Resolute (GB) – eighth-place finish – 150/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey David Crosse and trained by Ian Williams
  14. Torcello (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Page Fuller and trained by Shaun Lycett
  15. Zamani (GER) – sixth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Bridgwater
  16. Sarasota Star (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey Rex Dingle and trained by Martin Keighley
  17. Lively Citizen (IRE) – second-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-1 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by D J Jeffreys

Tips

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Odds

Often featuring a fairly large field of runners, The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race allows for some very long-priced odds on its outsiders, and when there’s so much talent in the mix you simply can’t rule any of them out.

The highest-priced horse seen at The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race last time out in 2020 was 150/1 outsider Always Resolute, who finished in eighth place out of 16 runners. Many bookies had offers that would have paid this position out as a placed result.

The winner of this very same race was French 15/2 priced Breffniboy, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £85 in returns for those that had some faith.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s edition of The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 15/2 priced Breffniboy, ridden by jockey Tom Buckley and trained by Johnny Farrelly.

7/1 Lively Citizen finished two and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 20/1 outsider Marlborough Sounds in third and 80/1 long outsider Clemencia in fourth.

2019

On Day One of The International 2019 at Cheltenham Racecourse, The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 8/1 outsider Repetitio, ridden by jockey David Noonan and trained by Nigel Hawke.

6/1 joint second-favourite Oakley finished just a neck behind the leader in second place, followed by 5/1 joint-favourite Never Adapt in third place and 11/1 outsider Nordic Combined in fourth.

2018

At The Cheltenham International 2018, The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 3/1 race favourite Al Dancer, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

11/2 third-favourite Not That Fuisse finished 11 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 25/1 outsider Champagne City in third place and 8/1 priced Highest Sun in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 7/1 priced Smaoineamh Alainn, ridden by jockey James Best and trained by Robert Walford.

8/1 Remiluc finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/2 race favourite Champagne City in third and 16/1 outsider Cornborough in fourth.

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